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  • There's still a transitional phase to go through, but with the new year, new criteria for Energy Star windows, doors and skylights quietly went into effect last week. A lot of companies, no doubt, have invested a lot of time and money into making sure their products could carry the new label.  There's probably still work being done, too. For our poll question this week, I thought I'd see... more »
  • Expectations for a better year boost expectations for Las Vegas event
    With the housing market expected to begin a tepid recovery in 2010, exhibitors and attendees alike will be looking for signs of life when they gather for the International Builders’ Show. The National Association of Home Builders' annual show runs January 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Attendance itself will serve as a barometer. Last year’s event drew about 60,000 people,... more »
  • Industry leaders see many challenges, but this may be the year we finally turn the corner
    Everyone is cautious, but there are traces of optimism in the window and door market. While most industry representatives expect a challenging start to 2010, they are, generally speaking, anticipating a flattening out and perhaps a slight uptick in the back half of this year. "While there are many indicators that the marketplace has hit bottom, market projections are for the recovery to be... more »
  • We’ve been doing The Talk for a couple of years now, and what I’m really loving about the feedback lately is that on the topics to which we cycle around to annually, we’re starting to paint a year-to-year picture of the industry’s mood. So while there’s a lot going on right now—not the least of which is the status of the health care reform bills and soon-to-be-... more »
  • With tightening code requirements for verified window and door performance, as well as the proliferation of requirements for specialized performance targets depending on the job site, product certification is more important than ever for all players in the supply and regulatory chain. Despite the publicity understandably lavished on energy rating, itself a corollary to the green building... more »
  • As 2009 ended, most of the debate in Washington centered on health care, but windows and doors, along with other products offering enhanced energy efficiency, were surprisingly high on the agenda. As 2010 begins, for better or worse, our industry is entering new territory when it comes to the government's direct influence on our business. There are good reasons to believe it could... more »
  • Annual Window & Door survey finds manufacturers and dealers expect a better year ahead
    The worst may be over. That's what most North American window and door manufacturers and dealers appear to be thinking, according to 2010 Industry Pulse, Window & Door’s exclusive annual survey of industry executives. The results suggest more companies foresee some sales gains this year, but any optimism remains cautious at best, with widespread expectations for... more »
  • Because we didn't have enough to keep us on our toes next year, the window and door industry has yet another challenge on its hands. A challenge, I'm expecting, that may catch more than a few companies off guard. I'm talking about the lead paint handling rules slated to go into effect in April 2010 that would apply to all companies doing replacement projects in homes built before 1978. We report... more »
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    Training and certification on lead-safe practices will be required for work on pre-1978 homes
    In April 2010, new Environmental Protection Agency rules go into effect requiring that contractors "take the proper precautions to work lead-safe, including minimizing the dust, containing the work area, and conducting a thorough cleanup to reduce the potential exposure associated with disturbing lead-based paint." The rules will affect companies doing window and door replacements, and... more »
  • The Obama Administration is working on a program to boost energy efficiency upgrades in homes, including replacement of windows and doors.  The industry is all for that. I'm sure many other executives would have been happy to join Jeld-Wen's Ron Saxton at the White House jobs forum last week to make the case that new windows and doors would be good for a lot of American homes and that our... more »