Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • 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 »
  • A look at lamination as a finishing option for fenestration
    Bronze remains a dominant residential color, as do subtle earth tones like clay and almond. (Image courtesy of the author.) The window industry continues to see an increasing request for colors. Today’s consumers demand more color and design options, inside and out, both for new construction and especially in the replacement market. Homeowners want the chance to complement or accent the... more »
  • Since 1992, when Category 5 Hurricane Andrew brought devastation to many of Florida’s southern cities, the state has been fairly aggressive in maintaining a strong building code to prevent similar damage from happening again.   As such, impacted-rated windows have been a necessity in the region for a while, along with other preparedness measures. The Tampa Bay Times noted in a piece... more »
  • Fenestration requires a broad perspective on when, what and how to warn
    Best practices Consider warnings that are applicable to the components that make up the products.  Purchasing conditions and supplier warranty-commitments that address both the provision of applicable warnings and offer remedies for the failure to supply those warnings are crucial.  These warning-commitments should extend beyond the performance of the product as integrated, and into... more »
  • Standards development made simple
    Some 70 years ago, there were essentially only two window framing materials to choose from for residential buildings: wood or mill-finish aluminum, typically with single-pane glass. In 1947, what was then called the Aluminum Window Manufacturers Association issued the first industry standard for aluminum alloys, and for the structural strength of double-hung aluminum windows.  Thereafter,... more »
  • The “indoor generation” is opening its windows and doors to re-introduce daylight into everyday life and enjoy its benefits
    For several years, I worked in an interior office with nothing but a buzzing fluorescent light to illuminate my space. After buckling down on a project for hours, I was always surprised when I emerged, looked out someone else’s window and saw it was snowing. Or storming. Or that it was a rare Chicago picture-perfect day. I’m now fortunate enough to work from a home office in rural... more »