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  • The Online Governmental Consensus Vote could change how codes are developed
    The Final Action for the International Code Council Group B Code cycle has finally been determined. It took longer than usual for the 2016 ICC Group B Code cycle because of the addition of the Online Governmental Consensus Vote after the conclusion of the Public Comment Hearings, but it did not take as long as it did for the 2015 ICC Group A Code cycle. The OGCV after the 2015 ICC Group A Public... more »
  • In the last installment of Industry Watch, we looked at the Department of Labor’s move to redefine overtime pay. As readers may recall, the new edict proposed last summer set out to essentially double the salary threshold under which employees would have to be paid overtime for hours worked beyond 40 per week from the current annual level of $23,660 to $47,476. If it became effective... more »
  • Sometimes it's a necessity
    Onsite "manufacturing” of components requires precision workmanship and sometimes even special equipment like a portable thickness planer or a small router table. At a minimum, a portable table saw and some profiling tools are essential. (Image courtesy of the author.) In this annual manufacturing issue of Window & Door magazine, the focus is largely on the “... more »
  • Proposed changes could further over-labeling
    California’s Proposition 65, the “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Environment Act of 1986,” was recently amended by the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Prop 65 requires that businesses provide specific warnings to Californians for potential exposure to chemical toxicity, including products sold in California. The... more »
  • Invest in tools that upsell window performance
    It's crucial for dealers to use the available space to its full potential, all with the sale in mind, according to Window & Door Dealer Days panelists. (Image courtesy of Franklin Window & Door) For window and door dealers, the showroom—its location, layout, design and usefulness—is key to every sale. And, central to any great showroom is its appeal to the customer.... more »
  • Balancing power on the backs of manufacturers
    In a recent installment of Industry Watch, we examined how the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule has unnecessarily hamstrung many contractors and increased costs without proven benefit to public health. Turns out, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In the last year, the outgoing administration has focused on what it sees as flaws in the labor market, forcing the pace of labor... more »
  • Americans fiercely value the right to individual opinions and beliefs, and our entrepreneurial spirit has been credited to this very characteristic. However, when it comes to the development of regulations for the built environment, let’s just say compliance would be a whole lot easier if, at least once in a while, everyone could agree on one best approach. Of course, that doesn’t... more »
  • Eight tips to contend the weather
    As I write this column from the comfort of my home, I occasionally glance out at the house under construction next door. The framers, bundled up from the fierce wind in hoodies and coveralls, brush snow off a stack of lumber. Just two days ago they were wearing shorts, enjoying the sunlight as they started in on the construction. Yet today they seem to march on, as always. The postman’s... more »
  • Consolidation Accelerates in Fenestration
    Manufacturers of fenestration products are seeing an open door to an active mergers and acquisitions market, if the last 18 months are a barometer, as the pace of consolidation accelerates. Industry buyers are aggressively competing alongside private equity firms with a number of assets trading hands in recent months. Headwaters announced the acquisition of Krestmark Industries in August.... more »
  • The series of columns on the more significant proposed changes to the 2015 International Code Council Group B codes and their potential impact on the fenestration industry continues. This month’s column discusses the establishment of consistent definitions of fenestration in the International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code that were approved during the 2016 ICC... more »