Latest Articles in January/February 2019

  • Major requirements were set forth in the published 2018 I-codes for windows, doors, skylights and other fenestration products in single family homes, duplexes and townhouses that are three stories or less in height. These types of buildings are referred to as “low rise residential construction” within the family of International Codes, and requirements for them are established in the... more »
  • How to meet customers where they are
    Online disruption has arrived for almost every industry and market. Many are afraid of what these changes mean to their business, but I believe there is a huge opportunity for those who look at the shifts happening and take advantage of them. Companies in the building materials space that can leverage the shifts we’re seeing in how people want to buy will grow awareness, drive sales and... more »
  • The WinDoor trade show moved into Quebec City in 2018, bringing together fenestration professionals from both the residential and commercial sectors of the industry. Window & Door was on hand to cover the event, flooding all our fans’ Twitter and Instagram feeds with live updates from Quebec City. For those who missed the online action, here’s a highlight of the products that... more »
  • Design & Construction Week features the co-location of the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, held Feb. 19-21 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. This mega-event will bring together more than 80,000 builders, general contractors, remodelers, designers,... more »
  • MI Windows achieves OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs star for safety
     Editor’s Note: This article is based on the safety roundtable held at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2018 Fall Conference. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is often considered to be the police of workplace safety. OSHA sets rules and regulations, performs audits, issues fines and more, all in an effort to create safer workplaces. However, two... more »
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  • To keep up with evolving technology and industry concerns, new editions of the 15 different I-codes covered by the International Code Council are published every three years. The 2018 versions, which took effect Jan. 1, are the latest. Of these, the codes of greatest typical interest to fenestration manufacturers are the 2018 International Building Code, International Residential Code 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 »
  • Insights into the dealer segment of the fenestration market
    To better understand the current climate of the window and door dealer sector, The Farnsworth Group, partnered with the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, to conduct a benchmarking study measuring the sales, trade association interest, value propositions, and business confidence of window and door dealers, wholesale dealers, lumber and building material dealers, and window retailers/replacement... more »
  • In midst of expansion, economists scour for signs of a possible recession
    Weighing In | The factors that play into the forecast One of the challenges of forecasting the economy’s path, and that of the housing market, is the host of factors that could knock it off its expected route.  Labor Paul Bishop, vice president of research for NAR, says one of the ongoing factors to watch in the economy, particularly in housing construction, is the scarcity of labor... more »