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W&D Weekly
November 16, 2011
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Andersen Planning Layoffs by Year End

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Snapshots from Win-Door

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The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

Arriving in Toronto for Win-Door North America, the industry is getting a chilly reception–at least from the Canadian Broadasting Corp.  This week's headlines from CBC News offer dire predictions of widespread window failures on the many recently-built glass-walled condos here.  

The window walls of the many high-rise buildings constructed in Toronto in recent years are said to be less energy efficient than more traditional materials. The glass-skinned condos are described as "throwaway buildings" that will need to be significantly retrofitted in 15 to 25 years, "but perhaps even earlier." And though window walls have been popular with condo buyers for the views they offer, developers primarily chose this type of construction because of the lower cost, the CBC article also suggests.

With all the construction that Toronto has seen in the past decade, I would not be surprised to hear there have been problems with some of these condos. The CBC report, however, offers what I'd describe more or less as an across-the-board condemnation of curtain wall/window wall construction in high-rise buildings. And in the initial reports, I would note there seems to be no comments from glass supporters.  No architects, engineers, manufacturers, etc., involved in these projects are quoted, and frankly, I find it hard to believe there are not a few out there who would stand by their work.  

So I thought I would use this week's Talk to spur some response. Take a look at some of the CBC coverage.  Then post a comment and tell us what you think. This is probably more of an issue for those involved in the commercial and architectural markets, but do you think the industry needs to stand up to this type of criticism in the press?  If you're at Win-Door, by the way, stop by theWindow & Door booth.  We'd love to hear from you in person too.  

One final note: There will be no WDweekly next week due to the holiday.  We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

More Cutbacks by Year End?

It looks like Andersen, as well as the companies that announced plant closings in the past few weeks, are not alone in reducing their workforce before heading into more

Should the industry respond to press reports condemning window walls?
The Outside View
Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report 2011-12
From Remodeling Magazine
Economy and Housing Gain Some Traction But Still Could Slip
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
Tax Credits Fueling Green Energy Drive Could Vanish
From The Washington Post
Energy-Saving Windows Get Smarter
From KQED Quest
Window Manufacturer Prides Itself on Speed, Safety
From Hamilton (Ohio) Journal News
The EPA’s Lead-Paint Lead Balloon
From The Fiscal Times

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