Government Advocacy

Energy efficiency regulations are constantly evolving—and it’s why Quanex is dedicated to making sure our industry’s voice is heard in Washington.

Quanex is actively deepening our relationships and influence with Washington decision-makers in Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the ENERGY STAR® program. We’re making sure our public policy agenda complements our industry association initiatives and our customers’ best interests through the review of all applicable legislation and regulation, including those in the areas of energy, environment, tax, labor and standards.

And part of our goal is to help you stay connected through critical legislative updates impacting the fenestration industry, and through offering new opportunities for outreach. We believe that active engagement is key to making our message heard.

Here you’ll find regular legislative updates and perspectives from our own Ric Jackson, as well as helpful links to outside resources and information.

Zero Energy Buildings Defined

I am old enough to remember the window R-value wars. A time when anyone could claim just about anything. Then, the DOE stepped in and established the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) and tasked them with developing common definitions and methodologies to measure and label energy performance of windows and doors. And the rest is history.

Posted: May 06, 2016 by Ric Jackson

Filed under: advocacy, DOE, government, NFRC

5 Fenestration Advocacy Sites to Follow

Over the last several years I have dedicated my professional life to following government initiatives, legislation and regulations at the state and federal levels. I’ve advocated for the fenestration industry at meetings, conferences and on Capitol Hill. I’ve summarized my findings for DWM in the View From Here blog and now on Quanex’s InFocus blog.


Posted: February 03, 2016 by Ric Jackson

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25C Could Spark Renewed Interest in ENERGY STAR® Products

In case you missed it over the holiday break, Congress made a surprising announcement that it enacted the PATH Act (H.R. 2029) into law. Since the 25C tax credit and other energy-saving incentives were not part of previous versions of the bill, it caught me – and I’m sure many others –by surprise that the federal tax credits were reinstated for 2015 and 2016.

Posted: January 07, 2016 by Ric Jackson

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How Social Media is Accelerating R&D

A recent article published by the DOE’s EERE Building Technologies office cites complexity, customization and cost as the three greatest barriers to technology integration in commercial buildings. The article goes on to describe efforts to overcoming these barriers – and one in particular caught my eye.

Posted: October 29, 2015 by Ric Jackson

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