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October 11, 2017
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Update to Existing Referenced Standards
Our review of the 2018 International Codes continues with a discussion about the update of existing referenced standards. There have been numerous instances where standards that were developed through meticulous adherence to ANSI or ASTM protocols were rejected due to concerns about the standard’s content. Read More 
WinDoor Product Preview: Call for Entries
Companies exhibiting at WinDoor North America are encouraged to submit information on the products they will display at the show for an exclusive product preview on The deadline for entries is November 10. Submit Product Information

More News
Fenestration Companies Host Manufacturing Day Events to Inspire Next Generation
NGA and GANA Leaders Share Outline of Combination
MFM Building Products Promotes Reis
NFRC Welcomes Danielle Troiano as Senior Director of Education
Fensterbau Frontale Gears up for 2018
Product Spotlight
Contemporary Clad, LaCantina Doors' most energy efficient
Featuring a low maintenance aluminum exterior with multiple profile designs and the warmth of a wood interior, the Contemporary Clad complements any architectural style and window package. Perfectly proportioned, the Contemporary Clad provides a beautiful aesthetic and increased thermal performance. LaCantina’s most energy efficient material option complies with new stringent energy codes and is available in their folding, multi slide and swing systems for a perfect match.
The Talk

By Rich Walker

Do average people, collectively, have a better crystal ball than the professional pundits? In “The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations” (2004), author James Surowiecki argues that a diverse collection of independently deciding individuals is likely to make certain types of decisions and predictions better than individuals or even experts.

If this holds true, recent attitudes about the future gleaned from an assessment of John Q. Homebuyer bode well for us all. Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board, reports that consumer confidence increased sharply in March to the highest level of the Consumer Confidence Index, at 125.6, since December 2000, which was 128.6. “Consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions improved considerably. Consumers also expressed much greater optimism regarding the short-term outlook for business, jobs and personal income prospects,” Franco says.  Read More


Monthly Poll Results

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.

Almost 90 percent of respondents to last month's poll agree that providing students more obvious access to alternative career paths and technical/trade schools could help the industry’s labor challenges.

Monthly Reader Poll

Rebuilding Efforts
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria wreaked havoc across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Caribbean this fall, leaving behind a path of destruction in lives, homes and businesses. In that short time, the storms caused millions of dollars in damage that will take months, if not years, to recover from. 

We know that many in the fenestration industry will be involved in the rebuilding process and want to hear more about your experience to include in our coverage of rebuilding efforts. Start by weighing in on this month’s poll and posting your comments. And, those that were particularly impacted by the storms or heavily involved in the recovery efforts should send an email to our editorial team so we can include your comments in an upcoming issue of Window & Door.

For manufacturers and dealers that will play a part in the rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the hurricanes and floods this year, what is your biggest challenge or concern?
Shortage of supplies/materials/finished products
Not enough skilled labor to keep up with volume
Not enough capacity to also serve core customers/market
Tightening of current standards and codes
No concerns
Other (post in comments section)


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