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  • How UX is changing how we think about everything
    The UX Honeycomb by Semantic Studios helps formalize the characteristics of a valuable user experience. See more at semanticstudios.com. User Experience—understanding user needs to help create products and services that provide meaningful experiences to customers—has become a big deal to many of today’s leading brands. With the internet as such a powerful means of how... more »
  • Permanent labeling of windows considered by ICC members
    When you buy a car in the U.S., it is marked with a permanent number known as the Vehicle Identification Number. The VIN can be used to provide a lot of information about the vehicle, including its manufacturer, model, original features, service, accident history, etc. Proposals requiring a similar, permanent mark on all residential and commercial exterior windows and doors installed in the U.S.... more »
  • What the U.S. Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan means for the fenestration industry
    On Oct. 23, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of the “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electrical Generation Units” 80 Fed. Reg. 64,662, also known as the “Clean Power Plan.” The CPP’s unwieldy official title only hints at the complexity of this 303-page regulation. It consists not only of... more »
  • Three tips to stop hackers
    Website hacking isn’t something that only happens to big companies. Every week, my office receives at least half a dozen calls from local small business owners that need help fixing a hacked website and the volume of these calls appears to be increasing. Despite common perception, hackers don’t only want to hack large e-commerce sites to access financial data. Many small business... more »
  • The potential impact of the ASHRAE 189.1/IgCC merger on residential products
    At the present time, a merger of International Code Council International Green Construction Code and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers 189.1, Design of High Performance Buildings, except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is occurring. The resulting document will be referred to as the 2018 edition of ASHRAE 189/IgCC. Although the intent of both are somewhat... more »
  • Installation tips for doors
    Does your installed product operate smoothly? (Image courtesy of the author.) Doors are generally more challenging to install than windows. While many basics are similar, such as wall interface, true alignment, and the fact that both either swing or slide, some factors are very different. Doors are commonly larger and heavier and have to stand up to much more frequent operation and... more »
  • Bringing manufactured housing fenestration certification up-to-date
    AAMA third-party certification of manufactured housing fenestration has been around since 1983 and so has the Procedural Guide for the program—at least until recently. AAMA 104, Procedural Guide for Certification of Manufactured Home Fenestration Products: Windows/Sliding Doors, Emergency Exit Windows and Devices, Swinging Exterior Passage Doors of that vintage has served well as the basis... more »
  • Take advantage of the additional comments section
      Fenestration manufacturers offer more product options than ever before to satisfy market demand. While this allows dealers to offer almost any solution to their clients, it also requires more attention on placing an accurate order. Sizing, colors, glass features and muntin patterns are all variables that enter into the equation. Manufacturers’ software typically prompts dealers to... more »
  • System glitches alter ICC code development path for 2016
    State and local jurisdiction adoption and enforcement of the 2015 International Building Code, 2015 International Residential Code and 2015 International Energy Conservation Code continues to grow. As of press time, the International Code Council website reports that the 2015 IBC is being enforced either statewide or locally in five states, and the 2015 IRC and 2015 IECC in three states. At the... more »
  • Class action litigation has become a reality of the fenestration industry. These attacks come in many forms including those directed at a common method of assembly or fabrication practices—that is, a manufacturing defect. This is an important legal reality that window and door companies need to know about. Background Product liability is a legal theory that generally focuses on three... more »