August 12, 2009 | Vol. 4, No. 32
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MasterGrain Lays Groundwork for Growth

Entering the U.S. fiberglass entry door market at the beginning of this year, Ontario-based MasterGrain has steadily expanded its product line and sales force, and added a U.S. distribution center in Ohio... read more


Marling Lumber Expands its Showroom Presence

Marling Lumber completed a $2 million renovation of a former lumber yard in Janesville, Wis., into an elaborate showroom concept called HomeWorks....read more


Woodworking Event Exceeds Expectations

The AWFS Fair 2009 exceeded expectations, with exhibitors reporting strong buyer interest, especially from international delegations...read more


Edgetech Hosts "Rolling Thunder" with Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall

On Thursday, August 6, Edgetech I.G. hosted more than 1,000 motorcyclists as they began a 40-mile journey from Cambridge to Dennison, Ohio...read more

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The Talk...

e-Poll
Will there be fewer windows per home in the new construction market?
Yes, demand for energy efficiency will have negative impact.
Yes, trend toward smaller homes will have negative impact.
Yes, both trends will contribute to fewer windows per home.
No, the overall number of windows per home will be stable.
No, the average should actually increase.


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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

I recently came across 5 Ways to Build Affordable, Energy Star-Rated Houses, an article on BuilderOnline that highlights strategies used by a South Carolina builder.  "The company upgraded its windows to low-E high-performance units, but it reduced the number of windows it uses, which reduces costs," the report notes.

Over the past several months, I've also heard a couple window manufacturers express concern that the number of windows used per home could decline going forward. Newly constructed homes are trending smaller and less floor area usually means less glazing area.  With so few homes being built, it may be tough to see any real trends, but do you think we could see fewer windows per home in the future?  That's our poll question of the week.

And, I'd like to hear what you think.  Do you have anecdotal evidence of any trends? Or simply gut feelings?  Do you think people simply enjoy daylight, ventilation and the connection with nature and the outside too much for the average to go down?  Email me and let me know. 

The Talk..., Page 2

"Are Energy Tax Credits Working?"

Our poll results suggest the tax credits are having a positive effect on the industry, and efforts to extend them beyond 2010 are worth considering..read more

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