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 […]

Roto North America Hires Szymanski as U.S. Sales Manager

Dec 12th, 2014

Roto North America has hired Matt Szymanski as the company’s new U.S. sales manager, Fasco products. Szymanski has 14 years of sales experience in the fenestration industry, with an emphasis on door hardware. He will work very closely with Roto’s existing sales team to generate new business activities for sliding patio door and sash lock […]

Custom Glass Products Founder Victor Reeder Passes Away

Dec 12th, 2014

Victor H. Reeder, founder of Salisbury, N.C.-based Custom Glass Products Inc. passed away on last month at the age of 84. Reeder was considered a leader and innovator in the glass industry, developing coatings and energy efficient insulating glass products for the commercial and residential fenestration industries. In 1968, Reeder accepted a position with Multi-Pane, […]

EPA Announces New Tool for Homeowners to Increase Energy Efficiency

Dec 12th, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not only wants Americans to improve their home’s efficiency but has designed a new tool to help them do it. The agency has introduced Home Advisor, an online tool designed to help Americans save money and energy. Home Advisor guides the homeowner through a “do-it-yourself” energy assessment to create […]

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 […]

Alside Expands With New Supply Center in Fayetteville, N.C.

Dec 11th, 2014

Alside, a manufacturer and distributor of exterior residential building products, is adding 30,000 square feet to its collective warehouse space by opening a new supply center in Fayetteville, N.C. The branch launched on December 1 and is meant to serve the local market. “Alside is excited to expand into the Fayetteville market to better serve […]

Builders FirstSource Opens Two New Facilities

Dec 11th, 2014

Builders FirstSource Inc. plans to open a new distribution facility in Conroe, Texas, and to relocate its existing distribution facility in San Antonio. CEO Floyd Sherman says the company is capitalizing on the continuing rapid population growth in Texas. “Our recent Houston acquisition was a major step into a market we feel has very strong […]

AAMA Updates Specification for Wood Lamination and Cellulosic Composite Materials

Dec 11th, 2014

For the first time since 2005, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released AAMA 312, “Voluntary Specification for the Lamination of Wood and Cellulosic Composite Materials Intended for Use on AAMA Certified Profiles.” “This document provides guidelines and important criteria for AAMA members involved with the lamination of wood and cellulosic composite […]

Roto Frank Celebrates 35 Years in North America

Dec 9th, 2014

Roto officials  celebrated 35 years in North America last week.

On December 4, Roto Frank of America Inc., celebrated its 35th anniversary in North America with a big shindig at its facility in Chester, Conn.