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    Some replacement companies logging growth and preparing for upturn
    Even a cactus can grow in a desert. The national headlines are trumpeting the existence of a recessionary period and industry headlines are more frequently announcing scale backs and plant closures, but there are also plenty of companies-particularly in the replacement market-that are bucking the trend. These cacti in the business are expanding their manufacturing facilities, growing their... more »
  • Fire officials and others intensify their efforts to protect homes in boundary areas. Be prepared with sound recommendations for fenestration products.
    If the danger posed by wildfires to populated areas wasn’t on the minds of fire protection officials before, it certainly was after the summer of 2002. This last “fire season” was one of the worst in the nation’s history, with nearly 6 million acres scorched. Some particularly large fires gained headlines: the Biscuit fire in Oregon that consumed nearly 500,000 acres, the... more »
  • An introduction to basic window operating types
    Double-Hung—Top and bottom sash slide up and down within the window frame. With most current window models, the sash not only vertically, but tilt in for cleaning. Single-hung windows look similar, but only the lower sash moves up and down. Other variations of hung windows include cottage windows, which feature a bottom sash that is greater in height than the upper sash. Triple-hung windows... more »
  • A closer look at the USGBC program and what it says about fenestration products
    The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes third-party certification system measures the overall performance of a home in eight categories—Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Awareness & Education. The program establishes a minimum level... more »
  • A look at minimum performance requirements and available points for industry products within the draft NAHB/ICC standard
    The National Association of Home Builders published its National Green Building Guidelines in 2005.  It is now working with the International Code Council, through its NAHB Research Center, to develop the National Green Building Standard. Based on the National Green Building Guidelines, the standard is expected to be approved by the American National Standards Institute in spring 2008.... more »