Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Group considers development of its own green rating program
    Hershey, Pa.—The American Architectural Manufacturers Association started work on a new green rating system for fenestration products at its summer conference at the Hotel Hershey in June. The group also heard an update on Department of Energy initiatives in developing new window and door technologies. “We want to be the ones defining what a green product is,” said Tracy Rogers... more »
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    Organizers optimistic following record-breaking event last year
    Today’s market climate may prevent GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo from setting new records for size and attendance this year, but organizers remain optimistic. More than 400 exhibitors and 9,000 attendees are expected for this year’s show, scheduled for the Las Vegas Convention Center Oct. 6-8. “We know window and door manufacturers are facing tough times... more »
  • A new IGCC/IGMA program will be owned and sponsored by IGCC
    Whistler, B.C.A.—A harmonized version of the certification programs from Insulating Glass Certification Council and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance is scheduled to be implemented January 1, 2009, reported John Kent, IGCC administrator, during the IGMA Summer Meeting, held here June 16-19. The event also featured the announcement of a new joint industry document on care and... more »
  • Many public comments submitted related to energy conservation
    The last opportunity to submit proposed revised language for the 2009 International Codes passed in June with the deadline for public comments. Comments were limited to those topics already addressed by code change proposals that were submitted in 2007 and heard during the International Code Council code development hearings in Palm Springs in February 2008. ICC received over 1,000 public... more »
  • Read the main article, Patio Door Market Opening Up Wider Big demand for big doors may be attracting a lot of attention, but Dan Gray, Roto Frank of America’s director of sales and marketing, says one of the biggest trends in the patio door market continues to be the shift to multipoint locking systems. “That’s where we see the trends going, two-, six- and eight-point... more »
  • Questions and concerns about a possible shift to triple-glazing have been floating around the industry ever since the Department of Energy issued its preliminary announcement about potential changes to the Energy Star Windows program. The new, more stringent U-factors DOE said it was considering for Northern climates in a couple years would be tough to meet with even the best double-glazed, gas-... more »
  • WDMA’s new president also introduces himself and the organization's new management company
    Lincolnshire, Ill.—Next generation glazing products and the continuing shift toward green building topped the agenda at the Window & Door Manufacturers Association Technical Conference held here in May. John Stoiber, WDMA’s new president, also used the event to introduce himself and discuss the expanded capabilities the organization will have under its new management company,... more »
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    Popularity of bi-fold and lift-and-slide type systems in high-end homes may trickle down
    Multi-million dollar homes increasingly feature multi-panel fold and sliding systems that create big wide openings. But what about million dollar homes, or even half million dollar homes? Is the popularity of these higher-end products—and willingness to spend more—going to impact demand for patio door products in general? Those involved in the high-end market see plenty of growth for... more »
  • A minor variation in energy performance as manufacturers push the “state of the art” could create liability issues
    Federal preemption is probably not a concept many would associate with the fenestration industry. I suspect many readers have never even heard the term. It’s a concept, however, the industry should understand and promote. The underpinnings for the principle of federal preemption are found in the U.S. Constitution and the goal is the uniform regulation of matters of strong national interest... more »
  •   Sage Electrochromics Inc.’s dynamically tintable window technology will be included in a Minnesota home that is attempting to become one of the first and largest homes in the United States to earn platinum certification under the LEED green building rating system.  The 6,500-square-foot house, called “The Green Fin House,” will incorporate SageGlass windows,... more »