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Hunter Douglas looks for boost from tax credit

BY Ken Clark

From the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 comes a three-way opportunity, according to Hunter Douglas.

Pearl River, N.Y.-based window covering company Hunter Douglas says its Duette Architella honeycomb shades are the only window shades without add-on insulation systems that qualify for the reinstated Federal Tax Credit of up to $500.

The Federal Tax Credit opportunity is largely the same as in 2011, when consumers were eligible for a credit of 10% of the cost of qualifying Duette Architella shades, up to a maximum of $500, provided the expense meets the tax guidelines. The shades must be purchased and installed between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013. Anyone who received a rebate of $500 or more from the similar tax credit that was in effect during 2010 and 2011 is not eligible for the credit for 2012-2013. For anyone who received a credit of less than $500 during these prior years, that amount will be deducted from the $500 credit for the 2012-2013 years. The 2012-2013 tax credit is subject to a lifetime limitation of $500. 

With this new development, aligned Hunter Douglas dealers are in a unique position to offer an extremely compelling three-way savings opportunity to their customers on Duette Architella honeycomb shades: 

  • Up to $500 U.S. Federal Tax Credit;
  • Seasonal manufacturer’s rebates, including $25 per unit savings with the Energy Smart Style promotion rebate offer in effect through April 2, 2013; and $100 with the purchase of four Duette Architella shades (plus $25 per additional unit) with The Lighter Side of Living Savings Event, in effect from April 13, 2013, to June 14, 2013; and 
  • Reduced energy loss through windows by up to 40%, which can help lower heating and cooling costs.

“As experience has proven, we are confident that the Federal Tax Credit will be a powerful incentive for consumers to buy and for dealers to build incremental sales volume,” said Jim Mathews, Hunter Douglas senior VP marketing. “It’s especially important to get the word out quickly, as the tax credit is cumulative, and also applies to other energy-efficient products, though none as beautiful as Duette Architella shades with their array of color and design choices.”

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Acuity’s Antique Street Lamps shine with LEDs

BY Ken Clark

Atlanta-based Acuity Brands launched four new post-top LED luminaires from Antique Street Lamps that combine modern LED light sources with a traditional appearance.

All four LED post tops feature long-life LED technology to minimize maintenance time and costs.

“This variety of new post top LED luminaires offer quality illumination and beauty while providing energy efficiency,” said Ben Prichard, Value Stream Manager, Period Outdoor, Antique Street Lamps. “Acuity Brands continues to upgrade products with LED-technology to develop money-saving, long-lasting lighting solutions.”

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GAF sponsors Principia roofing conference

BY Ken Clark

Roofing supplier GAF became a full program sponsor for the Energy Efficient Roofing 2013 conference to be held on April 8 and 9 in Charlotte, N.C.

“GAF is proud to sponsor Energy Efficient Roofing 2013. We view our partnership with the conference as a natural extension to GAF’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability.”

John Calhoon, a principal at Principia and chair for the conference, said: “We are very excited to have GAF as the full program sponsor for Energy Efficient Roofing 2013 as they have been involved in the conference since the early planning stages. GAF is a leader in the roofing industry and their sponsorship is a reflection of the commitment they’ve made to energy efficiency and sustainability in commercial and residential roofing.”

Tony Ruffine, GAF’s VP sustainability and strategic marketing, said: “GAF is proud to sponsor Energy Efficient Roofing 2013. We view our partnership with the conference as a natural extension to GAF’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability.”

Energy Efficient Roofing 2013 represents Principia’s latest executive conference focused on a fast growing segment in the building materials industry. This high-level management conference will deliver timely business and technical issues relevant to the energy-efficient segment of the roofing industry. Energy Efficient Roofing 2013 is the only conference devoted to this hot topic.

The conference features speakers from across the value chain from leading manufacturers and national roofing contractors to industry associations, advocacy groups and thought leaders in energy-efficient construction. Andre Desjarlais, group leader of Building Envelope Research at Oak Ridge National Labs, will discuss the latest designs in energy-efficient roof and attic design. Chris Mathis from Mathis Consulting Company will explore issues such as, why is it a good investment to design and construct a durable and energy-efficient roof in his session, “Why Buildings Matter.”

Visit roofingconference.com for the conference program.

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