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  • My wife grew up learning to cook under her mom’s mentorship. She followed recipes, starting with the basics, before tackling more challenging dishes. Today, she rarely uses a recipe, and believe me I am never disappointed.    On occasion, if Jenn wants to take on an unfamiliar dish, she’ll reach for a favorite cookbook and follow a recipe. This prepares her for what to... more »
  • I recently read “How to Promote Your Blog Content: 40+ Experts Share Marketing Tips.” A common theme among respondents regarding the success of a blog is the importance of relationship building. As social media expert Carol Lynne Rivera puts it, “[You] need to be involved in getting to know people–other bloggers and business people, commenters, subscribers, Twitter and... more »
  • After several rounds of revisions and stakeholder feedback, the Environmental Protection Agency issued the final criteria for Energy Star Version 6.0 for Windows, Doors and Skylights this January. It traces a two-year path of give-and-take between the EPA and the fenestration industry, culminating in a challenging, yet―compared to the initial draft―reasonable compromise. While the window criteria... more »
  • Like many Americans this year, I am about to take on a home renovation project. And I am both excited and terrified at the prospect.    To ease myself into the remodeling process, I recently attended a local home & garden show, where I was greeted by seemingly thousands of companies: from window dealers to full-scale remodelers to specialty businesses. First on my list: three new... more »
  •       Researchers working in the windows unit of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Building Technologies Department are perhaps the luckiest people in the window and glass industry. Not only is the view stellar—the various lab buildings are nestled high in the Berkeley Hills overlooking San Francisco, the Bay, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge—the... more »
  • At Woodland Windows & Doors in Roselle, Ill., affirmation is king. It started in 1969 when founder and patriarch, John Mariotti, said, "Yes, I can sell that," when asked to be the specialty dealer for a national window brand. And it has carried through—literally—to the present day on the side of the company’s 10 trucks. Like a dealer’s showroom, the... more »
  • “We’re seeing a shift from need-based repairs to things that will improve the look of the home,” said Chris Klein, CEO of Fortune Brands Home & Security, which includes Therma Tru, Simonton Windows, and Fypon, at the recent 2014 International Builders Show. And, it seems that many homeowners are starting their improvements at the front door. Manufacturers are responding with... more »
  • In Window & Door’s 2014 Industry Pulse, dealers and manufacturers agreed that changes in materials pricing would present the biggest challenge this year in terms of external factors. What about internal business challenges? In my experience as a senior editor of Remodeling magazine―where for nearly a decade prior to joining Window & Door I covered everything from legal issues and... more »
  • In the May 2013 issue of Window & Door, we explored the growing “indoor outdoor living” trend, a trend that was increasingly visible at the International Builders’ Show this year. Folding, sliding, swinging―you name it―large, multi-panel door systems that connect homeowners with the natural environment were on display in full force. First-time IBS exhibitor LaCantina Doors... more »
  • In response to improving business conditions, window manufacturers promoted existing product lines alongside new ones at IBS 2014 to meet the needs of both the new construction and replacement markets. “The bulk of our business and the basis of our reputation have traditionally been on the remodel/replace side,” said Mark Savan, president of Simonton Windows, which returned to IBS... more »