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November 7, 2018
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Adapting to Survive
There is a seismic shift starting to happen for window and door companies. Until now, dealers have been somewhat buffered from having to adopt technology for their operations outside of the manufacturer-provided systems. But customers have adapted to an e-commerce reality of quick answers, ongoing interaction and product tracking. Dealers looking to adapt for survival and longevity are doing two things. Read More
 
WinDoor Exhibitors: Submit Product Information
Window & Door will run a product section featuring products from exhibitors at the upcoming WinDoor trade show in Quebec City. The showcase will run online, in WDweekly and in the next issue of the magazine. All entries are due Nov. 21. Submit a Product 
 
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Masonite Acquires Bridgewater Wholesalers
 
Woodgrain Acquires Three Sawmills in Oregon
 
Deceuninck's Passive House Edition Window on Display at Greenbuild
 
Loewen Announces New VP
 
Western Window Systems' Zorge Receives 2018 CFO of the Year Award
 
Product Spotlight
Enhanced Casements by Lincoln Windows

Lincoln will launch an enhanced casement product category with increased energy efficiency, larger operating units, additional standard sizes, and a modular sizing matrix. The new casement reaches a .30 U-Value with LoE366 glazing. New maximum size operating casements and awnings now reach 42 inches by 96 inches and 60 inches by 60 inches, respectively. All Lincoln products include 20-year warranties on AAMA2605 exterior paint and insulated glass.

 
The Talk

By Eric Thompson

I really enjoyed the recent blog written by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s Rich Rinka. In it, he retraces some of the most important evolutions of the window industry over the past few decades, from when significant heat loss in American homes was just “accepted as the nature of things,” to California’s goal of all new residential buildings becoming energy neutral by 2020.

Among other technologies, he cites the potential use of Building Integrated Photovoltaics and photovoltaic windows as ways to achieve Zero Net Energy, and he asks these questions:

"Who will design, fabricate, sell, install and repair these systems? What will be the role of window companies? Will they be offered as independent systems assembled and integrated onsite, or as an integrated package delivered to the jobsite?"

Beyond the logistical challenges that new tech like solar windows might involve, it got me thinking about the real role of our industry, and how what we do continues to shift. We’ve all seen and dealt with the increasingly stringent energy performance that’s demanded of new products, and that’s not going away any time soon. So, it’s our responsibility to continue to prove that our products are up to the challenges. Read More




 

 

 

 
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