September 23, 2009 | Vol. 4, No. 38
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ECMD Closing A&H Windows

North Carolina-based A&H Window Co. is ceasing operations in more

Accu-Weld Hosts White House Clean Energy Forum

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu headlined a White House Clean Energy Economy Forum held last week at Accu-Weld, the window and door manufacturer based Bensalem, more

Industry Gears Up for GlassBuild Next Week

Suppliers of window and door equipment and components are starting to make their way to Atlanta to prepare their exhibits at GlassBuild America, which opens next more

Simonton and Vista Form Alliance

Simonton Windows and Vista Window Co. have launched a new strategic alliance to sell Vista branded products to specialty retailers located between the Rockies and the more

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The Talk...

Will you be selling WOCDs on your windows?
Yes, and I think they will be widely-used some day.
Yes, but I think they will only see niche use.
I haven't heard much about them, so I would need to learn more.
No, I don't think they will solve the problem.

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

You may have a new feature on your window lines soon. I’m at the AAMA meeting this week and one of the committees here is working on a standard for window opening control devices. Although not too many WOCDs, as they are now called, are out on the market yet, such devices would address the long-simmering problem of how to prevent a child from falling through an open window while still enabling that window to serve as a means of emergency egress.

More details on this subject are provided in a recent article in Window & Door written by Mike Fischer, a code consultant with The Kellen Co. In a nutshell, however, a WOCD, as defined in a new ASTM standard would allow a window to be opened a limited amount for ventilation, but prevent it from being opened further by a small child. At the same time, however, an adult with no special knowledge could open the window easily if need be.

It occurred to me as I sat in the meeting that while code officials and others have been working fairly vigorously on this concept for the past few years, I have not heard much reaction to the idea from window manufacturers and dealers. I’m not even sure how much of the industry is aware of this new development. So I’m asking in our question of the week. And, of course, I’d like to get your feedback. Is this hardware something you’d like to offer on your window? Do you think home and building owners will think it is a good idea? Will this be a complicated concept to sell? Email me and let me know what you think.

PS–Look for a full report on the AAMA meeting in next Wednesday's WDweekly.

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Most of the industry doesn't think so, but there is some concern out there more

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