Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • Window and door manufacturers, suppliers and dealers use a variety of energy-efficient, sustainable or green technologies, methods or products for their work, and they do so for a number of reasons. The October/November issue of Window & Door magazine will explore this topic and how it relates to the fenestration industry. As part of that coverage, we want to hear from you.    Do... more »
  • Do average people, collectively, have a better crystal ball than the professional pundits? In “The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations” (2004), author James Surowiecki argues that a diverse collection of independently deciding individuals is likely to make certain types of decisions and... more »
  • Browse the latest styles of windows from contemporary and modern and in a variety of materials. Plus, manufacturers provide key selling points dealers can use in their sales pitches. View the Products more »
  • Browse the latest innovations in components for the manufacture and installation of residential windows, plus hardware options from manufacturers. View the Products more »
  • Do you cave at the first sign of pricing pressure?
    Note: See Madeleine MacRae at this year’s Window & Door Dealer Days, held Sept. 12-13 in Atlanta, where she’ll moderate two Solution Sessions and present “Plugging Profit Leaks: How to make more money with the leads you already have.”   Can you say, with full confidence, that your offer is “totally worth it at full price?”   If you cannot—... more »
  • A snapshot of the looming fate of the Energy Star program
    Many manufacturers make energy efficient products but can’t justify the costs associated with labeling. (Image courtesy of Energi Fenestration Solutions, energifenestration.com) For the many residential window and door manufacturers that comprise the fenestration industry, Energy Star has been a way of life since 1992. Now, that program may be substantially changing or going away... more »
  • There are plenty of reasons why vinyl windows have come to dominate market share in new residential and multifamily construction. And there’s one reason I’ve been thinking about lately that’s simpler than you might think. It’s not energy performance. It’s not price. It’s color. In markets throughout the country, the availability of color options in vinyl window... more »
  • IoT and Industry 4.0: The Next Wave The Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 are terms that capture the notion of an interconnected world, with links and communication between everything from appliances, telephones and vehicles to manufacturing facilities and entire buildings. The ramifications of these connections, dubbed IoT, are widespread, leading to a fourth wave in our civilization, namely,... more »
  • Cutting regulations with a two-edged sword
    As we have been observing over the last few articles, the regulations imposed by various federal agencies has, in large part, been initiated by a blizzard of executive orders. Many feel that these usurp the prerogatives of Congress and that duplicative and unnecessary rules have unjustifiably harmed manufacturers, without demonstrable benefit to the citizenry. To illustrate the point, an Office... more »
  • A collection of the latest technologies and advancements in door components for the manufacture of residential doors
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