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  • Happy New Year, Window & Door readers. This first issue celebrates the beginning of 2016 with our annual Industry Pulse survey, which polls professionals from every aspect of the industry on their insights and projections for the coming year and their experiences of the year just past. While the facts and figures we extrapolate from the survey give a frame to the story, it’s the... more »
  • “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” said 18th century poet Robert Burns. The same could be said of the ICC Group A Public Comment Hearings that took place in Long Beach, California, last fall. The intent of these hearings was to record the online ballots the governmental-voting member representatives would use to finalize the 2018 editions of the ICC Group A codes.... more »
  • Social media is not easily categorized as business-to-business or business-to-consumer. So it’s important to note that the different social media channels are not one-size-fits-all, and programs should be built on a scalable model to contract or expand to fit your business goals. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the factors that contribute to social media success. The most... more »
  • Fenestration installation instructions used to be very basic, as were building materials; there were only a few fenestration choices and fairly low expectations for energy performance. In many cases, manufacturers didn’t even offer installation instructions. Today, however, these instructions are not only available, they are evolving to meet industry demands. Why? Read on. 1. Manufacturers... more »
  • Fenestration rarely achieves the pinnacle of notoriety for technological advancement enjoyed by iPhones, advanced pharmaceuticals or new space vehicles, but one recent development comes close. The Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, challenges teams from the world’s most prestigious institutions to design, build and operate solar-powered... more »
  • Window Product Category Rule Requirements
    A new Window Product Category Rule was recently created through the joint effort of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, Glass Association of North America and Window and Door Manufacturers Association. This PCR is the guide for developing an Environmental Product Declaration, which is the manufacturer’s detailed statement of the... more »
  • Courtesy of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association How to Use this Guide This article focuses on the requirements of the 2015 editions of the IRC and IECC for residential fenestration, with emphasis on the changes that have occurred between the 2012 and 2015 editions of those codes. The user of this summary is cautioned, however, that it is not intended to be a full discussion of... more »
  • “Two eight five two, six over six, seven eighths muntins, four and nine jamb, with three and a half flat casing… four times.” This is what I said to Mary as she typed in the estimate—without skipping a beat. While this dialogue would be foreign to anyone outside of the fenestration industry, I bet it made perfect sense to most of you. Not only is dimensional accuracy... more »
  • Questions about replacing windows where new construction would require Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings are common. While a recent column discussed new provisions for replacement windows in the 2015 International Codes, it did not address all possible scenarios. EEROs are required in all basements and sleeping rooms below the fourth floor of single family homes, townhouses and apartment... more »
  • Picture this scenario: a property owner finds one or more things actually “wrong” with his house. He ultimately sues the developer and general contractor, but expands his list to include the original items, plus a number of smaller things that, “could have been better.” The original defendants turn around and sue every entity who performed labor or supplied product to the... more »