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  • The 2012 editions of the International Building Code, the International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code will soon be available. The target date for the publication of the 2012 editions of these code books by ICC is May 2011. An earlier date than in the past, the purpose of publishing the 2012 editions in May 2011 is twofold. One is to correspond with Building Safety... more »
  • Adding clearance testing to EPA lead paint regulations
    As if 2010 wasn’t challenging enough dealing with a stagnant economy, window and door dealers and remodeling contractors also had to comply with new government-mandated lead-based paint regulations. Many of us took classes, learned the proper techniques for working around lead-based paint, cleaning procedures and disposing of the debris. On some jobs it wasn’t too bad. Others were... more »
  • Prior to the International Code Council final action hearings in October 2010, indications were that the energy conservation provisions of the 2012 International Codes might contain more than one set of prescriptive values for fenestration. Specifically, during the initial ICC code development hearings in Baltimore in 2009, one set of energy performance criteria was approved for residential... more »
  • All good things must come to an end. And while I know not everyone out there thought the $1,500 tax credits for energy efficient windows and doors were a good thing, I doubt few would argue that they did stimulate more window and door sales over the past two years. While the economy limped along, some companies reported record sales in 2009 and 2010. The year-end deadline definitely produced a... more »
  • Looking toward 2011, we observe an economy rife with mixed signals, but with a difference. Most of the mixed signals are in terms of how big and how fast the recovery will be – not whether further declines of varying depth are in the offing. McGraw-Hill Construction expects the economy to grow at a lackluster annual rate of 2.5 percent, but avoiding another recession. Among the mixed... more »
  • In May, the Department of Energy launched the R-5 Window Volume Purchase Program with great fanfare. Under this program, homeowners and property owners would learn the value of R-5 energy efficiency and get the benefit of fixed and clear pricing on R-5 qualified windows. With some trepidation, we at Haddon Windows & Doors entered the program to be one of the inaugural certified vendors.... more »
  • There are some unique characters out there to be sure, but the window and door dealers I’ve met over the years usually possess a lively combination of energy, enthusiasm, intelligence and downright friendliness. Those traits typically bubble up to the surface with our Dealers of the Year recognition program. The stories of the companies and individuals we recognize as Dealers of the Year... more »
  • I bought a car last spring that was rated 29 mpg highway. Now conventional wisdom is a new car will never actually achieve the performance rating given. Those numbers are for comparison only and “actual mileage may vary.” So imagine my surprise when, after returning from a road trip this summer over which my average speed exceeded 50 mph, I learned that my gas mileage for that trip... more »
  • A large portion of our discussions about the industry in the recent past have had an economic component to them, as the recession has made budgets tighter and staffs thinner. Belt-tightening has caused a big slowdown in home starts and in construction projects which has lowered the demand for building products. This downturn has been difficult for manufacturers, but at the same time been good... more »
  • Window and door manufacturers carrying the Energy Star label on their products are “partners” with the Department of Energy. From a legal perspective, “partner” is a loaded moniker, but in the case of Energy Star, it may be more honorary than real. In a recently settled case, LG Electronics USA Inc. had sought an injunction against DOE for action related to some Energy... more »