Latest Articles in Materials & Components

  • Market recovery, pending Energy Star changes, set stage for busy show in September
        Components designed to provide enhanced energy performance were featured by numerous suppliers at last year's GlassBuild in Atlanta.   Improving markets enjoyed by some window and door manufacturers already and anticipated by others are setting the stage for a busy GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo coming this fall. Nearly 7,000 industry... more »
  • "We think the future is dynamic windows," said Marc LaFrance, the Department of Energy's technology development manager with oversight over the agency's windows and building envelope programs speaking at a recent Windows Technology Roadmapping Workshop. Dynamic glazing was also high on the agenda at the Window & Door Manufacturers Association Technical Conference, which... more »
  • Once again the United States Green Building Council is attacking the vinyl window industry as it proposes changes to its LEED rating system. In November 2011, USGBC proposed changes for 2012 (currently on revision 4) that added a new Disclosure and Avoidance point category that refers to a list of "Chemicals of Concern," which include many common materials in building products, such as... more »
  • VIG, dynamic glazing and BIPVs are coming
    Glass or window and door pundits who have hoped for a Moore’s Law like effect to hit our industry and consistently drive technological advances in a timely manner may finally be in luck. Oh, we may not realize the speed or intensity of change that occurs in the semiconductor or electronics industries. But we certainly are entering an era in which we can expect to see great leaps forward in... more »
  • Biggest challenge for most manufacturers likely to be new U-factor requirements
    The fenestration industry is facing significant changes that will likely increase thermal performance standards by 30 percent to 40 percent within the next few years. Higher performance levels are demanded by the International Energy Conservation Code and the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard, and soon the Energy Star Windows, Doors & Skylight program. The Environmental Protection... more »
  •   Welcome to Window & Door's ongoing coverage of the 2012 Fensterbau/Frontale trade fair. This page provides a look at some of the window and door components and equipment  showcased at the international event, held in Nuremberg, Germany at the end of march. Click here to read our overview report of the event.   Attention Fensterbau Exhibitors: If you’d... more »
  • Consumers will soon demand doors, window and hardware that communicate with and be controlled by smart home systems
    A remarkable turning point in the fenestration industry was reached a few weeks ago. Rather than waiting for the upcoming International Builders’ Show, Pella Corp., Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Doors, Lowe’s and Schlage introduced new Internet-enabled products a month earlier at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Many probably paid little notice to the importance of the... more »
  • Suppliers see new emphasis on enhanced functionality
    In looking at hardware these days, window and door manufacturers’ top priority are features and benefits that can help differentiate their products, suppliers report. Other recent trends in the market include continued growth in demand for wide-opening patio door systems, the emergence of window opening control devices, and more electronic options. “In a tight market, product... more »
  • Demonstrations of some of the new equipment and products featured in Atlanta
    For a comprehensive look at window and door product offerings on display in the aisles of the Georgia World Congress Center, also see Snapshots from GlassBuild 2011.   Insulating Glass Production Equipment   Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System from GED Integrated Solutions www.gedusa.com   Flexible Spacer Assembly Line featuring a new automated gas-filling unit from Erdman... more »
  • A quick look at window and door industry offerings in Atlanta
    In additon to the following highlights, Window & Door's coverage also includes: A report overviewing the event A Video Gallery with demonstrations of some of the products and equipment in Atlanta In-depth continuing coverage of new introductions in components, equipment, systems and services targeted at the window and door industry All photos by Robb D. Cohen Photography   Vinyl... more »