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  • Two California dealers talk about meeting green customer needs
      Being green may not yet be important in every region or locale around the country. And it may not be an issue with every customer who walks through the door. But more dealers are deciding they can't ignore or take a passive approach to the green building movement. Some may embrace green, others simply see the need to serve their customers. Two California dealers that have been playing in... more »
  • National Window Safety Week, scheduled for April 23-29, focuses on family safety by educating caregivers about taking a balanced approach to window safety, considering both the danger of children falling from windows and the benefits of windows as emergency fire exits. This education event is organized by the National Safety Council's Window Safety Task Force, an industry coalition comprised of... more »
  • Green Resource Center
    The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes third-party certification system measures the overall performance of a home in eight categories¡ªInnovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Awareness & Education. The program establishes a minimum... more »
  • Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door Our upcoming green-focused April issue highlights a few window and door dealers that have found success in marketing their companies as green. Just this morning, I read another story about a lumberyard/window dealer taking a green position with its customers. As this sort of marketing approach gains... more »
  • John Swanson, editor/ associate publisher of Window & Door Spring officially begins tomorrow and with it comes the spring selling season. Just about everyone agrees the new construction market is unlikely to make much of a comeback this year, but what about replacement and remodeling activity? I thought it would be a good time to see what everyone... more »
  • Investigation and tracking of service calls can provide valuable data about your company’s operation. Excessive costs in a particular product line, component replacement, or problems encountered can provide early identification of potential problem areas. Regular review of the data, and a statistical breakdown over the service population, can present a global picture of the work your... more »
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    The need for differentiation and higher profit opportunities for window manufacturers are driving demand
    Every year, more and more window manufacturers incorporate automatic sash locks into their designs. In fact, what was once thought of as an upgrade exclusive to high-end windows is quickly becoming an industry standard on a large variety of North American windows. Today, innovative designs and progressive window manufacturers have transformed the one-time specialty product into an industry... more »
  • The Legal Department
    We don’t need new laws; we just have to enforce the ones we have…” This line has been applied in innumerable ways to issues which have been the subject of a cry for more legislation. Sometimes, the furor results in old laws being enforced with new vigor. It’s good to know when that happens. We are seeing newly vigorous enforcement of an “old law” that has come... more »
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    Windows with Laminated Glass Provide Multiple Benefits Attractive to Homeowners
    Homeowners will do most anything to keep their family members and hard-earned possessions safe. They appreciate the enhanced aesthetics and lower utility bills that today’s attractive and energy-efficient windows offer, but a home that’s considered safe and secure gives them total peace of mind. Today, dealers can meet this need with replacement windows incorporating laminated glass... more »
  • The Department of Energy is scheduled to release new, more stringent criteria for windows, doors and skylights that carry the Energy Star label this month. As we went to press, DOE was talking about three sets of new requirements, and while I don’t know what the numbers are, I can ask, “Are you ready?” And I’d like to focus that question on the longer term. The first set... more »