Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • In each of our regions, we become accustomed to “typical characteristics” of existing housing that affect our fenestration replacements. These include certain wall construction, exterior cladding materials, recurring window frame material, and physical sizes of the homes. This deceptively large triple located just below a 20-foot ceiling required an interior scaffold. (Images... more »
  • About 10 p.m. the evening of June 22, 2015, I learned I was under a tornado warning via both my local news station and a weather alert on my cell phone. The words “tornado warning” mean a tornado has either been spotted or is eminent. Those words, along with the lightning show going on outside my windows, convinced me to seek shelter. I live in a ranch home over a crawlspace. Not yet being... more »
  • The industry is constantly looking for what’s next in terms of style, energy efficiency, and innovative manufacturing. As one of our Crystal Achievement Awards judges noted, the companies that are recognized with our Crystal Achievement Award “are listening and have showed they continue to add to or improve their offerings to fulfill those needs.” Selected by a panel of judges... more »
  • Next month, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance will launch Window & Door Dealer Days at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo. The event not only addresses dealer-related business topics through education, but offers much more. For one, attendees will experience some of the newest window and door products first hand in the 4,400 square foot Dream Showroom pavilion. We... more »
  • Capitalize on market growth at GlassBuild America and Window & Door Dealer Days
    Higher demand doesn’t automatically translate to higher profits. As the construction market continues to ramp up, fenestration manufacturers need to ensure they are prepared to take advantage of growth and aren’t overrun by it, industry officials say. To capitalize on growth, companies should consider investing in new tools and equipment, fostering and maintaining partnerships with... more »
  • Our discussion this month focuses on the specific requirements for residential replacement windows found in the 2015 International Residential Code, International Energy Conservation Code and International Existing Building Code. These international codes require any repairs or alterations to an existing building to comply with the requirements of the applicable code for new construction. This... more »
  • As the housing market expands, window dealers and manufacturers are seeing a continued desire for energy-efficient products from their customers. In fact, a recent report from the National Association of Home Builders states that a whopping 84 percent of millennials, who are now entering the housing market, are willing to pay 2 to 3 percent more for an energy-efficient home, as long as they... more »
  • The Clean Power Plan, set to be released by the Environmental Protection Agency this summer, is a sweeping set of regulations designed to reduce total U.S. carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The fenestration community should take note, as one of the hallmarks of this new plan is a “beyond the fence line” approach to reducing carbon emissions. According to a draft version of the... more »
  • The issue of skylight fall protection is not new. Manufacturer members of the AAMA Skylight Council have been especially proactive over recent years in improving the installation and maintenance safety of their products. However, concerns have surfaced anew in the wake of a relative blizzard of reports of individuals falling through skylights while engaged in snow removal from beleaguered roofs... more »
  • How important is it to you to be able to open an exterior window and bring fresh air into an interior space you are occupying? Would you consider buying or renting a home that did not have operable windows? If you did not have operable windows in your kitchen or living room would it bother you? The 2015 International Building Code and 2015 International Residential Code requires interior,... more »