Latest Articles in COLUMN

  • 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 »
  • Tips on how to train and motivate unskilled laborers
    I’ve hired my share of workers and have learned some hard lessons about what influences quality employees—whether they have experience or not. As a crew leader in the field, I learned some effective tips on how to successfully train, instruct and motivate new employees, which I’ll share here. tip #1 SET THE STAGE Don’t just “start working.” Instead, begin by... more »
  • Do the work right in the beginning; benefit your company in the end
    Due diligence seems most often associated with mergers and acquisitions, where the acquiring entity looks deep into the target company—they want to know what they will get when they pay. But there are also certain situations that arise in the process of designing and fabricating windows and doors that call for due diligence, as well. If you want to have confidence in what you will get out... more »
  • The potential impact of latest bills
    In a recent Eye on Housing blog, Robert Dietz, chief economist and senior vice president for Economics and Housing Policy for the National Association of Home Builders noted that “housing demand is promising… but while home building continues to grow, the industry is currently in a cautious stance given regulatory burdens and supply chain issues.” Builder confidence indeed... more »
  • Approved IECC proposals focus on alternate compliance paths
    The ICC Group B Committee Action Hearings took place in Louisville, Kentucky, April 17 to 27, 2016. These Hearings are the first step toward the development of the 2018 edition of the International Residential Code, the International Energy Conservation Code and the structural provisions of the 2018 International Building Code. Anyone can challenge the committee action by submitting a Public... more »
  • Window safety awareness is ongoing
    First, we heard the ominous “freight train” high speed wind barreling down our street in the dark of night. Then, brief silence as the 80-year old oak tree pulled up from its roots and began its fall toward our house. The crash of the trunk and branches crushing our house didn’t just startle us but made our hearts pound as limbs randomly punched through the ceiling. A moment... more »
  • How codes are adapting to Wildland-Urban Interface
    Suburban sprawl, where new neighborhoods impinge on fire-prone open grasslands, forests or brushy areas, has created a complex landscape known as the Wildland-Urban Interface. While these attractive neighborhoods offer views and access to nature, all are put at risk during a brush or wildland fire. The landmark 2002 fire season served as the catalyst for a concerted effort to develop WUI codes... more »
  • What you need to know to prepare and tips to get through it
    In common parlance, a deposition is a sworn pretrial statement normally taken by an opposing party in litigation. The transcript of questions and answers can be used to cross-examine witnesses at a later trial or as independent trial evidence, under the right circumstances. As depositions have become an all-too-common feature of the American business world, we are going to cover a few basics... more »
  • How UX is changing how we think about everything
    The UX Honeycomb by Semantic Studios helps formalize the characteristics of a valuable user experience. See more at semanticstudios.com. User Experience—understanding user needs to help create products and services that provide meaningful experiences to customers—has become a big deal to many of today’s leading brands. With the internet as such a powerful means of how... more »
  • Permanent labeling of windows considered by ICC members
    When you buy a car in the U.S., it is marked with a permanent number known as the Vehicle Identification Number. The VIN can be used to provide a lot of information about the vehicle, including its manufacturer, model, original features, service, accident history, etc. Proposals requiring a similar, permanent mark on all residential and commercial exterior windows and doors installed in the U.S.... more »