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May 16, 2012
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The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

Many window and door manufacturers, as well as suppliers of glass and other components, will be in Washington, D.C., this week exhibiting at the AIA 2012 Expo. It promises to be an interesting showcase of new products and technologies targeted at the commercial, institutional and high-end residential markets.

It is these segments of the window and door business where architects typically play an important role in the product selection process. There are other segments of the market, however, where architects are rarely involved. I thought I would use this week's poll to see if the landscape is changing at all for window and door industry companies.  

It's probably safe to say architects will always play a central role in nonresidential applications, so I'm most interested in hearing from those involved in residential. Are you working with architects more often? Less? Do you see them becoming more important in certain types of homes or remodeling projects? Is green building making them more influential? What about other issues, such as universal design?  Post a comment to share your thoughts.  And if you're at AIA, stop by and say hi. Window & Door will be there too, along with our sister publication, Glass Magazine, in booth #717.

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act

A guest blog from Eric Jackson of Quanex Building Products, urging industry support for legislation before Congress designed to boost energy efficient more

Investing in Operations?

Poll results suggest many companies are still shy to more

In residential new construction and remodeling jobs, we work with architects:
More often than we used to.
About the same as always have.
Less than we used to.
It's always been nearly 100 percent of the time.
It's always been virtually 0 percent of the time.




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