Vinyl Institute Celebrates Successful Year, Looks to Future

Dec 15th, 2014

PVC and additives producers, as well as downstream product manufacturer such as Quanex, converged November 12-14 for a series of meetings hosted by the Vinyl Institute and Vinyl Building Products Council. The mood in the room was generally optimistic, as the groups were coming off a year of important accomplishments. Just a year ago, the […]

Getting into the Minds of Today’s Homebuilders

Dec 1st, 2014

Even if you’ve been entrenched primarily in the installation of high-performance windows for the R&R market, energy-conscious homebuilders could be knocking on your door sooner than you think. Programs like the DOE’s Zero Energy Rated Homes (ZERH), Energy Star for homes, Passivhaus and LEED for homes are making things much more attractive for builders to […]

No More Excuses for Partisan Politics

Nov 17th, 2014

The yard signs have come down, local advertising has gone back to normal and the results are (mostly) in. The midterm elections are behind us and Republicans are declaring victory with eight additional Senate seats (53 of 100) and increased dominance of the house with 12 new seats (244 of 435). No matter which side […]

Vinyl Finally Gets Seat at LEED® Table

Nov 3rd, 2014

The USGBC’s Supply Chain Optimization Group is leaving many in our industry feeling optimistic. Finally, the USGBC seems to be opening its doors and seeking expertise from key groups, including the American Chemistry Council and the Vinyl Institute, as well as chemical suppliers, building product manufacturers, design teams, producers of raw materials, academics and government […]

Be Part of the Solution

Oct 20th, 2014

If you only read one of my blog posts this year, I hope it’s this one. Discussions about Energy Star® Version 7.0 – yes, 7.0 – are kicking off in December and now is the time to get involved if you want to protect the interests of your company and our industry. Many lessons were […]

Builder-Grade Makeover on the Horizon

Oct 5th, 2014

High-performance windows aren’t just for R&R anymore. A new breed of homebuilders is emerging to appeal to a new breed of consumers who are environmentally conscious, energy-cost conscious and/or just want something different from what everyone else has. Like most businesses, homebuilders need to create points of differentiation to capture the interest of consumers – […]

Hope, Confidence and Mid-Term Elections

Sep 22nd, 2014

Hope, Confidence and Mid-Term Elections Unemployment numbers are slowly creeping down. Housing starts were up 15.7 percent in July, according to the Commerce Department. Business owners are showing more confidence in the Fed’s direction. And, if that’s not enough to feel encouraged, attendance at North America’s largest fenestration trade show – GlassBuild America – posted […]

Provision Prevents Abuse of LRRP Rule

Aug 18th, 2014

According to the EPA, approved test kits for the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule have a failure rate of between 22.5 percent and 84 percent. I think we can all agree that this failure rate is unacceptable and unproductive. The good news is that, in mid-July, the House Appropriations Committee voted to approve […]

In the Year 2030: Part 2

Aug 4th, 2014

Welcome to the third blog in a series about the DOE’s Roadmap for Emerging Technologies and its potential impact on the future of the fenestration industry. In case you missed the first two, you can find them here: Chasing the Next Low-E In the Year 2030: Part 1 As discussed in my last blog, the […]

In the Year 2030: Part 1

Jul 21st, 2014

The next 15 years might prove to be one of the most significant eras in the history of technologies for doors, windows and skylights. Got your attention? As detailed in my May blog “Chasing the Next Low-E,” the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) has a Roadmap for Emerging Technologies in place […]