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  • The Department of Energy has released its preliminary U-factor and SHGC requirements for swinging doors and skylights to qualify for the Energy Star label. The proposed numbers, including new requirements for 2009, 2013 and 2016, are based on DOE’s initial analysis of technical and cost information. DOE has also set August 13th as the new date for its Stakeholder Meeting in Washington, D.C... more »
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  • Indian Wells, Calif.-Recognizing but not being deterred by the economic challenges that lie ahead in the coming year, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association jumped right into its 2008 game plan during its annual meeting, held here at the end of February. Attendance was down as some companies are scaling back travel budgets, but the contingent present was ready to roll up its sleeves... more »
  • A new steam generating facility at Andersen Corp.’s Bayport production facility gives the company the ability to use virtually all renewable energy to help power manufacturing operations, the company reports. Using byproducts from its manufacturing operations as the steam plant’s primary energy source, two new wood-fired boilers provide enough energy to heat and cool Andersen’s... more »
  • Bridgewater Wholesalers Inc. is shifting production from its Virginia facility to its main production operation in Mechanicsburg, Penn. The move is designed to enable the door and millwork distributor to take full advantage of its resources. “Our Pennsylvania facility has always been a source of pride for BWI. It’s a mature facility that consistently meets the highest industry... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy announced on Monday that it would delay release of its proposed criteria changes for the Energy Star Windows, Doors and Skylight program. DOE had planned to issue its proposals for new, more stringent requirements in early March, but now states it will wait until May. In a letter to stakeholders, Richard Karney, Energy Star program manager, said the timeline had... more »
  • Already the world’s largest window and door industry event, Fensterbau/Frontale is getting larger. The 2008 edition, scheduled for April 2-5 at the Nuremberg Messe in Germany, has expanded with the addition of two more halls. The new space is designed to accommodate both its growing international audience and its expanding scope that now includes facades and related architectural products... more »
  • Wheeler’s Building Materials, a Georgia-based distributor of building materials with window manufacturing operations, recently announced a new round of layoffs and the closing of a number of locations, according to a report in the Rome (Ga.) Herald Tribune. The most recent layoffs include about 65 employees at its window manufacturing facility. Wheeler’s produces both vinyl and wood... more »
  •   Ohio-based Patio Enclosures Inc. has signed a new dealership agreement with Malibu Sunrooms and Outdoor Living to serve the Southeast Nebraska and Western Iowa region. The new dealership is owned by partners Terri Peterson and Jack Rediger, who possess a combined 12 years experience in sunroom sales and more than 500 sunroom units between them. The dealership is also planning to move into... more »
  • Phantom Screens and Seiki Screen Systems of Japan have signed a letter of intent to develop a definitive partnership agreement by which they will collectively deliver a complete family of retractable screening solutions to North America. Under the agreement, Phantom Screens will handle the distribution, customer service, sales and marketing of Seiki products in North America. “Seiki is the... more »