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  • Window and door technology has made great strides over the past three decades. Glazing options like low-emissivity glass have increased energy efficiency. Numerous sources on the web provide detailed information on products and can provide recommendations for various applications, whether your house faces the cold winter months of Minnesota, the hot sun of Arizona or somewhere in between.... more »
  • Efficient Windows Collaborative Consortium of window and door manufacturers, industry suppliers, government agencies, and academic researchers, supported by Department of Energy, that promotes the use of energy efficient windows. Its web site features a great deal of useful information covering window energy performance issues. Detailed information is provided on different glazing and frame... more »
  • There is no one "best" window or door. Much depends upon the performance demands, individual taste, and budget. One way to determine whether a window or door is a quality product, however, is to see if it is "certified." Certified products are all measured against a single performance standard, with ratings achieved for various criteria. These criteria may include structural... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
    Air, Water & Structural AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-05 Specifications for Windows, Doors and Unit SkylightsThis standard identifies requirements for windows, glass doors, skylights and, for the first time, side-hinged exterior doors. Structural integrity, water resistance, air leakage and forced entry are among the performance requirements addressed. Window and door products are divided... more »
  • Ken Silverman of Silver Line Windows talks about serving Home Depot and continued expansion, and how the company has changed as it faces the future as “one of the big boys”
    While Silver Line Windows makes no claims to be “the” largest, it is certainly one of the largest vinyl window manufacturers in the country, with plants in New Jersey, Georgia, Ohio, Illinois, and Texas. With plans for several more, there’s no doubt Silver Line is one of the most aggressive companies in the industry right now. Leading the North Brunswick, NJ, based company is... more »
  • GlassBuild America is joining with fensterbau/frontale, Fenestration China and Istanbul Window to form the Global Fair Alliance. Organizers of the four trade exhibitions, each targeting the window, door and facade industries, signed a cooperation agreement at the show in April.
    As part of the alliance, the four groups will work to coordinate marketing activities, appearing jointly under the Global Fair Alliance banner with information stands at each of the four partner exhibitions. First and foremost, the alliance will create "simple awareness," explains Willy Viethan, project manager for fensterbau organizer NŸrnberg Messe. By joining forces, the... more »
  • The U.S. Green Building Council Organization devoted to developing green rating programs for all types of commercial and residential buildings.  Main site features information on its various LEED programs, rating systems under development, educational opportunities, its trade show and more.  USGBC offers a unique Web site, referenced below, specifically for the residential market. The... more »
  • Other Publications and Web Sites Behind the Logos: Understanding Green Product Certifications From Environmental Building News, January 2008 Passive Solar Design From (NAHB Research Center) A Clear View: Vinyl Windows & the Environment From the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Vinyl Institute Hot Topics Handbook... more »
  • AAMA: American Architectural Manufacturers Association, a national trade association that establishes voluntary standards for the window, door and skylight industry. Acrylic: Thermoplastic glazing material. Aerogel: A microporous, transparent silicate foam currently under development for potential use as a glazing cavity-fill material, offering very high thermal performance. Air infiltration: The... more »
  • Aluminum Extruders CouncilOrganization representing aluminum extruders, including manufacturers of aluminum windows and their suppliers.  847/526-2010 | American Architectural Manufacturers AssociationTrade association of manufacturers and suppliers of residential, commercial, and architectural windows, doors, skylights, and other fenestration products. AAMA is involved in... more »