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New-home reach highest level since 2008
Door & Window Market Magazine
Sales of newly-built, single-family homes increased 18 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 units in August, the highest level in six years, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Study: Student loan debt curbs housing market by $83 billion
Los Angeles Times
There's been lots of debate lately in housing circles about the impact of student debt on home ownership. Now there's a new study out that attempts to put a number on that impact: 414,000. That's how many home sales will not happen this year because of high levels of student loan debt, according to a report from John Burns Consulting, an Irvine-based firm that advises home builders. That's equal to about 8 percent of all home sales and enough to dent the housing industry by $83 billion a year.
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New head of window and door maker embraces role
The Herald Business Journal via HeraldNet
Most people wouldn't expect to start in a support role at a company, and in just over a decade become the firm's president. Melissa Benton did exactly that. She was hired at Quantum Windows & Doors 11 years ago in the human resources department. She was appointed president in May. "As the economy was on the downturn, I slowly started to take on more roles because the company was getting smaller and I needed more work. I acquired different departments, slowly moving out of HR, and more into sales, engineering and client services," Benton said.
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Smart windows create dance of light in response to wind and sun
CNET
Now this would be something we would love to have installed in our homes: an art installation by London-based Dutch artist and designer Simon Heijdens that creates a mesmerizing play of light indoors based on external stimuli. Called Shade, it consists of 140 square meters of glass panelling, divided into triangular cells, each of which is coated with a special film. This film changes opacity based on two things: sunlight and wind. As the sun moves across the sky during the day, the light shifts from sharp in the morning to softer in the afternoon.
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Can you teach doors and windows?
Door & Window Market Magazine
Fall is here. Students are back in school. It's time for door and window specialists to take homeowners to school and teach them about the door and window replacement project, too. Educated consumers are your best friends. The successful door and window specialist knows that educating the consumer leads to more satisfied clientele and separates the professional from competitors who choose not to do so.
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East Hampton modern house with cool rollup glass doors
Curbed Hamptons
This barnlike new-build was designed by New York City architects Naiztat & Ham. It's just outside the village boundaries. The architects utilized glass garage doors for the great room, which means that they can be rolled up or down as desired — great for entertaining.
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Contracts and collaboration: Can they co-exist?
By Michael J. Berens
Better, faster, cheaper is the mantra for today's building industry. Constraining costs and schedules while improving building performance and safety has placed additional pressure on builders and the design community to find more efficient, productive and profitable ways of working together. Some firms have been experimenting with new ways of cooperating and co-working that may point the way to a sea change in how projects are designed and managed in the future.
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Sunrise Windows & Doors stars in home improvement show
Window & Door
Sunrise Windows & Doors is featured on Designing Spaces, an award-winning nationally-broadcast home improvement television show, which airs on the Lifetime Television network. Originally broadcast on Sept. 25, the segment reruns on Sept. 26 and Oct. 9, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. ET. The focus of the show is how custom vinyl replacement windows and Madera interior wood trim can improve a home's curb appeal, enhance and personalize interior décor, improve comfort and reduce energy costs.
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