Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • "A Day Made of Glass..." is a very cool video from Corning Inc. that's enjoyed more than 7 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube about a month ago. It shows a world where iPad apps can be found on nearly any large glass surface—and much more. Granted the video doesn’t show that many window and door glass applications, but it’s still kind of exciting to... more »
  • New features can provide more appeal to the North American market
    Multipoint locking systems have long been a staple of the European fenestration market. Driven by the desire for greater security, the North American market has been attempting to adopt this style for many years now. But for many reasons, pure European designs have not resonated well with consumers here.     Multipoint systems are evolving to be simpler for North Americans to... more »
  • The 2012 editions of the International Building Code, the International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code will soon be available. The target date for the publication of the 2012 editions of these code books by ICC is May 2011. An earlier date than in the past, the purpose of publishing the 2012 editions in May 2011 is twofold. One is to correspond with Building Safety... more »
  • Adding clearance testing to EPA lead paint regulations
    As if 2010 wasn’t challenging enough dealing with a stagnant economy, window and door dealers and remodeling contractors also had to comply with new government-mandated lead-based paint regulations. Many of us took classes, learned the proper techniques for working around lead-based paint, cleaning procedures and disposing of the debris. On some jobs it wasn’t too bad. Others were... more »
  • Window and door manufacturers touted R-5 efficiency, HVHZ impact resistance and a host of other performance attributes at last week's International Builders' Show. Walking the floor and talking to exhibitors, however, I sensed an increasing emphasis on design issues. In talking to exhibitors, styles and colors seemed to trump Energy Star. I think I heard more people say things like "... more »
  • Builder Magazine recently ran an article looking at 10 design trends for 2011.  It suggests we can expect more homes that are simpler and smaller. Green remains strong, and is expected to become even more important when it comes to interior finishes (note Kolbe's new offering in Recent Introductions this week). One material that's predicted to see gains is glass–not in windows and... more »
  • Prior to the International Code Council final action hearings in October 2010, indications were that the energy conservation provisions of the 2012 International Codes might contain more than one set of prescriptive values for fenestration. Specifically, during the initial ICC code development hearings in Baltimore in 2009, one set of energy performance criteria was approved for residential... more »
  • The use of steel casement windows in both new construction and renovation projects is growing in New York City, according to an article in the New York Times.  Chosen for their historic and/or authentic look, the windows meet the demands of people who are “sensitive to the design” of the buildings they want to live in, suggests the architect credited with spurring at least some... more »
  • With healthy Canadian market, CWDMA expects a busy trade show in November
    With more than 150 exhibitors signed up, Win-Door North America is once again expected to be busy when it opens its doors next week. Set for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, November 16-18, the annual Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association event will serve as a major showcase for Canadian and U.S. industry suppliers. Canadian extruders like P.H. Tech traditionally... more »
  • Looking through ProSales recently, I came across an article discussing WINKs—women with incomes and no kids—an increasingly influential demographic in the new home market. As homebuyers, these women are looking for “safe urbanism.” And one particular trend these women are driving is growing demand for a more secure, better looking door between the garage and the home. That... more »