Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • 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 »
  • The market is demanding resistance to rot, and a number of factors
    At Lincoln Windows, we’re known for making quality wood windows and doors. We’ve been in the business for over 50 years. During that time the company has integrated changes in our products as a result of technology, market demands, and product integrity. Recently, we pulled all of these reasons together to solve a nagging problem associated with wood—rot. In today’s... more »
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    Fire officials and others are increasing efforts to protect homes in “WUI” boundary areas, and the industry needs to be prepared with sound recommendations for fenestration products
      If the danger posed by wildfires to populated areas wasn’t on the minds of fire protection officials before, it certainly was after the summer of 2002. This last “fire season” was one of the worst in the nation’s history, with nearly 6 million acres scorched. Some particularly large fires gained headlines: the Biscuit fire in Oregon that consumed nearly 500,000... more »
  • Aluminum Extruders Council1000 N. Rand Rd., Ste. 214, Wauconda, IL 60084; 847/526-2010, Fax: 847/526-3993, www.aec.orgAmerican Architectural Manufacturers Association1827 Walden Office Sq., Ste. 550, Schaumburg, IL 60173; 847/303-5664, Fax: 847/303-5774, www.aamanet.orgAmerican Forest & Paper Association1111 19th St. N.W., Ste. 800, Washington, DC 20036; 800/878-8878, Fax: 202/463-2708, www.... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
    Coatings/Finishes/Preservatives AAMA 611-98 Voluntary Specification for Anodized Architectural AluminumDescribes test procedures and requirements for high performance (Class I) and commercial (Class II) architectural-quality aluminum oxide coatings applied to aluminum extrusions and panels. AAMA 612-02 Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Combined Coatings of... more »
  • Efficient Windows Collaborative Consortium of window and door manufacturers, industry suppliers, government agencies, and academic researchers, supported by Department of Energy, that promotes the use of energy efficient windows. Its web site features a great deal of useful information covering window energy performance issues. Detailed information is provided on different glazing and frame... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
    Air, Water & Structural AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-05 Specifications for Windows, Doors and Unit SkylightsThis standard identifies requirements for windows, glass doors, skylights and, for the first time, side-hinged exterior doors. Structural integrity, water resistance, air leakage and forced entry are among the performance requirements addressed. Window and door products are divided... more »
  • The U.S. Green Building Council Organization devoted to developing green rating programs for all types of commercial and residential buildings.  Main site features information on its various LEED programs, rating systems under development, educational opportunities, its trade show and more.  USGBC offers a unique Web site, referenced below, specifically for the residential market. The... more »