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  • Vinyl still leads in windows; wide-open entries steal the conversation
    62% of survey participants said they offered new products in 2016; the same percentage will add new products in 2017 Product innovation is still a big priority across all segments of the industry. As designs turn more toward custom, manufacturers are managing a larger number of SKUs and seeing the new challenges this creates in the supply chain. Equipment and component suppliers have stepped up... more »
  • 2016 sales lag slightly from 2015; manufacturers optimistic about 2017
    According to the Industry Pulse survey, 66 percent of respondents reported that 2016 met or exceeded projections. Though still a strong showing, this figure is down about 15 percent from the same statistics from last year’s survey, where nearly 80 percent reported that sales were at or above expectations. The respondents that reported a decrease in sales attributed the loss to distractions... more »
  • How base configuration technology will change the future of configurable, custom products
    Today’s consumers thirst for instant gratification. From pricing to purchasing to support, any lag time generally results in a value drop for customers. But when it comes to the fenestration industry, where most products are configured, instant gratification isn’t easy. The path to configure the product—including designing, pricing and quoting—is not a simple process that... more »
  • How to Use this Guide This article focuses on the requirements of the 2015 editions of the IRC and IECC for residential fenestration, with emphasis on the changes that have occurred between the 2012 and 2015 editions of those codes. The user of this summary is cautioned, however, that it is not intended to be a full discussion of all the requirements of the 2015 International Codes for... more »
  • See also Main Article Energy Performance Provisions for design loads of all exterior cladding of residential structures—including fenestration—are set forth in Section R301 of the 2015 IRC. The design loads of concern for vertical glazing are design wind load and impact resistance. Skylights and sloped glazing are also subject to snow load and dead load. Wind Loads Tables R301.2(2)... more »
  • See also Main Article Design Loads Requirements for energy performance in both residential and commercial buildings are spelled out in the 2015 IECC. The energy conservation requirements for one- and two-family homes and townhouses three stories or less in height are also given in Chapter 11 of the 2015 IRC. Beginning with the 2012 International Codes, the energy conservation provisions of... more »
  • Meet Your 2016 Dealers of the Year
    Mountain View Window & Door provides the in-house team of trained professionals along with the special equipment to handle premium installations. Each year, Window & Door has the honor of learning how dealers across the country are elevating the industry. We hear from companies that are experiencing growth, investing in their marketing and outreach efforts, and building strong... more »
  • The latest window and door options to serve the energy-aware buyer
    There is no doubt that consumer interest in energy efficiency has been on an upward trajectory in the last few decades. In fact, one recent report by Global Market Insights Inc. projects the market for energy-efficient windows in the U.S. looks to exceed $15 billion by 2024. Some of the credit, at least in part, has to go to Energy Star initiatives that started in the early 1990s to increase... more »
  • How transparency supports business growth for manufacturers
    A strong market exists for products that are responsibly sourced and conscientiously manufactured. (Image courtesy of Andersen Corp.) Andersen Corp. partnered with industry peers in developing and publishing the fenestration industry’s first Product Category Rule, which provides the guidelines for reporting a product’s environmental impacts over its lifecycle in an... more »
  • What dealers need to know about selling energy-efficient products
    In a recent study, remodelers reported that 78 percent of their customers would pay more for a green home. (Image courtesy of Ply Gem.) On the front line of sales and marketing, window dealers are a crucial partner to product manufacturers and trade professionals. As the movement toward greener living continues to influence homeowners and manufacturers alike, it’s no surprise that... more »