August 11, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 32
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WDDA Raises Concerns About Home Star
Joining with several other contractor and building industry organizations, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance recently sent a letter to three U.S. more

Sunrise Foresees Continued Growth Despite Lagging Economy
Sunrise Windows, based in Temperance, Mich., has recalled and added 60 employees over the last few months to support its continued more

WDMA Opposes Addition of New Test Requirements to EPA Lead Rule

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last more 

DOE Webinar to Examine Residential Retrofit Guidelines

Scheduled for this afternoon at 2 p.m. EDT, the presentation looks at how new national guidelines will improve work quality, training of workers and confidence in weatherization and energy retrofit more

Masonite Expands Presence in India
Masonite Inc. has purchased selected assets of Standard Doors, said to operate one of the newest, fully integrated and largest modern dedicated door manufacturing plants in more

Energy and Style Top Priorities in Vinyl Patio Doors

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Do Europeans Really Make the Best Windows?

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

"Do Europeans Really Make the Best Windows?"

Fine Homebuilding asks that question in its latest issue. The article’s not available online, but I had a look at the piece, which pitted seven different European wood window products against five Canadian fiberglass window products, Serious Materials' fiberglass window and Paradigm Window Solutions' vinyl window.

Those choices can be explained somewhat by the author’s focus on "the best" windows for homes in cold climates that are seeking to take advantage of passive heating. Apparently American window makers, even those offering triple-glazing, are at a disadvantage in serving this particular niche because they don't offer high solar gain products. European and Canadian producers do.

Those considerations aside, the patriotic side of me was a bit offended by the lack of more American-made choices in the mix. I was also puzzled by the lack of a Canadian wood window or a European vinyl window, just to mention two of a myriad of other possibilities for “best” window.

The Fine Homebuilding article doesn't really answer its own question, so I thought I would make it our poll question of the week, and see what you folks think. Of course, I want to hear more from you too. Are you in the European, American, or Canadian camp? Do you have different answers depending on different criteria? What are the common perceptions (or misperceptions) about “what is the best” in the market? Email me and let me know what you think. 

As an aside, let me say congratulations to Paradigm, for getting its triple-glazed gas-filled vinyl window compared favorably to some pretty high-priced competition.

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