Latest Articles in Industry Watch

  • More and more, architects are seeking ways to bring the outdoors in, melding a building seamlessly with its outdoor environment. Multi-panel door systems offer an increasingly popular way to accomplish this. Not only do multi-panel door systems offer aesthetic and health benefits due to improved indoor air quality and daylighting, technological improvements also allow these systems to occupy a... more »
  • Labor shortage problem continues to grow
    In the Industry Watch column from March/April 2018, we noted that availability of qualified labor is increasingly seen as a major problem for both the construction industry and for manufacturers. If anything, the situation has worsened. An industry-wide survey conducted this past summer by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America, says labor shortages remain so significant and... more »
  • Latest market study highlights bright outlook
     The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s annual fenestration market study has been a fixture of its service to the industry over many years, but its scope and rigor have increased over time. Manufacturers and suppliers are interviewed with a participation rate in excess of 50 percent and data from multiple secondary sources is triangulated to support the overall analysis... more »
  • Setting standards for innovations to come
    It appears that the future of windows and doors will involve the confluence of technologies that previously have had little to do with fenestration products. Some examples of improved fenestration functionality being conceptually introduced around the industry involve automatic operation of fenestration products, as well as integrated security, locking and alarm systems. There are also plans for... more »
  • The benefits of risk management in terms of safety
    Three Goals for Improving Safety Culture Part of safety culture entails documenting and distributing safety procedures throughout the plant for uniform understanding, each with the three following goals. 01. Improving awareness Establish a procedure to follow. Broadcast it through training and ongoing communication vehicles (bulletins, incident report postings, awards, etc.). 02. Mitigating a... more »
  • The increasing role of environmental impact disclosures
    What’s in a Label An EPD “ecolabel” shows some or all of the following impacts, expressed where applicable in terms of equivalent CO2 emissions: Climate change Depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer Acidification of land and water sources Eutrophication Formation of photochemical oxidants Depletion of fossil energy resources Depletion of mineral resources Any harmful... more »
  • Good news/bad news for business
    The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is largely positive for business but has some potentially devilish details to navigate. This is an inevitable result for a measure pieced together through a myriad of compromises among varied interests. But then, as has also been observed, if both sides are dissatisfied, chances are it’s a good deal overall. Corporate tax rate The centerpiece of the TCJA is the... more »
  • How manufacturers can take the lead on addressing the issue
    Availability of qualified labor is increasingly seen as a major problem for both the construction industry and for manufacturers. In the former case, the National Association of Home Builders reported in a 2017 Eye on Housing blog that the percentage of its surveyed builders who indicated that cost and availability of labor is their most significant problem skyrocketed from 13 percent of builders... more »
  • Disruption? Or windows of opportunity?
    Although the term “disruption” sounds vaguely apocalyptic—conjuring asteroid impacts, nuclear war or some folks’ vision of climate change­­—in business, it refers to innovation that creates a new business model and market that eventually disrupts an existing one, displacing established market-leading firms, products and alliances. Many have been blindsided... more »
  • Could privatization be a positive for the fenestration industry?
    *Editor's Note: Since the original publication of this article, the House passed a spending bill that included Energy Star funding at $33 million, 53 percent less than current funding. The below does not take into account this specific development, but does explore what may transpire, regardless of the level of funding for the program. Energy Star has become a highly visible... more »