Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Window & Door Dealers Alliance members are heading to Department of Energy offices in Washington, D.C., today to learn about the Home Energy Score program. In the pilot phase in a number of places around the country, the program uses specially-trained assessors who walk through homes and input information into a program that outputs a score card with a 1 to 10 energy efficiency rating... more »
  • The sad stories that often accompany discussions about Window Safety Week are definitely enough to make me—a mother of two young girls—think twice about fall prevention measures.   Some of the stories in the March/April AAMA column remind remind us just how prevalent a safety concern this issue is. As the column points out, window professionals are in an ideal position to help... more »
  • Ask vinyl window manufacturers 10 or 20 years ago, most of them would have reported that 90 percent of their sales or more were white vinyl. And many seemed to prefer things that way. “Color is all the way through” was a selling point for many vinyl window companies. According to a Window & Door survey of vinyl window manufacturers, things are changing. More and more companies are... more »
  • "A Day Made of Glass..." is a very cool video from Corning Inc. that's enjoyed more than 7 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube about a month ago. It shows a world where iPad apps can be found on nearly any large glass surface—and much more. Granted the video doesn’t show that many window and door glass applications, but it’s still kind of exciting to... more »
  • New features can provide more appeal to the North American market
    Multipoint locking systems have long been a staple of the European fenestration market. Driven by the desire for greater security, the North American market has been attempting to adopt this style for many years now. But for many reasons, pure European designs have not resonated well with consumers here.     Multipoint systems are evolving to be simpler for North Americans to... more »
  • The 2012 editions of the International Building Code, the International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code will soon be available. The target date for the publication of the 2012 editions of these code books by ICC is May 2011. An earlier date than in the past, the purpose of publishing the 2012 editions in May 2011 is twofold. One is to correspond with Building Safety... more »
  • Adding clearance testing to EPA lead paint regulations
    As if 2010 wasn’t challenging enough dealing with a stagnant economy, window and door dealers and remodeling contractors also had to comply with new government-mandated lead-based paint regulations. Many of us took classes, learned the proper techniques for working around lead-based paint, cleaning procedures and disposing of the debris. On some jobs it wasn’t too bad. Others were... more »
  • Window and door manufacturers touted R-5 efficiency, HVHZ impact resistance and a host of other performance attributes at last week's International Builders' Show. Walking the floor and talking to exhibitors, however, I sensed an increasing emphasis on design issues. In talking to exhibitors, styles and colors seemed to trump Energy Star. I think I heard more people say things like "... more »
  • Builder Magazine recently ran an article looking at 10 design trends for 2011.  It suggests we can expect more homes that are simpler and smaller. Green remains strong, and is expected to become even more important when it comes to interior finishes (note Kolbe's new offering in Recent Introductions this week). One material that's predicted to see gains is glass–not in windows and... more »
  • Prior to the International Code Council final action hearings in October 2010, indications were that the energy conservation provisions of the 2012 International Codes might contain more than one set of prescriptive values for fenestration. Specifically, during the initial ICC code development hearings in Baltimore in 2009, one set of energy performance criteria was approved for residential... more »