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July 26, 2017
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From Window & Door Magazine
Energy Star at Risk

For the many residential window and door manufacturers that comprise the fenestration industry, Energy Star has been a way of life since 1992. Now, that program may be substantially changing or going away completely. Unpredictability and uncertainty appear to be at the heart of the situation at this point. Read More

 
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The Talk

By Eric Thompson
There was a time not too long ago when chasing after energy-efficiency goals was a big source of anxiety among window and door manufacturers. Think back: the now-embattled Energy Star program was moving quickly, with stated thermal efficiency goals rising to new, more stringent heights with each revision to the program. 
 
Different code bodies, including the International Energy Conservation Code, were adopting those Energy Star performance targets. Required U factors plummeted. Continuous thermal improvement was the industry imperative.
 
Among all of this, vinyl extruders and window designers sought to get ahead of the curve. Customers demanded it; playing catch-up wasn’t an attractive option. Around this same time, to overcome limitations in glazing packages, vinyl extruders also began to develop new window products with more internal chambers to increase the thermal efficiency in windows. Sometimes, this resulted in big, bulky window designs at the expense of some aesthetic benefits. 
 
Sales and new product adoption reflected that compromise in aesthetic value. The increased cost associated with the increase in frame and sash material, coupled with the increase in sightlines, created a reluctance for many manufacturers to pull the trigger on adding new products. 
 
The lesson learned throughout all this—that is, sacrificing aesthetics for higher performance is a losing proposition—is worth revisiting in today’s different market landscape. Read More
 

Monthly Reader Poll

Energy-efficient Technology
Window and door manufacturers, suppliers and dealers use a variety of energy-efficient, sustainable or green technologies, methods or products for their work, and they do so for a number of reasons. The October/November issue of Window & Door magazine will explore this topic and how it relates to the fenestration industry. As part of that coverage, we want to hear from you. 

Do you utilize any sustainable or green technologies, methods or products for your work in the window and door industry? Weigh in on this month’s poll, post a comment and/or send an email with your thoughts. 
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