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  • Highlights from the trade fair floor in Germany
    In additon to the following highlights, Window & Door's coverage of the Fensterbau/Frontale international trade fair also includes: A report with an overview of the event Ongoing coverage of new introductions in doors, windows, components, equipment and services targeted at the window and door industry Passivhaus and Energy Efficiency Products     Windows and... more »
  • Does this sound familiar? You spend every waking minute at the office striving to improve your business operations and market share, but you lack sufficient data to determine how you stack up against your competitors. In essence, you’re flying blind. Or, you’re at the other end of the spectrum, drowning in so much data you can’t determine where to begin, or which charts, graphs... more »
  • Annual rankings reflect challenging landscape of window and door industry
    Last year was marked by continued turbulence for the window and door industry. Buoyed by tax credits for energy efficient products in 2009 and 2010, sales at many window and door makers were holding up even as the overally economy languished. Those incentives largely disappeared in 2011, creating a challenging climate in the replacement and remodeling market to match the existing weakness in... more »
  • Maybe it’s the mild weather or the impact of daylight savings on our evening hours, but I’m feeling a swell of optimism and momentum in terms of the economic recovery. After years and years of negative headlines, the media is finally finding more positive things to say about the economy. In fact, a recent blog posted to U.S. News & World Report shares that the home improvement... more »
  • The International Builders’ Show held in February was different this year in a number of ways. Perhaps the most obvious difference was its smaller size, with a number of big, traditional exhibitors—including window and door manufacturers—opting out for the year. Attendance seemed to be up, however, as the aisles seemed busier than previous years. What was also noteworthy was the... more »
  • About a year ago, we highlighted a Corning video entitled "A Day Made of Glass" and asked the question, Will You Sell Touchscreen Windows and Door?  It turned out to be one of the most viewed pages of our website last year. So when someone told me about another video, a demonstration of Samsung's Transparent Smart Window from the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show, I decided I had to... more »
  • 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 »