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  •   As 2012 drew to a close, we were waiting for the sequestration shoe to drop. This year, we are in a similar but much less publicized situation with regard to the fate of quantitative easing. Quantitative easing, or QE, is a federal monetary policy that the government occasionally resorts to when standard monetary policy becomes ineffective, to pump more money into the economy... more »
  • If you sell your window or door products in one of the growing number of states with a “Notice and Opportunity to Cure” or “Right of Repair” statute, you need a plan in the event you receive a defect notice relating to your product. These statutes require that homeowners and builders—as well as subcontractors and suppliers—have the opportunity to resolve any... more »
  • In my last column I asked, “Will the replacement industry, as it is today, work for tomorrow?” I wasn’t referring to energy and performance standards; clearly, those will continue to advance. Instead, I was referring to the actual replacement process itself. Replacement, as we know it, consists of either installing a replacement product or exchanging a full frame. Both of these... more »
  •   My daughter, Maria, taught our family about evolution. She explained to us that when living organisms—whether plants or animals—develop characteristics that uniquely suit their survival under specific conditions, those organisms become dominant over time. Over more time, the organisms that fail to adapt cease to exist. Some refer to this as “survival of the fittest... more »
  • Not too long ago, the construction marketplace—and the residential sector, in particular— led the national economy in a race to the bottom. Other sectors fared somewhat better, but only by comparison. Now, the tables might be turning. Consumers are considerably more positive about current business and labor market conditions. According to Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan... more »
  • “What role should the government play in our daily lives?” This question has been debated for centuries, with no clear answer. The question takes an interesting twist when we consider it from a building code perspective. Code enforcement is, by its very nature, a branch of government that reaches into where we live, work and play. From the moment we wake in the morning—and even... more »
  •   While this column is generally devoted to happenings in the residential fenestration industry, there have been some negative developments in the commercial energy code arena in recent years that deserve everyone’s attention. In 2010, the fenestration industry successfully blocked a proposal to amend ASHRAE 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential... more »
  • Fenestration technology has advanced dramatically in recent years―mostly to the consumer’s benefit―in the form of thermal, structural and sound-deadening performance, and aesthetic improvements. Revised new construction installation practices have been developed and adopted as well. All of these are welcome advances, but this fenestration evolution also presents challenges to the... more »
  • Under a darkening mid-day sky, the 2013 AAMA National Summer Conference came to a close, June 12. As alerts of a pending Midwestern storm mounted, various AAMA board committees and councils hastened to complete their business.   Among those groups was the AAMA Code Action Committee. The CAC’s primary business was to continue discussion and review of the public comments that AAMA... more »
  • Here are a few of my personal gems: Ordering a 24-inch width when I meant to order a 2/4 width Ordering a one-over-one double-hung when I should have ordered a full view picture window Ordering equal sash when I should have ordered cottage sash Ordering the default hardware color when it should have been a color option. How can mistakes like these occur when I aim to be meticulous with the... more »