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  • Solar-powered homes constructed by 20 university-led teams were on display in Washington, D.C., last week at the Solar Decathlon.  The biennial event, organized by the Department of Energy, is designed to showcase cutting edge technologies in homes that are attractive, energy efficient and affordable, with top honors this year going to the home built by the University of Maryland. “... more »
  • Atlanta–Window and door dealers have "to stop thinking like it's the '70s," according to D.S. Berenson, a home improvement industry attorney who spoke at the second annual Window & Door Dealers Forum held last week in conjunction with GlassBuild America.  Under increased scrutiny from state attorney generals, dealers need to reexamine marketing practices that have... more »
  • Atlanta—New ways to make better-performing, better-looking windows and doors more affordably are highlighing this year's GlassBuild America, being held this week at the Georgia World Congress Center. The annual trade show, which concludes today, suggests that while the industry continues to deal with lingering market weakness, many window and door companies are looking forward.... more »
  • To showcase its new Stiles Finishing Technologies business, Stiles Machinery Inc. is hosting an open house at its facility in High Point, N.C. The event, targeted at everyone from the small shop owner to major manufacturers, is scheduled for October 4-6. "Our new applications and testing facility in High Point has the broadest range of finishing equipment in North America. We have combined... more »
  • Targeted at remodelers and dealers, a webinar focusing on how consumer financing can increase sales is being offered by improveit.com, the provider of online services for home improvement companies. The event is scheduled for September 21 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.  Featuring the GE Money's VP of sales, the session will include tips for financing today’s consumer, including the... more »
  •                 Scenes from last year's GlassBuild America show in Las Vegas Exhibitors are making final preparations for GlassBuild America, which opens next week in Atlanta. The largest North American trade show geared toward manufacturers of windows and doors, the event runs from Monday, September 12, through Wednesday, September 14,... more »
  • A National Window Preservation Summit was held in July in Pine Mountain, Ky., to review an initial draft set of standards for the repair, restoration, preservation and weatherization of historic wood and steel windows. The event was organized by the Window Preservations Standards Collaborative, a group started by five window restoration and repair specialists in conjunction with the Preservation... more »
  • Ellicott City, Md.–The Northeast Window & Door Association learned about ways to control costs in the factory and in the legal arena at its summer meeting here last week. Steve Chen of Crystal Window & Door Systems offered a first-hand account of how "green" steps at his company's operations have saved money, and attorney Chip Gentry urged manufacturers to... more »
  • Last year, attendees at the annual FeneTech User Conference were holding their breath waiting for the economy to improve. This year, companies are plotting how to get tablet devices like the iPad into the hands of sales, delivery and production staff, many report. The three-day event, held this year at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Cleveland, gathered 75 people from 45 window manufacturers... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program is hosting its second annual Residential Energy Efficiency Technical Update Meeting, scheduled for August 9-11 in Denver. Windows are on a wide-ranging agenda that will feature speakers addressing subjects from air sealing and ventilation to business models and community outreach. The Colorado meeting is targeted to researchers, architects... more »