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September 27, 2017
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From Window & Door Magazine
Potential Privatization of Energy Star
Energy Star has become a highly visible target for budget sharpshooters looking to reduce the nation’s critical $20 trillion debt. It could be transferred into a non-governmental entity run by an independent third party with limited government oversight—also known as privatized. Read More
 
 
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Initial Reports Post-Irma Present Positive Building Codes Story, but More Work to Be Done
 
GlassBuild America Pledges $15,000 for Industry Hurricane Relief
 
AmesburyTruth Names Director of Industry Relations and Western Region Sales Director
 
The Detering Company Welcomes New President & CEO
 
Oregon Door Names Tim Cox VP of Sales & Marketing
 
Product Spotlight
FeneXseal by Veka
Veka’s FeneXseal is coextruded sealing technology, with flexible PVC coextruded into the internal chamber of the sill profile. A water-tight seal at the head and sill prevents penetration through the installation holes. The company says that the product can reduce energy costs and help deaden ambient sound through the frame at the installation contact points.
 
The Talk

By Matt Johnson

Applause met the recent defeat of legislation in Connecticut that would have imposed timelines on warranty claims and required manufacturers to pay for materials and labor. From many perspectives, these requirements would have proven costly and harsh in application.

While it was vetoed, it is worth asking what the legislation itself points toward and whether there is a disconnect between those making window and door products and those buying.

Consumers can buy fenestration products via a number of channels and each type of sale brings its own contact points and legal realities. But, however sold, it is the manufacturer’s name on the product and warranty that stays with the consumer for years after actual installation. So, if problems arise, the manufacturer is usually first to get the call.

Manufacturers generally respond to this reality by excluding installation and other actions after the product leaves their control. While that is a seemingly reasonable business solution, consumers with an excluded claim tend not to find comfort in it.  Read More

 

Monthly Reader Poll

Trade Schools and the Labor Shortage
Labor and hiring continues to be a huge topic for the fenestration industry. Especially as the market improves, each segment struggles to keep up with increased volume on a tight staff.

Some in the fenestration industry point to the lack of technical training in America’s primary education system as part of the gap in the lack of qualified candidates. Could measures such as Colorado’s House Bill 1041 be the answer? Weigh in on this month’s poll and post your comments, questions, solutions. If you’re particularly passionate about this topic, send your thoughts to our editorial team so that we can include your comments in an upcoming issue of Window & Door. 

Do you think providing students more obvious access to alternative career paths and technical/trade schools will help the industry’s labor challenges? 

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No
 

 
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