Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Magnaline Panoramic Doors Folding System, Panoramic Doors
    The Challenge: Panoramic Doors sought a way to create a budget-friendly folding door system. The Winning Solution: The resulting folding door system uses Panoramic’s Magnaline hardware (a winner in this year’s Most Innovative Door Component category) that “eliminates the need for hinges, bolts and locks, which in turn, reduces hardware costs and man-hours. The end result... more »
  • Suntuitive, Pleotint LLC
    The sun glares through the window without Suntuitive (left). The room on the right is cool and glare-free with Suntuitive in place. The Challenge: Finding a way for consumers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes while optimizing comfort and views. The Winning Solution: A thermochromic interlayer technology, Suntuitive serves as a laminate in an IG unit. On sunny days, in... more »
  • VistaLuxe Collection, Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co.
                          The Challenge: “As the style of architecture and energy codes began to change, we saw demand for a product that went beyond the traditional style of the wood windows [available on] the market,” says Cindy Bremer, vice president of marketing for Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Rather than re-imagine or re-... more »
  • Servery, LaCantina Doors Inc.
                            The Challenge: LaCantina Doors saw a need for a larger, better functioning and more stylish pass-through kitchen window for indoor/outdoor entertaining. The Winning Solution: There is “growing demand for an indoor/outdoor kitchen experience,” says Lee Maughan, president, LaCantina Doors. “This... more »
  • As part of its efforts to help industry bring next generation window technologies from the lab to the home, the Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office will meet with stakeholders at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window and Door Expo. BTO will gather feedback that will inform decisions on the future support for the testing and simulation infrastructure at the Energy Department... more »
  • First, I promise that the Talk will not devolve into a running commentary on my home improvement projects; however, as I continue to renovate my home exterior, more questions arise relating to our industry. My hope is that my experience can provide insight into the consumer experience, so please bear with me. I promise to share before-and-after photos. After successfully selecting a skylight... more »
  • Whether natural or man-made, wood entry doors continue to gain market share
    When it comes to entry doors, insulated steel is still king. Yet wood, whether in its natural form or fiberglass replicate, continues to make headway. There is an “emphasis on natural materials…and the influence of nature” that’s driving homeowner purchases, says Keith Juhola, vice president, sales and marketing, ODL Inc. What’s also trending in entry doors? To hear... more »
  • Consider these factors before making an equipment purchase
    Thinking of acquiring new machinery or equipment? Assuming you’ve determined the right piece of equipment that fits your productivity and manpower needs (see sidebar), the following list is a good starting point for determining the physical plant characteristics you should take into account before making your purchase. Space Limitations Work with your supplier to determine where you want... more »
  • Or, more specifically, if you publish a new model code, will people adopt and enforce it? With the advent of the International Codes in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the International Code Council was correct in its assumption that states and local jurisdictions would adopt the new codes. Although the 2000 International Building Code and 2000 International Residential Code were not widely... more »
  • Window types are often described by frame material first, and while no material can claim every advantage, each has it’s own strength and benefit. I guess that’s one way of saying there’s a good argument for every material, if it fits the application. I’m reminded of a replacement installation a few years ago where the replacement product frame material was just what the... more »