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  • As a candidate, President Obama promised "change." Although I don't necessarily think it came from the White House, "change" is now evident in the window and door industry. The change is being applauded by many. With the enactment of the stimulus package, there is now a real tax incentive for homeowners to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes. Manufacturers and... more »
  • Let me tell you about my inbox since the 30/30 provisions were outlined in the stimulus bill. You sure are an opinionated lot. I personally love the emails...Our IT guys, however, are already tallying up how many drinks I owe them for the '09 holiday party. Do you agree with the 30/30 provisions required to qualify for the $1,500 tax credit? Yes No... more »
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    Looks still matter, but suppliers say window and door manufacturers are focusing more on function
    Window and door manufacturers are asking their hardware to do more. In today’s tight market, there’s a greater need for differentiation. That means increased emphasis on both function and style.Manufacturers are also looking at hardware that enables them to target new niches. Tilt/turn products are one example, and larger, wide-opening doors are attracting significant attention.... more »
  • The tax credits included in President Obama's stimulus bill are causing quite a stir in the window and door industry. While most industry representatives are pleased with the $1,500 cap—as opposed to the previous tax credits of $200 for qualifying windows and $500 for qualifying doors—many are expressing concern about the wording of what products will qualify. The wording of the... more »
  • Leaving all the politics aside, President Obama's economic stimulus package has, in my opinion, some pretty decent provisions for the window and door industry. Could it be more? Sure. But it's certainly better than the menial incentives we've had for energy efficiency upgrades in the last few years. I think the economic stimulus bill will impact the window and door industry:... more »
  • Focus group session makes clear that energy performance far outweighs other priorities, but other green considerations can't be ignored
    Most architects involved in the green building movement think windows, doors and skylights are “green.” That view was expressed at a recent focus group sponsored by Window & Door and Velux-America, although it was also evident that definitions and priorities are not yet firmly established when it comes to choosing green products. Organized by Market Resource Associates,... more »
  • Companies say hurdles remain, but new prototypes are on the way
    Vacuum glazing as a concept is nothing new. Glass researchers have been investigating the idea for years. Nippon Sheet Glass of Japan started offering a vacuum glazing product in the 1990s. Most window and door manufacturers, however, don't see the available technologies to be commercially viable yet. Now, at least two companies say the long-discussed concept could... more »
  • Although it's counterintuitive to think about global warming when a hard winter besieges the upper Midwest, we in the fenestration industry ignore the implications of global warming at our peril–at least in the sense that doing so will likely hamstring our businesses. The human role in global warming is heavily debated, but the political role is hardly questionable. As a result, regulations... more »
  • There is a time for planting and encouraging growth. A time to plant seeds or young saplings, water and nurture them, so that the young plants increase in size and become strong. And there is a time for trimming the new growth back, to control the growth, and to protect the plant from becoming overwhelmed by the sheer size and weight of its own increase in volume. I am speaking, of course, about... more »
  • Window and door companies have been living in “energy efficiency land” for decades. I type “energy efficient” so many times in a month I might as well set a quick key function on my keyboard. Energy efficiency to us is like texting to teenagers—it’s in our blood, it’s what we do, it’s how we communicate with our BFFs. Well, snap, snap, people—... more »