“Passive” Buildings Offer Return on Investment

Jul 22nd, 2014

Capital City Charter School utilized triple-paned windows to make their school more passive.

“Passive” Buildings Offer Return on Investment The Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS) has a big goal: to make the Passive House Building Energy Standard the leading mainstream market force. So what makes a building—and more importantly—a window—“passive?” According to the Passive House Institute’s website, “a building constructed using passive house principles is a very well-insulated, [...]

North Carolina Puts Low-E Code Loophole into Effect, Fenestration Industry Poised to Respond

Jul 21st, 2014

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An emergency building code rule that was adopted in North Carolina in June regarding low-E glass was put into effect the first week of July. The state’s residential building code used to require the use of low-E windows for their energy-efficiency benefits, but an emergency rule the North Carolina Building Code Council recently adopted now [...]

PPI Report: Flat Glass Prices Continue to Climb in June

Jul 18th, 2014

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Flat glass prices continue to see in an increase through the first half of 2014 after dipping for much of the second half of 2013. According to the latest Producer Price Index Report issued Tuesday by the U.S. Labor Department, flat glass prices increased 0.2 percent from May to June, getting back on track after [...]

House Passes Bill to Reauthorize National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program

Jul 17th, 2014

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The House of Representatives passed a bill this week that calls for an amendment of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act of 2004. The bill, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2013 (H.R. 1786), authorizes funding for increased research to reduce the vulnerability of homes and businesses to wind-related hazards. The bill was [...]

Arcadia Custom Recoups Some of what Architectural Traditions Lost

Jul 15th, 2014

Arcadia Custom has hired back 60 of Architectural Traditions' former employees. Arcadia considers this a big step for the company into the residential door industry.

Customers who lost their deposit when Architectural Traditions closed back in April may be getting some of it back. Those who had paid deposits will be contacted by Resolute Commercial Services, the court-appointed receiver which secured the collateral for the business, and will have to “submit a claim along with all supporting documentation asserting the [...]

House Proposes Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act

Jul 14th, 2014

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In a rare display of bipartisanship, House Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) introduced a resolution aimed at increasing buildings’ energy efficiency. According to a press release on Blackburn’s website, H.R. 5027, or the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act, will “increase transparency and cost-effectiveness in the development of model energy codes” by [...]

Go on Tour with MMPA

Jul 11th, 2014

Attendees of last year's Industry Wide event receieved a tour of Sunset Moulding, among others.

The Moulding and Millwork Producers Association (MMPA) invites the entire industry to learn more about the moulding market, and tour no less than nine companies when it hosts its Industry Wide Event and Plant Tours, September 7-10. The event will be held at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster, Pa. Tim Dykstra, MMPA [...]

UK-Based Bi-Fold Door Maker Ready to Tackle U.S. Market

Jul 8th, 2014

Origin president Ben Halvorsen (center) talks with Venice Chamber of Commerce CEO John Ryan and Venice mayor John Holic at the local opening of Origin’s new U.S. headquarters in April.

UK-based aluminum bi-fold door maker Origin has opened its first U.S. headquarters in Venice, Fla. According to Origin USA president Ben Halvorsen, the reasons for expansion across the pond were many. “First, America is still the best place in the world to do business,” he says, adding that the U.S. provides “plenty of room in [...]

Cascade CEO Excited to Bring “Strong Company” Into the Fold

Jul 7th, 2014

Randy Emerson, CEO of Cascade, was inspired by his employees' reaction to the Paramount acquisition.

Randy Emerson, CEO and president of Cascade Windows, says the employees at Paramount Windows and Cascade are so positive about the acquisition that there were “high fives and fist bumps” during the introductory meetings. “The employees are so excited to be part of this thing,” says Emerson. “They are thrilled to have leadership with clear [...]

HPDs Provide Transparency in Green Building Community

Jul 3rd, 2014

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As the green building community grows, so does the demand for disclosure of material content. And to make that disclosure process simpler, Health Product Declarations (HPD) have emerged over the last few years in the construction materials and products industry. United States Green Building Council education provider Sustainable Solutions Corporation (SSC) and third-party certifier GreenCircle [...]