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July 11, 2012
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DOE Foresees Continued Progress on Windows Despite Funding Cuts

Bloomington, Minn.–The U.S. Department of Energy will spend significantly less on window technology research, officials reported at a Window Technology Roadmap Workshop, highlighted by a number of presentations on dynamic glazing and highly insulating window more

WDMA Conference Examines Future of Windows, Daylighting
Bloomington, Minn.–The future of windows, maximizing daylight and surface 4 low-E coatings were featured topics at the Window and Door Manufacturers Association Technical more
Weather Shield Launches "Re-Invented" Campaign

Over the past few weeks, the Wisconsin-based window and door manufacturer has been giving its dealers a glimpse into the more

Rugby Adds Lumber Products Locations

The New Hampshire-based distributor of architectural wood products and decorative surfacing is expanding with the addition of the Oregon-based distributor of doors and industrial building more

MIWD Texas Plant Adds Vinyl Lines

The manufacturer has started production of its Designer Series vinyl replacement windows at its Southern division more

ViWinTech Names New President

Evan Rittgers has joined the Paducah, Ky.-based manufacturer of vinyl windows and patio more

House Committee Passes Bill to Block LRRP Enforcement

The House Appropriations Committee has once again voted to adopt an amendment to the Environmental Protection Agency's 2013 more

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The Talk

By John Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

"We think the future is dynamic windows," said Marc LaFrance, the Department of Energy's technology development manager with oversight over the agency's windows and building envelope programs speaking at a recent Windows Technology Roadmapping Workshop. Dynamic glazing was also high on the agenda at the Window & Door Manufacturers AssociationTechnical Conference, which preceded the DOE session. 

The idea of windows that can go from clear to tinted or opaque is not new.  Such products are on the market, but high costs and other issues have prevented widespread adoption for many years.  The technology continues to advance, however, as do manufacturing capabilities for such products.  So are they the future?  Will the potential energy savings dynamic glazing offers–as well as such benefits as cutting glare, increasing comfort and enhanced privacy–enable these products to achieve significant market penetration?  

That's our poll for the week, and specifically, we'd like to hear from you about the opportunities for dynamic glazing in the residential market.  It is easy to foresee demand for dynamic glazing in offices and other commercial buildings, but will homeowners want these products or will they remain more wedded to traditional blinds and shades?  Are there specific applications in homes where dynamic glazing is likely to gain favor?  Is your company selling such products? Post a comment and tell us more. 

Does Ducker Have It Right?

Our poll results suggest window and door executives remain extremely cautious in their more

Is dynamic glazing the future?
Yes, I see it gaining significant market share in next 5-10 years.
Yes, but I think it will take more than 10 years for it to see significant demand.
No, I don't expect it will ever catch on.

Road to GlassBuild

“Innovation” continues to be a major theme of the upcoming GlassBuild America show. In this week’s edition, see who’s a part of the extremely popular “IP” and go in-depth with an insight Q&A with Steve Dillon of Veka Inc...Take a look

The Outside View
Private Residential Construction Reaches Three-Year High in May
From NAHB Eye on Housing
Workers at Chicago Window Factory Turn to Mayor
From WBEZ Chicago Public Media
Window Coating Improves Mood by Letting More Light In
From Gizmag
ResNet Teams Up with Home Inspectors Group
From Residential Energy Saving Network
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