Latest Articles in Energy Efficiency

  • Like most Americans, I spent part of the holidays following the news of the fiscal cliff negotiations. I was relieved when a deal was finally struck, thinking the stage is set for window and door industry growth in 2013, if only Washington can keep out of the way. With all the discussions focused on tax rates for upper income people and potential spending cuts, however, I didn't give much thought... more »
  • Opportunities exist for those that have prepared for upturn
    The slow, but steady, easing of the economic vise that has gripped the country for more than six years is likely to create some opportunities for window and door companies this year—but only for those who are prepared to act and willing to work hard for growth, industry executives say. “I think it’s going to be a rollercoaster year,” says Lee Shaw, vice president of sales... more »
  • Exhibitors debut energy efficient products
    The 2012 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo took place November 14-16 in San Francisco, where nearly 800 exhibitors demonstrated the latest in green products and technology. Below, watch videos, view photos, and read descriptions of window and door products making their debut at the event. Greenbuild visitors examine Andersen Windows' E-Series Eagle window.     ... more »
  • Exhibitors make new introductions at Canadian event
    Win-Door North America celebrated its 18th anniversary November 6-8, 2012, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where show officials reported an increase in attendance and exhibitors by 15-20 percent. Read an overview of the event here, and view some of the new products on display below.   Novatech Group featured its Element sliding hybrid patio door that combines aluminum, PVC... more »
  • The R-5 window may be back as the Environmental Protection Agency has released its draft criteria for Most Efficient designation for windows under the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program.  In addition to other requirements, including NAFS certification, the newest high-performance criteria sets a minimum U-factor of 0.20 for all regions of the country. Many in the industry have... more »
  • It’s no surprise government tax credits for residential energy efficiency upgrades are a boost to the home renovation industry. The recent federal tax credit for windows and doors, where homeowners could claim a portion of their purchase of energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights, coupled with the trend for homeowners to stay put and fix up their current residence due to a lagging... more »
  • A quick look at window and door industry offerings in Las Vegas
    In additon to the following highlights, Window & Door's coverage also includes: A report that gives an overview of the event Live from GlassBuild video highlights In-depth continuing coverage of new introductions in components, equipment, systems and services targeted at the window and door industry All photos by Robb D. Cohen Photography   Vinyl Window & Door... more »
  • 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 »
  • I've heard them called "inside storms" and "interior insulating panels" and they've been around in one form or another for many years. Some type of frame is put around a glazing panel–usually plastic–and is then attached to the inside of a window to improve energy performance, reduce drafts, and increase comfort. In this week's news, we have Indow Window, a... more »
  • Residential electricity prices have increased by more than 42 percent since 2002, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. High electricity costs mean energy efficiency is more important than ever to homeowners, as well as remodelers who think green can significantly help their customers save on utility bills for years to come. Many homes are improperly prepared for the elements,... more »