Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • 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 »
  • 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 »