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  • Last week, Jeld-Wen launched a new version of its Web site. According to a company press release, the company aimed to make it much more consumer friendly, using icons and pictures to make the window and door shopping experience much more appealing and streamlined. "Today's online shoppers prefer pictures rather than words to learn about products," says Rob Jellesed, Jeld-Wen's director... more »
  • Door and millwork industry event set for Charlotte
    Looking to build on increased enthusiasm among attendees and exhibitors alike at last year’s event, the Association of Millwork Distributors is heading to Charlotte, N.C., for its 46th annual convention and exhibition. Set for October 9-13, this year’s gathering has been refined to feature one day focused on education, followed by two days of the trade show. Last year's AMD... more »
  • In May, the Department of Energy launched the R-5 Window Volume Purchase Program with great fanfare. Under this program, homeowners and property owners would learn the value of R-5 energy efficiency and get the benefit of fixed and clear pricing on R-5 qualified windows. With some trepidation, we at Haddon Windows & Doors entered the program to be one of the inaugural certified vendors.... more »
  • There are some unique characters out there to be sure, but the window and door dealers I’ve met over the years usually possess a lively combination of energy, enthusiasm, intelligence and downright friendliness. Those traits typically bubble up to the surface with our Dealers of the Year recognition program. The stories of the companies and individuals we recognize as Dealers of the Year... more »
  • 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 »