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  • Following a rough January, window and door companies still see potential after the tax credit hangover
    After having a festive wrap-up to last year, the window and door industry suffered a bit of a hangover in January. The 2009 and 2010 tax incentives and increased awareness of energy efficiency fueled retrofit sales among otherwise skittish consumers and pulled forward demand as would-be buyers rushed to complete their home improvement projects before the end of the year. The party ended abruptly... more »
  •   Welcome to Window & Door's ongoing coverage of the 2012 International Builders' Show. This section of our site provides an in-depth look at windows, doors and skylights, as well as components and accessories showcased by industry exhibitors at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., February 8-11, 2012 Click here to read our main show report providing an... more »
  • New features can provide more appeal to the North American market
    Multipoint locking systems have long been a staple of the European fenestration market. Driven by the desire for greater security, the North American market has been attempting to adopt this style for many years now. But for many reasons, pure European designs have not resonated well with consumers here.     Multipoint systems are evolving to be simpler for North Americans to... more »
  • Personally, I thought HomeStar was dead.  And given our current Congress, it may be, but President Obama brought it up again last week. Re-emphasizing his commitment to energy efficiency, he said would push for the initiative as part of his his next proposed budget.  I know there are a lot mixed industry feelings on HomeStar.  Some people like the idea of incentivizing homeowners... more »
  • The 2012 editions of the International Building Code, the International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code will soon be available. The target date for the publication of the 2012 editions of these code books by ICC is May 2011. An earlier date than in the past, the purpose of publishing the 2012 editions in May 2011 is twofold. One is to correspond with Building Safety... more »
  • Adding clearance testing to EPA lead paint regulations
    As if 2010 wasn’t challenging enough dealing with a stagnant economy, window and door dealers and remodeling contractors also had to comply with new government-mandated lead-based paint regulations. Many of us took classes, learned the proper techniques for working around lead-based paint, cleaning procedures and disposing of the debris. On some jobs it wasn’t too bad. Others were... more »
  • Monday's announcement that Quanex was acquiring Edgetech was a bit of a surprise on its own, but it also comes on the heels of four other industry acquisitions announced during the first month of 2011.  For those of you not keeping track, Hurd has also acquired Superseal, a local investor group bought Fen-Tech, a French company acquired Lapco in Quebec and a private equity firm acquired... more »
  • Every once in a while, we step outside of the realm of window and door-related topics to explore something that gives us a feel for our readers. Given that I'm not much of a football fan, I thought that would make me the best one (for impartiality's sake) to ask the question of the hour—Packers or Steelers? Now I will admit that I'll be cheering for the Packers by default. My... more »
  • Window and door manufacturers touted R-5 efficiency, HVHZ impact resistance and a host of other performance attributes at last week's International Builders' Show. Walking the floor and talking to exhibitors, however, I sensed an increasing emphasis on design issues. In talking to exhibitors, styles and colors seemed to trump Energy Star. I think I heard more people say things like "... more »
  • In the wake of the worst downturn in recent history, the U.S. home improvement industry is poised for growth, according to a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Over the coming years, remodeling expenditures are expected to increase at an inflation-adjusted 3.5 percent average annual rate, below the pace during the housing boom, but sharply recovering from... more »