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  • Highlights from the floor in Orlando
    In additon to the following highlights, Window & Door's coverage also includes: A report overviewing the event In-depth continuing coverage of new introductions in doors, windows, components, equipment and services targeted at the window and door industry Doors and Components   Therma-Tru featured an expanded range of privacy glasses for its entry doors. ... more »
  • The Window & Door Manufacturers Association has set the agenda for its 2012 spring meeting and legislative conference, scheduled for March 5-7 in Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers at the event will be Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.). The conference begins Monday, March 5, with WDMA's annual membership meeting, as well as committee sessions. The first day... 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 »
  • This week we heard from two sources that business could be improving.  The National Association of Home Builders reported that builder confidence is up for the fourth straight month.  “Builders are seeing greater interest among potential buyers as employment and consumer confidence slowly improve in a growing number of markets," says David Crowe, NAHB chief economist.... more »
  • With slowly improving market conditions, NAHB is optimistic for annual event
    Window and door manufacturers may not be convinced, but organizers see positive signs for this year's International Builders' Show, scheduled for February 8-11 in Orlando, Fla. With the housing market showing signs of modest improvement, the National Association of Home Builders reports pre-registrations are 25 percent ahead of last year's pace and exhibit space sales have remained strong for the... more »
  • The concept of the smart home has been with us for many years. Progress in the market, however, has been limited. Last week's announcement from Lowe's about the launch of the Iris system indicates things are changing. And the residential window and door industry is paying attention. Therma-Tru Doors, for example, is going to offer doors that allow homeowners to monitor activity with the Lowe's... more »
  • With more realistic expectations for the coming year, window and door companies focus on opportunities that exist
    If 2011 was the year for window and door companies to adjust to the new norm of the marketplace, 2012 will be the year of truly accepting market conditions—no more waiting for a recovery—and focusing on areas in which businesses can thrive, industry executives say. “We are hopeful that the recovery will come sooner than later,” says Todd Woods, director of marketing and... more »
  • Survey reveals dealers, distributors and manufacturers are extremely cautious about business outlook
    The window and door industry is looking at the coming year with extreme caution, according to the 2012 Industry Pulse, Window & Door’s exclusive annual survey of industry executives. North American window and door manufacturers and dealers remain guarded in their expectations for the economy as a whole and window and door demand in general.  This year's study indicates less... more »
  • When we set out two years ago to establish the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, we never envisioned the kind of impact we would have in such a short period of time. Some of our many highlights from 2011 include turning back the lead clearance testing rule proposed by Environmental Protection Agency, securing language in the HomeScore Energy program criteria favorable to window and door dealers... more »
  • In last August's edition of this column, I noted that many potential homebuyers, leery about the economy and unable to sell their undervalued homes, are turning to remodeling and staying put. Statistics confirm that a growing number of Americans are spending more on home renovations, at the rate of an estimated $115.9 billion in the year ended June 2011, according to the Joint Center for Housing... more »