Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • 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 »
  • 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 »