Sponsored Content: The Vinyl Industry’s Commitment to Sustainability

Defining Vinyl Sustainability Sustainability is commonly defined as the avoidance of depleting natural resources to maintain an ecological balance. Being sustainable is about people doing more with less. Vinyl products play a significant role in fulfilling these needs. At the same time, meeting the needs of a growing population requires more of the Earth’s natural […]

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Editor’s [re]Marks
By Drew Vass
Editor
[DWM] Magazine

Editor's [re]Marks By Drew Vass
Change the Thermostat All You Want, Someone Will Always Be Unhappy

For 15 years now, it seems, I’ve had a file on my desk labeled “Softwood Lumber.” Well, maybe not a crinkled up, over-stuffed, physical folder, but at least a collection of digital files and research. I say, “it seems,” because I’m speaking somewhat figuratively. Point being this topic has been part of my life and […]

Plavecsky’s Ponderings
By Jim Plavecsky
Owner
Windowtech Sales

Plavecsky's Ponderings By Jim Plavecsky
Window Technology of the Future: Boldly Go Where No Glass Has Gone Before

I was visiting a customer yesterday discussing the upcoming revised Energy Star requirements that will go into effect sometime in mid-2023 (Energy Star 7.0). He felt confident that, utilizing triple-pane insulating glass (IG) configurations, the majority of his window designs would meet the new U-value criteria, even in the Northern climate zone. This led to […]

Ray’s Fenestration Innovation
By Ray Garries
President
Global Fenestration Advisors

Fenestration Innovation
Energy Star Innovation Part Two

During the last week, many of us crafted a final response to the EPA concerning the Energy Star Version 7 for windows, doors and skylights. Our last letter to EPA in March ’22 asked for nine changes to be made to the proposal, and EPA accepted one. While it is unlikely that EPA will make […]

Tyson’s Take
By Tyson Schwartz
Chief Happiness Officer and Partner
Zen Windows

Tyson's Take
Hurricane Season Looms Around the Corner

I am not sure how this has happened already, but the official start of hurricane season (June 1st) is right around the corner. This week happens to be ‘Hurricane Awareness/Readiness Week.’ And although folks living in coastal areas pay closer attention, hurricanes can have far-reaching effects to many of us that live inland. Depending on […]

Lessons From the Tank
By Joe Altieri
President
FlexScreen

Lessons From the Tank By Joe Alteiri
Humble Confidence: How Do You Do That?

“Pitch me outside, and I will hit .400. Pitch me inside, and you will not find the ball.” -Roberto Clemente Roberto Clemente, who played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates before his untimely death, was one of the greatest baseball players to ever grace the field. Although he was before my time, as a born […]

The Depot Dispatch
By Ed Kalaher
CEO
Window Depot USA

The Depot Dispatch
The Great COVID Pricing Shift

For most of my time in the window business, I have seen some manufacturers increase prices annually and others at least every 24 months. These increases are generally for reasons such as inflation, raw material increases or aging workforces, which increase the cost of benefits. Those reasons made more sense to me, even if some […]

S.A.L.E.S. Is Not a Dirty Word
By Dave Yoho
President
Dave Yoho Associates

S.A.L.E.S. Is Not a Dirty Word
The 10 Key Components of a Successful Marketing Plan

The definition of successful marketing is: “Selling the right product or service – in the right markets – at the right time – in the right quantities – to the right customers – at the right price.” Likewise, the measure of a successful marketing plan is the amount of net business (ready for installation) which […]

Shop Talk
By John Ryba
Technical Services Manager for Quanex
Quanex Building Products

Shop Talk
Plant Optimization Means Getting Your Hands Dirty

I write a lot in this space about strategy on the plant floor and different theories on how plant managers can effect positive change to their everyday operations. But whether it’s prioritizing product quality, identifying opportunities for automation or staying organized, eventually the time comes to put theory into practice. And that brings us to […]

Beyond the Label
By Deb Callahan
CEO
National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)

Beyond the Label
Why Windows Matter – Windows, Mental Health, and the Fenestration Industry

Ironically, writing this blog post has been trickier than the others because it’s the topic with the most research behind it. It also makes the most sense since no one gets excited about the idea of sitting in a windowless room for any time –barring those requiring it, of course, like movie theaters. But while […]

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