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  • The housing market continues to recover, but not at the rate many of us would like to see. Economists attribute sluggish growth levels to rising material costs and a lack of skilled labor, among other reasons. Builders around the country are pointing to such problems, particularly in some of the hotter new home markets. It's been a long time, however, since I heard such complaints in the window... more »
  • I just love this list of 10 surprising assertions from entrepreneurs, published recently as a column on Forbes.com. Even though the columnist warned me that a statement or two might come as a surprise, I still managed a couple of mental “no way”s and “really?”s as I made my way through it. Of particular note were some against-the-grain assertions, including that business... more »
  • We report this week on a new campaign launched to block, revise and/or delay Version 6 criteria for Energy Star windows, set to go in effect early next year. The Coalition for Home Energy Efficiency has been formed by a group of industry manufacturers and others who are concerned that Energy Star windows will no longer be cost effective products, particularly in the Northern tier of the country.... more »
  • With every tweet, share, like and pin, it becomes more apparent that social media is growing as a major tool for communication in the United States. In fact, recent surveys calculate that time spent on social media accounts for one out of every six minutes spent online in the U.S. Add to that the fact that social media advertising is projected to increase from $2.1 billion in 2010 to $8.3 billion... more »
  • The deadline is approaching to submit your nominations for WIndow & Door's 2013 Crystal Achievement Awards, presented in the September 2013 issue. These awards honor outstanding achievements in window and door product technology, manufacturing and marketing. The deadline to nominate your company's offerings is next Monday, April 15. Window & Door will present Crystal Achievement... more »
  • Your taxes, that is. April is a happy month for those looking to escape winter weather, but a not-so-happy month for those looking to escape our annual tax obligations. In fact, if you’re really stressed out about tax season, a recent USA Today article points out that there are some hotels across the country that are working hard to take the 'taxing' part out of taxes. Alas, as it has been... more »
  • In response to Julie Ruth's column, "Preparing for 'the Big One'" in the January/February issue of Window & Door, Mory Katz, VP of the Commercial Property Division at Verisk Insurance Solutions, addresses the threat posed by severe storms. He writes: "I read with interest Julie Ruth’s column. ...  After a storm, the power grid, building construction and... more »
  • One of the things I have always loved about the window and door industry is the strong streak of entrepreneurialism that runs through it. Far and wide, fenestration companies have been founded by craftsmen, installers and salespeople who were confident they could make a better window, provide better customer service and/or bring a higher level of skill to the practice of installing windows. Last... more »
  • After Congress once again failed to agree on how to reduce the federal deficit, the sequester went into effect March 1. Of the sequester’s $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, an estimated $4 billion come from reductions in construction spending, according to a March 3 Engineering News-Record report. And while it's clear the sequester will in some way impact the commercial construction... more »
  • An interesting debate is brewing in the business world, sparked by Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer. As parenting columnist for The Washington Post Tracy Grant points out this week, Mayer is ruffling feathers for her decision to eliminate employees’ option to work from home. Having been appointed to the helm of Yahoo at less than 40 years old and while pregnant, many people thought she... more »