Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • 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 »
  • Note: While the content of this installation of Code Arena may seem of more interest to the commercial side of the industry, the information is pertinent to those supplying the residential market in that the requirement is for an Emergency Escape and Rescue Opening in shelters that are only required to have one door. Typically, this would be provided by a residential window manufacturer that... more »
  • Tax Credits Poised to Receive Last Minute Stay of Execution
    Housekeeping activities such as legislative extensions of tax credits are typically among those that get lost amid the politics until the last moment for Congress, and 2014 was no exception. Some 50 tax credits worth almost $42 billion were among those who received the nick-of-time reprieve on December 3, 2014 when the House voted 378-46 to reinstate them retroactive throughout 2014, setting the... more »
  • With the activation of Energy Star Version v6.0 just around the corner (Jan. 1, 2015, for all but the Northern Zone), we will be pulling up new qualifying criteria tables for U-factor, SHGC and now Air Leakage. For anyone who has not yet read the new version, the meat of it is in these tables. Beyond that, is much else new? Indeed. New for Energy Star v6.0 is Section 3D: Installation... more »
  • While most of the population will spend this week and next finalizing Thanksgiving menus and plans—and trying not to get too far ahead of this holiday by focusing on next month’s festivities—we are already entrenched in the New Year, planning the January/February issue. As part of our coverage, we’ll continue the discussion on Energy Star 6.0 that Rich Walker started in... more »
  • Many of us are familiar with the role police and firefighters play within our communities. Police reduce crime. Firefighters put out fires. Both play a critical role in preserving the overall safety of the communities we live in. Many code officials view themselves as having a similar role within the communities they serve. They are the “Silent Defenders” who strive to prevent the... more »
  • This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency issued label guidance for identifying window, door and skylight products that meet Energy Star Version 6.0 requirements. Section I of the document outlines labeling of products; Section II describes the proper use of display unit labels; and Section III presents guidelines for use of labels on packaging that obscures product labels. Guidelines for... 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 »
  • Monterey Series, C.R. Laurence Co.–U.S. Aluminum
    The Challenge: CRL-U.S. Aluminum wanted to create a door solution that not only provided an aesthetically pleasing, seamless transition from indoors to outdoors but also resistance to undesirable weather conditions. The Winning Solution: The Monterey Bi-Folding Glass Wall System “creates transformative living spaces that, without interruption, provide spectacular views and striking... more »
  • Magnaline Panoramic Doors Folding System, Panoramic Doors
    The Challenge: Panoramic Doors sought a way to create a budget-friendly folding door system. The Winning Solution: The resulting folding door system uses Panoramic’s Magnaline hardware (a winner in this year’s Most Innovative Door Component category) that “eliminates the need for hinges, bolts and locks, which in turn, reduces hardware costs and man-hours. The end result... more »