Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • 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 »
  • The green building movement has evolved rapidly over the last five or six years, from considerations solely about energy-efficiency and thermal performance, to the addition of sustainability and life-cycle concerns, and now to considerations of the health and environmental impacts of individual product ingredients. That final topic, the issue of disclosing what makes up building products, topped... more »
  • While more than 1,200 codechange proposals were submitted for the 2012 International Green Construction Code, fewer than 600 were submitted for the 2015 IgCC. However, some of these proposals are challenging the code’s basic parameters. Among them is the relationship between the 2015 IgCC and the International Code Council 700/National Association of Home Builders National Green Building... more »
  • Vinyl extruders developing new profile technology for higher thermal performance
    Vinyl extruders have been working hard to help customers meet Energy Star Version 6.0’s new requirements. Getting there, in some cases, has meant tweaking existing profiles to yield better thermal performance or creating new products altogether to provide the strength necessary to accommodate triple glazing. Yet window manufacturers—by way of consumer demand—are also asking for... more »