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  • Orlando, Fla.—"We just have to get through this,” said one distributor attending the annual exhibition and convention of the Association of Millwork Distributors last week. That attitude was shared by many, expressing quiet determination to hold on for now and get prepared for better times when they do return. No one expects that time coming soon, and that was reflected in... more »
  • Chantilly, Va.–Lumber and building materials dealers heard sobering housing market predictions at the ProDealer Summit, hosted by the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association and Home Channel News here last week. Ivy Zelman, CEO of housing research firm Zelman & Associates, rebuked the variety of “we’re close to the bottom of the housing... more »
  • Window and door industry suppliers are making final preparations for the opening of GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo next Monday. Despite the weak market, numerous suppliers of equipment, components and other products still foresee window and door manufacturers making their way to the annual event, set for the Las Vegas Convention Center October 6-8. "The economy is... more »
  • Washington, D.C.—The Energy Star label for windows, doors and skylights needs to serve as a real “differentiator” in the market, according to Richard Karney, program manager for the Department of Energy. “Not all products will be Energy Star,” he also emphasized as he welcomed about 100 industry representatives and others in a forum on the proposed changes to the... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council plans to add a requirement for IG certification to its rating and labeling program, but just how that will be done was still up for discussion at its summer membership meeting held this week in Chicago. The event also featured a forum designed to guide development of rating programs for various window attachments and the unveiling of software designed for... more »
  • Vernon, NJ—Facing more stringent requirements in Energy Star criteria—and frustrated with the limited tax incentives offered to people replacing windows—members of the Northeast Window & Door Association have been talking about the need for the industry to start lobbying more in Washington. At its summer meeting, the group heard from two representatives of the National... more »
  • Hershey, Pa.—The American Architectural Manufacturers Association set the table for some busy months ahead as it concluded its summer conference at the Hotel Hershey here last week. The group made plans to address the side-hinged door certification issue before the next cycle of code changes, as well as develop a new format for the next edition of the AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 window and... more »
  • Indian Wells, Calif.-Recognizing but not being deterred by the economic challenges that lie ahead in the coming year, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association jumped right into its 2008 game plan during its annual meeting, held here at the end of February. Attendance was down as some companies are scaling back travel budgets, but the contingent present was ready to roll up its sleeves... more »
  • Already the world’s largest window and door industry event, Fensterbau/Frontale is getting larger. The 2008 edition, scheduled for April 2-5 at the Nuremberg Messe in Germany, has expanded with the addition of two more halls. The new space is designed to accommodate both its growing international audience and its expanding scope that now includes facades and related architectural products... more »
  • Atlantic City, N.J.—The Department of Energy is waiting to see what happens at the February International Code Council hearings before issuing its plans for revisions to Energy Star criteria for windows. Speaking at the Northeast Window & Door Association winter meeting here in January, Richard Karney, DOE’s Energy Star program manager, explained that an important goal for Energy... more »