Posts Tagged ‘ windows ’

Are Your Kids Safe?

Jan 23rd, 2023

It is estimated that roughly 5,000 children fall from windows each year. Studies show that approximately 3,300 of them are treated in emergency rooms for their injuries—many of which are life-altering. Tragically, eight to 10 of these children will die from their injuries. As a window screen inventor and manufacturer, window safety is something I’ve […]

EPA Finalizes Energy Star 7.0

Oct 20th, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published final specifications for Energy Star 7.0 Thursday, handing manufacturers their final marching orders if they’re to keep the program’s sticker on their door and window products. The news arrived amid the final hours of GlassBuild America—a week in which some companies said they were shopping new glass packages and […]

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

Aug 23rd, 2022

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 […]

Updated NAFS Set for Fall 2022 Release Pending CSA Group Approval

Aug 22nd, 2022

An updated version of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) is now available for public review via the CSA Group (formerly the Canadian Standards Association). The proposed changes can be reviewed until Sept. 4, 2022. Both the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have already approved the proposed […]

Energy Star Innovation Part Two

Aug 22nd, 2022

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 […]

ASTM, NFRC Working Through Numerous Updates and Initiatives

Jun 9th, 2022

The Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) 2022 Virtual Summer Conference on Tuesday, June 7, highlighted updates to industry organizations and standards, including upcoming initiatives for ASTM International and the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). Amy Roberts, director of Canadian and Technical Glass Operations, discussed ASTM International’s recent C14 committee on glass and glass products […]

Court Denies Pella Corporation’s Motion for Summary Judgment

May 17th, 2022

A motion for summary judgment from Pella Corporation, named by plaintiff Sophia Suleiman in a 2018 civil suit alleging a lack of safety features on its windows, has been denied by the Northern District of Indiana. The plaintiff alleges that windows installed at her Indiana residence did not have safety locks to prevent children from […]

Beacon Announces Acquisition of Wichita Falls Builders Wholesale

May 2nd, 2022

Beacon recently announced that it has acquired Wichita Falls’ Builders Wholesale Inc., a distributor of complementary residential exterior building supplies, including windows, doors and siding to contractors, homebuilders and retail customers. “The Builders Wholesale team is excited to be joining Beacon. We have worked diligently over the last 33 years to serve our customers in […]

FGIA Updates Methods of Test for Multi-Bar Hinges in Windows

Oct 14th, 2021

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released an updated document with new test methods for multi-bar hinges in windows. AAMA 904-21, Specification for Multi-Bar Hinges in Window Applications, an FGIA document, is now available for purchase. It was last updated in 2014. “This document is one of the few of our organization’s standards […]

Energy Star Innovation

Sep 24th, 2021

“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look farther than you can see.”—Winston Churchill After attending GlassBuild last week and reviewing innovations that can help improve thermal performance, I’m encouraged! The new low-E coatings and combinations of coatings, along with some new work on thin triples, advises us that we can achieve lower […]

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