Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • One of our member companies recently reached out to our staff to gain some insight on the lack of building code enforcement in Puerto Rico. The member told us the problem existed before the hurricane but is worse now. He also expressed frustration over competing with other companies that regularly violate code.  Here’s what we found out: The extent and severity of the storm damage has... more »
  • Observations on color, size and style in the current market
    Early last month, I and several other members from the Quanex team attended the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, both for some good weather and to get a sense for how the industry is feeling at the outset of a new year. My takeaway: Many building and construction professionals are abuzz right now, and not without reason. The U.S. economy is healthy, and manufacturers around our... more »
  • Editor’s Note: While Window & Door will continue to report on the codes and standards that are relevant to the fenestration community, this is the last installation of Code Arena by Julie Ruth. We thank her for her informative columns over the years and wish her much happiness in her retirement. Enjoy this farewell from the true professional who helped our manufacturers and dealers stay... more »
  • A call to action for manufacturers
    Legal and compliance issues facing the industry continue to evolve and mature. Certification, code-compliance and best-practices improvement remain key opportunities for our clients in this, and every, year. But there are a few items on our radar for 2018 that, maybe, should be on yours as well. Energy Star Right now, it is fair to say that a lot of uncertainty exists about the shape of Energy... more »
  • In the recent months, there have been several opportunities for Energy Star partners to have their voices heard. In May of 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency invited public comment on existing regulations pursuant to Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agency. In October 2017, fenestration companies had the chance to comment on the proposed FenStar Certification Program... more »
  • For Residential Windows & Doors
    As of December 2017 Courtesy of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association How to Use this Guide: A Note of Caution This article focuses on the requirements of the 2018 editions of the IRC and IECC for residential fenestration, with emphasis on the changes that have occurred between the 2015 and 2018 editions of those codes. The user of this summary is cautioned, however, that it is... more »
  • The duration of a manufacturer warranty is generally defined either as lifetime or a period of time (e.g. a 10-year warranty). Have you ever stopped to consider what “Lifetime Warranty” means? Lifetime of what? Is lifetime measured by the life of the product, of the person owning the product, or the life of the manufacturer? The answer is that it can be any—but a well-written... more »
  • Manufacturers talk about market forces that influence the “greening” of fenestration
    Above: Sierra Pacific Sedona pushout casement and awning windows feature certified and labeled (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) Douglas fir frame and sash. Below right: A Sierra Pacific registered professional forester plants a seedling on SPI-managed forest lands. This seedling will reportedly absorb carbon rapidly, aiding in SPI forest lands’ sequestering carbon at almost twice the... more »
  • Exterior sealants require special qualities. (Image courtesy of iStock, istockphoto.com.) There is no installation component more critical to a successful window/door installation than proper exterior sealant selection. Unlike interior sealants or caulks, exterior installation sealants must seal out water intrusion, without fail, for many years. If they don’t, the consequences can be... more »
  • Revisiting the most important number you haven’t heard of
    A little over a year ago, we provided a general summary of then-recent events relating to the development and implementation of an innovative conceptual number, expressed monetarily, known as the “Social Cost of Carbon.” SC CO2 is defined by the EPA as an estimate of the economic damages associated with a small increase in carbon dioxide emissions, conventionally one metric ton, in a... more »