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  • Last week's announcement from the FTC that it has reached a settlement with several window companies regarding their claims about the energy efficiency savings provided by their products does not come as a complete shock.  Ever since the Washington State attorney general's crackdown on window dealers, industry lawyers have been warning other window and door companies to take a close... more »
  • About a year ago, we highlighted a Corning video entitled "A Day Made of Glass" and asked the question, Will You Sell Touchscreen Windows and Door?  It turned out to be one of the most viewed pages of our website last year. So when someone told me about another video, a demonstration of Samsung's Transparent Smart Window from the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show, I decided I had to... more »
  • I’m a Facebook junkie—I’ll admit it. I even work a bit of Tweeting into my routine for work and some organizations in which I’m involved. But I’m far from a cutting-edge social networker. I see the value that social networking has brought to many companies, and it certainly has changed the way we communicate and interact as a society. There are always new networks... more »
  •     A contemporary styel door and window in the Kolbe booth. A walk through the aisles of the International Builders' Show yesterday before it opened suggests when new construction does comeback, it's likely to be feature more contemporary styling. From an industry perspective, it is most evident in doors. Traditional six-panel designs had migrated to more Craftsman styles and... more »
  • The Window & Door Manufacturers Association has set the agenda for its 2012 spring meeting and legislative conference, scheduled for March 5-7 in Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers at the event will be Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.). The conference begins Monday, March 5, with WDMA's annual membership meeting, as well as committee sessions. The first day... more »
  • With consumer confidence slowly but surely seeping back into the economy, some industry companies are banking on a decent home improvement season in the coming months. And this uptick in confidence also coincides with “spring home show” season, a dynamic that could prove to be a useful catalyst in the window and door industry. Let’s talk about home shows. Love ‘em or hate... more »
  • This week we heard from two sources that business could be improving.  The National Association of Home Builders reported that builder confidence is up for the fourth straight month.  “Builders are seeing greater interest among potential buyers as employment and consumer confidence slowly improve in a growing number of markets," says David Crowe, NAHB chief economist.... more »
  • In working on the 2012 forecast piece for the January/February issue, I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of folks in the window and door industry about what they expect for the coming year. We covered a lot of topics, as I’m sure you can imagine, ranging from the significant challenges our industry continues to face, to the overlooked opportunities that some companies are pursuing in a... more »
  • The concept of the smart home has been with us for many years. Progress in the market, however, has been limited. Last week's announcement from Lowe's about the launch of the Iris system indicates things are changing. And the residential window and door industry is paying attention. Therma-Tru Doors, for example, is going to offer doors that allow homeowners to monitor activity with the Lowe's... more »
  • This time of year, we start looking back to summarize some of the most notable happenings of the past 12 months. In the mainstream media, some of the top stories being bantered about include politicians’ extramarital activities, royal weddings, and the continued economic woes. In the window and door industry, we’ve had an interesting year as well. We started out with a significant... more »