Andersen Windows is one of many exhibitors in Las Vegas this week for the International Builders’ Show, which began today. This year, for the first time, the company is displaying all three of its brands-Andersen, Eagle Windows and Silverline-in one booth, according to company representative Susan Roeder, who’s on-hand at the show this week.

“We have a product in our booth for every single price point,” Roeder says.

The company also is launching a new window, the 100 series, an environmentally friendly product that the company says also is economical. The 100 series has a recycled content of 18 to 24 percent pre-consumer recycled glass and wood fiber content, according to Scientific Certification Systems, and utilizes the company’s Fibrex®, a structural composite that blends polymer and wood fiber.

With the economy and housing industry in a downswing, much uncertainty surrounds trade shows such as this one-particularly with its focus on the residential market. But companies such Andersen seemed positive about the turnout on the first day.

“We’ve had a very good response from customers … It’s worth their time and money,” Roeder says.

She adds, “It’ll be fun to watch their faces to see everything new we have.”

EDTM Inc. also is on-hand at the show and is displaying its line of energy performance tools. Attendees are able to evaluate the products hands-on at the EDTM booth, and the company is conducting live demonstrations throughout the show. Among the products on display at the EDTM booth is its new Window Energy Profiler (#WP4500) Energy Transmission Meter, which is used to test windows in-frame. The product allows users to test the energy performance of operable windows that are already installed in the field.

G-U Hardware is promoting its partnership with the independently owned Melron Corp. of Schofield, Wis., to produce G-U Bronze, a high-end line of multipoint trim sets, during this week’s event. The G-U Bronze line features quality designed and manufactured locksets, pairing functional handles with patented G-U multi-point locking systems. They are cast from 100-percent recycled material, according to the company and have a true oil-rubbed bronze or natural nickel finish.

Winkhaus North America has introduced the patent-pending concept of a hook corner drive in combination with its 300 series stainless steel “One MotionTM” multipoint locking system. Winkhaus says this product provides the answer to hurricane codes and other tough building codes with its tapered hook design, which pulls the door smoothly into the frame against the gasket for a tight seal. The hooks engage behind the strike plates simultaneously providing a positive engagement that the company says will outperform other locking mechanisms.

Contact Industries is featuring its new fire-rated door frames, veneer-wrapped in any wood species with fire ratings of 20, 45, 60 and even 90 minutes. Previously available with a 20-minute fire rating, the company says it can now create fire-rated door frames in sizes up to 4-foot by 8-foot in single- and double door openings.

Kolbe says its new TerraSpanTM lift and slide doors, on display this week, are perfect for sustainable projects and offer expansive, easy-to-operate openings that transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces unobtrusively. Part of Kolbe’s Ultra Series, the TerraSpan doors match its full line of aluminum-clad wood windows and entrance doors.

The doors can incorporate up to 10 panels per unit with a 12-foot maximum panel height. Each panel is 2.25-inches thick and requires minimum space when open-either nesting behind one another, or recessing into a pocket opening to disappear completely from view.

Lincoln Windows is introducing operating sidelites to complement its swing patio door product lines. Features of the new product include an independent frame that can be mulled to a door or installed separately, a three-point locking system to provide enhanced security, narrow or wide stiles, a full screen. The hardware is Hoppe’s thumb-bolt hardware available in ten finishes including: white, polished brass, oil-rubbed brass, antique brass, faux bronze, satin nickel, antique nickel, brushed chrome, polished chrome and matte black.

The International Builders’ Show began today in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center and continues through January 23.

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