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  • Residential electricity prices have increased by more than 42 percent since 2002, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. High electricity costs mean energy efficiency is more important than ever to homeowners, as well as remodelers who think green can significantly help their customers save on utility bills for years to come. Many homes are improperly prepared for the elements,... more »
  • With many housing markets across the country gaining traction, buyers and sellers are adjusting their expectations. With more consumers getting off the fence in order to take advantage of lower home prices and historically-low interest rates, real estate agents are advising clients to position themselves for success. For buyers, this might mean getting financial ducks in a row. For sellers, it... more »
  • A Bloomberg.com recent article suggests Gen-Yers are opting for iPads over cars.  "Smartphones, laptops and tablet devices compete for their dollars and are higher priorities than vehicle purchases," one automotive consultant reports. Detroit is concerned that this trend may reduce annual vehicle sales for the long-term. “It’s no longer a foregone conclusion that we... more »
  • We knew the day was coming—the Environmental Protection Agency recently released its draft proposal for the future of the Energy Star program for windows, doors and skylights last week. With a plan that calls for changes to take effect in January 2014, the draft includes U-factor requirements that may  lessen the need for manufacturers to pursue triple-glazed products to carry the... more »
  • Last week, I received press releases from Milgard and Windsor, each announcing the availability of building information modeling (BIM) files for certain window and door lines offered by the manufacturers.  These weren't the first of such announcements I've received by any means, but the fact that I recieved two in one week made me wonder about the role of BIM in the... more »
  • The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for July, released just this week, saw a pretty significant jump—the largest jump in builder confidence in nearly a decade. Up six points, builder confidence for the newly-built, single-family housing market reached 35 points in July—the highest point since March of 2007. While this is a step in the right... more »
  • According to the National Weather Service, conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean will make for a fairly normal 2012 hurricane season, meaning it will likely be a less active season than we’ve experienced in recent years. That’s welcome news for everyone, especially homeowners in coastal towns who struggled with destruction caused by Hurricane Irene last summer. However, the... more »
  • "We think the future is dynamic windows," said Marc LaFrance, the Department of Energy's technology development manager with oversight over the agency's windows and building envelope programs speaking at a recent Windows Technology Roadmapping Workshop. Dynamic glazing was also high on the agenda at the Window & Door Manufacturers Association Technical Conference, which... more »
  • This week, we highlight numbers from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association's annual market report prepared by Ducker Worldwide that indicate that there are, indeed, better days ahead for the window and door industry. In fact, the days we’re in right now really aren’t so bad either. The AAMA/WDMA 2011-2012 U.S. Industry... more »
  • How one window dealer uses Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest
    A recent report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 82 percent of all Americans over age 18 access the Internet every day, and perhaps more surprisingly, more than half of American adults over the age of 65 are online as well. With such a huge percentage of the population looking to the Internet for news, information and networking on a daily basis, social media sites such... more »