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  • Following up on a Department of Energy update on plans to make criteria to qualify for an Energy Star window label more stringent, last week we asked what you thought of one of the most stringent numbers under consideration—a U-factor of .30 for the Northernmost climate zone. Read Page 2 of the Talk and you’ll see the response was pretty overwhelming. DOE actually said it’s... more »
  • Another update from DOE provides a little more insight into potential changes to the Energy Star window, door and skylight criteria. The government is still waiting to see what ICC might do as far as tightening energy codes first, but some possible numbers are being shared. So I thought I’d use this week’s poll to get your feedback—and, since I just came from the Northeast... more »
  • Although I fear this reveals how remarkably unexciting my life is, I was recently reading a study commissioned by the Small Business Administration regarding the connection between educational levels and the likelihood that a person would go into business for him or herself. For the most part, the correlation stands—the more book smarts you have, the more likely you’d want to be your... more »
  • Seeing’s how windows and doors aren’t all made in one WindowLandTopia, many of us in the industry are road warriors. Well, air warriors. Having spent more than an hour of my day yesterday trying to figure out travel plans for a quickly approaching, cross-country trip, I started digging up news items, columns and blogs to see if the opinions in this country fall on the side of air... more »
  • Happy New Year. I generally come back to work in a pretty upbeat mood following the holidays, but I confess that going into 2008, my optimism is tempered. No one expects a dramatic upturn in new housing soon, and I’ve seen more than a few economic forecasters say a recession is possible for the coming year. Still, I’m hopeful. The remodeling and replacement market has shown signs of... more »
  • Since your Window & Door fruitcake is probably still in the mail (and lost in the mail, if you’re lucky) we’d like to take a moment to thank you for another great year and wish you well as you head into the holiday season. Since we had a mid-year launch in 2006, 2007 marks the first full calendar year of WDweekly. We appreciate all of the feedback we’ve received as a result... more »
  • The results are in. Mike Huckabee is the favorite of window and door industry Republican voters in last week’s poll. And Barack Obama was an even greater favorite among industry Democrats two weeks ago. (Do we have a lot of closet Oprah watchers out there?) So, the stage is now set for the window and door industry general election poll. If you had to vote for president today, who would it... more »
  • Well, it seems I’m not the only one who wanted to have a little fun and inaugurate the first-ever window and door industry presidential poll. Last week’s WDweekly poll drew an unprecedented response—with more than 700 votes cast. Okay, they weren’t actually all votes—just over half the responses came from those of you who said you’d vote in this week’s... more »
  • A little over a month from now, the first official votes will be cast in the 2008 presidential campaign. So, not to let CNN, the Wall Street Journal, NBC, the New York Times, etc., etc., have all the fun, I’ve decided it's time for WDweekly to do the first ever window and door industry presidential poll. I can’t promise it will be as meaningful as the other polls—heck, we’... more »
  • Seriously—is it already Thanksgiving? The older I get, the faster the years seem to fly by. Magazine cycles are even worse—I just spent the last two weeks collecting insights from folks in all areas of our industry in preparation for our January 2008 forecast issue. On a personal level, it's tough to talk about next year before I've even enjoyed my Thanksgiving Day turkey-and-pie... more »