Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Last year, the Department of Energy announced the launch of the R-5 windows and low-E storm windows volume purchase program, designed to find buyers for highly insulated windows and match them with manufacturers that would offer such products at an affordable price. Checking the DOE Web site this week to see if they had announced which companies had been accepted for the program, I learned they... more »
  • Another new code? Yes, now in development at the International Code Council is the International Green Construction Code or IgCC, as it has been dubbed. If you thought the ICC already published a code for green construction, that was actually not a code, but a standard.  ICC jointly published the National Green Building Standard with the National Association of Home Builders in 2008. That... more »
  • New codes expected to spur more development and options
    Over the past several decades, safety advocates, building code officials and the window and door industry have looked for ways to prevent children falling through windows. In recent years, those efforts led to the concept of the window opening control device or WOCD, a new type of hardware that many window and door manufacturers are now studying and some have even integrated into... more »
  • Most suppliers don't see an issue, but one producer is raising questions
    Concerns about lead have suddenly appeared on the radar of the window and door industry. Most of the attention has focused on new Environmental Protection Agency rules covering renovation work in pre-1978 homes that may have lead-based paint. Lead content, however, has also emerged as a topic of discussion in the window and door hardware arena. One reason for the discussion involves work within... more »
  • Filing away materials I collected last month at the International Builders' Show, I came across a press release about a survey of 55+ home buyers, conducted by the National Association of Home Builders and Metropolitan Life.  What caught my eye in the survey was the fact that among 36 features these consumers were asked to rate as "important" in their puchase decision for a new... more »
  • There's still a transitional phase to go through, but with the new year, new criteria for Energy Star windows, doors and skylights quietly went into effect last week. A lot of companies, no doubt, have invested a lot of time and money into making sure their products could carry the new label.  There's probably still work being done, too. For our poll question this week, I thought I'd see... more »
  • With tightening code requirements for verified window and door performance, as well as the proliferation of requirements for specialized performance targets depending on the job site, product certification is more important than ever for all players in the supply and regulatory chain. Despite the publicity understandably lavished on energy rating, itself a corollary to the green building... more »
  • As 2009 ended, most of the debate in Washington centered on health care, but windows and doors, along with other products offering enhanced energy efficiency, were surprisingly high on the agenda. As 2010 begins, for better or worse, our industry is entering new territory when it comes to the government's direct influence on our business. There are good reasons to believe it could... more »
  • Previously, reports on the International Code Council code development hearings that ended earlier in November focused on significant energy related proposals that could impact the window and door industry and the approval of a proposal to reference the Association of Millwork Distributors' side hinged entry door standard in the International Residential Code. This article summarizes the results... more »
  • Most industry executives I've talked to view the green building movement as an opportunity, but they have also been cautious about it. It's easy to see why now, based on developments at last week's Greenbuild show. Three window manufacturers found themselves in the crosshairs of an environmental group, accused of greenwashing because of where they source their lumber. Now I wouldn't claim that... more »