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  • How codes are adapting to Wildland-Urban Interface
    Suburban sprawl, where new neighborhoods impinge on fire-prone open grasslands, forests or brushy areas, has created a complex landscape known as the Wildland-Urban Interface. While these attractive neighborhoods offer views and access to nature, all are put at risk during a brush or wildland fire. The landmark 2002 fire season served as the catalyst for a concerted effort to develop WUI codes... more »
  • An overview of Lean Manufacturing practices
    Image courtesy of PGT. Lean Manufacturing is a systematic method of eliminating waste within a manufacturing system. While it’s most commonly used in manufacturing, it can be applied to any process to reduce the cycle time between order entry and receipt of payment. The “high value add” concepts and tools of Lean are fairly easy to understand but can be challenging to... more »
  • What you need to know to prepare and tips to get through it
    In common parlance, a deposition is a sworn pretrial statement normally taken by an opposing party in litigation. The transcript of questions and answers can be used to cross-examine witnesses at a later trial or as independent trial evidence, under the right circumstances. As depositions have become an all-too-common feature of the American business world, we are going to cover a few basics... more »
  • How UX is changing how we think about everything
    The UX Honeycomb by Semantic Studios helps formalize the characteristics of a valuable user experience. See more at User Experience—understanding user needs to help create products and services that provide meaningful experiences to customers—has become a big deal to many of today’s leading brands. With the internet as such a powerful means of how... more »
  • Eleven Must-Know Installation Tips From the Field
    Quality window installation involves more than following a series of steps. It also requires using the proper installation method for the application with the proper supplemental products and in the proper sequence. This may or may not be specifically spelled out. For either case, here are some tips from the field that will help installation go smoothly. Be familiar with the Standard... more »
  • Permanent labeling of windows considered by ICC members
    When you buy a car in the U.S., it is marked with a permanent number known as the Vehicle Identification Number. The VIN can be used to provide a lot of information about the vehicle, including its manufacturer, model, original features, service, accident history, etc. Proposals requiring a similar, permanent mark on all residential and commercial exterior windows and doors installed in the U.S.... more »
  • Browse the latest offerings from leading window manufacturers. Plus, brush up on the key selling points dealers can communicate to their customers.
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  • Did you know a new law is making it easier for a warrantor to effectively communicate its warranty to consumers? This change in the law is designed to protect consumers but may very well influence the law for sales of non-consumer products. The E-Warranty Act amends the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a federal statute that mandates requirements for warranties provided for consumer products. (... more »
  • Tracking the competition could help boost your local rankings
    Former U.S. President Herbert Hoover called competition "the incentive to progress." It might seem like a little less incentive would be handy when you're dealing with heavy local competition, but understanding your competitors is actually incredibly valuable. Competitive research is critical to success, particularly when it comes to search engine optimization.   Organic local... more »
  • If you read any trade newsletters or magazines, you’ve seen the positive news and forecasts for industry growth over the next couple of years. You’ve probably seen equal coverage on the need for skilled labor to support this growth, with dealers and manufacturers focusing on experience, education and certifications of potential new hires.  However, finding individuals with... more »