Chasing the Next Low-E

May 5th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that just 10 years ago Apple® revolutionized the world of music with its first-generation iPod®. We’ve come a long way in a short time with smartphones getting smarter by the minute and Google Glass taking communication to a new, rather strange, level. It’s a testament to how rapidly the world moves [...]

Three Giant Leaps for Energy-Efficiency Standards

Apr 21st, 2014

It’s been a busy few weeks for energy efficiency legislation from California to Washington, D.C., as the deadline for one new law draws nearer—and two others gain support. Here’s a quick recap of what’s happening in the world of legislation and fenestration. CA Title 24 to Go into Effect July 1 The pioneering spirit of [...]

2014 Bills to Watch

Apr 7th, 2014

Many sources allege that the 113th Congress (2013-2015) is on pace to be the least productive in history. According to, there are 7,829 bills and resolutions currently before the United States Congress and, of those, only about 5 percent will become law. Despite a lack of confidence in Congress’s ability to get things done, [...]

Why the Shaheen Bill S.2074 is Important

Mar 17th, 2014

The Shaheen Bill, otherwise known as the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014 (ESIC), has had some starts and stops in the past, but has regained some momentum after its reintroduction on February 28. The renewed effort on the parts of Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) includes some modifications to [...]

Tax Credits: The End of an Era

Mar 3rd, 2014

No doubt federal tax credits were in place at a time when the fenestration industry needed a shot in the arm. As an industry we saw the greatest benefits in 2009 and 2010 under the influence of the ARRA Stimulus plan. However, when you put a Band-Aid on a scratch, you don’t expect that you [...]

EPA + Freddie Mac = Opportunities in Multifamily Market

Feb 18th, 2014

A January 30 press release announcing an agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Freddie Mac to reduce carbon pollution by 20 percent by 2020 might have left many wondering what exactly this union means to the fenestration industry. According to the release, roughly one-third of Americans live in apartments within multifamily buildings, spending [...]

Can You Afford to Not Qualify?

Feb 3rd, 2014

It has been a long, hard road to the finalization of the Energy Star® Version 6.0 specification for windows, doors and skylights. While it’s difficult to say who the winners are, one thing is certain: everyone had plenty of time and opportunity to make their cases. Now, the only thing left to do is prepare [...]

Ohio Takes the Lead on LEED v4 Material Biases

Jan 21st, 2014

Since its launch in late 2013, the U.S .Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Version 4 has been under fire for the inclusion of credits to reward product ingredient reporting and product reformulation (referred to as ”Building product disclosure and optimization – material ingredients”) . The credits reward building material specifications that avoid “chemicals of concern,” [...]

Ready to Take on the Challenges

Jan 2nd, 2014

Keeping up with the constant evolution of the fenestration market is a daily task. As an industry, we are faced with many challenges: 1. ENERGY STAR® Version 6.0 updates. 2. Homeowner equity at a 10-year low in many markets, curtailing R&R expenditures. 3. Partisan politics, high unemployment and debt crisis shaking consumer confidence. 4. Impact [...]