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March 6, 2019
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Making Windows Smarter

Conventional thermochromic technology performance used to create smart windows has been considered limited based on how it incorporates vanadium dioxide particles—the standard method for manufacturing VO2 nanoparticles is slow, expensive and even potentially dangerous. But a team of process engineers and scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have been working to change all of this. The team’s patented “Continued flow synthesis of VO2 nanoparticles or nanorods by using a microreactor” technology is now available for licensing. Read More

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Window & Door is currently collecting information for the 2019 Top 100 Manufacturers List. In order to be included, manufacturers must submit a survey by Friday, March 15. Fill Out the Survey 

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Jeld-Wen Holding Inc. Acquires VPI Quality Windows Inc.
WDMA Encouraged by Delay in Chinese Tariff Increase
Kim Flanary Named Honorary Member
Houzz Awards LaCantina Doors Best of Design
Product Spotlight
Experience LaCantina Interactive

With so many choices to consider when expanding indoor outdoor spaces, LaCantina’s industry first Interactive videos educate dealers, builders and homeowners on the design considerations of folding and multi-slide systems and their material options. Unlike traditional videos, LaCantina Interactive allows viewers to actively engage with the video and only watch the content they consider most relevant. These interactive videos represent a visual “how-to-design” your large opening door system.

The Talk

Laurie Cowin

This week is the National Association of Women in Construction’s Women in Construction Week, an annual event the first week of March that aims to promote women as a viable component of the industry. Although women comprise about 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce, construction is made up of only 9 percent women, with just 3 percent being in the actual trades, according to NAWIC. Consider another statistic from a survey last year by the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk: 81 percent of  construction firms indicate it will continue to be hard to fill craft positions.

The remarkably low number of women in the trades paired with the remarkably high number of companies that struggle to fill trade positions adds up to what I see as an enormous opportunity for women in construction. Women are a largely untapped demographic that the construction side of the industry can specifically recruit, and not only to help ease the labor shortage. Women’s value in leadership is quantifiable, too. Read More 







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