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  • 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 »
  • Suntuitive, Pleotint LLC
    The sun glares through the window without Suntuitive (left). The room on the right is cool and glare-free with Suntuitive in place. The Challenge: Finding a way for consumers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes while optimizing comfort and views. The Winning Solution: A thermochromic interlayer technology, Suntuitive serves as a laminate in an IG unit. On sunny days, in... more »
  • VistaLuxe Collection, Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co.
                          The Challenge: “As the style of architecture and energy codes began to change, we saw demand for a product that went beyond the traditional style of the wood windows [available on] the market,” says Cindy Bremer, vice president of marketing for Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Rather than re-imagine or re-... more »
  • Servery, LaCantina Doors Inc.
                            The Challenge: LaCantina Doors saw a need for a larger, better functioning and more stylish pass-through kitchen window for indoor/outdoor entertaining. The Winning Solution: There is “growing demand for an indoor/outdoor kitchen experience,” says Lee Maughan, president, LaCantina Doors. “This... more »
  • As part of its efforts to help industry bring next generation window technologies from the lab to the home, the Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office will meet with stakeholders at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window and Door Expo. BTO will gather feedback that will inform decisions on the future support for the testing and simulation infrastructure at the Energy Department... more »
  • First, I promise that the Talk will not devolve into a running commentary on my home improvement projects; however, as I continue to renovate my home exterior, more questions arise relating to our industry. My hope is that my experience can provide insight into the consumer experience, so please bear with me. I promise to share before-and-after photos. After successfully selecting a skylight... more »
  • Whether natural or man-made, wood entry doors continue to gain market share
    When it comes to entry doors, insulated steel is still king. Yet wood, whether in its natural form or fiberglass replicate, continues to make headway. There is an “emphasis on natural materials…and the influence of nature” that’s driving homeowner purchases, says Keith Juhola, vice president, sales and marketing, ODL Inc. What’s also trending in entry doors? To hear... more »
  • Consider these factors before making an equipment purchase
    Thinking of acquiring new machinery or equipment? Assuming you’ve determined the right piece of equipment that fits your productivity and manpower needs (see sidebar), the following list is a good starting point for determining the physical plant characteristics you should take into account before making your purchase. Space Limitations Work with your supplier to determine where you want... more »