Deadline for Crystal Achievement Award Nominations Extended to June 15

May 6, 2014
Window & Door will present its Crystal Achievement Awards in the September 2014 issue. These awards honor outstanding achievements in window and door product technology, manufacturing and marketing. 
And we want to hear from you!  Download a nomination form now.
We recognize the work of many firms often goes unnoticed or underappreciated. Don’t let that happen to you.
This page is designed to provide basic information about the awards program and guidance for nominations. We present Crystal Achievement Awards in the following categories:


  • Most Innovative Window (Large & Sm/Med Mfr. Categories*)
  • Most Innovative Door (Large & Sm/Med Mfr. Categories*)
  • Most Innovative Window Component (Supplier Award)
  • Most Innovative Door Component (Supplier Award)
  • Most Innovative Glazing Technology (Supplier Award)


  • Most Innovative Plant (Large & Sm/Med Mfr. Categories*)
  • Most Innovative Machine—Frame, Sash, or Door Fabrication (Supplier Award)
  • Most Innovative Machine—Glass & Insulating Glass Processing (Supplier Award)


  • Most Innovative Program—(Large & Sm/Med Manufacturer and Supplier Categories)
  • Best Product Literature—(Large & Sm/Med Manufacturer and Supplier Categories)
  • Best Industry Web site—(Large & Sm/Med Manufacturer and Supplier Categories)
Plus, we have a Unique Innovation Award recognizing programs, products and equipment that might not fit within any of the above categories.
*The Large Manufacturer categories recognize companies with annual sales of more than $100 million and the Small/Medium Size Manufacturer categories recognize companies with annual sales less than $100 million.
Window & Door's Crystal Achievement Awards primarily recognize products, programs and companies in the residential market. Our sister publication, Glass Magazine, has its own awards program with awards more targeted at commercial and architectural markets.  Click here for more information on those awards.

Instructions for Submissions

Start by downloading our Crystal Achievement Award nomination form to prepare electronic submissions.  While use of the nomination form is not required, we recommend that actual nominations be limited to one page. The deadline for entries is June 15, 2014.
The Crystal Achievement Awards are determined by three panels of judges. Specific instructions for nominations depend upon the award category (see above).
For our Technology award categories, we put together a large group of judges representing a cross-section of the window and door industry. Judges include previous winners and a broad mix of executives, consultants and personnel involved in product development, marketing, production, sales and distribution. Judges are not allowed to vote for their own companies.
To best meet our needs in the Technology award categories, we need to receive basic descriptive information of the entry from you, with particular focus on the unique or innovative elements. Because of the volume of entries our judges are asked to review, we ask that you keep descriptive information brief. We ask you to keep the length of any submissions to no more than 400 words total. Although not required, you can also submit photos or digital images (TIFF, EPS, or JPEG files) with your nomination. Please do not send samples for the Technology category nominations as we are logistically not able to provide them to a large panel of judges.
Once the deadline for submissions has passed, Window & Door prepares a Crystal Achievement Judging Package, which consists of descriptive information and photographs of the Technology category entries. Judges are asked to look over the information and rank their choices in the categories in which they wish to vote.
For our Manufacturing and Marketing category awards, we use two smaller panels of judges with expertise in those arenas. Although it is not required, nominees in our Manufacturing (Most Innovative Plant and Most Innovative Machine) categories may provide us with six sets of DVDs, brochures or other materials to provide judges with more detailed information.
For Marketing nominations in the Most Innovative Program and Best Product Literature categories, we require in most cases that in addition to a basic overall description of the entry (describing the goal, target audience, unique elements, etc.) nominees submit six sets of samples. These might include catalogs, brochures, videos, CD-ROMs, copies of advertisements and other promotional items.
For these Manufacturing and Marketing categories, nominations can be sent electronically to Supporting materials and samples should be sent to Stacey Freed, Window & Door, 1945 Old Gallows Rd., Suite 750, Vienna, VA 22182 . We will then forward all materials to our individual judges.
Any questions, please contact Stacey at
See our 2013 Crystal Achievement Award winners here.