Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Prompted in part by concerns raised over excessive formaldehyde emissions within trailers supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Katrina-displaced New Orleans residents, Washington has moved to regulate formaldehyde content in wood composite products. A better understanding of carcinogenic properties has also added fuel to the regulatory fires. Because this essentially extends an... more »
  • Manufacturers and extruders suggest some movement toward larger openings too.
    Homeowners want energy efficiency. They want designer options. Priorities in the vinyl patio door market are not too different than they are in the vinyl windows, manuafcturers and suppliers agree. There are a few trends unique to vinyl doors, however, including some movement toward larger openings. “We're seeing that energy efficiency is very high on the list for both windows and doors,... more »
  • An advance look at window and door components and equipment to be featured at GlassBuild America in September
    Welcome to Window & Door's special online section devoted to residential window and door industry products featured at GlassBuild America 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Below are links to pages featuring products, components, software and equipment to be showcased by exhibitors at the Las Vegas event.  Attention exhibitors!Are you featuring something new that's not... more »
  • After the May International Code Council Group A+ final action hearings, an AAMA member remarked to me, “I can’t remember the last time we had such a high rate of success at a code hearing.” I could. It was before energy conservation codes became as prominent as they are now. Codes were less a source of division within our industry. We were able to focus more on what we... more »
  • Manufacturers and suppliers see new opportunities for tilt/turn and other imported styles
    They tilt and turn, they lift and slide, and they represent a growing market opportunity for North American window and door companies, according to many. After finding only limited acceptance for decades, European-style window and door systems have seen growing demand in the past several years. That growth, in turn, is encouraging more companies to focus their efforts on these products. Wood... more »
  • There's already been much speculation out there about what the next round of Energy Star criteria for windows, doors and skylights might look like, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that EPA has officially started work on the next set of performance requirements tentatively planned to take effect in 2013. With energy efficiency now elevated to a national priority, the next set of... more »
  • Despite unified industry pleas to delay implementation based on training bottlenecks and the poor timing of adding yet another speed bump to an ailing industry’s road to recovery, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to go live with its new Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule on April 22, 2010. The new measure (40 CFR § 745.85) requires renovation work that disturbs more... more »
  • One of our Outside View links this week is a USA Today blog on a campaign against replacing windows in historic buildings. Some preservationists argue that old buildings simply should not have new windows. They advocate window repair or using storm windows rather than window replacement. I have to admit, I was a little surprised. Sure I can see why preservationists might not want to touch... more »
  • With efforts like the R-5 program, government continues to push the energy efficiency envelope
    Windows and doors stand at a crossroads when it comes to energy performance. Manufacturers worked hard last year to enhance the performance of their products to meet both tax credit and new 2010 Energy Star criteria. Now, they are preparing for what’s next and, in many cases, trying to get a head start. For some 50 companies, that head start may be “highly insulating” R-5... more »
  • Manufacturers and extruders are exploring new framing alternatives
    WPC profile extruders continue to expand their capabilities as far as shapes and finish options. Today, many manufacturers see an opportunity to break out from the pack through the use of newhigh-performance framing materials. Wood plastic composites, or WPCs, are an alternative ready for another look. There are many different wood plastic composites, but most existing WPC formulations... more »