October 24, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 42
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Marvin Offers Advice for Succeeding
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Although housing starts reached a 14-year low in September, Susan Marvin, president of Marvin Windows & Doors, is optimistic about the company’s ability to thrive... read more

Millwork Distributors Heading to Denver
Photo of attendess at last year's AMD exhibitionThe Association of Millwork Distributors gathers next week in Denver for its annual convention and exhibition. The event begins Nov. 2 with a day devoted to educational sessions. The show runs Nov. 3-5... read more

The Lumber Yard Re-Aligning Operations
As part of a new XL program, The Lumber Yard is creating five strategically placed “super yards” to offer faster guaranteed deliveries to its existing service area... read more

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The Talk...

Twenty years from now, windows, doors and skylights will...
...collect solar power themselves.
...incorporate dynamic components to maximize energy efficiency.
...both collect solar power and incorporate dynamic components.
...be more energy efficient, but remain fairly much the same.
...won't change much from today.

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John Swanson,
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of Window & Door

What will homes look like in the future, and what kind of products will they demand from our industry? Last week, the mall in Washington, D.C., offered a preview, with teams from 20 universities worldwide building solar-powered homes for the Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the Department of Energy.

Lorin Hancock, with our sister publication Glass Magazine, reported on the event in their electronic newsletter last week. Naturally, she found out, the homes in these projects required extremely energy-efficient windows and doors, with the latest generations of high performance glass.

As we move toward DOE’s goal of a zero-net-energy home, higher energy efficiency demands for our products are a given. But the question, I ask, is will our industry have to do more than good frames and glass? Will we have to build solar collectors into our products? Will we be required to offer more dynamic performance, either through the glazing itself or with louver systems? That’s our question of the week. And of course, I’d like to hear your comments, too. If you’re involved in these new technologies and applications, or just have a thought or opinion, email me and tell me what you foresee.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"In the future, fiberglass will...": ...continue to gain market share, it’s expected. Not everyone thinks it’s going to conquer all, however.
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