Latest News

  • 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 »
  • Despite a weakening economy that’s forced consumers to cut back on spending, a new survey sponsored by Plastpro Inc. suggests that homeowners are still willing to pay more for products that are “green” or energy efficient. In a poll of over 700 homeowners, 73 percent said they would pay more for home improvement products that they believe are better for the environment. The survey, conducted by... more »
  • Jeld-Wen Inc.’s board of directors has promoted window division president Barry Homrighaus to chief operating officer. A 35-year veteran within the company’s window operations, he is cited as an example of the manufacturer’s track record for recognizing talent, investing in employees and promoting from within. "I have tremendous respect for Barry because of his experience, dedication and... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has sent out a reminder that the deadline to register for the stakeholders meeting designed to gather input on new Energy Star criteria for Windows, Doors and Skylight is coming soon. Advance registration is required for those wishing to attend the meeting, scheduled for August 13 at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C. Those from the U.S. have until Friday, July 18... more »
  • Alpen Windows, a Boulder, Colo., producer of energy efficient fiberglass windows and Heat Mirror glass products, has been acquired by Serious Materials, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company focused on green building materials. Serious Materials currently manufactures QuietRock, a soundproof drywall, and is set to debut EcoRock, a more environmentally-sound drywall. Company spokeswoman Catriona... more »
  • Jeld-Wen Inc. has added Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified wood as an option for its Custom Wood product line, a move the company says adds to its growing commitment to sustainable manufacturing. The company has attained SFI chain of custody plant certification, meaning it has a tracking system in place to identify the certified, uncertified and recycled content in the forest products it... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council reports it will demonstrate the prototype software for the Component Modeling Approach (CMA) certification and rating procedure at its upcoming Summer Membership Meeting in July. The CMA program, targeted at commercial and architectural products, is designed to provide a whole product performance rating by combining the separate ratings for glazing,... more »
  • The Glass Guru, a window restoration and replacement firm based in Sacramento, Calif., is looking to expand and has started offering franchise opportunities in 28 states. Established in 2004, the company got started by developed a micro-venting system designed to remove moisture and restore failed insulating glass units. It began offering glass and window replacement and services such as water... more »
  • Whistler, British Columbia—A harmonized version of the certification programs from Insulating Glass Certification Council and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance is scheduled to be implemented January 1, 2009, reported John Kent, IGCC administrator, during the IGMA Summer Meeting, held here June 16-19. The event also featured an update on the status of Energy Star program changes... more »
  • Market Resource Associates Inc. is presenting Marvin Windows & Doors with two “best in class” awards as the overall top rated patio door and entry door brand in its latest study. Simonton Windows and Taylor Door are also award winners this year. The Minneapolis-based market research firm developed the BICAs to recognize outstanding performance in its studies. Winners are selected for... more »