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  • Some rays of light this week in what has otherwise been a pretty dismal summer. The Commerce Department reported yesterday a seasonally-adjusted jump of more than 10 percent in housing starts in August. This was more of an increase than many economists expected, which doesn't really surprise me. I would imagine one would be hard pressed to find a cheery economist these days. One month worth of... more »
  • A quick look at window and door industry offerings in Las Vegas All photos by Robb D. Cohen Photography Vinyl Window & Door Systems   Chelsea Building Products was one of several vinyl extruders focusing on systems that enabled fabricators to reach R-5 performance levels.    Veka introduced its new elements window line, designed to provide fabricators with... more »
  • R-5 is apparently now established as an industry benchmark. If I had any doubts, they disappeared walking the floor of GlassBuild America yesterday. "R-5" appeared in exhibitor displays and a handful of manufacturers I spoke with indicated they were at the show at least in part to review their R-5 options. (An interesting story in itself is the sudden emergence of double-pane R-5... more »
  • Manufacturers need to examine numerous production and market considerations for both approaches
    It is certainly evident that the North American window industry is on a charted path toward improved energy efficiency. In fact, it appears to be moving toward common standards for both new construction and remodel and replacement markets. These markets are converging near a future recommended R-5 rating–or U-values of 0.22 for operable windows and 0.20 for non-operable windows. This... more »
  • 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 »