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    Popularity of bi-fold and lift-and-slide type systems in high-end homes may trickle down
    Multi-million dollar homes increasingly feature multi-panel fold and sliding systems that create big wide openings. But what about million dollar homes, or even half million dollar homes? Is the popularity of these higher-end products—and willingness to spend more—going to impact demand for patio door products in general? Those involved in the high-end market see plenty of growth for... more »
  • A minor variation in energy performance as manufacturers push the “state of the art” could create liability issues
    Federal preemption is probably not a concept many would associate with the fenestration industry. I suspect many readers have never even heard the term. It’s a concept, however, the industry should understand and promote. The underpinnings for the principle of federal preemption are found in the U.S. Constitution and the goal is the uniform regulation of matters of strong national interest... more »
  •   Sage Electrochromics Inc.’s dynamically tintable window technology will be included in a Minnesota home that is attempting to become one of the first and largest homes in the United States to earn platinum certification under the LEED green building rating system.  The 6,500-square-foot house, called “The Green Fin House,” will incorporate SageGlass windows,... more »
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    Manufacturers are working to compete in remodeling and commercial markets
    When one door closes, another door is bound to open—literally. When circumstances change, the key is to adapt. Interestingly, that's exactly what some fiberglass door manufacturers are doing. After establishing significant market share, as well as providing a level of innovation, quality and value that is unprecedented within the door manufacturing industry, fiberglass manufacturers are... more »
  • It may not be "the next big thing" some predicted, but it is establishing a foothold in market
    Window manufacturers see the low-maintenance and self-cleaning glasses on the market today as good products that really work. And while they failed to capture the consumer attention some expected, these glasses are starting to gain traction and may eventually become the standard. "I don't believe many people know it exists," says Wayne Gorell, president and CEO of Gorell Windows and... more »
  • What LEED for Homes and NAHB's Green Building Standard say about windows and doors
    What makes a window or door green? An Energy Star label? Certified wood components? Recycled content? Its orientation? Good installation practices? There is no one answer, but all these elements can help a product score points for builders of green homes. With the green building movement gaining momentum, numerous home rating programs have been started around the country, designed to help... more »
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    Velux launches solar water heating system
    The recent International Builders’ Show in February saw the first move of a major fenestration industry company in North America into the solar market. Velux America introduced a solar water heating system at the show that its parent company based in Denmark has been selling in Europe for years. “Solar water heating is another opportunity for individual homeowners to support the green... more »
  • You have had an aneurysm break in the back of your brain, between your brain and your skull. We are going to send you to the University of Colorado Hospital, where they will treat you." I stared at the Denver airport paramedic who had said this to me, trying to absorb it. My first thought, of course, was, "I can't go to the hospital; I am going to miss my flight." They did send me... more »
  • Indian Wells, Calif.-Recognizing but not being deterred by the economic challenges that lie ahead in the coming year, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association jumped right into its 2008 game plan during its annual meeting, held here at the end of February. Attendance was down as some companies are scaling back travel budgets, but the contingent present was ready to roll up its sleeves... more »
  • What LEED for Homes and NAHB's Green Building Standard say about windows and doors
    What makes a window or door green? An Energy Star label? Certified wood components? Recycled content? Its orientation? Good installation practices? There is no one answer, but all these elements can help a product score points for builders of green homes.   With the green building movement gaining momentum, numerous home rating programs have been started around the country, designed to... more »