Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • 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 »
  • More than 300 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes program since it launched its pilot program in 2005.  Another 8,000 homes are said to be in the pipeline. We asked representatives of two LEED for Homes Providers—organizations that assist builders in meeting these green building requirements and the rating and certification process—about windows and doors used in... more »
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  • The green building movement is not only a focus of this issue, recent meetings of both the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association have featured much talk about the subject. It was also a big topic at the International Builders' Show, with many manufacturers talking about how their products could make a home green, and how they were green... more »
  • 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 »
  • National Window Safety Week, scheduled for April 23-29, focuses on family safety by educating caregivers about taking a balanced approach to window safety, considering both the danger of children falling from windows and the benefits of windows as emergency fire exits. This education event is organized by the National Safety Council's Window Safety Task Force, an industry coalition comprised of... more »
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    The need for differentiation and higher profit opportunities for window manufacturers are driving demand
    Every year, more and more window manufacturers incorporate automatic sash locks into their designs. In fact, what was once thought of as an upgrade exclusive to high-end windows is quickly becoming an industry standard on a large variety of North American windows. Today, innovative designs and progressive window manufacturers have transformed the one-time specialty product into an industry... more »
  • The Department of Energy is scheduled to release new, more stringent criteria for windows, doors and skylights that carry the Energy Star label this month. As we went to press, DOE was talking about three sets of new requirements, and while I don’t know what the numbers are, I can ask, “Are you ready?” And I’d like to focus that question on the longer term. The first set... more »