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  • Let’s put down the plastic sheeting, hazardous materials bags, and personal protective equipment and, just for a moment, pick up our contracts. Much has been written about the EPA lead paint requirements that went into effect April 22. Like all construction trades, the window and door industry has been working to figure out and meet the new EPA rules covering work in pre-1978 buildings.... more »
  • This week's WDweekly suggests our industry is getting more colorful. One of our news items this week focuses on Soft-Lite, which has been promoting color options on its vinyl windows and doors for some time, but also seems to be part of a growing trend. Over the past year or so, a growing number of manufacturers have added new color and finish options or capabilities. Much of the activity is in... more »
  • Tomorrow, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. While there's no doubt we've all become increasingly environmentally conscious as companies and consumers, I think there tends to be a little extra "umph" in the marketing department when Earth Day rolls around.  Some in the window and door industry see Earth Day as a chance to communicate about their efforts to be... more »
  • I work with a guy who went ga-ga over the new Apple iPad. He had one in his hands within a day or two of its release, and I have a feeling he probably does just about everything but shower with it. Sure, he's a cutting-edge IT guy, but he asserts that he can accomplish just about everything he needs to do–busines and personal–on his iPad. So, in a similar vein, I have to give kudos... more »
  • It appears that the other shoe in the Energy Star program for windows, doors and skylights as adopted in April 2009 is poised to drop. On the heels of the March 31, 2010 implementation deadline for transitioning to the newly upgraded requirements, the “Phase Two” tightening of criteria–originally slated for 2012 or 2013–is now folded into a more comprehensive and... more »
  • Last week, I asked about the impact of the DOE's R-5 window program.  One possible effect the program could have–which no one mentioned specifically, but which I have wondered about since DOE first announced it–was a possible shift away from the industry's usual use of U-factors to R-values.  U-factors, as long as NFRC has been around, has been the standard way to rate the... more »
  • Last year, the Department of Energy announced the launch of the R-5 windows and low-E storm windows volume purchase program, designed to find buyers for highly insulated windows and match them with manufacturers that would offer such products at an affordable price. Checking the DOE Web site this week to see if they had announced which companies had been accepted for the program, I learned they... more »
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    Event also reflects global trend toward larger openings
    Roto highlighted the global trend toward larger openings showing this window fitted with its hardware. Nuremberg, Germany—European windows and doors may be very different than North American products, but the two markets share common trends, including energy efficiency requirements that are being ratcheted upward and growing popularity for large door openings. Those two trends were... more »
  • Continued struggles and signs of optimism evident in this year’s rankings of North America’s largest residential window and door manufacturers
    Times were still tough in 2009, but signs of life emerged within the industry last year. A look through Window & Door’s 2010 Top 100 Manufacturers provides ample evidence that companies continue to struggle in this economic environment. This year’s rankings, however, also feature some nuggets of good news that reinforce the view of many that the worst may be over. Armaclad... more »
  • The Fenestration Manufacturers Association will gather for its annual spring conference April 27-29 in Duck Key, Fla. Education tops the agenda, as well as informational updates that pertain to several industry initiatives. David Toney, a lawyer with Houston-based Adams & Reese law firm, will again make a presentation to FMA attendees—this time focusing his legal insight on the green... more »