Latest Articles in Design & Performance

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    Overcoming the barrier of consumer awareness to sell
    Fiberglass entry doors have been on the market since the early ’80s. Particularly in recent years, the category has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to dealers, builders and remodelers who promote the performance benefits of fiberglass to their customers. But while the presence of fiberglass continues to grow faster than traditional materials, consumer awareness of fiberglass remains... more »
  • Efficient windows and doors are just the beginning in project incorporating ‘zero-energy’ concepts
    Over the last several months, Pollard Windows has been involved with an educational housing project spearheaded by BASF, the chemical company, as part of their “Better Home, Better Planet” initiative. I’ve been thrilled to be involved for many reasons—from helping to learn more about environmental building practices, to gaining more exposure for my company, to helping a... more »
  • Solar panels help defray energy costs by harnessing sun’s power
    When it comes to today’s fenestration products, homeowners expect windows and doors to keep their homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There may come a day in the future, however, when homeowners can actually put their fenestration products to work. Window systems incorporating solar panels, for example, can support a home’s energy needs by producing power rather than... more »
  • Solar panels help defray energy costs by harnessing sun’s power
    When it comes to today’s fenestration products, homeowners expect windows and doors to keep their homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There may come a day in the future, however, when homeowners can actually put their fenestration products to work. Window systems incorporating solar panels, for example, can support a home’s energy needs by producing power rather than... more »
  • Aerogels help prefabricated roofing system deliver improved performance and aesthetics for new homes
    Centerpoint Translucent Systems recently launched a line of unique prefabricated roofing products that could represent a whole new category within the fenestration market. Suitable for topping off roof sections in residential applications protruding from the main wall of a home—often in bay configurations—the products incorporate a high-tech, highly insulating aerogel glazing that... more »
  • Publication can help residential and commercial fenestration fabricators avoid potentially costly problems
    Improper glazing is one of the leading causes of premature failure of insulating glass units. Whether it is due to prolonged water exposure, improper glazing clearances, improper use of setting blocks and spacer shims or component incompatibility, problems associated with glazing IG units into a window or door can be costly for manufacturers of all types of products. A new publication from the... more »
  • Price and energy efficiency might not be a factor in the high-end window and door market,
    When money is no object, product demands can be unusual, sometimes extreme. Forget price and energy efficiency; builders and homeowners in the luxury market are more interested in differentiating their multimillion-dollar homes with unusual window shapes, one-of-a-kind hardware and “bigger and better” doors and windows. For those in the high-end custom window and door business, these... more »
  • The commercialization of smart glass technologies is beginning, with suppliers targeting high-end buyers
    Glass is developing a “coolness factor.” Like cutting-edge electronics, smart glass products that switch from clear to tinted states or heat up to chase cool drafts away are beginning to attract the attention of consumers willing to pay a premium for the best technology for their homes. These types of glass technologies, which have been confined thus far to research and development... more »
  • Emphasis on energy efficiency provides opportunity for windows and doors, but other green demands on industry remain uncertain
    Gone are the days when “green building” was a topic of conversation among only the wealthy or environmentally conscious. Mainstream America is beginning to demand green building practices in both the commercial and residential arenas, and builders are stepping up to fill that need. Most green building experts agree that the burst of activity surrounding green building and... more »
  • For years, elements of the environmentalist community have targeted vinyl as an inappropriate material for use in “green” projects. As a result, the U.S. Green Building Council has been under pressure to create a special credit in its LEED rating system against the use of vinyl. Keith Christman of the Vinyl Institute reports that the task group formed to look at the issue has... more »