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  • Charles O. Everly—a friend to many in our industry and a prolific contributor to its advancement—passed April 8, 2012 at the age of 81 after a long illness. Charlie’s dedication to the codes and standards arena will not be forgotten, as he was instrumental in promoting industry positions and facilitating the understanding of complex code provisions and enforcement challenges.... more »
  • The International Code Council Group A hearings concluded this week, with the organization making plans to allow remote voting in coming code change cycles. The hearings also saw votes on a number of American Architectural Manufacturers Association proposals covering such matters as threshold heights, wind load provisions and flashing. The ICC has established a goal of fully implementing remote... more »
  • The International Code Council begins its first set of code development hearings for the 2015 editions of its codes this month in Dallas. The ICC Group A codes to be covered include the International Building Code.  Group B codes, including the International Residential Code, the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Green Construction Code will be addressed later. IBC... more »
  • Most window and door manufacturers and dealers talk very cautiously about the future. The downturn in the economy, coupled with some false starts on the road to recovery, has produced a significant change in attitude to our industry. In the ’80 and ’90s, there was always an underlying optimism—even when economic forecasts were less than rosy. That optimism grew and grew as we... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association fully supports the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012 (S2148), introduced in early March by Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.). The bill seeks to restore the “opt-out” provision removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule in April 2010. In 2008, EPA finalized its RRP... more »
  • Many of us as window and door dealers have managed to sustain our business in some of the worst economic times in history. Some dealerships in our markets did not and closed. My company has locations in three markets–Tampa; Cleveland and Milwaukee–so I have some idea what is happening on more than one dealer location front. I do not claim expertise, but hopefully I can offer a little... more »
  • It has long been an aspect of the law that when a seller says something about its product to induce sale, it needs to be a fair representation or liability can result. This type of claim can be frustrating for the seller. The consumer keeps the product, which appears to be working fine, but he or she sues for economic damage claiming to have been misled. The potential for such situations grows... more »
  • Does this sound familiar? You spend every waking minute at the office striving to improve your business operations and market share, but you lack sufficient data to determine how you stack up against your competitors. In essence, you’re flying blind. Or, you’re at the other end of the spectrum, drowning in so much data you can’t determine where to begin, or which charts, graphs... more »
  • What do the Golden Gate Bridge, Spam, Elmer Fudd and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association have in common? All are celebrating 75th anniversaries this year. I’m not so sure about any special observances planned for Spam or Elmer Fudd, but I hear the Golden Gate’s milestone will feature a festival in late May. And, AAMA appropriately is celebrating its 75th Annual... more »
  • The International Builders’ Show held in February was different this year in a number of ways. Perhaps the most obvious difference was its smaller size, with a number of big, traditional exhibitors—including window and door manufacturers—opting out for the year. Attendance seemed to be up, however, as the aisles seemed busier than previous years. What was also noteworthy was the... more »