Latest Articles in COLUMN

  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to expand its lead paint rules in July was welcome news for the industry. The added costs of compliance to the existing Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rules were already having a negative impact on remodeling activity, and additional clearance testing requirements would have inflated those costs further. The costs and their impact on... more »
  • As many of you are probably aware, the International Code Council is developing an International Green Construction Code. The IgCC is designed to provide a “codified” document that can be adopted if a jurisdiction wishes to mandate green construction. The IgCC differs from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. LEEDS is intended for use on a voluntary, project by... more »
  • If your company is in the business of buying and reselling building products, including doors and windows or components, manufactured by an offshore entity, what happens if a lawsuit is brought relating to those products? As a “seller,” your company is a serious target. “But, we did not make it, we just resold it” is not an adequate defense. Companies need to understand... more »
  • Despite all the objections I’ve heard about the Environmental Protection Renovation, Repair and Paint rules, most in the industry argue that if the laws are on the books, they need to be enforced. Otherwise, the companies that play by the rules—investing in training and following lead safe procedures—will be undercut in the market by those that don’t. Enforcement started... more »
  • Given the state of the economy in general and the housing construction industry in particular, the high-ticket preferences that transformed living spaces during the housing boom appear to be giving way to more practical, dollar-conscious ones. The 2015 HomeResults of the National Association of Home Builders’s “The New Home 2015” survey of builders, published in December 2010,... more »
  • Something's in the air. Years of increasing fenestration product thermal performance requirements–more recently coupled with on-again, off-again financial stimuli directed to improving “whole house” energy performance–is elevating air infiltration to a new level.  Air infiltration could potentially join water penetration as a major source for legal claims against... more »
  • While driving through central Illinois recently, I was struck by the beauty of a wind turbine farm. The vanes of the turbines responded to the movement of the wind over the open plains with grace and dignity, providing a visual indication of the wind’s movement that cannot otherwise be seen. The wind is like electricity and God–the primary evidence of its existence is in its effects.... more »
  • There is an adage that goes something like this: What you don't know won't hurt you. Well, I'm not sure how true that is. It leaves an awful lot to chance. And as businessmen and women, we independent window and door dealers can't afford to leave too much to chance— especially in this economy. One perfect example of the dangers of leaving something to chance is the Department of Energy... more »
  • It may not be for the best of reasons, but the storm clouds over the housing market may have a silver lining in the form of a brighter outlook for home remodeling and window replacement. Researchers surmise that, in the context of the depressed number of new housing starts, a significant increase in remodeling activity is reflecting a shift toward reinvesting in existing homes over building new... more »
  • We focus on style in this issue, and personally, I think it’s something many people in our industry need to do more often. Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of great looking products out there, but sometimes I think many of us let ourselves get too caught up in the numbers. The numbers are important. Whether it’s a certain U-factor or DP rating, if it’s required, it... more »