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Coming soon to a window near you: Vacuum insulated glazing
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Rapid technological advance has always challenged associations such as AAMA and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance to help bring a wide variety of new and even revolutionary glazing and profile materials to the marketplace. The most recent and exciting example of such development is the emergence of vacuum insulated glazing, and work proceeds to enable its widespread commercialization in the near future.
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Who rules lead safety: EPA's RRP or OSHA's 1926?
While there has been a lot of discussion in the remodeling industry regarding implementation of RRP, very little is being discussed regarding OSHA Rule "1926" because OSHA rules and regulations have been thought to mostly be reserved for larger renovations and light and heavy commercial work.
It's simple: RRP protects the homeowner and the residents; OSHA protects the workers. But how does each affect your business?
Grand entrance: Simple ideas to refresh your entry
BPT via Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Transform your home's curb appeal with a new front door. With so many new entry door systems to choose from, ranging from single doors, to double-door options, to those accented with decorative glass, or transoms and sidelights, it's easy to find one that fits your budget and your style.
California's new residential lighting code took effect July 1
Lighting in garages, baths, laundry rooms and much more will be impacted with California's updated energy code, the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which took effect July 1. The new standard is expected to lead to 25 percent less energy consumption for residential buildings and 30 percent savings for nonresidential buildings.
Public space: Vermonter crafts artistic doors
Burlington Free Press
Don Gould envisioned screen doors as more than barriers to keep flies out of houses.
He began thinking of doors as sculptures while working as a craftsman at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont. "The image was only limited by proper wood joinery," Gould said. He delighted in the idea of making scenes on his doors and has dedicated himself to offering them publicly.
Open and shut case: Choosing and hanging shutters
The Associated Press via The Westerly Sun
Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. "They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house," says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, N.C.
But to get the right look, you still have to consider function when choosing and hanging shutters, experts say.
Doors that pop: Rethinking entranceway color
The Associated Press via Seatlle Times
Painting the front door a color that packs a punch is one of the quickest and easiest ways to change a house’s look and help it stand out from the rest.
"It's the difference between choosing classic red or something that has a little bit of fuchsia in it — something more like the color you love," says Kate Smith, a Newport, R.I., color consultant. "Just that little bit of color can give you the lift that makes everything look better."
Are you overlooking what your customers are looking over?
By Harry J. Friedman
Most retailers spend a great deal of time making their stores visually appealing. Whether your merchandising style projects an opulent, prestigious image, or a carnival of bargains, you’re no doubt attempting to at¬tract customers. Sometimes, however, areas not considered display areas that are plainly visible to customers are overlooked. Unfortunately, there are times when these unintentional displays make a greater impression on your customer than your most magnificent strokes of merchandising genius.
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