The Talk

  • The Latest Trends in Energy Efficient Home Products

    A recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders found that one of the top factors home buyers look for in a home is energy efficiency. While that might not be a surprise to those of us in the remodeling industry, it certainly reinforces what our customers have been telling us for the past 20 years.With the subject of climate change and green living top of mind, and as some ... more »
  • Is "Made in the USA" Important to Customers?

    This week, Marvin Windows is highlighting the fact that it offers windows meeting passive building standards that are "made in the USA," offering customers faster turnaround and design flexibility, it states. The Earthwise Group of vinyl window manufacturers was also honored as the "Made in the USA Certified " company of the year.  And, "Made in the USA" was ... more »
  • Are You Cloud Based?

    It seems as though cloud-based computing is picking up steam in the manufacturing sector. "The best manufacturers I’ve visited this year all share a common attribute," writes Louis Columbus, a Forbes contributor in a recent column. "They are obsessed with making themselves as easy as possible to work with from a supply chain, distribution and services ... more »
  • April 30, 2013
    THE TALK... | Management, Operations

    Are Old Problems Coming Back?

    The housing market continues to recover, but not at the rate many of us would like to see. Economists attribute sluggish growth levels to rising material costs and a lack of skilled labor, among other reasons.Builders around the country are pointing to such problems, particularly in some of the hotter new home markets. It's been a long time, however, since I heard such complaints in the window ... more »
  • April 16, 2013
    THE TALK... | Codes & Standards

    Are You Signing the Petition?

    We report this week on a new campaign launched to block, revise and/or delay Version 6 criteria for Energy Star windows, set to go in effect early next year. The Coalition for Home Energy Efficiency has been formed by a group of industry manufacturers and others who are concerned that Energy Star windows will no longer be cost effective products, particularly in the Northern tier of the ... more »
  • April 23, 2013
    THE TALK... | Management

    Are You Cut from Entrepreneurial Cloth?

    I just love this list of 10 surprising assertions from entrepreneurs, published recently as a column on Even though the columnist warned me that a statement or two might come as a surprise, I still managed a couple of mental “no way”s and “really?”s as I made my way through it. Of particular note were some against-the-grain assertions, including that ... more »
  • Staying on Top of the Latest Trends in Social Media

    With every tweet, share, like and pin, it becomes more apparent that social media is growing as a major tool for communication in the United States. In fact, recent surveys calculate that time spent on social media accounts for one out of every six minutes spent online in the U.S. Add to that the fact that social media advertising is projected to increase from $2.1 billion in 2010 to $8.3 ... more »
  • April 9, 2013
    THE TALK...

    The Deadline is Approaching

    The deadline is approaching to submit your nominations for WIndow & Door's 2013 Crystal Achievement Awards, presented in the September 2013 issue. These awards honor outstanding achievements in window and door product technology, manufacturing and marketing. The deadline to nominate your company's offerings is next Monday, April 15.Window & Door will present Crystal Achievement ... more »
  • April 3, 2013
    THE TALK...

    Have You Filed Yet?

    Your taxes, that is. April is a happy month for those looking to escape winter weather, but a not-so-happy month for those looking to escape our annual tax obligations. In fact, if you’re really stressed out about tax season, a recent USA Today article points out that there are some hotels across the country that are working hard to take the 'taxing' part out of taxes. Alas, as it has ... more »
  • March 26, 2013
    THE TALK... | Codes & Standards

    Should Changes Be Made to the Current Codes as a Result of Hurricane Sandy?

    In response to Julie Ruth's column, "Preparing for 'the Big One'" in the January/February issue of Window & Door, Mory Katz, VP of the Commercial Property Division at Verisk Insurance Solutions, addresses the threat posed by severe storms. He writes:"I read with interest Julie Ruth’s column. ...  After a storm, the power grid, building construction and ... more »