IgCC Debates EPDs During This Week’s Code Hearings

May 1st, 2014

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Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) have seen a lot of discussion of late within the architectural glass industry. An EPD for glass was recently published and one will soon be available for windows. Likewise, EPDs were also on the agenda this week during the International Code Councils’ ongoing code hearings taking place in Memphis for the [...]

LCA Major Topic in Code Hearings

Apr 28th, 2014

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If you still think life cycle assessments (LCA) won’t ultimately make it into the mainstream, discussions held during today’s International Code Council hearings of the International green Construction Code (igCC) should make you think again. Mike Fischer with the Kellen Company, representing the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, proposed GG87, which concerned a change to [...]

Watch the April Newscast and Learn How to Make your Showroom Shine

Apr 28th, 2014

In the April DWM newscast, we asked several dealers their top tips for creating the perfect showroom. Find out if you employ these strategies and, if not, what you can do to create the perfect homeowner experience. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

Housing Industry “Gets Back to Normal”

Apr 23rd, 2014

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In the years following the bust, economic forecasters often used the term, the “long road back to normal” or the “new normal.” In today’s National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Spring Construction Forecast Robert Denk, NAHB assistant vice president for forecasting and analysis, discussed “getting back to normal” and painted a picture of this road past, [...]

Despite Weather, Construction Industry Making Best of Start to 2014

Apr 21st, 2014

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Construction economists don’t always see eye-to-eye, and that’s okay, according to Bernard Markstein, chief economist for Reed Construction Data. “We seem to agree on most things, but not everything …we’re economists. That’s what we do,” he says. But during a recent economic forecast, there was at least one thing on which Markstein and several others [...]

Exhibitors Report Positive Feedback on China Glass 2014

Apr 17th, 2014

EDTM reported it saw a good flow of booth traffic during the China Glass Expo.

Glass industry companies from around the world have been in China this week, taking part in the 25th China Glass Expo. The event, which concludes April 17, is taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. Exhibitors have been showcasing their latest glass fabricating equipment and machinery, tools, supplies, components and more. Mark Imbrock, [...]

Why Western Window Systems is No Longer Making its Own IG

Apr 15th, 2014

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It’s a question many window companies struggle with: make or buy your insulating glass? There are pros and cons associated with each technique. Western Window Systems, based in Phoenix, announced last week that it will no longer be manufacturing insulating glass, a business in which the company has been involved since it started in 1959. [...]

NIST Calls for Performance-Based Standards for Tornado-Resistant Building Design

Apr 10th, 2014

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 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the final report on its technical investigation into the impacts of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. The final report includes clarifications and supplemental text suggested by organizations and individuals from across the nation in response to the request for comments on the [...]

WDMA Members Take to Capitol Hill

Apr 4th, 2014

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The EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP) continues to take center stage, when it comes to industry lobbying efforts. When members of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) took to Capitol Hill this week they talked to lawmakers about the LRRP rule, while also asking them to support neutral green building systems [...]

How Much Does Price Play a Role?

Apr 3rd, 2014

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How much price weighs into the decision making process is what everyone wants to know. A recent research study performed by the Farnsworth Group looked at this very issue: Price Based Market Segmentation for Consumers and Professionals. The report provides information on the role of price in the marketplace. 425 online surveys were completed among [...]