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  • How one architect designed a dream home on an energy diet
    Background: Homeowners Jesse and wife Shannon Lizer wanted to build a home that was highly energy efficient. “I didn’t need to hit Passive House standards, but I wanted high insulative values and super low air infiltrations,” Jesse explains. As an architect, he knew that, along with the shell would come requirements for windows and doors that would meet their energy goals... more »
  • Window & Door’s annual Top 100 Manufacturers list is designed to give dealers a snapshot of the major players on the manufacturing side of the industry. Our goal is not to provide everything you would ever want to know about these 100 companies, but to give a jumping-off point for your own research. As it has been since its inception, the list is organized by sales volume. Many... more »
  • Dealers work to train sales teams, homeowners as new guidelines take effect
    For many dealers across the country, getting up to speed on the Energy Star v6.0 specification will be among their New Year’s resolutions. As of January 1, 2015, manufacturers must use the v6.0 product specification when labeling products for the North-Central, South-Central, and/or Southern Climate Zones. Manufacturers may continue to use the v5.0 product specification for the Northern... more »
  • Employment trends took a positive turn among window and door manufacturers and dealers in 2014, according to the results of our Industry Pulse survey. Fifty three percent of survey respondents increased their workforce in 2014, while 40 percent maintained their current staff. Only 7 percent of survey participants decreased their staff last year. (See Figure 7) This confers with—and, perhaps... more »
  • 33 percent of surveyed manufacturers will introduce windows that meet the new v6.0 Energy Star requirements
    In addition to the improved market conditions, dealers and manufacturers predict 2015 will see an uptick in purchases in general, with homeowners investing more in upscale or higher-end items. Results from the Pulse study confirm that most industry professionals anticipate an increase in sales for all products—budget and luxury (see Figures 4A and 4B)—but foresee a bigger increase on... more »
  • New Construction and Remodeling Among industry trends that had a positive impact on business for dealers in 2014, increased remodeling and replacement activity played the largest role. A substantial number of window and door dealers also cited the overall improvement in the new construction market as having a positive impact. (See Figure 2A) Manufacturers, too, cite these same trends as positive... more »
  • Forecasts are a tricky business—just ask your friendly local weather person about what the public expects from him or her. But forecasting isn’t necessarily about making a wrong or right assumption. It’s about setting reasonable expectations for the future based on qualified research of past trends and potential indicators. It’s about analyzing the clues around us and... more »
  • Did 2015 Live Up to its Expectations? Dealers and manufacturers weigh in
    Editor’s Note Every year, Window & Door asks dealers and manufacturers for their thoughts and projections for the New Year. As a follow up, we asked last year’s contributors to our Industry Pulse survey to revisit their projections. Did 2014 live up to its expectations? Read on for the full story.____________________________________________________________________________ “... more »
  • Introducing the 2014 Crystal Achievement Award Honorees
    Window & Door is pleased to announce its 2014 Crystal Achievement Award winners. Selected by a panel of judges representing all segments of the industry, the awards recognize significant innovations and achievements in window and door technology, manufacturing and marketing. The Crystal Achievement Award winners are determined by three panels of judges. For our Technology award categories, we... more »