Mid-Year Housing Report: Regional Differences Still Exist and Employment Plays Key Role

Aug 5th, 2014

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How is the housing recovery faring? Well it depends on where you live as major discrepancies still exist in different markets. Slow income growth is also prohibiting home purchases, while “part of the slow recovery has to do with slow recovery in employment,” says David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). [...]

Window Companies Utilize 3D Printing Technology

Aug 4th, 2014

Crystal Windows' 3-D printer, shown with a finished prototype model in place, has been successfully utilized for the past three years.

While 3D printing has been around since the 1980s, the process has been getting more common in recent years, particularly in the architectural industry, and some window companies, including Crystal Window and Door Systems, are using this technology to their advantage. In fact, themanufacturer, based in Queens, N.Y., has been utilizing 3D printing in its [...]

Study Shows Green Building in Canada Gaining on U.S.

Jul 31st, 2014

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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 [...]

PGT to Acquire CGI Windows & Doors

Jul 29th, 2014

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Two major manufacturers of impact-resistant doors and windows will join forces as PGT Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to buy CGI Windows & Doors Holdings Inc. (a portfolio company of Cortec Group Fund, IV, LP). CGI will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of PGT. PGT says the transaction, valued at approximately $111 million, is [...]

DWM Magazine Named as ASBPE National Gold Winner

Jul 28th, 2014

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Door and Window Market Magazine (DWM) took home the gold for best news video in the national American Society of Business Publication Editors’ (ASBPE) awards, affectionately known as the Azbee awards. The award was received during an Awards Banquet and Ceremony July 25 in Chicago. Editor/Publisher Tara Taffera and video producer Chris Bunn were recognized for [...]

Remodeling Indicators Show Increase in Second Quarter

Jul 25th, 2014

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Most indicators in the 2014 Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) survey pointed to growth in the remodeling industry this quarter. The survey, conducted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), offers a more positive report than it did last quarter, which showed a decline in business conditions during the first three months of 2014. [...]

“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 [...]