Posts Tagged ‘ windows ’

Shoring Up Your First Line of Defense

Jan 16th, 2024

When I’m consulting with door and window manufacturers around the country, there’s one crucial aspect of the business that I try to remind my customers of. Because for all the investment you’ve made in top-of-the-line equipment, and for all the thought and planning you’ve put into production schedules, success ultimately comes down to one thing: […]

North America’s Largest Glass Recycler Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Dec 11th, 2023

A major recycler of windows and heavy laminated glass has filed for bankruptcy. Strategic Materials Inc. (SMI), North America’s largest glass recycler, filed for Chapter 11 protection last Monday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. SMI claimed around $432 million in debt liabilities. According to court filings, SMI’s $432 million […]

What Does AI Think of Doors and Windows? (an “Interview” with ChatGPT)

Sep 18th, 2023

Starting in the 1940s, the idea for artificial intelligence lingered in laboratories and on the fringes of society for decades. In the 1980s and 1990s, development of machine learning techniques showed glimmers of hope for the technology’s potential, sparking a heightened period of development in the 2000s. Soon, AI became part of our day-to-day lives—most […]

FGIA Releases Updated Specification for PVC Exterior Profiles

Sep 13th, 2023

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) recently updated a specification establishing the minimum requirements for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exterior profiles that are used in doors, windows and skylights. “Voluntary Specification for Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles” (AAMA 303-23), an FGIA document, is now available for purchase in the FGIA online store. The document, […]

FGIA Updates Specification for Impact, Cycle Testing of Fenestration Products

Aug 16th, 2023

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated an industry specification for rating the ability of doors, windows, skylights and sliding glass doors to withstand impact and pressure cycling associated with hurricanes. AAMA 506-23, Voluntary Specification for Impact and Cycle Testing of Fenestration Products, was updated to align with the recently released NAFS-22 standard, says […]

DOE Looks to Shore Up Energy Sucking Homes by Training Contractors

Jul 31st, 2023

According to a task group led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), around 70% of homes in the country were built before 1990—before stricter building codes were enacted. As a result of aged materials and outdated codes, 30% of a home’s heating energy is lost through windows, the task group says. During the summer, […]

New Law in Colorado to Require Energy Star-Rated Doors and Windows

Jun 28th, 2023

A new law in Colorado focusing on environmental standards is set to take effect in January 2026, requiring all residential structures three stories or lower to use Energy Star-rated products. House Bill 23-1161 applies to a range of appliances, fixtures and other products used in residential buildings—including doors, windows and skylights. The new law mandates […]

Guest Blog: The Deployment and Adoption Challenge in Residential Homes

May 17th, 2023

by Helen Sanders Deployment and adoption. These are major challenges in getting high-performance envelope solutions into new and existing homes and buildings in the U.S. Deployment is a key focus of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) programs, driving work at the National Laboratories and their partners. Last week, I was […]

They Are Not Your Grandparents’ Windows

Feb 6th, 2023

This time last year, National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) launched a campaign to encourage more people—builders, remodelers, architects, individual homeowners and others—to not take the state of their windows for granted. The campaign has had success with several national organizations, industry groups and magazines, and a few manufacturers are joining the effort. But there is […]

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 […]