Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Let me preface this Talk by saying that I didn’t choose the topic based solely on the opportunity to share this after-hours picture of the Window & Door staff at the International Builders’ Show last week. (Although really, how could I pass it up?) I chose the subject of social networking events because my curiosity was genuinely peaked about the role they play in the window and... more »
  • In 2012, the requirements of the 2015 ICC Group A codes were determined. The ICC Group A codes consist primarily of the International Building Code, and the IBC is the parent code of the ICC family of codes. In 2013, the requirements of the 2015 ICC Group B codes were determined. The ICC Group B codes consist of the International Residential Code, International Fire Code, International Existing... more »
  • Courtesy of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association The family of International Codes published by the International Code Council is the most widely used set of model codes in the history of U.S. construction codes. In addition to their widespread use throughout the 50 states, numerous federal agencies—including the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Defense... more »
  •   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 »