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February 11, 2015
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Manufacturers Plan to Modernize, Release New Products

According to a recent Window & Door study, 60 percent of manufacturers plan to modernize and increase efficiency in 2015. Second on the priority list in terms of where they will invest is expanding production capacity. In terms of what types of products manufacturers plan to add to their lines…  Read More


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Product Spotlight
Borrassa Decorative Glass by Therma-Tru
Hammered glass accentuates linear and curved wrought iron in the elegant Borrassa doorlite now available from Therma-Tru. The stately glass design complements a wide variety of home styles, including coastal, Mediterranean, Spanish and old world, according to the company. Borrassa is available in the Classic-Craft Mahogany, Rustic and Canvas Collections. Coordinating sidelites feature hammered glass for added natural light and privacy in the entry.
The Talk

By Emily Kay Thompson

I received a note last week in response to our recent Energy Star Education article from Nick Bottaro of Bottaro Associates, expressing how pleased he was to read that industry professionals are comfortable with the “bar being raised again with regard to the efficiency of fenestration products.”

He writes: “Those of us who were in on the ground floor, back in the mid-1990s, when the focus was on stricter performance ratings, remember the tough, uphill battle that we waged with our peers in the industry.” Bottaro says he and my highly esteemed predecessor John Swanson faced “some harsh critics for having the nerve to say that someday these mandates would be demanded.”

Indeed, the change was not easy for many manufacturers. Existing practices had to be improved upon in order to meet higher standards. “This also meant huge capital investments were required to update or replace the tooling manufacturers had used for many years,” Bottaro adds. He says that many had the notion that the industry wouldn't accept this "radical" change.

Over the past 20-or-so years, resistance has given way to innovation. The market demand for energy efficient products has increased and manufacturers that responded well to this change have, in turn, profited. Many, including Bottaro, see this as a “breath of fresh air.”

“The vision, insight, and comprehension of those working in the industry have definitely changed for the better over time,” he concludes in his note. Do you agree? Weigh in on this week's poll, post a comment and/or email me with your thoughts.

Have standards such as Energy Star improved the industry overall?
For the most part
Not really
Not at all

Have You Tested Your Website's Page-Load Time? The majority of respondents to last week’s poll reported that they have not thought much about page-load time and don’t plan to, though nearly 30 percent report that their page-load speeds are on target. See the Full Results

The Outside View
Detailed Findings Regarding Energy Efficiency Upgrades

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