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Andersen recognized as energy leader

BY Ken Clark

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) have named Andersen Corp. as 2011 Energy Star Partner of the Year award winner for the Product Manufacturer – Windows category for its family of brands, including Andersen Windows, Renewal by Andersen, Eagle Window & Door and Silver Line Building Products. It is the second year in a row the company has received this distinction.

“Andersen’s commitment to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability goes back as far as Andersen itself — more than 100 years. It is in our nature, our company culture and every product we create,” said Jay Lund, president and chief operating officer of Andersen. “Energy Star recognizes that, and we are honored to be a part of the Partner of the Year program for the second year in a row.”

Andersen received the designation for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing and educating consumers about energy-efficient products.

Andersen will be recognized April 12 at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Andersen has been part of the Energy Star program since its inception in 1998 and was the first window manufacturer awarded the Energy Star National Window Partner of the Year in 1999. For the second year in a row, Andersen is honored for its leadership in manufacturing products that earn the Energy Star moniker, the government-backed symbol of energy efficiency.

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Consumer Confidence ticks upward

BY Ken Clark

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined in June, improved slightly in July.

Released Tuesday morning, the index now stands at 59.5 (1985=100), up from a downwardly revised 57.6 in June. 

Last year, July’s index stood at 51.0. The Present Situation Index decreased to 35.7 from 36.6. The Expectations Index rose to 75.4 from 71.6 last month.

Said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center: “Consumer confidence posted a modest gain in July, the result of an improvement in consumers’ short-term outlook. Consumers’ appraisal of current business and employment conditions, however, was less favorable as concerns about the labor market continue to weigh on consumers’ attitudes. Overall, consumers remain apprehensive about the future, but some of the concern expressed last month has abated.”

The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by The Nielsen Co., a leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers buy and watch. The cutoff date for July’s preliminary results was July 14, 2011.

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Readers Respond to test kits and lead rule

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The following letter was a response to "EPA lead rule suffers setback:"

"There is no need for a better ‘test kit,’ as highly reliable and affordable X-Ray Fluorescence technology has been in use for decades. There are many consultants who have XRF machines, and lead inspections are inexpensive. XRF testing produces no damage, while ‘test kits’ and chip sampling involves producing widely scattered damage (12 to 15 sample locations for a typical room in a house).

“The reality is that lead-based paint is rare in residential buildings constructed from 1960 to 1978, and is not everywhere in older buildings. EPA’s big mistake was not requiring that the buildings be inspected, so that procedures for dealing with lead-based paint are only used where it is actually present.”
— F. Stephen Masek

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