The Talk

  • March 27, 2012
    THE TALK...

    Are You Serving More Small Builders?

    I came across an article recently from a Delaware newspaper that points out that smaller builders are making a comeback with the housing market as it begins to show signs of life. While we still have a long path to travel in terms of the housing market’s recovery, the article notes that smaller builders are getting busier and reporting that business has picked up quite a bit this ... more »
  • Would You Like to See a Passive House Standard?

    Greetings from Germany, where Fensterbau, the world's biggest window and door trade fair, kicks off a four-day run today.  A leading topic of conversation here–judging by labels on windows and signs in booths–is the Passivhaus Institut.  The organization has a whole-house standard, designed to bring energy consumption down to neglible levels, and apparently windows ... more »
  • March 14, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Will We See the Release of Pent-Up Demand?

    Maybe it’s the mild weather or the impact of daylight savings on our evening hours, but I’m feeling a swell of optimism and momentum in terms of the economic recovery. After years and years of negative headlines, the media is finally finding more positive things to say about the economy.In fact, a recent blog posted to U.S. News & World Report shares that the home improvement ... more »
  • Should the Industry Push Back Against the FTC?

    This week, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association is in Washington, D.C., with members making the industry's priorities known to legislators and regulators. The hot topics continue to be the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint rules and tax credits for energy efficient products.In contrast, the recent FTC action against five window companies has been greeted ... more »
  • February 28, 2012
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    Are You Confident in Your Claims?

    Last week's announcement from the FTC that it has reached a settlement with several window companies regarding their claims about the energy efficiency savings provided by their products does not come as a complete shock.  Ever since the Washington State attorney general's crackdown on window dealers, industry lawyers have been warning other window and door companies to take a close ... more »
  • February 15, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Can a Window be an iPad?

    About a year ago, we highlighted a Corning video entitled "A Day Made of Glass" and asked the question, Will You Sell Touchscreen Windows and Door?  It turned out to be one of the most viewed pages of our website last year.So when someone told me about another video, a demonstration of Samsung's Transparent Smart Window from the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show, I decided I had to ... more »
  • February 15, 2012
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    Interested in Pinterest?

    I’m a Facebook junkie—I’ll admit it. I even work a bit of Tweeting into my routine for work and some organizations in which I’m involved. But I’m far from a cutting-edge social networker. I see the value that social networking has brought to many companies, and it certainly has changed the way we communicate and interact as a society.There are always new networks ... more »
  • February 8, 2012
    THE TALK... | Aesthetics & Style

    Are Doors and Windows Taking on a New Contemporary Style?

      A contemporary styel door and window in the Kolbe booth.A walk through the aisles of the International Builders' Show yesterday before it opened suggests when new construction does comeback, it's likely to be feature more contemporary styling. From an industry perspective, it is most evident in doors.Traditional six-panel designs had migrated to more Craftsman styles and now ... more »
  • February 6, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Speakers Announced for WDMA Legislative Conference

    The Window & Door Manufacturers Association has set the agenda for its 2012 spring meeting and legislative conference, scheduled for March 5-7 in Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers at the event will be Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.).The conference begins Monday, March 5, with WDMA's annual membership meeting, as well as committee sessions. The first day ... more »
  • January 31, 2012
    THE TALK... | Sales & Marketing

    Are Home Shows Worth the Investment?

    With consumer confidence slowly but surely seeping back into the economy, some industry companies are banking on a decent home improvement season in the coming months. And this uptick in confidence also coincides with “spring home show” season, a dynamic that could prove to be a useful catalyst in the window and door industry.Let’s talk about home shows. Love ‘em or ... more »