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  • Changes to Design Wind Pressures in the 2018 IRC
    The content of the 2018 International Building Code and 2018 International Residential Code has been finalized. We can now start to prepare for the potential impact of these new provisions in the marketplace. Perhaps the most significant change in the 2018 I-codes for fenestration products will be the update of American Society of Civil Engineers 7. The 2018 IRC will refer to the 2016 edition of... more »
  • Cutting regulations with a two-edged sword
    As we have been observing over the last few articles, the regulations imposed by various federal agencies has, in large part, been initiated by a blizzard of executive orders. Many feel that these usurp the prerogatives of Congress and that duplicative and unnecessary rules have unjustifiably harmed manufacturers, without demonstrable benefit to the citizenry. To illustrate the point, an Office... more »
  • Demystifying the budget conversation
    Why is it that, when you mention the word budget, homeowners freeze? An otherwise pleasant conversation suddenly comes to a screeching halt as soon as you dare to say “let’s talk about your budget.” The response, more often than not, is crickets. Truth is: homeowners are afraid of being wrong, of overspending or being duped. Not to mention, most are unfamiliar with the products... more »
  • Prop 65 gives food for thought
    California’s Proposition 65 is hardly new and it is relatively well-known that it requires manufacturers to establish potential warning label requirements for, among other things, all goods sold for consumer use in California. But Prop 65 is also recognized as a ready source of liability in the event of a compliance failure. These claims are pursued by the seemingly endless number of... more »
  • 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 »