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W&D Weekly
January 11, 2012
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The 2012 Industry Pulse
Window & Door's annual survey reveals dealers, distributors and manufacturers are extremely cautious about business more
Lowe's Launching Smart Home Technology

The home improvement retailer is entering the emerging smart home market, with Therma-Tru Doors as one of its more

Pella Launching SmartSync at CES
At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, the manufacturer is introducing SmartSync, a new technology that allows shades or blinds to be more
Fire Destroys Omniglass Plant

The fiberglass pultrusion plant of Omniglass Ltd. in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was destroyed by fire last more

All Weather Opens New Ontario Plant

As a result of continued growth and demand in Eastern Canada markets, All Weather Windows has more

Hurd Realigns Superseal Operations

Superseal Windows & Doors has started to convert its South Plainfield, N.J. manufacturing facility to a distribution and service more

Amesbury Acquires Metal Stamping Business
The supplier of window and door hardware, weatherseals and other components has acquired Overland Products Inc., based in Fremont, more
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The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

The concept of the smart home has been with us for many years. Progress in the market, however, has been limited. Last week's announcement from Lowe's about the launch of the Iris system indicates things are changing. And the residential window and door industry is paying attention.

Therma-Tru Doors, for example, is going to offer doors that allow homeowners to monitor activity with the Lowe's Iris system.  Pella is launching SmartSync at the Consumer Electronics Show this week also. It is working with Ingersoll Rand, parent of Schlage, which is relaunching its Schlage Link system into a broader smart home system. Andersen announced it was working with Honeywell a few months ago on window and door locks that communicated with home security systems. 

Electronic hardware–locks that communicate with security systems or can be operated remotely–is certainly not new.  It's been used in commercial and multi-family applications for years. But is it gaining traction in the single-family market?  Is it poised, as Lowe's suggests, to be the next big category in consumer electronics? That's the subject of this week's poll.  And as usual, we'd like to hear from you. Post a comment or email me and tell us about your experience. Are homeowners asking for these options?  Has your company installed these products? Is this a good opportunity for the industry?  

What Was the Biggest Story of 2011?
The cutbacks in tax credits for energy efficient windows and more
Excluding commercial and multi-family applications, has your company worked with door or window locks or devices that communicate with smart home or security systems?
We do so on a regular basis.
We have worked with such products on a few jobs.
We have been asked by customers, but we haven't worked with such products.
We haven't worked with such products and we haven't had any requests for them.
The Outside View
Construction Spending in U.S. Rises More Than Forecast
2011 Jobs Snapshot: Good News for Architects, Cabinet Makers
From The Wall Street Journal
Biomass gets Andersen Out of a Logjam
From Green Manufacturer
Iowan on the Whistle in BCS Championship Game
From National Public Radio
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