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  • The weak economy has created tremendous challenges in  the window and door market over the past three years. From an editor's perspective, I still have a hard time believing how much bad news we've had to report. It's more than I have ever seen in 25 years covering this industry. Of course not all the news has been bad, and we continue to look for the good.  Amid all the stories of... more »
  • Today’s array of window features and performance claims emphasize energy efficiency. While energy performance is obviously of major importance, windows must serve purposes beyond saving energy. The best window for a given application and site is a virtually customized mix of features that represents an ideal balance of specific performance attributes. As we enter the fall season–... more »
  • As a regular attendee of the AMD convention and exhibition–and the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association before that–I am happy to hear the news that the organization is opening the doors to its annual event.  Attendance there has long been fairly limited to association members, and while that may have its benefits, it always struck me as unfortunate for the industry as a... more »
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    Premier U.S. door event set for October in San Antonio
    For the first time in its history, the Association of Millwork Distributors announced this week it is extending a full registration opportunity to industry professionals as part of a new open attendance policy for its 45th annual convention and exposition. The event is set for San Antonio,Texas, October 7‐12, at the Marriott Rivercenter and Henry Gonzales Convention Center. "Opening our show... more »
  • The quarterly report coming from Lowes was not too encouraging. Second-quarter profit was down 19 percent as consumers continued to take a pass on making big-ticket purchases. The retailer also slowed its plans for expansion. Still, some analysts are wondering if there are signs of life in smaller improvements, especially DIY projects. Lowes CEO Robert Niblock said, according to a MarketWatch... more »
  • I recently came across 5 Ways to Build Affordable, Energy Star-Rated Houses, an article on BuilderOnline that highlights strategies used by a South Carolina builder.  "The company upgraded its windows to low-E high-performance units, but it reduced the number of windows it uses, which reduces costs," the report notes. Over the past several months, I've also heard a couple window... more »
  • The Cash for Clunkers program is in the headlines this week, as it's proven to be so successful among the consumers, the government has run our of money for it. Tax credits for energy efficient windows and doors haven't drawn the same attention, but we see in this week's Simonton headline that the $1,500 credit available to homeowners has had a positive impact on that company and its workers.... more »
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    Education remains key, but updated standards and WOCDs could help efforts to prevent child falls
    As a product safety engineer and leader of the product safety group for Andersen Windows, and administrator of the manufacturer's “Look Out For Kids” program, Kathy Coen is responsible for safety advocacy and injury prevention efforts. In 2000, her work led to a meeting with Kim Healey, founder of the Timothy Healey Foundation, a child safety advocacy organization named for Kim's son... more »
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    Understanding the basics can help a manufacturer upgrade its product line to meet tax credit and new Energy Star criteria
    With the impending changes to Energy Star and the .30/.30 tax credit requirements of the American Rescue & Recovery Act,  now, more than ever, fenestration manufacturers are looking at every option available for performance improvement and making product adjustments to take advantage of the sudden flurry of activity in the market. There are literally endless possibilities for designing... more »
  • We Chicagoans are, unfortunately, all too aware of the perks expected by some elected government officials. Whether its exotic trips or payment for a truck driver’s license or a vacated Senate seat, we don’t have to go back to the days of Al Capone to find crooks in Illinois. Of course this is not unique to Chicago. Nor is the expectation unique to elected officials. Stories about... more »