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  • After Congress once again failed to agree on how to reduce the federal deficit, the sequester went into effect March 1. Of the sequester’s $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, an estimated $4 billion come from reductions in construction spending, according to a March 3 Engineering News-Record report. And while it's clear the sequester will in some way impact the commercial construction... more »
  • An interesting debate is brewing in the business world, sparked by Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer. As parenting columnist for The Washington Post Tracy Grant points out this week, Mayer is ruffling feathers for her decision to eliminate employees’ option to work from home. Having been appointed to the helm of Yahoo at less than 40 years old and while pregnant, many people thought she... more »
  • On average, 18 toddlers die annually by falling from windows, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. More than 98,000 children—an average of 14 per day—were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for windowfall-related injuries during the 1990-2008 time period, according to the most recent study on the subject. About 65 percent of those injuries involved children four years old and younger,... more »
  • Windows on Wall Street From Lincoln InternationalThe W&D Stock Index got off to a strong start in 2013, with a gain of 5.7% in January as compared to 3.5% for the S&P 500. The index significantly outperformed the market in 2012, with gains of 50.2% versus 14.3% for the S&P 500. Data indicates a recovery in the construction market is well underway, with total housing starts estimated... more »
  • Continued need for differentiation also driving manufacturer choices
    Window hardware is evolving, with codes and market trends demanding higher performance. Window manufacturers are demanding more too, including components and systems that offer the flexibility to differentiate products in terms of performance, functionality and aesthetics. Window sash are getting bigger and heavier, increasing demand for products like this heavy-duty hinge from Truth... more »
  • You don't often encounter charming and entertaining economists, but Dr. Esmael Adibi is both of these and informative, to boot. Yesterday in Tucson, AAMA's 76th Annual Conference luncheon speaker echoed the cautiously optimistic construction outlook for the fenestration industry you've been reading about elsewhere, tying it to his overall economic forecast. Dr. Adibi's previous GDP growth... more »
  • Code development tends to focus on where the codes are going, rather than where they are now. This year, the 2015 International Residential Code and 2015 International Energy Conservation Code requirements will be determined. Last year, requirements for the 2015 International Building Code were established. Enforcement of these code requirements, however, is not likely to begin until 2016 or... more »
  • With the spring season rapidly approaching, a number of homeowners may be preparing to attend their area’s seasonal home shows. For many in the remodeling industry, it likely feels as though exhibiting at a home show is one of the oldest tools in the shed. In an age when homeowners have increasing online options for researching home remodelers, projects and products, it may seem old... more »
  • Last week, Window World announced a campaign to raise more than $1 million in the coming year for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I know that this is just one of many examples of generous corporate giving in our industry, as companies throughout the country support everything from local baseball teams to national non-profit organizations and charitable causes. My question is whether you... more »
  • The meeting topic could well have been named, “why a window is not a stove.” The topic, life cycle assessment (LCA), was an important discussion at last week’s Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference in New Orleans. No doubt stove manufacturers face unique challenges determining the energy/carbon footprint of what they produce, but our industry has to... more »