Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • 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 »
  • Changes to prescriptive values for 2018
     The International Energy Conservation Code has evolved greatly since its first edition in 1998. Overall, significant strides have been made in improving the energy performance of buildings. Based upon analysis performed by the U.S. Department of Energy and others, buildings built to the 2015 IECC use less than half the energy of buildings built to the 1998 IECC.   During this time... more »
  • Applause met the recent defeat of legislation in Connecticut that would have imposed timelines on warranty claims and required manufacturers to pay for materials and labor. From many perspectives, these requirements would have proven costly and harsh in application. While it was vetoed, it is worth asking what the legislation itself points toward and whether there is a disconnect between those... more »
  • Window & Door Presents 2017 Crystal Achievement Awards winners
    Window & Door's annual Crystal Achievement Awards recognize residential window and door manufacturers and component suppliers for their contributions to the industry. Every year, we receive nearly 100 entries of products and processes that remind us of the true innovative spirit of the industry. Here, we recognize nine of the entries that particularly piqued our judges’ interest. They... more »