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September 30, 2020
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The Trends Shaping Window and Door Design

Windows and doors are evolving to be statements of personal style and play an integral role in a home's design from a performance and design perspective. Even as uncertainty around the economy lingers, housing is strong and sources indicate business is picking up across the board. Size, color and performance are among the top trends shaping the business today. Read More

Listen Today at 3 p.m. ET: Green Building Certification
ANSI recently approved the 2020 NGBS, the third version to date, with an expanded scope that applies to mixed-use buildings, assisted living facilities, hotels, dormitories, lodging houses, and even monasteries. The 2020 NGBS includes a certification path for the commercial space of mixed-use buildings; greater flexibility for existing buildings being renovated or converted; a new performance path for water efficiency; and new practices designed to promote resiliency, universal design, wellness. Note: you must be registered and logged in to to view content. Attend the Education Session
In Case you Missed It: On-Demand Education
Legislative and Regulatory Insights for the Fenestration Industry
Women in Construction Roundtable
A Glimpse Behind Roto's Manufacturing Curtain
FenestrationMasters | North American Fenestration Standard Requirements
New Home Sales at Highest Pace Since 2006
Residential Market Forecast Positive, According to FGIA Industry Market Data
Veka to Host Virtual Manufacturing Day
NFRC Introduces Through the Glass Podcast
Fortune Brands Announces Planned Retirement of Christopher Klein from Board of Directors
2021 FGIA Annual Conference to be Held Virtually
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The Talk
3 Reasons Manufacturers Should Take Advantage of Skinny Triples
By Eric Thompson

Thermal efficiency has been the name of the game in the residential window and door industry for a while now. Homeowners want it, codes increasingly necessitate it, and performance targets are only growing more stringent. As such, window and door manufacturers must constantly be looking for cost-effective ways to improve the thermal performance of their products.

One strategy that has emerged recently is the application of “skinny-” or “thin-” glass triple-paned insulating glass units, which utilize ultrathin center lites, typically between 0.7 mm and 1.3 mm thick. Filled with krypton, these units can deliver outstanding thermal performance comparable with traditional triples—and specifically may help window and door companies meet performance targets outlined in California’s new energy code for new construction without completely rethinking their window designs.

Adoption has, so far, been slow, but that could change soon. With some new incentives in place that make skinny triples more attractive, and as finding ways to hit California’s thermal targets becomes mandatory, there’s a ripe opportunity for window and door manufacturers to take advantage of the technology.

Read on for why skinny triples are a viable strategy for changing energy codes.





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