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  • With the activation of Energy Star Version v6.0 just around the corner (Jan. 1, 2015, for all but the Northern Zone), we will be pulling up new qualifying criteria tables for U-factor, SHGC and now Air Leakage. For anyone who has not yet read the new version, the meat of it is in these tables. Beyond that, is much else new? Indeed. New for Energy Star v6.0 is Section 3D: Installation... more »
  • Employment trends took a positive turn among window and door manufacturers and dealers this year, according to the Window & Door Industry Pulse. Fifty three percent of survey respondents increased their workforce in 2014, while 40 percent maintained their current staff. Only 7 percent of survey participants decreased their staff over the past 12 months. Despite the challenges associated with... more »
  • While most of the population will spend this week and next finalizing Thanksgiving menus and plans—and trying not to get too far ahead of this holiday by focusing on next month’s festivities—we are already entrenched in the New Year, planning the January/February issue. As part of our coverage, we’ll continue the discussion on Energy Star 6.0 that Rich Walker started in... more »
  • At trade shows, exhibitors put their best foot forward, displaying the most glamorous options and premium products they have in their lines. Turns out, this isn’t just a wow factor or a foot-in-the-door tactic to lure attendees into their booths. These higher-end products are reportedly seeing an increase in demand, according to exhibitors at the recent AMD Annual Convention and The... more »
  • Many of us are familiar with the role police and firefighters play within our communities. Police reduce crime. Firefighters put out fires. Both play a critical role in preserving the overall safety of the communities we live in. Many code officials view themselves as having a similar role within the communities they serve. They are the “Silent Defenders” who strive to prevent the... more »
  • Thompson Creek Window Co. recognized for community service efforts
    EXCELLENCE in COMMUNITY SERVICE      THOMPSON CREEK WINDOW CO. LEADERSHIP: Rick Wuest, president and CEO; Brian Wuest, vice president LOCATION: Lanham, Md. SALES VOLUME: $63 million EMPLOYEES: 426 PRODUCTS: Windows, doors, gutters and siding Thompson Creek Window Co. has four core values as part of its mission: integrity, teamwork, excellence and accountability.... more »
  • Franklin Window and Door recognized for excellence in retail sales/showroom design
      EXCELLENCE in RETAIL SALES/SHOWROOM DESIGN      FRANKLIN WINDOW AND DOOR LEADERSHIP: Cori Brown, owner and president LOCATION: Franklin, Ind. SALES VOLUME: $700,000 EMPLOYEES: Eight PRODUCTS: Marvin, Hurd, Sun and ProVia;Emtek hardware; Phantom retractable screens; Therma-Tru doors In 2012, Franklin Window and Door owner Cori Brown bought a dilapidated circa... more »
  • Hall's Window Center recognized for excellence in website design
    EXCELLENCE in WEBSITE DESIGN        HALL'S WINDOW CENTER LEADERSHIP: Jim Scarr, president and CEO; Mario Grandinetti, marketing director; Andy Grandinetti, business manager LOCATION: Sacramento, Calif. SALES VOLUME: $9.5 million EMPLOYEES: 35 PRODUCTS: Infinity replacement windows from Marvin Windows and Doors, doors from Andersen and Western Window Systems, Jeld-... more »
  • Yelp has become the default option homeowners check out for third-party reviews. Plus, both Bing and Yahoo Local now pull reviews directly from Yelp, which has greatly expanded its power, making it, by far, the most influential online review platform. It’s safe to say that getting hit by a number of negative reviews—legitimate or otherwise—can be extremely damaging to your... more »
  • Window & Door is honored to announce the winners of its 2014 Dealer of the Year Awards. Each year, the Dealer of the Year program recognizes window and door retailers and distributors that stand out among their peers as innovators in terms of business practices, sales strategies, customer service, installation methods and community service. The Winners of the 2014 Dealer of the Awards are... more »