Door and Hardware Institute Scholarships Available

May 19th, 2015

-+*The Door Security & Safety Foundation Scholarship Program provides funds for individuals to attend courses offered by the Door and Hardware Institute. Since 1997, the foundation has granted more than 180 scholarships. This scholarship program is for those seeking technical education from the Door and Hardware Institute or planning to achieve a DHI certification. The 2015 scholarship […]

Construction Materials Prices Level Out in April

May 19th, 2015

-+*Prices for inputs to construction industries fell 0.1 percent in April, and prices have now fallen in six of the previous eight months, according to analysis by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Input prices are also down on a year-over-year basis, falling 4 percent since April 2014. Prices for inputs to nonresidential construction showed […]

North America Leads NSG Group’s Architectural Fiscal-Year Results

May 19th, 2015

-+*NSG Group announced its architectural operating results for fiscal year 2015 improved over the previous year, as the company’s business in that sector recorded revenues of $2.11 billion and an operating profit of $140 million. Results improved “due to cost savings arising from the Groups’ restructuring program and improved market conditions in North America,” a […]

Door Testing in Florida: Setting the Record Straight

May 19th, 2015

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-+*Industry associations are doing their part to let the industry know what is and is not part of the Florida Building Code (FBC) 5th Edition (2014) that takes effect June 30, 2015. Specifically, what is not part of the new requirement is that all doors must be tested according to NAFS (AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/IS2/A440). Dwight Wilkes, […]

New Bill Attempts to Scale Back the LRRP Rule’s Power

May 18th, 2015

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-+*Bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule is being applauded by industry associations nationwide. In an effort to reduce the burden the rule has placed on the home retrofit market, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) proposed the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 2328)—co-sponsored […]

Builders Are Much More Confident this May

May 18th, 2015

-+*Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in May is at a level of 54 on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). It is a nine-point increase from the May 2014 reading of 45, though two points less than it was in April 2015. “Consumers are […]

Canadian Homes Are Selling and Increasing in Value

May 18th, 2015

-+*Home sales aren’t just increasing in the U.S., but in Canada too. According to statistics released by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales activity posted a third consecutive month-over-month increase in April 2015. The number of home sales processed through the multiple listing service systems of Canadian real estate boards and associations […]

“Custom” Word of Week for Door and Window Exhibitors at AIA

May 15th, 2015

Kolbe Window & Doors is showcasing its automated applications at the American Institute of Architects Convention.

-+*This week, exhibitors at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Atlanta, Ga., are striving to show architects and prospective customers why they’re one-of-a-kind. The words “custom” and “unique” have been trending on the show floor, and that has not been lost on those representing the high-end door and window market. One of those […]

OSHA Cites Vista Window for Numerous Violations

May 15th, 2015

-+*Vista Window Company of Warren, Ohio, is facing $79,200 in proposed penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the company for 16 serious and three other-than-serious violations on April 30. OSHA’s investigation began with an inspection of the Vista Window facility on Oct. 22, 2014. The agency’s Cleveland […]

Association of Millwork Distributors is Now World Millwork Alliance

May 15th, 2015

-+*The Association of Millwork Distributors has changed its name to the World Millwork Alliance (WMA). “The change reflects the association’s broader commitment to strengthen the millwork community and its expertise in servicing the millwork industry,” according to a statement from the organization. “After years of providing the millwork industry with a solid foundation for networking, […]