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  • Sprinkled throughout nearly every 2014 housing forecast seems to be one word: “but.”   As in, “Housing starts have rebounded nicely, BUT rising mortgage costs and diminishing investor value will stall the pace of growth [in 2014].” ―Jeff Dietrich, senior analyst, ITR Economics   Or, “Residential starts continue to be positive, BUT are still well below... more »
  • International Builders’ Show returns to Las Vegas as part of new Design & Construction Week
    Building on a successful 2013 event, the International Builders’ Show returns to Las Vegas this year, but this time with a new twist. The 2014 event will co-locate with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show as part of the first annual Design & Construction Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and the Kitchen & Bath Association, Design & Construction Week... more »
  • As you potentially look to expand your staff in response to improving market conditions, it’s time for some quick reminders about the risks associated with hiring and training new employees, and using independent contractors. Skilled Employees Proper fenestration installation requires employees who are the right fit for your company. When it’s time to bring someone on board, don... more »
  • Some companies are intimidated by social media, especially when it comes to opening up to public comments. But the reality is that even if you aren’t using social media—be it LinkedIn or Facebook—you are. There are conversations—good and bad—already taking place about your company on the web. At the very least, you need to be aware of these conversations so you can... more »
  • Fenestration performance complaints in new home construction can be frustrating, costly and time-consuming to fix. Should a performance issue arise with the installation, the installers are the ones called in to address the problem. A reliable installer will own up to the issue and resolve it. That being said, I need to pose this question: Is the fenestration installer solely responsible for the... more »
  • Nowhere to go but up? Execs weigh in on the year ahead.
    Despite apprehension regarding the fragile economy, window and door industry executives anticipate increased sales in the coming year, backed by moderate economic growth, according to the 2014 Industry Pulse, Window & Door’s exclusive annual survey. More than 50 percent of dealers and manufacturers surveyed said they expect to see moderate economic growth in the coming year, defined as... more »
  • Manufacturers and dealers discuss product mix, sales strategies, and investment opportunities
    The biggest regional differences are in the options that people want, not the growth pattern,” says Joe Guarino, president of Sunrise Windows. “Wood grains are strong in the Midwest; Texas and New England like white windows; and glass packages vary by geography, either to keep heat in, or keep cold out. And almost everyone wants narrow profiles that maximize window space.”... more »
  • In 2012, the requirements of the 2015 ICC Group A codes were determined. The ICC Group A codes consist primarily of the International Building Code, and the IBC is the parent code of the ICC family of codes. In 2013, the requirements of the 2015 ICC Group B codes were determined. The ICC Group B codes consist of the International Residential Code, International Fire Code, International Existing... more »
  • The partial federal government shutdown last fall, the haggling over raising the debt ceiling, Obamacare missteps and its unknown―yet-postponed impact on business costs and personal finances all muddy the waters. Not surprisingly, this has led to a decline in consumer confidence over recent months. The Consumer Sentiment Index fell in October to the lowest reading since December 2012—even... more »
  • View Window & Door's eBuyingGuide. Designed to provide quick access to potential vendors, this online directory features over 30 pages with links to industry suppliers in 19 categories and manufacturers of windows, doors, and other fenestration products in seven categories. more »