New Year, New Regulations: Maryland’s Lead Paint Rules Updated

Jan 5th, 2015

Lead Paint

The state of Maryland is renewing its efforts to combat lead poisoning from lead paint—sort of. As of January 1, 2015, all rental properties built before 1978 (when lead paint was banned) must comply with the state’s already existing “Lead Law.” The law includes registering rental units within 30 days of acquisition (for a $30 […]

From the Home Office in Garrisonville, The Top Stories of 2014

Dec 30th, 2014

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2014 was another eventful year for the door and window industries, and was there to cover every aspect of it. So as we prepare for the start of 2015, let’s look back at the most-clicked stories of the past 12 months. The most-read story of the year was an item from August about a class […]

This All-Glass House Shatters Assumptions About ‘Green’ Construction

Dec 29th, 2014

Glass House Image

Forget that bit about throwing rocks. People who live in glass houses might be healthier and happier. That’s the thinking behind the Photon Project, a British start-up developing all-glass residences called Photon Spaces that the company says will “enhance the positive effects of natural light on health, well-being, mood and behavior.” The idea for an […]

Pass a Window Installation Course, Get a Job Interview

Dec 22nd, 2014

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For many college students, landing that first job interview after their studies are over can be a long, slow process. But Burlington County College in Pemberton, N.J., just launched a program in conjunction with Castle Windows that opens the fast lane to a career in the fenestration industry. Starting in January, students who earn a […]

Contractor Advises ‘Proactive’ Approach in Seeking Talent

Dec 19th, 2014

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The supply and demand curve of talent in the building industry will further bend in the wrong direction if things don’t change soon. That was a hot topic recently as hundreds of construction industry members gathered in Las Vegas for the Painters and Allied Trades LMCI Finishing Industries Forum 2014. The panel focused on the […]

Watch the December Newscast for Industry Research and a few Laughs

Dec 18th, 2014

The DWM December newscast tells viewers about important industry research–and how you can obtain this important information. We also close out 2014 with a viewer favorite sure to make you chuckle. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

NAHB: Upward Housing Trend to Continue in 2015

Dec 16th, 2014

Crowe drew attention to the fact that though month-to-month the construction numbers bounce around, quarterly there is an upward trend.

The economic and housing outlook for 2015 is a positive one, continuing trends seen in 2014. That’s according to a webinar hosted by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) in which chief economist David Crowe explained the rationale behind builders’ positive outlook. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) had builder confidence for newly built […]

Energy Star Version 7.0 Discussions Begin

Dec 15th, 2014

Doug Anderson, EPA's Energy Star project manager, addresses industry stakeholders. (Photo by Trey Barrineau)

According to the EPA’s presentation, the purpose of the meeting was to “begin the dialogue on how to make specification revisions as collaborative and transparent as possible.”

PPI Shows Half-Percent Increase in Flat Glass Prices in November

Dec 12th, 2014


In November, flat glass prices saw their first increase since August. According to the latest Producer Price Index Report (PPI) issued by the U.S. Labor Department, flat glass prices rose 0.5 percent from October to November after seeing a 0.9-percent decrease over the prior two months. The PPI program measures the average change over time in the […]

Second Version of Health Product Declaration Delayed

Dec 11th, 2014

Photo courtesy of PGT Industries

The Health Product Declaration (HPD) was developed as part of the evolving demand for transparency in the architectural and green building sectors. The HPD is evolving as well, though it’s taking a little longer than initially planned. The tool was officially introduced at Greenbuild 2012 after two years of development. The release of HPD version […]