Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • “What role should the government play in our daily lives?” This question has been debated for centuries, with no clear answer. The question takes an interesting twist when we consider it from a building code perspective. Code enforcement is, by its very nature, a branch of government that reaches into where we live, work and play. From the moment we wake in the morning—and even... more »
  • A new law will soon go into effect in New Jersey requiring home improvement contractors to wear a state-issued ID badge at all times.  According to an article on the Remodeling Magazine website, the law is designed to help protect homeowners from scam artists in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The badge must be worn on the upper left torso of the contractor "whenever the... more »
  •   While this column is generally devoted to happenings in the residential fenestration industry, there have been some negative developments in the commercial energy code arena in recent years that deserve everyone’s attention. In 2010, the fenestration industry successfully blocked a proposal to amend ASHRAE 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential... more »
  • Fenestration technology has advanced dramatically in recent years―mostly to the consumer’s benefit―in the form of thermal, structural and sound-deadening performance, and aesthetic improvements. Revised new construction installation practices have been developed and adopted as well. All of these are welcome advances, but this fenestration evolution also presents challenges to the... more »
  • Under a darkening mid-day sky, the 2013 AAMA National Summer Conference came to a close, June 12. As alerts of a pending Midwestern storm mounted, various AAMA board committees and councils hastened to complete their business.   Among those groups was the AAMA Code Action Committee. The CAC’s primary business was to continue discussion and review of the public comments that AAMA... more »
  • Homeowners willing to embrace energy-efficient windows and doors…if the price is right
    Ask a half-dozen window and door manufacturers what defines a green product and you’re likely to receive as many different answers. What they all seem to agree on, however, is that residential customers— while increasingly open to green, and specifically energy-efficient, designs— are sensitive to cost increases unaccompanied by perceived value.    Jeld-Wen... more »
  • Version 6.0 of the Energy Star criteria for windows, doors and skylights is nearly finalized.  And some manufacturers are still disappointed with the numbers, particulary for the Northern climate zone.  There, a .27 U-factor requirement for windows could force some companies to go to triple-glazing, which many see as a less than cost-effective option.   "Consumers expect to... more »
  •     A variety of equipment for fabricating glass, vinyl and aluminum will be at GlassBuild in Atlanta.   Window and door manufacturers, enjoying a rebound in the new construction and remodeling/replacement markets, are expected to make their way to Atlanta this fall for what will be a busy GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo. Organizers predict more... more »
  • A supplier of synthetic trim and moulding products overviews basic styles
    On the “what’s in and what’s out” list for homeowners, naked window exteriors are definitely “out,” according to Fypon, the manufacturer of synthetic millwork and trim products. Easy-to-install decorative accents like mouldings, window crossheads and shutters are now on the “in” list.   Installing crossheads and other window surround... more »
  • Job site efficiency results in faster, higher quality―and ultimately more profitable―installations. However, achieving high levels of efficiency is by no means automatic. It takes a dedicated effort to assess and develop productive work habits. Perfect efficiency is unattainable, but continuous improvement offers great returns. Workflow is a key component to job site efficiency. Specifically,... more »