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  • UL Environment Inc. has released UL ISR 102, a new set of standards designed to help gauge the environmental and human health impacts of door slabs. The company also reports that the Trio-E door from Assa Abloy is the first to be certified to the new sustainability requirements. The new standard covers both interior and exterior products, including commerical and residential products, UL ... more »
  • "We don't see a double dip [recession]," said Esmael Adibi, an economist from Claremont Graduate University, yesterday, at the 2011 American Architectural Manufacturers Association fall conference. "Growth will be very slow, but we don't see the economy falling back into recession." During his keynote presentation, Adibi outlined the economic challenges of 2011. The economy... more »
  • Gorell Windows & Doors has launched its first mobile application, Gorell Glass Plus, designed to allow dealers to show homeowners the U-value and solar heat gain coefficient performance ratings for Gorell vinyl windows and patio doors. The free app provides detailed information about Gorell’s high-performance glass options. It also estimates the monthly payment for a typical fixed... more »
  • Solar-powered homes constructed by 20 university-led teams were on display in Washington, D.C., last week at the Solar Decathlon.  The biennial event, organized by the Department of Energy, is designed to showcase cutting edge technologies in homes that are attractive, energy efficient and affordable, with top honors this year going to the home built by the University of Maryland. “... more »
  • An updated specification establishing minimum performance requirements for sunrooms has been jointly released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the National Patio Enclosure Association and the National Sunroom Association. Replacing a 2002 standard, the updated document references the 2009 International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Codes, and... more »
  • A Sydney, Australia-based manufacturer of hardware for sliding and folding doors is expanding its operations in the United States. The Brio Group has launched Brio USA Inc., naming Kevin O’Connor as president to manage U.S. operations. “In May this year, we took the next exciting step in our growth, registering the subsidiary Brio USA Inc., located in Rochester, N.Y.," reports... more »
  • Pennsylvania-based Power Home Remodeling Group hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week for its newly-expanded operations in Marlborough, Mass. The company, which says it is the nation’s fourth largest home remodeling company, has already hired more than 50 employees in the Boston region and plans to create at least 100 jobs in 2011 and another 100 to 250 positions in 2012. “... more »
  • Forty-two managers from a broad variety of industries have gathered at the Sunrise Windows plant in Temperance, Mich., this week for a lean manufacturing workshop. The University of Michigan College of Engineering selected the vinyl window manufacturer to host the three-day event, which features Toyota Kata experts offering hands-on training and demonstrating the competitive advantages of... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association is urging House members to reconsider energy efficiency tax incentives, in particular the tax credit for windows, doors and skylights scheduled to expire at the end of this year. WDMA submitted a statement today to the House Ways and Means Committee hearing devoted to energy tax policy and tax reform.  In the statement, WDMA points out that... more »
  • National Vinyl LLC recently teamed up with ABC's reality TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to supply windows for the home of a mother who has led a campaign against bullying in Massachusetts. Ty Pennington and his team of designers surprised Sirdeaner Walker and her family in September to announce that they had been chosen as the recipient of a new home.     National's... more »