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  • At least a handful of you reading this article will be doing so on your iPad, I hope. I say that because with this issue, Window & Door is pleased to say we now offer our very own iPad app. In many ways, this is not a big technological leap. It's been possible to look at the digital edition of Window & Door on any computer, including an iPad, for some time. You could flip... more »
  • The opportunity to honor many of our industry’s innovators with the Crystal Achievement Awards makes our September issue one of the most gratifying to work on each year. It’s not just about recognizing the winners, however. Looking through all the nominations always reveals something about the direction we’re heading as an industry. This year it was evident that window and... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to expand its lead paint rules in July was welcome news for the industry. The added costs of compliance to the existing Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rules were already having a negative impact on remodeling activity, and additional clearance testing requirements would have inflated those costs further. The costs and their impact on... more »
  • Despite all the objections I’ve heard about the Environmental Protection Renovation, Repair and Paint rules, most in the industry argue that if the laws are on the books, they need to be enforced. Otherwise, the companies that play by the rules—investing in training and following lead safe procedures—will be undercut in the market by those that don’t. Enforcement started... more »
  • We focus on style in this issue, and personally, I think it’s something many people in our industry need to do more often. Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of great looking products out there, but sometimes I think many of us let ourselves get too caught up in the numbers. The numbers are important. Whether it’s a certain U-factor or DP rating, if it’s required, it... more »
  • In January, President Obama announced support of a new Better Buildings Initiative—targeted at commercial projects—and expressed his support once again for Home Star, the program that would provide homeowners with government rebates for energy efficient home upgrades. Given the change in Congress, I honestly don’t know how much potential there is for such programs. I certainly... more »
  • All good things must come to an end. And while I know not everyone out there thought the $1,500 tax credits for energy efficient windows and doors were a good thing, I doubt few would argue that they did stimulate more window and door sales over the past two years. While the economy limped along, some companies reported record sales in 2009 and 2010. The year-end deadline definitely produced a... 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 »
  • Once again, Window & Door is honored to recognize in this issue significant innovations and achievements in window and door technology, manufacturing, and marketing with the Crystal Achievement Awards. Especially when there’s been so much bad news in the industry over the past few years, I can tell you it is a real pleasure to focus on the positive. Looking at our winners—and all... more »
  • Many of us in the window and door business would consider ourselves part of the home improvement industry. But what about the “home performance” industry? My guess is that a lot of us have probably never even heard that term. Home performance deserves our attention, however. Home performance contractors are energy efficient retrofitters. They don’t just sell siding or HVAC... more »