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W&D Weekly
September 14, 2011
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The Latest
Emphasis on Upgraded Performance at GlassBuild

Atlanta—New ways to make better-performing, better-looking windows and doors more affordably are highlighting this year's GlassBuild America, being held this more

Mikron and Profine to Partner Globally
Quanex Building Products Corp. reports that its Mikron Window Systems division has entered into a cooperation agreement with Germany's more
GBO Suspends Operations, Bonneville Solutions Unaffected

After suspending operations last week, GBO Inc., manufacturer of Bonneville wood windows and doors, reports that is filing for more

"Business as Usual" at Jeld-Wen

Responding to a recent news article in The Oregonian suggesting it is at risk of defaulting on its debt, Jeld-Wen Inc. asserts it “is not facing bankruptcy” more

WTS Paradigm Launches iPad Selling Tool

Industry software supplier WTS Paradigm is debuting TouchQuote, a mobile selling tool for use on the Apple more

Historic Opportunities

This month's Dealer's Perspectives column from David Steele of the Window Gallery and the WDDA Advisory more

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The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

Walking the aisle of GlassBuild last year, one of the most common terms I heard and saw was "R-5." It hasn't disappeared completely at this year's show, but I am definitely hearing it much less. It's also not as evident in the displays of suppliers. Companies are still talking about energy performance, certainly. Gas-filling, triples, triple silver coatings. They're all still hot topics, but that one particular term has fallen out of favor.

It makes sense in many ways. The Department of Energy backed off the number a bit when it changed the name of its R-5 program to the "high performance volume purchase program" to open it up to more commercial window products. Having just one R-5 performance level also doesn't make sense for all the varied climates of the U.S. Still, I know a lot of manufacturers liked the simplicity of DOE's R-5 rating. It was something they could hang their hat on in their marketing.  

Is your company still promoting R-5? That's our poll question of the week, but I would like to hear from you too. Am I wrong? Is it still a semi-official standard? Do you wish R-5 was getting a bigger push? Are you happy it's not used as much? Are you waiting for something else? Maybe the next Energy Star or even an Energy Star Plus?  What would help your company sell high performance best? Post a comment or email me and let me know what you think. 

Cut Profits or Increase Prices?

Most respondents are unwilling to more

Is Your Company Still Promoting R-5 Products?
Yes, and it still works well for us.
Yes, but it isn't that important to us.
We did, but we have stopped.
We never started
It was never applicable to our products
The Outside View
EPA Stepping Up Lead Rule Inspections; Focusing on Certification, Paperwork
From Nation's Building News
New Index Highlights Improving Metro Markets
From National Association of Home Builders
A Star Turn for Energy Efficiency Jobs
From Center for American Progress

Recent Introductions

Innergy Reinforcements
from Deceuninck


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