Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • After the May International Code Council Group A+ final action hearings, an AAMA member remarked to me, “I can’t remember the last time we had such a high rate of success at a code hearing.” I could. It was before energy conservation codes became as prominent as they are now. Codes were less a source of division within our industry. We were able to focus more on what we... more »
  • Manufacturers and suppliers see new opportunities for tilt/turn and other imported styles
    They tilt and turn, they lift and slide, and they represent a growing market opportunity for North American window and door companies, according to many. After finding only limited acceptance for decades, European-style window and door systems have seen growing demand in the past several years. That growth, in turn, is encouraging more companies to focus their efforts on these products. Wood... more »
  • There's already been much speculation out there about what the next round of Energy Star criteria for windows, doors and skylights might look like, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that EPA has officially started work on the next set of performance requirements tentatively planned to take effect in 2013. With energy efficiency now elevated to a national priority, the next set of... more »
  • Despite unified industry pleas to delay implementation based on training bottlenecks and the poor timing of adding yet another speed bump to an ailing industry’s road to recovery, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to go live with its new Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule on April 22, 2010. The new measure (40 CFR § 745.85) requires renovation work that disturbs more... more »
  • One of our Outside View links this week is a USA Today blog on a campaign against replacing windows in historic buildings. Some preservationists argue that old buildings simply should not have new windows. They advocate window repair or using storm windows rather than window replacement. I have to admit, I was a little surprised. Sure I can see why preservationists might not want to touch... more »
  • With efforts like the R-5 program, government continues to push the energy efficiency envelope
    Windows and doors stand at a crossroads when it comes to energy performance. Manufacturers worked hard last year to enhance the performance of their products to meet both tax credit and new 2010 Energy Star criteria. Now, they are preparing for what’s next and, in many cases, trying to get a head start. For some 50 companies, that head start may be “highly insulating” R-5... more »
  • Manufacturers and extruders are exploring new framing alternatives
    WPC profile extruders continue to expand their capabilities as far as shapes and finish options. Today, many manufacturers see an opportunity to break out from the pack through the use of newhigh-performance framing materials. Wood plastic composites, or WPCs, are an alternative ready for another look. There are many different wood plastic composites, but most existing WPC formulations... more »
  • As some of you are probably aware, the International Code Council final action hearings on its Group A+ (non-energy) related proposals took place in May 2010 in Dallas.  What you may not have been aware of is that the final action on some of these proposals had already been determined well before the Dallas hearings began. Although the result was not finalized until the vote was taken on... more »
  • In a recent article in Window & Door Magazine, Lawrence Industries alleged concern about levels of lead in zinc die castings—a material commonly used in the manufacture of window hardware. Included in this claim was the possibility of potentially unsafe concentrations of lead at surface levels of these products. In order to clear up any misconceptions that may have stemmed from these... more »
  • More competitive pricing and focus on ROI also enables more buyers to justify purchase of pultruded products
    Fiberglass framing materials are enjoying more significant market recognition as of late. Although it is not a new technology, the heightened global emphasis on green building and sustainable building practices is highlighting the properties of fiberglass and increasing demand for such products. The strength of fiberglass enable windows and doors to be produced with narrow framing.... more »