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  • The Institute for Business & Home Safety and the International Code Council have signed a memorandum of understanding, which will increase the role IBHS building science data plays in the creation of new building codes by the ICC. Supported by the property insurance industry, IBHS offers a suite of voluntary, code-plus “Fortified” standards and guidelines for the design and... more »
  • The residential remodeling market shows clear signs of recovery, with activity in most regions in 2010 returning to 2007 and early-2008 levels, according to the BuildFax Remodeling Index. The Northeast represented the most notable exception to this trend, researches note, with 2010 marking the fifth straight year of decline in the BFRI. The new index has been created by BuildFax, a provider of... more »
  • In response to a January Executive Order issued by President Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency is inviting public input on how best to review its regulations. In seeking input, EPA said it would provide its retrospective review plan, as well an initial list of regulations it plans to review in late May. "EPA shares President Obama’s commitment to using common sense and... more »
  • Widely known as the "R-5 Windows" program, the Department of Energy is changing the name of the initiative to the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program. That change reflects a broadened scope that accommodates not only residential windows and patio doors, but commercial and architectural products as well. Designed to increase availability and demand for more energy efficient... more »
  • A 2010 Window & Door Dealer of the Year, General Millwork Supply Inc., is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011. One way it is marking the occasion is with the launch of a new Web site. "General Millwork is emerging from the economic turndown in a strong position because we have remained focused on our core values: relationships with suppliers, collaboration with our professional... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Program is offering a free Webinar on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern titled "Residential Building Energy Codes–IECC 2012 and Beyond." The program will look at the major changes in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code from the 2009 IECC. The Webinar program will also provide an overview of... more »
  • Crystal Window & Door Systems has increased production capacity with the recent addition of a second glass cutting line.  Cutting glass for IG units for Crystal's vinyl and aluminum window products, the new equipment will be the primary glass system for the manufacturer, with its existing automated cutter to be refiurbished and used as a secondary system, officials note.... more »
  • Covering such areas as energy conservation, building codes, building safety, housing, taxes and trade, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association has released its legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2011. The document outlines a number of policy positions that are top priorities of the window, door and skylight manufacturing sector for the 112th Congress. "As the 112th Congress... more »
  • Denver-based TruStile Doors LLC has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the door division of Woodharbor Doors & Cabinetry, based in Northwood, Iowa. The purchase is expected to close within the next month. After the closing, Woodharbor Doors will become a fully-owned subsidiary of TruStile Doors. Woodharbor Cabinetry will continue to operate as a separate company under the... more »
  • Sika Corp.'s Industry Products Division, based in Madison Heights, Mich., has established the FFI Business Unit, targeting the needs of customers in the North American facades, fenestration and insulating glass marketplace. This action follows up on the acquisition of May National in October 2010. The new Sika business unit has a dedicated sales force specific to the market segments and will... more »