Begley, Jr. Chooses Hurd for Green Renovation
Energy efficient windows,
doors prized by
winning environmental leader
WI – September 4, 2009 – Whether
the motivation is economical or ecological, most homeowners these days have
energy-efficiency in mind when they make plans to remodel or build. So when
environmentalist actor Ed Begley, Jr. decided it was time to expand his garage
and guest room, it was an easy decision to have earth friendly Hurd windows and
doors installed. Now that his green remodeling project is complete, he says
“I’ve never been happier with a door or window in my life.”
Considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years,
Begley loves his ultra efficient windows and doors. Expanded from
300-squarefeet to 600-square-feet, the space above the garage is still a guest
room, but it has now become his office as well. “I’m here
everyday. This is my ‘Man Cave.’ The place I spend all of my time behind
these beautiful windows and doors.” Begley has embraced Hurd’s products
for several reasons. “I start with the environmental angle always. Not only
is it good for energy efficiency to keep warm in the winter and cool in the
summer, but for peace of mind.”
For the eco-friendly renovation, Begley chose Hurd’s ultra-efficient
aluminum-clad wood windows and doors. The products are recognized for their
sustainable efficiency, quality and unique green features, including:
glass contains approximately 25 percent
aluminum contains approximately 25
percent post consumer recycled scrap.
which is more environmentally-responsible
than painted cladding, is a standard
CoreGuardTM to promote long-life
sustainable wood windows and doors, and
the wood from moisture. Its ingredients are non-volatile
and among the most
environmentally-friendly preservatives available.
ComfortGlazeTM featuring unique,
energy-efficient performance characteristics
save on energy costs, reduce solar heat gain, and mitigate
perceived noise by up to 50%.
exclusive ClimaGuard SPFTM glazing is a
smart solution to promote sustainable
interiors by blocking 99.9 percent of damaging UV-A and
UV-B rays. It is credited with
dramatically reducing fading, and extending the useful life
of carpeting, furniture, and other
furnishings in the home.
extruded aluminum clad exterior that
lasts longer than others and contains
percent consumer-recycled scrap.
VOC content in all sealants, primer paint
• Hurd is an
Star® partner and nearly every window
bears a National
Rating Council (NFRC) certification label
full disclosure of its energy efficiency, solar
heat gain coefficient, air leakage and light transmittance.
Because of Hurd’s unique CoreGuard™ wood treatment system, Begley likes that he
will be able to enjoy his windows and doors for a long time. CoreGuard contains three
fungicides, an insecticide and water repellents that penetrate to the very core of the wood,
providing an envelope protection against pests and rotting. Because they will not need to be
replaced for years to come, Hurd windows and doors have a more sustainable design than the
competition. He is also a fan of
the ClimaGuard SPF™ glazing, which promotes
sustainable interiors by blocking 99.9% of UV rays from entering the home and fading carpeting or
furnishings. More than just environmental reasons went into Begley’s preference
for Hurd windows and doors, though. He also likes their noise abatement properties. “I live
right near Laurel Canyon. That noise can really drone on. I close up these Hurd windows and
doors, and it’s tight as a drum and quiet as a church.” Additionally, he likes the
security offered by a Hurd door. “I got the one with three
latches on it. It really grabs tight, sealing very good top and bottom and all
the way around. It’s a strong door in every way. For your
personal safety and your energy efficiency, it’s a great door.”
a recognized environmental leader, itself, with such programs as its “Simple
Guide for Building Green,” welcomed the opportunity to work with such a
positive green role model. According to HWD Acquisition President Dominic
Truniger, “We’re thrilled that Mr. Begley is so excited about the
environmental qualities of our products. Hurd is considered an early adopter
in the green building category, so it’s nice to work with someone who shares
our passion for sustainability.”
final verdict on Hurd windows and doors is that he wants more of them. “I’m
going to tell you right now, when I do a remodel on the home, you probably don’t
need to guess what kind of doors and windows are going in. It’s going to be
new series “Living with Ed” documents the eco-friendly adventures of
Begley and his wife Rachelle, including a close look at his Hurd windows and
doors. It will premier on Oct. 21st on Planet Green. For more information
about the show, visit
ABOUT Hurd/HWD Acquisition,
HWD Acquisition, Inc. is headquartered in Medford, Wisconsin. The company
recently acquired the assets of Hurd, a brand with a 90-year tradition of
building custom wood windows and doors to the highest standards of excellence
and quality. Hurd products, which are sold exclusively through more than 400
distributors in the United States and Canada, and in 20 countries worldwide,
are manufactured by approximately 500 craftsmen. With factories in Medford and
Merrill, Wisconsin, Hurd products are manufactured in more than 1 million
square feet of production space. For more information, visit
or call (715) 748-2011. Toll free: 1-800-433-4873.
Fresh Roast Marketing
Energy Bill Tax Credits
There is no better time than the present to replace your current windows
with new ultra energy-efficient Hurd windows and patio doors!
On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief,
Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. The
Act provides an extension of energy tax credits for purchases on qualifying
windows and doors beyond the economic stimulus package of 2009. Replacing
existing windows and doors with improved energy-efficient Hurd products can
make you eligible for this energy tax credit. While the Act provides an
extension of the 2009 economic stimulus package, some important stipulations
and changes have been made.
Qualifying for the tax credit
•The Act allows homeowners to receive a tax credit based on 10% of the total
cost of the
qualifying energy-efficient windows and doors.
•Exterior windows, skylights, and exterior doors must meet Energy Star
•For the taxable years 2006-2011, homeowners may claim no more than •$200
for windows and
skylights (doors are excluded from this cap).
•$500 total for energy efficiency credits.
•Qualifying product must be purchased and installed between January 1, 2011
and December 31,
•Note that only the cost of the actual windows and doors is applied toward
the tax credit. IE:
Costs such as installation, finishing, sales tax, etc. cannot be applied.
•The tax credit applies to the homeowner's principal residence only and is
an Federal 2011 tax
liability; which means you can have the tax credit added to your tax
refund or deducted from the
amount of tax you owe.
•To provide proof of eligibility, retain Hurd's Manufacturer's Certificate
and proof of purchase
documents. As with any tax matter, consult a tax professional and review
all IRS guidelines to
determine qualifications for potential income tax credits.
Hurd Windows & Doors
Hurd has been at the forefront of designing and building energy-efficient
windows and patio doors for much of our 90 year heritage. As a result, we
offer many windows and patio doors that meet or exceed the stringent
performance requirements of the Act. Click to view a comprehensive listing
of qualifying Hurd products in our Clad Product Performance Guide, Wood
Product Performance Guide, and Hurd Feelsafe Product Performance Guide.
There is no better time than the present to
replace your current windows with new ultra energy-efficient Hurd windows
and patio doors!
This information is provided only as a
summary of the Act as it relates to energy-efficient window replacement.
Please consult a tax professional for advice on your individual tax credit
qualifications. To learn more about the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009 and qualifying tax credits, visit Energy Star®'s website at