Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Emphasis on energy efficiency provides opportunity for windows and doors, but other green demands on industry remain uncertain
    Gone are the days when “green building” was a topic of conversation among only the wealthy or environmentally conscious. Mainstream America is beginning to demand green building practices in both the commercial and residential arenas, and builders are stepping up to fill that need. Most green building experts agree that the burst of activity surrounding green building and... more »
  • For years, elements of the environmentalist community have targeted vinyl as an inappropriate material for use in “green” projects. As a result, the U.S. Green Building Council has been under pressure to create a special credit in its LEED rating system against the use of vinyl. Keith Christman of the Vinyl Institute reports that the task group formed to look at the issue has... more »
  • Report says no reason to penalize use of vinyl in LEED programs
    For years, elements of the environmentalist community have targeted vinyl as an inappropriate material for use in “green” projects. As a result, the U.S. Green Building Council has been under pressure to create a special credit in its LEED rating system against the use of vinyl. Keith Christman of the Vinyl Institute reports that the task group formed to look at the issue has... more »
  • Windows made of fiberglass and wood/plastic composites still account for a small share of the market, but there’s an uptick in the numbers and manufacturers see momentum
    Are alternative materials like fiberglass and wood/plastic composites poised to take a larger share of the window market? Window and door manufacturers have quietly incorporated new materials into their product lines for years, even decades, and fiberglass has established itself firmly in the entry door market, but the lion’s share of window sales still go to vinyl, wood and aluminum. Few... more »
  • After witnessing success at Marshall Vinyl Windows first-hand, the company has rolled out Accentrim nationwide
    When CertainTeed Corp.’s Windows Group acquired Marshall Vinyl Windows in 2002, it got more than a new window manufacturing operation in southern California. It got first-hand experience in the production and marketing of a new option in decorative glass. CertainTeed liked what it saw and is now rolling out Prism Grid at all of its window manufacturing operations. Prism Grid incorporates... more »
  • Iowa manufacturer teams with Cardinal Glass to provide builders with protective product designed to reduce clean-up times and address a variety of other issues
    A construction site can be tough on windows and doors. One persistent problem is paint, plaster, stucco or any number of other materials spattered onto the glass. Removal can be time-consuming and lead to scratched glass, a result that more than likely means a callback for the builder or contractor. Two companies are now teaming up to address this issue. First, Cardinal Glass Industries began... more »
  • Study suggests potential for low-E glass to increase
    All common building materials expand and contract when heated and cooled. For this reason, building product design, application guidelines and installation practices factor in normal temperature ranges and their effects on thermal expansion and contraction. All exterior elements of a home will experience significant temperature variation during in-service exposure. Temperature variations of 100... more »
  • Leading suppliers have teamed up to promote “insulated sash” system designed to offer high performance and lower unit cost
    Production has started at Survivor Technologies Inc. of a vinyl window incorporating a “brand new process.” Developed and licensed by Sashlite LLC, the process eliminates traditional insulating-glass production and, instead, incorporates an “insulated sash.” Executives at Sashlite and its supplier partners predict the insulated sash could “revolutionize” vinyl-... more »
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    An architect shares his thoughts on trends in residential design and how the industry can best supply products to meet the needs of builders and homebuyers
    Defined themes and stylized architecture dominates the housing scene, a trend that’s expected to continue, according to Doug Buster, managing partner, Bloodgood Sharp Buster Architects and Planners, Inc., a Chicago-based firm that works with large builders. Addressing the Window & Door Manufacturers Association recently on “Design Issues—the 21st Century Home,”... more »
  • The latest marriage of these two materials is seen providing a means for traditional vinyl window manufacturers to compete head on in the clad wood segment of the market
    A couple of years ago, Dave Gerhardt of Atria Building Products, Inc., was sitting in his office, looking at one of his company’s vinyl windows. He thought to himself, like many manufacturers before him, “I wish I could put wood on the inside of that.” He knew the challenges of doing that. The different expansion and contraction rates of vinyl and wood that make the design and... more »