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W&D Weekly
February 13, 2013
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The Talk

By Nicole Harris, publisher

The meeting topic could well have been named, “why a window is not a stove.” The topic, life cycle assessment (LCA), was an important discussion at last week’s Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference in New Orleans.

No doubt stove manufacturers face unique challenges determining the energy/carbon footprint of what they produce, but our industry has to contend with multiple factors, including occupants, climate, location and building type. Several industry associations are working together to develop the product category rules necessary for determining life cycle and are still months away from finishing. In the meantime, we’re wondering how you address consumer-awareness issues like climate change and fossil fuel depletion, to name two environmental footprint factors associated with LCA. Have you been asked to show your product’s carbon footprint? Do you promote any “green” certifications now? Do you expect to increase this marketing angle on future products? Post a comment or email me to share your thoughts.

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Do You Have a Paperless Future?
Survey respondents appear to be well on their way to going paperless, with 32 percent reporting their companies are already almost entirely paperless, and 28 percent saying they have made strides in that direction. See the full survey results.

Road to GlassBuild America
This week, the Road to GlassBuild keeps building momentum with our first look at the exhibitors that have signed up for the 2013 show. Plus, find out how you can stay in the loop and learn about every exhibitor, 140 characters at a time!
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