Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Top window installation mistakes
    Example of an installation mistake in a building under construction in which flashing is only at the head and jambs. (Image by Kaitlyn Rinka.) Installation is the determining factor of whether the performance designed into a window is realized in actual service. Even the best-designed and thoroughly tested product can fail if improperly installed.  Experience shows that there are avoidable... more »
  • I had the opportunity to attend the American Institute of Architects annual conference in New York City this summer. From my perspective, it was a great, busy show, with big names from around the industry, international attendees and a good energy overall. At the event, I noticed that talk about energy efficiency is more dominant than ever, with architects searching for methods and materials to... more »
  • How the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule stands to continue to raise the cost of window replacement
    THE COST OF COMPLIANCE:  The length of the required contractor training course:8 HOURS Cost of the class per worker:~$562 EPA registration fee:~$300 Failure to meet requirements of the update:~$37,500per violation, per day Estimated additional cost per Window: ~$120-$200 After completing a federally mandated regulatory impact review under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility... more »
  • As of last week, President Donald Trump’s statement to impose steep tariffs will subject Canada, the European Union and Mexico to a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent on aluminum Over the past couple of months, I’ve spoken to folks about what these tariffs could mean for our businesses. No one really has a solid answer, outside some certainty around temporary logistical... more »
  • Liability in times of crisis
    In the aftermath of last year’s hurricanes and wildfires, and as we brace for the next hurricane and fire seasons, businesses in areas of devastation not only have to worry about their people and damage to property, but also about whether and when they can fill existing orders. This last worry is why a “force majeure” clause is essential to a contract involving the supply of... more »
  • Part 2
      In the Florida Keys, this newer home suffered extensive windborne debris impacts during the storm due to the widespread structural failure of an adjacent, older home. (Images courtesy of the author.)  Editor’s Note: This article is the second installment based on a presentation Dean Ruark delivered at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2017 Fall Conference in... more »
  • The increasing role of environmental impact disclosures
    What’s in a Label An EPD “ecolabel” shows some or all of the following impacts, expressed where applicable in terms of equivalent CO2 emissions: Climate change Depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer Acidification of land and water sources Eutrophication Formation of photochemical oxidants Depletion of fossil energy resources Depletion of mineral resources Any harmful... more »
  • Capitalize on capital expenditure transactions
    The manufacturing issue provides a chance for manufacturers to think big and, in the manufacturing world, this typically means capital expenditures. As any GlassBuild America attendee can attest, these large purchases tend to be sources of excitement.  Capex transactions themselves, however, remain complicated and detailed. They demand multiple strategic decisions regarding suitability,... more »
  • Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would not make any amendments to the controversial Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. In the review of the RRP Rule, which was required by Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, EPA did recognize some issues with Rule, but ultimately determined that the “economic benefits of the RRP Rule outweigh industry... more »
  • Windows, doors and skylights sometimes fall under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act’s definition of consumer goods, and other times they do not. Magnuson-Moss is a federal statutory scheme that mandates certain requirements for written warranties. It provides, in part, that the “warrantor” (party giving a warranty for a product) may not make conditions in a written or implied... more »