Latest Articles in September 2012

  • Honoring the industry's innovators in technology, manufacturing and marketing
    Window & Door has announced its 2012 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. “It is a real pleasure to see such diversity in this year's Crystal Achievement Award winners,” says John Swanson... more »
  • Trade show will once again focus on door and millwork products
    Doors and millwork will once again take center stage when the Association of Millwork Distributors hosts its 48th annual convention and exhibition, set this year for October 8-12 in Louisville, Ky. Following the successful formula established last year, the event will feature one-day format focused on education, followed by two days of the trade show.     Fiberglass doors... more »
  • One of the reasons working with the construction codes has held my interest for decades now is that there always seems to be a new challenge. Just about the time we start to figure something out–whether it be compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, three second gust or ultimate strength design wind speeds, terrorist resistant buildings, impact resistant windows or energy... more »
  • Annual event once again promises strong educational program
    With the remodeling market starting to gain momentum, the Remodeling Show returns to the East Coast this year, once again co-located with DeckExpo. The annual event, featuring a busy educational conference, is scheduled to run October 9-12 at the Baltimore Convention Center in that Maryland city.          Marvin Windows, along with Andersen and Pella, will once again... more »
  • At the International Builders' Show in Orlando last February, I found myself querying numerous manufacturers on their biggest challenge. It was unanimously improper installations. This is not news, but verification of an age-old problem that continues to occur. It’s not out of control, but when a complaint arises, improper installations are usually the culprit. Why is this? If steps are... more »
  • Most economists–and many industry executives–see new construction increasing, with additional growth expected next year. Remodeling and replacement activity is also on the upswing, with even bigger gains expected for 2013. I've been on the cautious side regarding our current recovery, but I am becoming increasingly confident that things are really getting better for the window and... more »
  • When the economy is this precarious, every penny spent must be justified. Cost efficiency and a lean operating model becomes the Holy Grail for survival. The cost of joining and participating in a trade association must be weighed against other discretionary spending. But focusing on the cost is only half of the cost-benefit equation—never a good business practice. To fill in the rest of... more »
  • More manufacturers and pre-hangers are turning to 3PLs to get product to the jobsite
    The word “outsourcing” strikes an emotional cord whenever it is mentioned. There is typically quite a bit of debate in the media about the pros and cons of outsourcing, which usually carries the connotation of American jobs being shipped overseas. That process is, in fact, more accurately referred to as “off shoring.”     More window and door... more »
  • Asymmetric triple-pane construction and advanced gas filling techniques provide new alternatives to improve performance numbers
    Conventional wisdom says R-5 windows are too costly to manufacture. This assumption is largely based on experience employing older technologies for fabricating high-performing triple IG units. Several recent developments challenge the assumption that R-5 cannot be reached affordably. One is the addition of 4th surface low-E glass coatings in dual lite units. Another is the introduction of... more »