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July 25, 2012
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MGM Expanding Vinyl Paint Capabilities

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PPG Chemicals Unit to Merge with Georgia Gulf

The boards of directors of PPG Industries and Georgia Gulf Corp. have approved definitive more

Staying Focused on Results

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The Talk

By John Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

Last week, I received press releases from Milgard and Windsor, each announcing the availability of building information modeling (BIM) files for certain window and door lines offered by the manufacturers.  These weren't the first of such announcements I've received by any means, but the fact that I recieved two in one week made me wonder about the role of BIM in the residential window and door market.

Used by a growing percentage of architects, BIM is certainly going to be the normal way of doing business in the construction of commercial buildings. I suspect it will used in the design of apartment buildings and large scale residential projects also.  But will companies need to supply BIM files for products used in most single-family homes?  What about remodeling and replacement jobs?

I thought I'd use this week's poll question to see where we are with BIM now.  But I'd like to hear from you too.  Manufacturers, where are you seeing your BIM data used? What kind of jobs?  What about those manufacturers who haven't developed BIM files yet?  Do you expect to? Are you waiting for demand to grow?  And finally, we'd like to hear from dealers too.  Are you part of the BIM picture too?  Post a comment and share your thoughts.

Momentum Among Builders?

Despite signs of improvement in housing, window and door executives remain more

Is your company working with BIM technology?
Yes, but primarily for commercial projects
Yes including work related to both residential and commercial projects
No, but we plan to in the near future
No, and we don't have any BIM plans yet


Road to GlassBuild

Everyone knows that GlassBuild America is all about industry trends when it comes to products and technology. But what about economic trends that affect our industry and your business daily?  Well, we've got you covered! Check out the latest post on The Road to GlassBuild to find out more!

The Outside View
Remodeling Activity Poised for Strong Growth
From Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies
Housing Starts Rise 6.9 Percent in June
From National Association of Home Builders
Eight Design Trends for Fresh Elevations, Updated Interiors
From Builder Online
Mathews Brothers Involved in DOE Rehab Project
From Mainebiz
Homes in Varying Shades of Green
From The New York Times
Summer Window Tips & Tricks
From Wooden Window Inc.
Recent Introductions

Cheatah Door Installation
from JenTra



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