Study Shows Green Building in Canada Gaining on U.S.
The U.S. Green Building Council reported in May that the United States holds the biggest share of green building practices in the world per square meters of LEED space. However, the current runner-up—Canada—is apparently picking up steam. The Canada Green Building Council recently acquired the services of McGraw Hill Construction to help compile a report [...][continue reading...]
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Door and Window Musings
Taking Action Against Counterfeiters
By Tara Taffera
Publisher, DWM Magazine
A few years back, when you attended a trade show, all you seemed to see were signs on exhibitor booths warning, “No photos.” This is because many companies, and many of them from China, were attempting to copy American products. Now, it seems you see less of these signs and you don’t hear as many [...]
“They Aren’t Your Grandma’s Doors & Windows Anymore!”
By Jim Plavecsky
Owner, Windowtech Sales
Several weeks ago I was invited to join a customer on a sight inspection at an older home which was getting completely renovated. This was a beautiful home in a gorgeous location, and it definitely screamed for new doors and windows. This time energy efficiency was taking a back seat to something which was far [...]
Collins, the Trend Tracker
By Mike Collins
Partner, Building Industry Advisors
At a recent meeting of the Association for Corporate Growth, one of the key topics was remaining competitive in today’s manufacturing environment. Among the ways to do so was digital manufacturing. Digital manufacturing sounds just enough like an oxymoron to get your attention and represents a series of powerful steps that all door and window [...]
Where Have All the Installers Gone?
By Tyson Schwartz
VP sales and marketing, Soft-Lite
As we start to ramp up for “busy” season, it certainly has the look and feel of a historical trending year. This is to say, if we look at all our historical data before 2008, the business seems to be aligning with what once was a “traditional” window business model. From speaking to and calling [...]
By Mark Milanese
Owner, Milanese Remodeling Inc.
I’ve really been enjoying Dave Molenda’s “Positive Polarity” blogs here at DWM/Shelter magazine. If you haven’t had a chance to read his articles yet, do yourself a favor and check them out. Dave’s messages are upbeat with a lot of emphasis on positive thinking. They are also very real. When I read Dave’s recent article [...]
Catch Me Doing Something Right, Please?
By Dave Molenda
Founder, Positive Polarity, LLC
Recently, I was on my motorcycle on a beautiful, hot sunny Saturday afternoon racing down the highway when I was interrupted by a small, lazy out of the way town. It just kind of crept up on me. I was somewhat familiar with the area, but this was a spot that the speed limit went [...]
The View From Here
In the Year 2030: Part 1
By Ric Jackson
Director of Government Relations
Quanex Building Products
The next 15 years might prove to be one of the most significant eras in the history of technologies for doors, windows and skylights. Got your attention? As detailed in my May blog “Chasing the Next Low-E,” the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) has a Roadmap for Emerging Technologies in place [...]