Understanding the fine points of congressional legislation can be like looking for a black cat in a dark room--in other words, impossible--unless you have an army of attorneys or plenty of time to dedicate to the effort.

Bayport, Minn.-based Andersen Windows likely has both, which is why the company was able to launch its new EcoExcel energy performance package, which makes it easy for builders and consumers to identify Andersen products that meet the tax credit performance criteria of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Energy efficiency upgrades that meet the act’s requirements allow homeowners to receive a federal tax credit of up to $1,500 for items installed throughout 2009 and 2010.

“The legislation offers a great opportunity to improve your energy savings, yet there has been a great amount of confusion--for homeowners and building and remodeling professionals--on what will qualify for the government’s tax credit,” says J. Glasnapp, vice president of corporate sustainability and quality at Andersen Corp.

Andersen windows, doors, and skylights with the EcoExcel logo automatically qualify for the credit without upgrades or add-ons, and the company also provides the documentation that consumers will need to receive the credit.
“Customers buying any product from the EcoExcel energy performance package have our assurance that they will meet the tax credit performance criteria," Glasnapp said.

EcoExcel branded windows and doors can provide consumers  with up to 70% higher energy efficiency in summer and 45% higher energy efficiency in winter than standard windows, according to Andersen.

Nigel Maynard is senior editor, products, at BUILDER magazine.