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  • Happy almost-long-weekend everyone! We're just a few days away from Memorial Day weekend, three days that many consider the unofficial start to summer. Our community pool is opening up this weekend and my kids are counting down their final days of school. The mild weather also helps with my summery state of mind. Occasionally, we take an opportunity with the Talk to ask a question that isn... more »
  • Once again the United States Green Building Council is attacking the vinyl window industry as it proposes changes to its LEED rating system. In November 2011, USGBC proposed changes for 2012 (currently on revision 4) that added a new Disclosure and Avoidance point category that refers to a list of "Chemicals of Concern," which include many common materials in building products, such as... more »
  • Many window and door manufacturers, as well as suppliers of glass and other components, will be in Washington, D.C., this week exhibiting at the AIA 2012 Expo. It promises to be an interesting showcase of new products and technologies targeted at the commercial, institutional and high-end residential markets. It is these segments of the window and door business where architects typically play an... more »
  • Quanex Building Products has begun an initiative to better inform our customers of changes in programs and legislation in Washington that may impact the fenestration industry. We are investing in lobbying and dedicating resources to actively develop our influence with key members of Congress and departments, such as the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. We have... more »
  • In recent weeks, I’ve been chatting with a few people in the industry about operations challenges they’ve tackled in the last year or so. Sure—money is tight all around. But some companies are carving out the budgetary space to explore efficiencies and add capabilities. From sales and marketing to scheduling to installation and service, window and door companies are still... more »
  • We’re looking at social media use among window and door dealers and manufacturers in our August issue.  Do you have a success story to share on how you’re connecting to customers using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other such tools?   I'll try to kickstart the conversation with this week's poll question. And whether you're a supplier, manufacturer, dealer or consultant, I'... more »
  • In preparing for my moderator role at this week’s Fenestration Manufacturers Conference—taking place right now in Pensacola Beach, Fla.—I participated in several conference calls with organizers to polish up our agenda. One of the topics of discussion we explored was raw material price increases and whether or not the market can sustain increases rippling through the supply... more »
  • Window & Door recently reached out to a number of people in the industry for an upcoming article looking at the impact of recent steps taken by the Federal Trade Commission designed to end the use of "exaggerated and unsupported claims" related to the energy-savings potential of windows. Gary Delman of Sunrise Windows in Michigan shared the following insights.  We thought... more »
  • With Earth Day coming, I thought I would turn my attention to green. In surfing the internet on the subject, I came across a a small business report on American Express's Open Forum that suggests that consumers are opting for green products less due to the weak economy, but companies continue to move in a greener direction.  The reason companies are embracing green, it suggests, is that... more »
  • It a little less than a week, the 2012 deadline for filing your income taxes will be upon us. Always a fun day to look forward to, isn’t it? I read an article that says more than half of Americans plan to use this year’s refund to pay bills. Some people will take vacations, participate in leisure activities or buy gifts with their refunds, the survey says, but a majority of... more »