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  • Companies need to follow lead-safe work practices on the job site and in the office
    Your personnel have taken the RRP training, and your company has become an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator. You give out the Renovate Right pamphlet to clients, occupants, and/or parents before every replacement or remodeling job on an old building. You train your employees, put up containment, use lead-safe work practices, and clean the job site within an inch of its life. You do... more »
  • Evaluating window lines at the retail level
    Window and door manufacturers are introducing an increasing array of decorative options and performance upgrades to meet consumers’ increasing demands and differentiate their product lines. In this competitive market, however, dealers are taking the time to look beyond the hype of a new product to evaluate its value on a number of fronts. With new lines promising increased U-values, new... more »
  • Not too long ago, I talked to a window and door manufacturer that said his company was doing fairly well this year. He attributed his company's success primarily to growth in multifamily jobs. That jibes with a lot of what's been written about the housing market of late. Much of the improvement there has been in housing starts this year has come on the multifamily side. On the retrofit side... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to expand its lead paint rules in July was welcome news for the industry. The added costs of compliance to the existing Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rules were already having a negative impact on remodeling activity, and additional clearance testing requirements would have inflated those costs further. The costs and their impact on... more »
  • Window and door dealers are probably throwing parties as a result of EPA’s decision last week not to add lead clearance testing to LRRP rules. I don’t blame them—it’s been well documented that adding post-project clearance testing for lead dust would have added significant cost and burden to remodeling projects in pre-1978 homes. No doubt, the decision announced this week... more »
  • You probably noticed that today's WDweekly looks a little different. And if you look closely at the top, you'll see there's a link to view a new mobile version of WDweekly. We know many of you were already looking at WDweekly on your smartphones and we suspect many more will going forward, so we're pleased to introduce this new option today. And we will continue to involve. But we'd like your... more »
  • As many of you are probably aware, the International Code Council is developing an International Green Construction Code. The IgCC is designed to provide a “codified” document that can be adopted if a jurisdiction wishes to mandate green construction. The IgCC differs from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. LEEDS is intended for use on a voluntary, project by... more »
  • Kolbe & Kolbe keeps focus on continuous improvement and product development
    Producing high quality windows with employees dedicated to excellence. That was the vision of Herb Kolbe, one of the founding brothers of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc., and it enabled the company to establish itself as one of the leaders in the high-end window and door market.     Kolbe sees its employees as craftspeople building one window or door at a time.  ... more »
  • If your company is in the business of buying and reselling building products, including doors and windows or components, manufactured by an offshore entity, what happens if a lawsuit is brought relating to those products? As a “seller,” your company is a serious target. “But, we did not make it, we just resold it” is not an adequate defense. Companies need to understand... more »
  • Most window and door folks I've talked to recently sound more than a bit disappointed about 2011 to date. Sales are off at many companies and flat at others. It's not what people expected.    According to our Industry Pulse study featured in the January/February issue this year, 55 percent of our readers predicted sales would increase slightly in 2010 over 2011.  About 15... more »