Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Submit information on your energy efficient windows & doors for the residential market
    The October/November issue of Window & Door magazine will feature a special product section all about energy efficient products in the residential fenestration space. To be included, fill out the form below by Thursday, September 8. *All submissions will be edited according to Window & Door style guidelines. Products will be included in the print edition as space is available,... more »
  • How dynamic glass is changing fenestration
    There is a lot of talk about dynamic glass these days, but there are still many misperceptions about what it exactly is. Dynamic glass is glass that changes visible light transmission and solar heat gain properties with the application of voltage, light or heat. There are four different ways to achieve this: Liquid Crystal Display/ Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal/Suspended Particle Display for... more »
  • Announcing the 2016 Crystal Achievement Award Honorees
    As one of its staple programs, Window & Door's annual Crystal Achievement Awards recognize residential window and door manufacturers and component suppliers for their contributions to the industry. The seven recipients were selected by a panel of judges from a cross-section of the industry. The winners are... FOLDFLAT BY NANAWALL SYSTEMS Most Innovative Multi-Panel Door New in 2016, this... more »
  • Quality window installation involves more than following a series of steps. It also requires using the proper installation method for the application with the proper supplemental products and in the proper sequence. This may or may not be specifically spelled out. For either case, here are some tips from the field that will help installation go smoothly.   Be familiar with the Standard... more »
  • Window safety awareness is ongoing
    First, we heard the ominous “freight train” high speed wind barreling down our street in the dark of night. Then, brief silence as the 80-year old oak tree pulled up from its roots and began its fall toward our house. The crash of the trunk and branches crushing our house didn’t just startle us but made our hearts pound as limbs randomly punched through the ceiling. A moment... more »
  • Did you know a new law is making it easier for a warrantor to effectively communicate its warranty to consumers? This change in the law is designed to protect consumers but may very well influence the law for sales of non-consumer products. The E-Warranty Act amends the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a federal statute that mandates requirements for warranties provided for consumer products. (... more »
  • What you don’t know about your website photographs might cost you
    Imagine you come into the office one spring day and find a letter on your desk from an attorney. The letter claims you are using his client’s photograph on your website without permission—either pay several thousand dollars or risk a six-figure lawsuit. Is the claim is legitimate? Your website may have hundreds of pictures, the majority of which came from a manufacturer’s... more »
  • The potential impact of the ASHRAE 189.1/IgCC merger on residential products
    At the present time, a merger of International Code Council International Green Construction Code and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers 189.1, Design of High Performance Buildings, except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is occurring. The resulting document will be referred to as the 2018 edition of ASHRAE 189/IgCC. Although the intent of both are somewhat... more »
  • Installation tips for doors
    Does your installed product operate smoothly? (Image courtesy of the author.) Doors are generally more challenging to install than windows. While many basics are similar, such as wall interface, true alignment, and the fact that both either swing or slide, some factors are very different. Doors are commonly larger and heavier and have to stand up to much more frequent operation and... more »
  • Fenestration follows suit in smart home technology
    Kolbe’s sliding door automation systems utilize an interactive wall switch, providing easy-to-use, push-button controls, as well as a feedback feature for serviceability. These systems are available for field-installation on Ultra Series and VistaLuxe complementary multi-slide doors, as well as Ultra Series TerraSpan Lift & Slide doors. (Image courtesy of Kolbe.) The popularity... more »