Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Bits and pieces of bad news continue to linger in the industry, so I wanted to share something positive I see happening right across the street from where I live.  The apartment building there is in the midst of a window replacement and they appear to be doing the upgrade right. It's an older building that probably started with wood windows that were replaced years ago with single-pane... more »
  • In a column in the May AAMA Southeast Region newsletter, Chuck Anderson writes that beyond the 30/30 tax credits, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act will have another effect on the fenestration industry, as it will step up the timetable for state adoptions of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code and the implementation of efforts to enforce the energy code in states as well. In... more »
  • Well, I certainly admit to being confused. Last week, we heard rumors that manufacturers were telling customers that the IRS isn't requiring windows to meet the 30/30 criteria established in the stimulus package for tax credits.  As long as windows had a current Energy Star label, that was good enough to qualify. I was skeptical, but it turns out those manufacturers were right–... more »
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    Suppliers see more screens becoming less visible altogether or retracting out of the way when they’re not needed
    Screens play a crucial role keeping insects out, but few would argue that they enhance the look of windows and doors. Two types of products enhancing that downside of screens are gaining momentum in the market. Emerging recently, but potentially transforming the market quickly, are screens designed to be less visible. “The word’s getting out,” says Alan Gray, VP of sales for... more »
  • The only constant in life is change. These include new ways of getting things done, such as the use of a smart phones to check our e-mails, or the use of a Web tools like GoToMeeting to facilitate the effectiveness of our conference calls. Many changes are made because progress in technology makes them possible and cost effective. More recently, however, the International Code Council ... more »
  • Meeting higher standards will be essential to success
    From higher energy performance standards to continued consolidation, to moving past its reputation as the "cheap" window option, Window & Door looks at the 10 trends likely to shape the vinyl industry moving forward. Agree with the 30/30 provisions or not, you have to admit the stimulus bill sure pulled the window and door industry out of its economic coma. Manufacturers,... more »
  • Oops, your co-worker just backed the ladder into the picture window you were supposed to install this afternoon.  When an accident happens on the job site and window glass gets broken, take time to handle the situation–and the broken glass–safely.   Simonton Windows offer the following tips for handling broken windows: Do not pick up broken pieces of glass with... more »
  • Industry products can help builders and remodelers score points under newly-published National Green Building Standard
    The National Green Building Standard, a document developed by the International Code Council and the National Association of Home Builders, is said to be the first green building rating system to be approved by ANSI. Completed last year, it is now available for purchase through BuilderBooks.com. The ICC 700-2008 document is designed to define green practices that can be incorporated... more »
  • Last week was Window Safety Week.  While that event focuses on educating the homeowner, it is also important to consider safety when transporting, installing and handling windows at the job site. Simonton Windows has prepared a list of 10 tips for workers involved in delivery, installation, and working with homeowners. Use caution and proper lifting techniques when... more »
  • Association Meets in Florida to Talk Green Liability, Changes to Wind Map, Hurricane Simulation Study
    FMA members gathered last week in Cocoa Beach, Fla., for the assoication's annual spring conference. Cocoa Beach, Fla.–In addition to a challenging economy and a depressed new construction market, manufacturers and suppliers in the Southeast region of the country have some additional balls to juggle with changes to the hurricane wind zone map, specialized installation techniques... more »