Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • 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 »
  • With regard to the 2018 International Codes, one of the biggest disappointments for the fenestration industry is a reduction in the number of emergency escape and rescue openings required for sleeping rooms in the basements of multifamily buildings and single-family homes. The 2015 International Building Code and 2015 International Residential Code required EEROs from sleeping rooms in... more »
  • The Dream Showroom features innovation—and inspiration—for residential window and door retailers in a unique setting at GlassBuild America
    A hand-picked variety of products will be on display at Window & Door Dealer Days in its flagship Dream Showroom exhibit in booth #3823, open to all GlassBuild attendees but geared specifically for finished product dealers. Based on the response from 2016, the 2017 showroom will again feature innovative residential fenestration products and technologies in an upscale home-inspired 3,000-... more »
  • 2018 IRC to include appendix for tiny houses installed on a permanent foundation
    Most people consider owning a home to be the American dream. Typically, this home would include a kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. But some people dream of owning a “tiny home,” defined as a house that measures less than 400 square feet in area. The reasons for wanting to own a tiny house are many. Some people point to their low... more »
  • There was a time not too long ago when chasing after energy-efficiency goals was a big source of anxiety among window and door manufacturers. Think back: the now-embattled Energy Star program was moving quickly, with stated thermal efficiency goals rising to new, more stringent heights with each revision to the program.   Different code bodies, including the International Energy... more »
  • Our review of the 2018 International Codes continues this month with a discussion about the update of existing referenced standards. There have been numerous instances where standards that were developed through meticulous adherence to ANSI or ASTM protocols were rejected due to concerns about the standard’s content. Criteria for all referenced standards The International Code Council... more »
  • An opportunity in waiting
    A sash being sprayed in a paint booth. (All images courtesy of the author.) When wood-frame windows are the best option for a homeowner, finishing them is part of fulfilling the installation process. Too often, this step is under appreciated. Many may think that it’s no big deal because there really isn’t much there to be painted or stained. But those with window-finishing... more »
  • Changes to Design Wind Pressures in the 2018 IRC
    The content of the 2018 International Building Code and 2018 International Residential Code has been finalized. We can now start to prepare for the potential impact of these new provisions in the marketplace. Perhaps the most significant change in the 2018 I-codes for fenestration products will be the update of American Society of Civil Engineers 7. The 2018 IRC will refer to the 2016 edition of... more »
  • Driving door sales margins by offering personalization
    As one of the home’s most important curb appeal features, personalized front entry doors are growing in popularity. (Images courtesy of Simpson Door Co.) “You can have any color, as long as it’s black,” Henry Ford is quoted as saying about his revolutionary Model T automobile. Although his narrow product focus brought affordable cars to the masses a century ago,... more »