Pass on Passive Building Standards? You Might Want to Rethink That

Mar 31st, 2015

PHIUS now has custom passive standards for any climate in North America.

The Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has introduced climate-specific building standards for more than 1,000 more locations in North America, from major metros to rural areas. Passive buildings are generally those that are built so air-tight and energy efficient that little, if any, energy is needed to heat or cool the facility. The rating is […]

A Proposed Bill Would Reduce Florida Builders’ Risk of Being Sued

Mar 30th, 2015

Representative Jay Fant's bill would reduce builders' liability limit from 10 years to seven.

If defects are found with construction more than seven years from its completion, should the builder still be liable for damages? Florida House Rep. Jay Fant doesn’t think so. The Republican lawmaker from Jacksonville has introduced a bill that reduces builder liability exposure from 10 years to seven years after a job is finished. This […]

Dealers Share Tips that Pack a Punch

Mar 27th, 2015


Would you love the opportunity to get in a room with your fellow door and window dealers and pick their brains? What do others do when they receive a bad review? Do you get your showroom displays for free? You don’t? Why not? How do you get people to like your Facebook page? What do […]

Study Reveals OSHA’s $4.5 Billion Mistake

Mar 26th, 2015

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OSHA was off. Way off. That’s according to a new report by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), which found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed silica standards will cost the U.S. construction industry $5 billion per year—roughly $4.5 billion per year more than OSHA’s estimates. The coalition cautioned that the flawed […]

WDMA Legislative Conference Day 2: Time to Get Down to Business

Mar 24th, 2015

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said the EPA has too many regulations.

From congressional speakers to Capitol Hill visits, the second day of the spring meeting and legislative conference for the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) epitomized the organization’s mission to be the fenestration industry’s voice in Washington. Republicans Rail Against Regulation Tuesday began with the Washington Briefing Breakfast, which featured Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and […]

March Newscast Features Fenestration Day

Mar 20th, 2015

Fenestration Day ended yesterday in Irvine, Calif., and attendees heard a variety of educational sessions. Here’s a glimpse of what you missed. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

Fenestration Day, Glass Expo West Kick Off in California

Mar 19th, 2015


William Greiner, the chief investment officer at Mariner Wealth Advisers, delivered the keynote address on Thursday to open Fenestration Day and Glass Expo West at the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center in Irvine, Calif. Greiner’s presentation covered the latest economic outlook both globally and in the U.S. He pointed out that the developed economies will only […]

Industry Associations, Republicans in Congress Take Action Against NLRB Move

Mar 17th, 2015


Congress wants unions—and the president of the United States—to understand its discontent with a recent proposal to change a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule regarding union-organizing elections. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NLRB proposal “streamlines the process by which workers vote on whether to join a union. The rule allows certain documents […]

Homebuilders’ Confidence Falls in March

Mar 16th, 2015

NAHB chief economist David Crowe expects the housing market to pick up in 2015.

Homebuilders’ confidence in the single-family housing market slipped in March, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), which came out on Monday. The index dropped two points to 53, the third month in a row it’s fallen. “The drop in builder confidence is largely attributable to supply chain […]

This New Energy-Efficient Window Technology Shows Potential

Mar 13th, 2015

The New Visual Media Group's ElectroPolymeric Display (EPD) technology at work.

A company in Eatontown, N.J., is pioneering a dynamic window technology that promises a high level of energy efficiency at a relatively low cost. Elliott Schlam, the principal of New Visual Media Group, says his firm has come up with a new take on the traditional window shade – a super-thin sheet of polymer film […]