Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • No matter how technology has evolved over the years, the essential functionality and intent of windows and doors has remained fairly simple when you think about it. No matter how big, or what color, or what they’re made of, fenestration products grant interior environments access and views into the outdoor world around us, where and when occupants want it. I’ve written about the... more »
  •   While they’re ubiquitous today, it wasn’t all that long ago that flat-screen TVs were an emerging technology. Compared to tube TVs, flat-screens offered crisp, widescreen pictures that were attractive to consumers everywhere—even if they weren’t so affordable for everyone. Cut to today, and flat-screens are in most living rooms in America. Cost came down once... more »
  • Navigating the variables
    This is the second article in a mini-series on installation. The first describes the two most common wall types with respect to the configuration of their water resistive barrier—surface barrier and membrane/drainage systems—and introduced the two most common types of windows with regard to their mounting provisions (mounting flange and block frame). In this second installment, we... more »
  • Alpen High Performance develops a process for thin glass IGUs
    Editor’s Note: Window + Door did not receive enough entries into the Most Innovative Manufacturing Process category of the Window + Door Awards (formerly, the Crystal Achievement Awards) to make the category truly competitive. However, we received an entry from a company worth recognizing for its efforts in innovative manufacturing. The following article details how Alpen High Performance... more »
  • What constitutes a trade secret and best practices to protect them
    A trade secret involves confidential information that provides (or will provide) economic benefit or advantage to a business that would be lost if it were misappropriated or disseminated to the public. State and federal laws include various remedies that provide businesses ways to protect the value of these assets. A basic understanding of trade secret protection should enable a business to make... more »
  • The next and final edition of this three-part series will highlight more about the installation of the differing mounting configurations.  Last month, we began this column mini-series on installation by describing the two most common wall types with respect to the configuration of their water resistive barrier—surface barrier and membrane/drainage systems—and introduced the two... more »
  • Navigating the variables
    No matter how stringent the building code or the underlying performance standard, proper installation is the ultimate key to performance quality of fenestration products. This can be more complicated than it may seem at first glance, owing to the variety of product configurations and the types of exterior walls into which they are to be installed. Despite its importance, installation does not... more »
  • Should industry standards be available to the public free of charge?
    Many current building codes incorporate AAMA or ASTM standards into the code sections relating to windows and doors. For example, the 2009 IRC Section R612.3 states that windows with fall prevention devices and window guards “shall comply with the requirements of ASTM F 2090.” But the ASTM standard is only referenced, not quoted. To figure out just what are requirements of ASTM F... more »
  • A look inside Stealth Finishing’s color technologies
    Editor’s note: This case study is an extension of the conversation from an In the Trenches article originally published in the August issue of Window & Door. Click here to read about lamination as a finishing option for fenestration. As the demand for color in the window industry increases, so does the demand for applicators of these finishes. This trend was a key reason for the... more »
  • The nature and consequences of out-of-state subpoenas
    Most litigation takes place in the state court system. For example, a dispute arising out of construction in Illinois will normally be litigated in a regional Illinois state court. There are exceptions, but this is the general rule. This remains true even if some of the parties have their principal places of business outside Illinois.   If your Minnesota-based business was somehow... more »