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  • Most industry executives I've talked to view the green building movement as an opportunity, but they have also been cautious about it. It's easy to see why now, based on developments at last week's Greenbuild show. Three window manufacturers found themselves in the crosshairs of an environmental group, accused of greenwashing because of where they source their lumber. Now I wouldn't claim that... more »
  • Well, well, well. Could it be that U.S. businesses are coming out of their collective coma? Despite the latest unemployment data, there are some encouraging numbers floating around the headlines. Among my favorites is the report that companies are slowly but surely starting to invest in equipment and software. (I can think of a few of my buddies in the industry who would breathe a huge sigh of... more »
  • To some extent, sitting in on International Code Council hearings is a bit like watching a professional baseball game. You have to know the rules, and the players involved, to actually understand what is happening. And sometimes, amid long periods of tedium, there are flairs of the dramatic. Such was the case at the code development hearings, which started at the end of October and conclude this... more »
  • Traditionally, when I heard the word "weatherization," it meant caulking some gaps and adding some insulation, not replacing windows or doors. That could be changing. The Department of Energy sees payback in getting more homes and buildings retrofitted with super-efficient products and is promoting a new high-volume purchase program for R-5 windows and high-performance storms. ... more »
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    With signs of a recovery come increasing optimism for annual CWDMA event
    With indicators suggesting the market has bottomed out and may be improving, expectations for Win-Door North America 2009 are improving as well. The annual trade show, sponsored by the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association, will mark its 15th anniversary this year when it returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, November 17-19. Last year’s event reflected the fact that... more »
  • AAMA and WDMA are throwing their support behind a new Senate bill designed to tie the energy efficient tax credits for windows, doors and skylights to Energy Star.  Rather than the 30/30 requirements now in place, the bill would allow homeowners to claim tax credits for the purchase of products qualified to the new 2010 Energy Star standards. What do you think?  That's our poll question... more »
  • I subscribe to the adage that you either pay it now, or you pay it later. A court ruling in California says Building Materials Holding Corp. of Boise, Idaho, allegedly opted to pay it later. Workers for that company claim the distributor and construction services provider neglected to pay them federally-mandated overtime wages. Though asserting it did no wrong, BMHC agreed to settle, even as it... more »
  • Fewer window and door manufacturers will be exhibiting
    After years out West and back East, the Remodeling Show returns to the Midwest this year. The annual exhibition and conference, targeted at remodelers, replacement contractors and dealers, opens next week at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Of note this year, the event, organized Hanley-Wood Exhibitions, is co-locating with Deck Expo for the first time. While that change likely to... more »
  • The EPA has no doubt had an impact on many window and door companies over the years.  Manufacturers, certainly, have had to comply with EPA regulations. Now, new lead abatement requirements are set to go in effect next year for those working on homes built prior to 1978. EPA says companies involved in replacing windows and doors and other remodeling work will have to workers trained and... more »
  • There's lots of dealer-related news to report this week. In addition to announcing our annual Dealers of the Year winners, we're also talking about the newly-launched Window and Door Dealers Alliance. Supported by the National Glass Association, publisher of Window & Door, the new group's organizers are looking at educational programs and other efforts that can help raise the level of... more »