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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers report a new approach to harnessing the sun's energy more cost effectively using windows that also allow a clear view. The technology involves the creation of a novel "solar concentrator" using a mixture of dyes painted onto the glass. With the use of dyes, lites of glass can collect and focus different colors of sunlight. Solar... more »
  • With the backing of the Window & Door Coalition of Oregon, a new organization of window and door manufacturers and dealers, Mt. Hood Community College and SWD Training Institute have launched the Pacific Northwest Window & Door Industry Training Program. Designed to help address a shortage of skilled workers—and the resulting problems of improperly installed windows, service... more »
  • The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance is offering two new publications.  The first is its  the IGMA 25-Year Field Correlation Study and the second is the new IGMAC Glass Design Software Program for the Canadian market. The field correlation report provides an update on the organization's research into long-term insulating glass unit performance in the field.... more »
  • The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has launched a certification program for contractors and remodelers who want to be labeled green. The Green Certified Professional certification requires interested remodelers to have at least five years of experience in the industry with at least three years worth of green projects, principles or products to their credit. Additionally,... more »
  • A pioneering effort to measure wind-driven rain at structural height during hurricane landfall will be undertaken by wind engineering researchers at the University of Florida, with key funding underwritten by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association. The association is donating $60,000 to purchase a precipitation imaging probe designed to capture high-resolution measurements of... more »
  • “In response to a demand from the marketplace for an organization that holds all members on an equal standing,” the American Pre-Hung Door Association has been formed. With about 20 members currently, APHDA recently launched a Web site to spread the word about the new group to the industry. The new organization has no specific meeting plans yet, but is looking to host roundtable... more »
  • What is the best way to reduce the likelihood of a child falling out of a window? This question has plagued our industry for a long time. Many possible solutions have been offered, including window guards, educating caregivers, security screens and minimum windowsill heights. Now a study group of the International Code Council’s code technology committee is considering a different... more »
  • The National Association of Home Builders and the International Code Council will undertake the development and publication of a residential green building standard, according to officials speaking at a press conference at the International Builders' Show last week. The joint effort is seen as a vote of confidence for NAHB’s efforts on the green building front. "NAHB members have... more »
  • Issuing its final report, the U.S. Green Building Council’s technical and scientific advisory committee has rejected adding credits within the LEED Green Building Rating System for excluding PVC products. The committee report now goes to the USGBC’s LEED steering committee, where it will be reviewed again, with plans to look at “larger issues,” according to organization... more »