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  • If it’s technically true, then I can get away with claiming it. Or can I? Not necessarily, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In an action this past February, the FTC charged five window companies with making deceptive energy efficiency and cost savings representations, including energy savings claims of “up to” 50 percent. The government found such claims were... more »
  • Precise Plastics, an injection-molding firm based in Fairview, Pa., is launching Geometrics Windows, a new picture window line designed to be installed between existing 16-inch on center studs. The window can be installed in one hour, with no additional finishing of interior or exterior walls, with an interior trim piece allowing for installation in 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 inch structural framing, the... more »
  • Set for Albuquerque in October, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association National Fall Conference will feature a full business agenda, including presentations on social networking and environmental marketing.  Attendees will also get a chance to get a close-up look at the hot air balloons that regularly visit that New Mexico city.  The event begins on Sunday, October 14,... more »
  • A new voluntary certification process for "zero net energy ready homes" is being developed by the Department of Energy's Challenge Home program and the Passive House Institute US. The program is designed to provide a way for builders to identify "homes that are so energy-efficient, they can offset most or all of their utility bills with a small renewable energy system." DOE's... more »
  • All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding recently opened a new Andersen Window & Door showroom in Kansas City, Mo. In addition to Andersen products, the facility will also feature Silver Line windows, Therma-Tru entry doors, ProVia entry doors and storm products and a variety of siding and insulation products. “The Northland, Kansas City, area is under-served by Andersen windows and... more »
  • After a two-year beta launch, Indow Windows, a Portland, Ore.-based supplier of interior insulating window inserts, is rolling out its line nationally to home performance contractors and others in the commercial and residential remodeling business. The inserts are said to offer the energy savings of double-paned windows at one half to one fifth the cost. The company got its start in 2010, when... more »
  • Looking to increase its presence in international markets, Quanex Building Products is participating in trade shows in Australia and South Africa this week. The Houston-based supplier of window and door components also plans to exhibit at glastec in Düsseldorf, Germany, in October. Fenestration Australia 2012 opened Monday and concludes today in Fremantle, Western Australia. Quanex... more »
  • Utilizing a new type of EPDM polymer, LMI Custom Mixing is playing its part in reducing carbon footprint and oil dependency through revolutionary developments in EPDM sponge and dense compounds, company officials report. Although the supplier, a joint venture between Lauren International and Meteor Gummiwerke, has not developed specific building and construction industry products with the... more »
  • The Association of Millwork Distributors is officially inviting all industry professionals to attend its exhibition and convention this year. The event, traditionally geared to AMD members, is scheduled for October 8-12 at the Kentucky Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. Today, according to Rosalie Leone, AMD CEO, it's "more imporant than ever that AMD continues to provide an... more »
  • Following up on the release of its 2014 criteria for Energy Star windows, doors and skylights, the Environmental Protection Agency has set the time for its in-person stakeholder meeting and the concurrent webinar. The event is scheduled for Monday, August 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Organizers have also put together a draft agenda for the meeting.  Discussions will... more »