EIA: Improved Efficiency Has Largely Offset Energy Usage of More, Larger Homes

Feb 23rd, 2015

A new report is out and the verdict is in: energy efficiency efforts in homes are making a huge difference. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) new “Today in Energy” proclaims U.S. homes are more energy efficient, even though the average new home is bigger. “The growth in residential energy use has slowed to below the […]

PPI Report: Flat Glass Prices See Minor Decrease in January

Feb 19th, 2015

Flat glass prices dipped slightly in January, decreasing 0.1 percent after a big jump of 1.8 percent in December, according to the latest Producer Price Index Report (PPI) issued by the U.S. Labor Department. The PPI program measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output, according to the […]

GUEST BLOG: Sell More Profitable Contracts

Feb 19th, 2015

Joe Talmon of Dave Yoho Associates will present at Fenestration Day on March 19. In today’s guest blog, Talmon provides some insights into sales and marketing. To learn more of these marketing tactics from Talmon, be sure to register for Fenestration Day. In late 2008, the “high-flying” era for the home remodeling/improvement industry started to develop complex […]

AmesburyTruth Names Phillip Cooke as Channel Sales Manager

Feb 19th, 2015

AmesburyTruth is adding to its team with Phillip Cooke, who will serve as channel sales manager. In his new role, Cooke will evaluate, develop and execute strategies that capitalize on adding value to the channel delivery process for customers. He will leverage internal and external resources to understand and drive customer values designed to increase […]

Housing Affordability Edges Up in the Fourth Quarter

Feb 19th, 2015

Slightly lower interest rates and home prices in markets across the country are the cause of a slight increase in nationwide housing affordability in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the recently-released National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 62.8 percent of new and existing homes sold between […]

Thompson Creek Window Company Wins Angie’s List 2014 Super Service Award

Feb 19th, 2015

Thompson Creek Window Company doesn’t win as many awards as it sells windows, but the numbers may be comparable. The company has earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award, which is given to companies “reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.” Rick Wuest, […]

Websites and Windows get Attention at Industry Conference

Feb 19th, 2015

Jim Snyder, a Memphis-based window replacement specialist, urged AAMA members to keep future replacement needs in mind when designing new-construction windows.

The second day of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., featured a wide range of meetings and discussions about the fenestration industry. At the AAMA marketing forum, members discussed various ways to get more publicity for the organization’s conferences. One suggestion was to beef up the descriptions of the companies […]

Numbers Up All Around at Association Meeting; European Standards Discussed

Feb 19th, 2015


The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) wrapped up its annual conference on Wednesday, and the consensus seems to be that numbers are up on a variety of fronts. In its opening general session earlier in the week, the association reported that it has gained 34 new members since its fall 2014 meeting. Thirty-one new documents […]

EPA to Use Stakeholder Feedback to Develop Energy Star Revisions

Feb 19th, 2015

During an industry stakeholders meeting last December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invited all stakeholders to provide written feedback on doors, windows and skylight standards. Now, the EPA will use stakeholder feedback to develop a Framework Document and improve the process for future Energy Star specification revisions. Materials from the meeting can be viewed […]

Midwest’s Harsh Winter Pushes Housing Starts Down 2 Percent in January

Feb 19th, 2015

Nationwide housing starts fell 2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.065 million units in January, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department. The drop was mainly due to a 22.2 percent decrease in the Midwest. Single-family housing production fell 6.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 678,000 […]