Will Florida Code Changes Boost Window Prices?

Jul 13th, 2015

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On June 30, the Florida Building Code’s 5th Edition went into effect. One of the biggest changes involves dropping the prescriptive solar heat gain coefficient for residential windows from 0.30 to 0.25. The code changes have many in the industry wondering if the cost of windows in Florida will be going up. The answer? Not […]

Florida to Test Windows to Silence Loud Trains

Jul 10th, 2015

A SunRail train leaving a nearby train station.

There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of a train’s horn—and Sanford, Fla., residents have had enough of it. The SunRail train station, operated by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), has been waking up the locals since its May 2014 inception, some as early as 4 a.m., according to the Orlando Sentinal. So […]

AAMA Summer Conference: Sustainability, Green Building and More

Jul 7th, 2015

Mic Patterson addresses the AAMA Summer Conference in Seattle.

Speakers and presenters offered insights into the future of sustainability in the building industry at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2015 Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1 in Seattle. Author and researcher Mic Patterson delivered the conference’s keynote address. He reviewed the recent evolution in façade technology and applications. He also identified current and emerging […]

Another Forklift Death Highlights Major Workplace Hazard

Jul 2nd, 2015

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The North Carolina Department of Labor is investigating the death of a forklift driver at a lumber company. Steven Dolgas, 55, was killed on Monday when his forklift backed over him at the Jordan-Holman Lumber Co. in Granite Falls, N.C., according to the Lenoir News-Topic. He had worked there since 1984, Granite Falls Police Chief […]

New Organization Aims to Rate Window Attachments

Jun 30th, 2015


The newly launched Attachments Energy Ratings Council (AERC), which is part of the Window Covering Manufacturers Association, seeks to start a rating, labeling and certification program for energy efficiency in window attachments such as blinds, shades, shutters, drapes, awnings and solar shades. The organization was formed in January and is supported by $1.6 million in […]

How Will Same-Sex Marriage Affect Business?

Jun 29th, 2015

A crowd in support of gay marriage. Via: Wikimedia Commons

It’s an argument that was often used by proponents of legalizing homosexual marriage: “If same-sex marriage is legalized, it won’t affect you at all.” But is that true? What does the sweeping Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide really mean for the industry? Some of the nation’s top voices in business have remained silent. […]

Study Raises Questions About Costs of Energy-Efficiency Programs

Jun 26th, 2015

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A federal program that helps low-income families pay for things like energy-efficient replacement windows might have upfront costs that far exceed the actual savings. A study from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley looked at 30,000 homes in Michigan that took part in the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program. It found that […]

Rapid Change Defines State of the Nation’s Housing Market

Jun 25th, 2015

Millennials are increasingly becoming renters, according to the report.

The focus of the U.S. housing market might be shifting in a big way — from owning single-family homes to renting multi-family units, according to the annual State of the Nation’s Housing report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, released Wednesday. The U.S. home-ownership rate slumped to 63.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015. That’s […]

Roofing Contractor’s Indictment Shows Importance of Fall Safety

Jun 23rd, 2015

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A roofing company owner charged with lying to federal authorities investigating the death of an employee illustrates why door and window installers must take falling hazards seriously.  James J. McCullagh of  Philadelphia was recently indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on four counts of making false statements, one count of obstruction of justice […]

Are You in Sales? Then Stop With the ‘Pop-In,’ Expert Says

Jun 22nd, 2015

Rick Davis of Davis of Building Leaders Inc., gave the keynote address at last week’s summer meeting of the Northeast Window & Door Association in Vernon, N.J.

If you think being a good salesperson involves dropping in on customers without calling first, you’re doing it all wrong, says Rick Davis of Building Leaders Inc., who gave the keynote address on strategies for increasing sales at last week’s summer meeting of the Northeast Window & Door Association in Vernon, N.J. Davis’ presentation was based […]