This week, exhibitors at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Atlanta, Ga., are striving to show architects and prospective customers why they’re one-of-a-kind. The words “custom” and “unique” have been trending on the show floor, and that has not been lost on those representing the high-end door and window market.

One of those companies is Panda Windows & Doors, which is featuring its lift and slide glass wall systems, as well as its folding systems.

Kolbe Window & Doors is showcasing its automated applications at the American Institute of Architects Convention.
Kolbe Window & Doors is showcasing its automated applications at the American Institute of Architects Convention.

The lift and slide system provides limited site-line interference and can be moved with the push of the finger. Other key features of the system include its “barefoot-friendly track,” as well as the weather-tight seal the door provides when it drops and secures in the track in the lock position.

The folding system, meanwhile, utilizes double gaskets where the doors fold to provide a buffer, making it “pinch-resistant.”

Clara Blake, Midwest regional manager, says no two Panda projects are alike—whether it is in the high-end residential area or the commercial sector.

Kolbe Windows and Doors is showcasing its automation systems technology for its multi-slide pocket doors, lift and slide doors, swing doors, awnings and casements. Examples displayed at AIA include a three-panel-wide, multi-slide pocketing door with an automation system; its Ultra Series custom inswing entrance door with an electronically activated multi-point locking system; and a motorized awning installed within a VistaLuxe Collection corner unit.

Product and market manager Lance Premeau says the in-home automation market is ripe and that Kolbe is more than happy to meet the demand head on.

Hope’s Windows & Doors is featuring its steel windows, specifically its Thermal Evolution technology, which maintains the strengths of solid hot-rolled steel along with enhanced thermal efficiency to exceed the most stringent codes.

The company, which does an approximate 60-40 split of residential-to-commercial work, focuses on the high-end market and has a big hand in the historical retrofit sector.

Vice president of sales Brian Whalen says the challenge with the historical retrofit is not necessarily replicating the current windows, but rather replicating them while meeting the increasingly stringent impact and energy codes through the country.

It’s a challenge he says Hope’s is more than willing to take on.

Stay tuned to for continued coverage of the AIA show.

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