July 9, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 28
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Serious Materials Acquires Alpen
Alpen Windows, a Boulder, Colo., producer of energy efficient fiberglass windows and Heat Mirror glass products, has been acquired by Serious Materials, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company focused on green building materials. ... read more

Homrighaus Named Jeld-Wen COO
Jeld-Wen Inc.’s board of directors has promoted window division president Barry Homrighaus to chief operating officer. ... read more

Homeowners Willing to Spend on Green Home Improvement Products
Despite a weakening economy that’s forced consumers to cut back on spending, a new survey sponsored by Plastpro Inc. suggests that homeowners are still willing to pay more for products that are “green” or energy efficient. ... read more

CTD Adds Whirlwind Line
With the acquisition of Whirlwind Inc. of Dallas, CTD Machines has started production of two new upcut saw models, with plans to add a third with a 20-inch blade capacity next year. ... read more

Registration Deadline Near
for Energy Star Meeting
The U.S. Department of Energy has sent out a reminder that the deadline to register for the stakeholders meeting designed to gather input on new Energy Star criteria for Windows, Doors and Skylight is coming soon. ... read more

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The Talk...

e-Poll
Solar and whole building design concepts:
Are already helping increase sales.
May eventually help increase sales.
Won’t have much impact at all.
Will probably hurt us more than help us.


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John Swanson,
editor/
associate publisher
of Window & Door

A green building newsletter came into my inbox today featuring an architect discussing the problems of “solar access.” While everyone seems to see potential for harnessing the sun for solar gain, daylighting and even electricity, a host of codes and regulations can actually stymie efforts to take advantage of solar in individual buildings.

AAMA has been working to address these hurdles, conducting studies on the potential savings delivered by skylights in big retail and warehouse type buildings. It has regularly voiced concerns about codes that reduce fenestration-to-wall ratios in homes and is also looking at the residential side of the equation for skylights.

So, can the industry harness the sun? Will concepts like “whole building design” that can theoretically encourage the use of more fenestration gain real traction in the market? That’s the theme of our poll question this week. And email me if you are selling windows and skylights into homes where this is being done, if you see things the industry can do to encourage this trend, or even if you just see too much complexity here to add up to much. As usual, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL — "Where are you going for your main summer vacation this year?" Quite a few of you are staying put. Click here to see the results of last week’s Talk...
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