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  • I bought a car last spring that was rated 29 mpg highway. Now conventional wisdom is a new car will never actually achieve the performance rating given. Those numbers are for comparison only and “actual mileage may vary.” So imagine my surprise when, after returning from a road trip this summer over which my average speed exceeded 50 mph, I learned that my gas mileage for that trip... more »
  • A large portion of our discussions about the industry in the recent past have had an economic component to them, as the recession has made budgets tighter and staffs thinner. Belt-tightening has caused a big slowdown in home starts and in construction projects which has lowered the demand for building products. This downturn has been difficult for manufacturers, but at the same time been good... more »
  • Although I tried to keep my mind off work while on vacation last week, I was reminded of the busy fall ahead several times by ads in the newspaper and on TV urging homeowners to get their windows replaced before energy efficiency tax credits expire at the end of the year. "Don't miss out! Windows need to be installed by December 31!" Ever since the tax credit passed, industry people... more »
  • Components designed to provide enhanced energy efficiency were a focus at last year's event in Atlanta.  New finish options for vinyl windows have also attracted much attention at recent events.   Suppliers of window and door components and equipment will soon make their way to Las Vegas to set up for Glassbuild America, which runs from September 14 to 16. Targeting the... more »
  • Honoring the industry's innovators in technology, manufacturing and marketing
    Window & Door has announced its 2010 Crystal Achievement Award winners. Selected by a panel of judges representing all segments of the industry, the awards recognize significant innovations and achievements in window and door technology, manufacturing, and marketing. "Ours is a resilient industry. Our 2010 Crystal Achievement Award winners make that abundantly clear," says John... more »
  • Started as an innovator, Thermal Industries' looks to stay ahead of the market
    Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Thermal Industries owes its success to "embracing new ideas, even if sometimes considered counter-culture," says David Rascoe, president.  The Pittsburgh-based manufacturer, he states, has consistently launched products before the market even realized there was a need for them and, through its own intuition, became “green before... more »
  • I have heard from many folks in the industry in the last year or so who contend that plenty of homeowners are staying put in their existing homes rather than moving along the traditional path of starter home to family home to downsized home. It makes sense, given the current environment and the fact that consumer confidence continues to be wobbly at best. This week, I came across this article... more »
  • Window and door manufacturers carrying the Energy Star label on their products are “partners” with the Department of Energy. From a legal perspective, “partner” is a loaded moniker, but in the case of Energy Star, it may be more honorary than real. In a recently settled case, LG Electronics USA Inc. had sought an injunction against DOE for action related to some Energy... more »
  • When I saw this week's news from UL that it's now working on its sustainability standards for windows and doors what struck me most is the fact that we've had so few "green" headlines of late. With tax credits, Home Star and R-5, energy efficiency shows no signs of going away, but I started wondering if concerns about recycled content or certified forests were on the wane? I thought I'd... more »
  • Window and door makers will be on hand for September event in Baltimore
    Last year, the Remodeling Show was co-located for the first time with the DeckExpo.   Co-locating last year with DeckExpo, the Remodeling Show returns to Baltimore this year with another new partner, the inaugural Plumbing & Hyponics Expo. The annual event, scheduled for September 14-17, also features an expanded conference and education program this year, including lead... more »