Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • 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 »
  • Or, more specifically, if you publish a new model code, will people adopt and enforce it? With the advent of the International Codes in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the International Code Council was correct in its assumption that states and local jurisdictions would adopt the new codes. Although the 2000 International Building Code and 2000 International Residential Code were not widely... more »
  • Window types are often described by frame material first, and while no material can claim every advantage, each has it’s own strength and benefit. I guess that’s one way of saying there’s a good argument for every material, if it fits the application. I’m reminded of a replacement installation a few years ago where the replacement product frame material was just what the... more »
  • The green building movement has evolved rapidly over the last five or six years, from considerations solely about energy-efficiency and thermal performance, to the addition of sustainability and life-cycle concerns, and now to considerations of the health and environmental impacts of individual product ingredients. That final topic, the issue of disclosing what makes up building products, topped... more »
  • While more than 1,200 codechange proposals were submitted for the 2012 International Green Construction Code, fewer than 600 were submitted for the 2015 IgCC. However, some of these proposals are challenging the code’s basic parameters. Among them is the relationship between the 2015 IgCC and the International Code Council 700/National Association of Home Builders National Green Building... more »
  • Vinyl extruders developing new profile technology for higher thermal performance
    Vinyl extruders have been working hard to help customers meet Energy Star Version 6.0’s new requirements. Getting there, in some cases, has meant tweaking existing profiles to yield better thermal performance or creating new products altogether to provide the strength necessary to accommodate triple glazing. Yet window manufacturers—by way of consumer demand—are also asking for... more »
  • When I presented replacement challenges in the March/April issue, I focused mostly on full-frame replacement. Most agree this is by far the most difficult replacement scenario. Requirements for structural performance, and stopping air infiltration and water intrusion, depend on the installation, but are even more difficult to satisfy in this case. In many circumstances, however, full-frame... more »
  • Full-frame replacement represented nearly half of my replacement business, and I replaced many windows without the help of manufacturer’s instructions for a variety of reasons: replacement instructions didn’t exist, the brick façade prevented access, there was no membrane behind the façade or I encountered a combination of these circumstances. I developed techniques to counter these... more »
  • I recently ate lunch at a New York City icon:  Union Square Café.  The food, service and ambiance was almost perfect—a considerable feat when you consider the number of great restaurants in Manhattan and its yearly list of failures.  Union Square was Danny Meyer’s first restaurant, opened in 1985, in what is now a universe of Meyer greats in New York and beyond. His... more »