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  • Ken Silverman of Silver Line Windows talks about serving Home Depot and continued expansion, and how the company has changed as it faces the future as “one of the big boys”
    While Silver Line Windows makes no claims to be “the” largest, it is certainly one of the largest vinyl window manufacturers in the country, with plants in New Jersey, Georgia, Ohio, Illinois, and Texas. With plans for several more, there’s no doubt Silver Line is one of the most aggressive companies in the industry right now. Leading the North Brunswick, NJ, based company is... more »
  • GlassBuild America is joining with fensterbau/frontale, Fenestration China and Istanbul Window to form the Global Fair Alliance. Organizers of the four trade exhibitions, each targeting the window, door and facade industries, signed a cooperation agreement at the show in April.
    As part of the alliance, the four groups will work to coordinate marketing activities, appearing jointly under the Global Fair Alliance banner with information stands at each of the four partner exhibitions. First and foremost, the alliance will create "simple awareness," explains Willy Viethan, project manager for fensterbau organizer NŸrnberg Messe. By joining forces, the... more »
  • The U.S. Green Building Council Organization devoted to developing green rating programs for all types of commercial and residential buildings.  Main site features information on its various LEED programs, rating systems under development, educational opportunities, its trade show and more.  USGBC offers a unique Web site, referenced below, specifically for the residential market. The... more »
  • Other Publications and Web Sites Behind the Logos: Understanding Green Product Certifications From Environmental Building News, January 2008 Passive Solar Design From Toolbase.org (NAHB Research Center) A Clear View: Vinyl Windows & the Environment From the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Vinyl Institute Hot Topics Handbook... more »
  • AAMA: American Architectural Manufacturers Association, a national trade association that establishes voluntary standards for the window, door and skylight industry. Acrylic: Thermoplastic glazing material. Aerogel: A microporous, transparent silicate foam currently under development for potential use as a glazing cavity-fill material, offering very high thermal performance. Air infiltration: The... more »
  • Aluminum Extruders CouncilOrganization representing aluminum extruders, including manufacturers of aluminum windows and their suppliers.  847/526-2010 | www.aec.org American Architectural Manufacturers AssociationTrade association of manufacturers and suppliers of residential, commercial, and architectural windows, doors, skylights, and other fenestration products. AAMA is involved in... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
    Installation ASTM E2112-07 Standard Practice for Installation of Exterior Windows, Doors and SkylightsThis document practice covers the installation of fenestration products in new and existing construction and is designed primarily to cover residential and light commercial applications. It is designed to educate the installer, builder, architect, and other users in the identification and... more »
  • Courtesy of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association
    The family of International Codes published by the International Code Council is the most widely used set of model codes in the history of U.S. construction codes. In addition to their widespread use throughout the 50 states, numerous federal agencies—including the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Defense—have also adopted the International Codes. ICC is also starting... more »
  • Like most things on the inside and outside of your home, windows and doors do require maintenance. These products may also require repair or replacement over the lifetime of the home. No products have an indefinite lifespan. Maintenance Like most things on the inside and outside of your home, windows and doors do require maintenance. Most manufacturers provide care and cleaning instructions with... more »
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    Window and Door Framing The most common framing materials used for windows and patio doors are wood, vinyl, and aluminum. More recent introductions to the market include fiberglass and a number of composites. Manufacturers also combine materials commonly, producing vinyl- or aluminum-clad wood products, wood-clad vinyl products and other combinations to meet a variety of demands for... more »