Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  •   As 2012 drew to a close, we were waiting for the sequestration shoe to drop. This year, we are in a similar but much less publicized situation with regard to the fate of quantitative easing. Quantitative easing, or QE, is a federal monetary policy that the government occasionally resorts to when standard monetary policy becomes ineffective, to pump more money into the economy... more »
  • New windows and doors, components and fabrication equipment to debut in Toronto
    Win-Door North America returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Center, November 12-14, where more than 120 exhibitors will display the latest in windows and doors, components, software and fabrication equipment. Sponsored by Fenestration Canada, the annual event will also feature a variety of educational seminars addressing issues related to building codes, energy codes, the Energy Star program,... more »
  • In my last column I asked, “Will the replacement industry, as it is today, work for tomorrow?” I wasn’t referring to energy and performance standards; clearly, those will continue to advance. Instead, I was referring to the actual replacement process itself. Replacement, as we know it, consists of either installing a replacement product or exchanging a full frame. Both of these... more »
  •   My daughter, Maria, taught our family about evolution. She explained to us that when living organisms—whether plants or animals—develop characteristics that uniquely suit their survival under specific conditions, those organisms become dominant over time. Over more time, the organisms that fail to adapt cease to exist. Some refer to this as “survival of the fittest... more »
  •   Welcome to Window & Door's special online section devoted to residential window and door industry products featured at GlassBuild America 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center, September 10-12. Below are links to pages devoted to various  products, components, software and equipment showcased by exhibitors at the Atlanta event. Attention exhibitors!  If you'd... more »
  • Honoring the industry's innovators in technology, manufacturing and marketing
    Window & Door is pleased to announce its 2013 Crystal Achievement Award winners. Selected by a panel of judges representing all segments of the industry, the awards recognize significant innovations and achievements in window and door technology, manufacturing, and marketing. “Once again, our Crystal Achievement Award winners reflect the tremendous level of ingenuity, creativity and... more »
  • “What role should the government play in our daily lives?” This question has been debated for centuries, with no clear answer. The question takes an interesting twist when we consider it from a building code perspective. Code enforcement is, by its very nature, a branch of government that reaches into where we live, work and play. From the moment we wake in the morning—and even... more »
  • A new law will soon go into effect in New Jersey requiring home improvement contractors to wear a state-issued ID badge at all times.  According to an article on the Remodeling Magazine website, the law is designed to help protect homeowners from scam artists in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The badge must be worn on the upper left torso of the contractor "whenever the... more »
  •   While this column is generally devoted to happenings in the residential fenestration industry, there have been some negative developments in the commercial energy code arena in recent years that deserve everyone’s attention. In 2010, the fenestration industry successfully blocked a proposal to amend ASHRAE 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential... more »
  • Fenestration technology has advanced dramatically in recent years―mostly to the consumer’s benefit―in the form of thermal, structural and sound-deadening performance, and aesthetic improvements. Revised new construction installation practices have been developed and adopted as well. All of these are welcome advances, but this fenestration evolution also presents challenges to the... more »