Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • What do the Golden Gate Bridge, Spam, Elmer Fudd and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association have in common? All are celebrating 75th anniversaries this year. I’m not so sure about any special observances planned for Spam or Elmer Fudd, but I hear the Golden Gate’s milestone will feature a festival in late May. And, AAMA appropriately is celebrating its 75th Annual... more »
  •     A contemporary styel door and window in the Kolbe booth. A walk through the aisles of the International Builders' Show yesterday before it opened suggests when new construction does comeback, it's likely to be feature more contemporary styling. From an industry perspective, it is most evident in doors. Traditional six-panel designs had migrated to more Craftsman styles and... more »
  • Consumers will soon demand doors, window and hardware that communicate with and be controlled by smart home systems
    A remarkable turning point in the fenestration industry was reached a few weeks ago. Rather than waiting for the upcoming International Builders’ Show, Pella Corp., Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Doors, Lowe’s and Schlage introduced new Internet-enabled products a month earlier at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Many probably paid little notice to the importance of the... more »
  • Suppliers see new emphasis on enhanced functionality
    In looking at hardware these days, window and door manufacturers’ top priority are features and benefits that can help differentiate their products, suppliers report. Other recent trends in the market include continued growth in demand for wide-opening patio door systems, the emergence of window opening control devices, and more electronic options. “In a tight market, product... more »
  • As regular readers of this column are probably aware, the International Code Council has recently changed their process of revising the International Codes. They went from having two complete code change cycles per edition of the code to just one. And they changed their timeline, with applicable deadlines and hearing dates.  The goal was to have the 2012 edition of the International Building... more »
  • A three-step system for water management in scenarios where the window is replaced but the wall cladding is not
    Replacement windows and doors represent a sizable majority of the fenestration products installed into buildings in recent years, particularly with the drop in new construction starts and incentives provided for the energy efficient replacement units. While there has been significant effort in codes and standards to improve installation practices in new construction installations, relatively... more »
  • “Will Your Business Survive when Green Becomes Code?” was the title of the webinar. The promotional e-mail for the event implied that green construction would soon become code mandated due to the completion of the 2012 International Green Construction Code and that mandated compliance could threaten the survival of many businesses due to liability concerns. Now, I am not a lawyer and... more »
  • In 2012, pre-hung door manufacturers selling into the Canadian market will encounter a game changer that might leave some scrambling. A Canadian Supplement will be included with the update to the North American Fenestration Standard that will likely impact the future of the entire exterior door industry. The change means Canadian building codes will require fabricators selling into the Canadian... more »
  • We know a little more about what the Environmental Protection Agency is thinking about the next set of Energy Star criteria, tentatively set to take effect in fall 2013. It issued a document last week, indicating U-value and SHGC performance levels it was considering for windows, doors and skylights. What stood out for me is an apparent EPA decision not to go for an R-5 level of performance... more »
  • This week, WDMA expressed its opinion on behalf of the window and door industry that tax credits for energy efficient products should be reinstated. In a letter to House officials, WDMA argued that the tax credits worked to spur purchases of energy efficient fenestration products, particularly among middle-class homeowners. Here in the industry, many of us believe that tax incentives created... more »