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Dear GlassBuild Diary …

Sep 20th, 2017

Last week at this time, I was in the thick of GlassBuild America in Atlanta — and so were many of you. To commemorate that special time, and to prove to my boss that I did more than just eat free food and drink free booze, here’s a diary of my days at the big […]

Pray for Venezuela — and its Glass Workers

Aug 17th, 2017

As the slow-motion man-made disaster in Venezuela rolls on, it’s important to remember that there are brothers and sisters in our industry who could be suffering because of it. If you’ve followed DWM for the past year or so, you probably read our coverage of the takeover of Guardian Industries’ float glass plant in Maturin, […]

Energy Star Survives, and Other Tales From the Budget Wars

Jul 19th, 2017

A couple of months ago, I highlighted a phrase that Reason writer Katherine Mangu-Ward used to describe the annual presidential budget requests: “They’re essentially the White House asking Congress for a pony.” It’s a good line, and this year, it’s looking more and more to be true. In March, President Trump rolled out a budget […]

EPA Cuts Might Not Be as Deep as Planned

Jun 22nd, 2017

Earlier this week, my blog partner Ric Jackson urged everyone to listen to a recent hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee. In that session, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt faced some tough comments and questions about President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal for the agency, which reduces its funding by a […]

Energy Star: The Story That Won’t Quit

May 24th, 2017

It looks like the debate about Energy Star’s future will be with us for a while longer. Fun, right? On Tuesday, the Trump administration unveiled its 2018 budget proposal. The New-York-phonebook-sized plan – and a plan is really all it is right now – includes cuts to a lot of programs, but the Energy Star […]

Robots Could Have Built My House

Apr 24th, 2017

A fascinating news item from Bloomberg crossed my computer screen last week. The headline? “Robots May Help Build Your Next Home and Fill the Labor Gap.” Now, we all know the growing role that robots and automation are playing in manufacturing, but construction? Surely not, despite the recent development of a robot that can put […]

As WDMA Grows, So Grows the Industry

Mar 29th, 2017

After spending a couple of days at the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) spring meeting and legislative conference in Washington, D.C., it’s apparent that this vital organization  is expanding — and not just because of a recent high-profile merger. That’s nothing but good news for our industry. “The association has grown in revenue, bottom […]

B.F. Rich Closure Shows Great Recession’s Long Reach

Feb 15th, 2017

The recent closure of B.F. Rich Windows and Doors in Delaware tragically illustrates how the housing crash that began in 2007 was much deeper and more painful than a lot of us realized. After several rough years, the industry appears to have smoothed out, according to a column from Mike Collins of Building Industry Advisors […]

IBS Orlando: It Was Big. Maybe a Little Too Big …

Jan 17th, 2017

The International Builders’ Show (IBS) ended last week in Orlando, Fla., and its sheer size provided compelling evidence that the housing rebound continues to grow. The show was huge. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which puts on IBS, said about 80,000 people attended this year, up from 60,000 last year in Las Vegas. […]

2016: That Was the Year That Was

Dec 29th, 2016

As 2016 rolls over into 2017, I’m looking back on another year of learning and growing as the editor of DWM. Yes, I’m still somewhat of a “fenestration newbie,” but not as much as when I joined DWM almost exactly two years ago. Heck, in late 2014, I didn’t even know what “fenestration” meant — and I’ve […]

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