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  • A new bill that would provide tax incentives for home performance upgrades has been introduced by U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R‐Maine), Jeff Bingaman (D‐N.M.), and Dianne Feinstein (D‐Calif.).  The “Cut Energy Bills at Home Act” would provide as much as a 30 percent tax credit–up to $5,000–for upgrades that reduce whole-home energy consumption.  The current... more »
  • Viwinco, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of vinyl windows, has launched a redesigned website.  "We wanted the site to be more visually appealing while allowing site visitors to easily navigate to the windows they or their customers are most interested in," says David Barnes, president. From the homepage, visitors can choose to view replacement windows, new construction windows,... more »
  • Joe Fojtasek, founder of the companies that eventually became Atrium Windows & Doors, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, at his ranch in Winchell, Texas.  Having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, he was 92. According to his obituary, Fojtasek started multiple manufacturing and distribution businesses, including Skotty Aluminium Products, H&R... more »
  • Integrated Automation Systems, which has worked with industrial gas giant Praxair for the past two years, is hosting a webinar next Tuesday, December 6, reviewing current challenges and new options in gas filling insulating glass units. The session, set for 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, will describe the processes used in the company’s OptiGas gas filling system, introduced earlier this... more »
  • The 2011 edition of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, NAFS North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights has received final approval and is now available. An update of a 2008 edition, the 2011 NAFS standard is the result of a multi-year effort by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Canadian Standards Association and Window & Door... more »
  • Henry Banman, senior executive vice president and a founding partner of All Weather Windows, has accepted an advisory position with Habitat for Humanity Canada’s National Leadership Council. “When you’ve been a part of Canada’s building industry for as long as we have, you see first-hand that there’s a tremendous need to provide critical resources for thousands... more »
  • Bringing together two national replacement window retailers in a "strategic alliance," Clear Choice USA, Canfield, Ohio, has acquired Window Depot USA. The move is said to benefit both licensees of both companies, as well as the consumer. “Adding Window Depot USA to our network of replacement window retailers gives both companies tremendous momentum," says Ed Kalaher, Clear... more »
  • Highlights of supplier offerings and introductions from the Toronto show.   For a more comprehensive report on the event, also see Win-Door Focus on Changing Codes   The supplier demonstrates the Quanex Optimizer, an online program for calculating window U-values for various frame and IG package combinations.   Aquasurtech OEM explains its new finishing technology for fiberglass... more »
  • Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. The document is designed to provide guidance the home energy industry the ability to identify, manage, and reduce health risks during home energy upgrades, retrofits or remodeling. "These protocols will help the home energy retrofit industry deliver high quality work while... more »
  • Toronto–Significant changes are coming in the code requirements for doors and windows in Canada and that was topic number one as the manufacturers gathered for Win-Door North America at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre here this past week. Hosted by Fenestration Canada, previously known as the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association, the event saw standing-room-only... more »