Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • If you think back to the formative years of vinyl windows in the U.S., we had our share of performance challenges to overcome. Particularly in hot climates like Florida or Arizona, weathering and yellowing due to high temperatures and UV exposure were major issues that caused some significant degradation and product deformation. These issues put a stain on the industry, especially considering... more »
  • WDMA conference brings trade policy to light
    Last week, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association brought together industry stakeholders and members of Congress, agency leaders and political strategists for its signature policymaking event. The lineup of speakers included representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Politico, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Manufacturers, and a Republican... more »
  • A home’s windows, doors and skylights exist for a number of reasons—to provide ingress and egress, sunlight and fresh air are some of the most obvious. But today’s savvy homeowners want more than just some panes of glass to let light in, or a panel that swings open to allow entry. Modern consumers want to: minimize the costs of heating and cooling their homes; increase... more »
  • A few weeks ago, I returned from International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas—where there had been a bit of snow, as you might have heard. Wild weather aside, IBS coincides with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show to make up Design & Construction Week, and it’s always a nice snapshot of the current home industry. Window & Door provided a nice recap here. I always keep my... more »
  • Manufacturers can now seek unlimited extensions
    Managing Liability  With the ability to receive more extensions also comes heightened concern regarding a manufacturer’s potential liability. Below are a few examples of ways to manage potential liability. Record Retention  A manufacturer should maintain documentation from the original certification up through the current extension. Keep all test reports, drawings, bills of... more »
  • “Disruption” is something we’ve seen happen to a lot of industries over the past decade or so. Video rental chains got disrupted by Netflix. Taxi companies got disrupted by Uber and Lyft. Newspapers got disrupted by the internet and blogs (like the one you’re reading right now). What’s the next industry ripe for disruption? How about the typical, site-built building... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Photos courtesy of Houzz As we enter the new year and homeowners begin to think about the home projects they’ll tackle in 2019, it’s important to plan for the trends that may take hold in the coming months. New materials, styles and features are already emerging among popular photos on Houzz that will impact the fenestration industry. We’ve identified the top three that will... more »
  • A road map of the code development process
    What’s in the Code Groups? The I-codes, published every three years, are divided into groups A and B, which staggers the development process to minimize bottlenecks and facilitate participation. Group A (2018) codes typically of interest to the fenestration industry include: International Building Code (egress, fire safety and general provisions) International Fire Code International... more »