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  • What the UK’s divorce from the EU could mean for the fenestration industry
    Last week, a new term was added to our vocabulary: Brexit. On June 23, UK voters weighed in on whether it should leave the European Union; a marginal 52 percent majority of the vote to leave won the referendum. In this thorough breakdown of the referendum, the BBC reported that the voter turnout was the highest for a UK-wide vote since 1992. As an immediate result of the referendum and British... more »
  • Find here a handful of automation solutions and some of the manufacturers that are incorporating them.
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  • How manufacturers are incorporating automation in terms of safety and efficiency; what dealers need to know to sell it
    Pella’s Insynctive technology offers homeowners the flexibility of motorized blinds and window shades that can be controlled using a status indicator or remote control, or while away by connecting with a compatible home automation system. (Image courtesy of Pella.) In the last issue of Window & Door, we took a look at automation options available relating to convenience, mostly... more »
  • How codes are adapting to Wildland-Urban Interface
    Suburban sprawl, where new neighborhoods impinge on fire-prone open grasslands, forests or brushy areas, has created a complex landscape known as the Wildland-Urban Interface. While these attractive neighborhoods offer views and access to nature, all are put at risk during a brush or wildland fire. The landmark 2002 fire season served as the catalyst for a concerted effort to develop WUI codes... more »
  • Permanent labeling of windows considered by ICC members
    When you buy a car in the U.S., it is marked with a permanent number known as the Vehicle Identification Number. The VIN can be used to provide a lot of information about the vehicle, including its manufacturer, model, original features, service, accident history, etc. Proposals requiring a similar, permanent mark on all residential and commercial exterior windows and doors installed in the U.S.... more »
  • Browse the latest offerings from leading window manufacturers. Plus, brush up on the key selling points dealers can communicate to their customers.
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  • Out of curiosity, I did a random Google search for “door and window dealers.” My search results all displayed the two words in reverse, defaulting to “window and door dealers” instead. No surprise, really. Windows seem to always trump doors. That’s just how we—and consumers—are programmed.     Does this mean that window replacement is a better... more »
  • Threshold to the outdoors
    Bringing the outside in has never been more tempting to homeowners with the variety of options on the market today. Whether multi-panel and multi-slide doors that blur the lines between inside and outside space, or traditional patio doors that provide a threshold to the outdoors suit the homeowner’s style, there’s something for everyone. Here, browse the latest styles dealers can add... more »
  • Bringing manufactured housing fenestration certification up-to-date
    AAMA third-party certification of manufactured housing fenestration has been around since 1983 and so has the Procedural Guide for the program—at least until recently. AAMA 104, Procedural Guide for Certification of Manufactured Home Fenestration Products: Windows/Sliding Doors, Emergency Exit Windows and Devices, Swinging Exterior Passage Doors of that vintage has served well as the basis... more »
  • Fensterbau Frontale provides international perspective
    There are many ways to enumerate the Fensterbau trade show held in Nuremberg, Germany, last week. One can gauge the enormity in miles walked (24), company exhibits (796) or the single-day attendance record (38,568, including attendees to the collocated Holz-Handwerk show). But the number that strikes me is 37—the number of countries represented by the exhibitors. The experience was truly... more »