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Door and Window Manufacturers Among Those Considered for DOE’s $275 Million Clean Energy Investment

Dec 4th, 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $275 million in potential funding for seven projects that officials say will help strengthen clean energy supply chains and hasten domestic clean energy manufacturing. Among the projects are retrofit and expansion plans for door and window manufacturers Alpen High-Performance Products Inc. and LuxWall Inc. A DOE release says […]

Boston Window & Door Accuses Pella of Trying to Put It Out of Business

Nov 30th, 2023

When door and window companies invest in brand-based dealerships, the decision is akin to a legally binding marriage. For one Massachusetts-based Pella dealership, that marriage has soured and is now heading to court. In a legal complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Boston Window & Door LLC alleges Pella […]

PPI: Prices Continue the Roller Coaster in October

Nov 29th, 2023

The latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was released ahead of Thanksgiving, showing inconsistent prices for materials used in door and window manufacturing. Most showed no change from September to October 2023, but numbers were a mixed bag on a year-over-year basis. In October, the monthly PPI for […]

Clash Between AEC and AA Over Dumping Lawsuit Dubbed a ‘Misunderstanding’

Nov 27th, 2023

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) countered claims by the Aluminum Association (AA) that an investigation into 14 countries regarding illegal and unfair dumping practices will harm trade relations between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. In an email, Matt Meenan, AA’s vice president of external affairs, said the incident was a “misunderstanding.” The situation has since […]

Despite Low Builder Confidence, Door and Window Companies See Better Months Ahead

Nov 22nd, 2023

Rising mortgage rates, elevated construction costs and limited inventory have pushed housing affordability to its lowest point in more than a decade, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported. According to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), just 37.4% of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of […]

Trade Commission Votes to Continue Investigations Into Aluminum Dumping

Nov 20th, 2023

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) voted Friday to continue investigations into 14 countries for illegal and unfair dumping practices, determining that “there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of aluminum extrusions.” USITC’s investigation follows a petition filed in October 2023 by the Aluminum Extruders Coalition […]

Report Accuses Jeld-Wen and Home Depot of Contributing to ‘Forest Crimes’

Nov 16th, 2023

A report produced by the nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) accuses Jeld-Wen and The Home Depot Inc. of contributing to illegal deforestation. The 501(c)(3) agency reports that its investigative findings connect “forest crimes” in Equatorial Guinea and Asian processing hubs with “millions of doors sold to U.S. consumers via more than 750 Home Depot stores […]

UMD Researchers Develop ‘Cooling Glass’

Nov 15th, 2023

As the world warms due to climate change, architects and engineers are altering the way they design and construct buildings to reduce carbon emissions and lower energy consumption. According to a new study, a team of University of Maryland (UMD) researchers have developed a “cooling glass” that can reduce temperatures within a building without electricity. […]

Third-Quarter Results Show Challenges for Door and Window Companies

Nov 13th, 2023

Publicly traded door and window companies released their third-quarter financial results in recent weeks, showing mixed outcomes across net sales and income. PGT Innovations (PGTI) represented a bright spot, showing a year-over-year increase in net sales of 4% at $400 million. PGTI’s success comes as the company returned nearly $30 million of capital to its […]

DOE Study Stresses the Life-Saving Benefits of Energy-Efficiency

Nov 9th, 2023

An increased frequency of extreme weather events costing the U.S. more than $1 billion over two decades prompted the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to commission research, assessing how increased energy efficiency can impact building resilience under extreme temperatures. The study, Enhancing Resilience in Buildings Through Energy Efficiency, was prompted by DOE’s Building Technologies Office. […]