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  • The series of columns on the more significant proposed changes to the 2015 International Code Council Group B codes and their potential impact on the fenestration industry continues. This month’s column discusses the establishment of consistent definitions of fenestration in the International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code that were approved during the 2016 ICC... more »
  • Some installation accessories, such as these exterior trimout components, are only available from the fenestration manufacturer. (Image courtesy of Jim Snyder, WindowJim) As an industry, we constantly preach proper installation of our fenestration products. The consequences of improper installation are frustrating and costly. Given a quality fenestration product, skilled installer and... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency went live with its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule on April 22, 2010. The measure (40 CFR §745.85, under the section entitled Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention In Certain Residential Structures) asks a lot. It requires renovation work that disturbs more than six square feet in the interior of a home built before lead paint was banned in 1978... more »
  • The new social cost of carbon calculation
    There is a story that Sir Walter Raleigh once wagered with Queen Elizabeth that he could measure the weight of the smoke from his cigar. She took the bait. Raleigh first weighed the full cigar on a scale, then began to smoke it, tapping the ashes out onto the scale as he smoked. Finishing the cigar, he placed the unsmoked butt end onto the scale with the ashes, measured the weight and subtracted... more »
  • Invest in tools that upsell window performance
    A sales technician’s complete sales kit should contain technology that can be used for demonstrations for both sensory and analytical buyers. (Image courtesy of EDTM Inc.) I prefer to battle my competition by selling on features and benefits instead of competing on price alone. Competing on price always ends up in a dreaded race to the bottom; a race I would rather not win (or even... more »
  • It’s not just for the big boys
    The belief that small- and mid-sized business owners do not need to make cyber security a top priority is a dangerous misconception. At the AAMA Summer Conference, Larry D. Sjelin, Sr., chief of staff, Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, University of Texas at San Antonio, spoke about how cyber thieves have increasingly targeted small businesses over the last four years. Viewing... more »
  • Bring your true purpose to light
    Once an organization defines its leadership statements, it’s important to continually reinforce the message. For example, ProVia uses this flyer as a paycheck stuffer to put one of the statements in front of its employees. (Image courtesy of ProVia; pictured: Pam Ott.) My company recently took all of its employees on an eye-opening journey over the past several years. It began in... more »
  • Avoid antitrust exposure with conscientious competition
    Tradeshows are wonderful opportunities to meet new people, reconnect with old friends and learn something new. They also put companies into close contact with their market competitors. And, where market competitors come together, the specter of antitrust violations is present. Before eyes glaze over at the thought of an article addressing antitrust laws, recall that competition laws in the United... more »
  • Update of ASCE 7 likely to confuse design wind pressures for residential construction
    In the last few installments of Code Arena, we’ve looked at the more significant proposed changes to the 2015 ICC Group B codes and their potential impact on the fenestration industry. This month’s column provides an overview of the proposed changes for structural design of residential buildings that were approved during the 2016 ICC Group B Committee Action Hearings. If the approval... more »
  • Unlocking the secrets of Yelp
    Superman and Kryptonite. Harry Potter and Voldemort. Your cat and the vacuum cleaner. They’re all natural enemies, just like business owners and Yelp. That’s the common rationale, anyway, and it’s understandable. While not all business owners necessarily hate Yelp, many—including plenty of window and door professionals—would be perfectly happy if America’s... more »