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  • System glitches alter ICC code development path for 2016
    State and local jurisdiction adoption and enforcement of the 2015 International Building Code, 2015 International Residential Code and 2015 International Energy Conservation Code continues to grow. As of press time, the International Code Council website reports that the 2015 IBC is being enforced either statewide or locally in five states, and the 2015 IRC and 2015 IECC in three states. At the... more »
  • Class action litigation has become a reality of the fenestration industry. These attacks come in many forms including those directed at a common method of assembly or fabrication practices—that is, a manufacturing defect. This is an important legal reality that window and door companies need to know about. Background Product liability is a legal theory that generally focuses on three... more »
  • Use manufacturers’ marketing materials to tell your story, your way
    There are many marketing tools that manufacturers make available to their dealers. But which is right for you? (Images courtesy of the author.) Many manufacturers offer various marketing materials that dealers can use to their advantage. These often include brochures, technical data, website product samples, color selectors, demo kits, presentation outlines, pitch books, training... more »
  • Depending on who one listens to, one could believe that the economy is either circling the bowl or firing up at the launch pad. The best focus in the midst of all of this confusion may simply be to regain some sense of normalcy. What might be the best case scenario? Perhaps we should turn to the likes of William B. Greiner, CFA, chief investment strategist for Mariner Wealth Advisors—a... more »
  • 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 »