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March 18, 2015
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IECC Offers New Compliance Path for 2015

The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code offers a new, alternate compliance path for residential construction. The new provisions are based upon establishing an Energy Rating Index for the new home, whereby the ERI compares the anticipated energy usage of the home to that of a referenced design built into the 2006 IECC. Read More

 
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The Talk

By Jenni Chase

Window & Door Dealer Days will debut this fall in Atlanta, where the focal point of the new event will be the Dream Showroom, a 4,400-square-foot pavilion on the GlassBuild America tradeshow floor featuring residential windows, doors and related products. Like the name implies, the Dream Showroom is designed to inspire dealers looking for ideas to upgrade their retail spaces. 

Safe to say there are as many “dream showrooms” as there are dreamers in this industry. For past Dealer of the Year award winner Windows & Doors by Brownell, the dream involves custom product displays, children’s play areas to occupy young ones while parents browse, and a private conference area/media room that architects can use to meet with clients. At DOY winner Agoura Sash & Door, it’s having “one of the largest and most organized showrooms in the Southern California market,” offering customers a vast array of products to choose from. At Franklin Window and Door, it’s all about ambiance and creating a local feel.

This week’s poll focuses on showroom elements beyond the products themselves: elements that potentially separate the average showroom from the exceptional. What does your Dream Showroom look like? And are you living the dream?

Weigh in on this week’s poll and post your thoughts on the subject.
What is the Most Important Aspect of Your Dream Showroom?
Professional interior design
Custom product displays
Technology (interactive displays, etc.)
Multi-functional spaces (meeting areas, etc.)
Other (please share in the comments section!)

Does Your Company Outsource Services?
The majority of respondents to last week's poll reported that they are currently outsourcing services, while just more than 25 percent report that outsourcing does not fit within their business model. See the Full Results

 
 
The Outside View
Bipartisan Codes Bill Looks to Promote Energy Savings
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