The Talk

  • November 25, 2009
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    A Bit of a Black Friday?

    Forget the Big Mac Index, or even the Starbucks Latte Index. This gal is more interested in my self-proclaimed Black Friday Index. I've made a tradition of sorts here at Window & Door by admitting openly that I'm a Black Friday fanatic. My mother and I have been planning the post-turkey shopping spree for months now. And even though I had to write a check for an unexpected car ... more »
  • November 16, 2009
    THE TALK... | Codes & Standards

    Will We See More Charges of Greenwashing?

    Most industry executives I've talked to view the green building movement as an opportunity, but they have also been cautious about it. It's easy to see why now, based on developments at last week's Greenbuild show. Three window manufacturers found themselves in the crosshairs of an environmental group, accused of greenwashing because of where they source their lumber. Now I wouldn't claim that ... more »
  • November 10, 2009
    THE TALK...

    Are the Headlines Helping?

    Well, well, well. Could it be that U.S. businesses are coming out of their collective coma? Despite the latest unemployment data, there are some encouraging numbers floating around the headlines. Among my favorites is the report that companies are slowly but surely starting to invest in equipment and software. (I can think of a few of my buddies in the industry who would breathe a huge sigh ... more »
  • November 3, 2009
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Is Weatherization for You?

    Traditionally, when I heard the word "weatherization," it meant caulking some gaps and adding some insulation, not replacing windows or doors. That could be changing. The Department of Energy sees payback in getting more homes and buildings retrofitted with super-efficient products and is promoting a new high-volume purchase program for R-5 windows and high-performance ... more »
  • October 26, 2009
    THE TALK... | Codes & Standards

    Should Tax Credits Be Tied to Energy Star?

    AAMA and WDMA are throwing their support behind a new Senate bill designed to tie the energy efficient tax credits for windows, doors and skylights to Energy Star.  Rather than the 30/30 requirements now in place, the bill would allow homeowners to claim tax credits for the purchase of products qualified to the new 2010 Energy Star standards.What do you think?  That's our poll ... more »
  • October 21, 2009
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    How Does the Industry Treat Its Workers?

    I subscribe to the adage that you either pay it now, or you pay it later. A court ruling in California says Building Materials Holding Corp. of Boise, Idaho, allegedly opted to pay it later. Workers for that company claim the distributor and construction services provider neglected to pay them federally-mandated overtime wages. Though asserting it did no wrong, BMHC agreed to settle, even as ... more »
  • Will the EPA Bring More Change?

    The EPA has no doubt had an impact on many window and door companies over the years.  Manufacturers, certainly, have had to comply with EPA regulations. Now, new lead abatement requirements are set to go in effect next year for those working on homes built prior to 1978. EPA says companies involved in replacing windows and doors and other remodeling work will have to workers trained and ... more »
  • October 7, 2009
    THE TALK...

    A Great Day to be a Dealer?

    There's lots of dealer-related news to report this week. In addition to announcing our annual Dealers of the Year winners, we're also talking about the newly-launched Window and Door Dealers Alliance. Supported by the National Glass Association, publisher of Window & Door, the new group's organizers are looking at educational programs and other efforts that can help raise the level of ... more »
  • September 30, 2009
    THE TALK...

    What's on Your GBA Agenda?

    Recession or not, trade shows are still a key place to do business, at least according to this article I just read. It contends that the face-to-face interaction that happens on a trade show floor can't be replaced with online marketing approaches and that, even though budgets are tight, top decision makers are still making the time and effort to keep apprised of industry ... more »
  • September 23, 2009
    THE TALK... | Materials & Components

    Will You Be Selling WOCDs on Your Windows?

    You may have a new feature on your window lines soon. I’m at the AAMA meeting this week and one of the committees here is working on a standard for window opening control devices. Although not too many WOCDs, as they are now called, are out on the market yet, such devices would address the long-simmering problem of how to prevent a child from falling through an open window while still ... more »