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Energy Star Version 7.0 discussions begin
Door and Window Market Magazine
Fenestration industry stakeholders and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials met in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12 to kick off discussions about possible specification revisions to Version 7.0 of the popular Energy Star program. According to the EPA's presentation, the purpose of the meeting was to "begin the dialogue on how to make specification revisions as collaborative and transparent as possible."
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Tax cuts in 2015?
Window & Door
Housekeeping activities such as legislative extensions of tax credits are typically among those that get lost amid the politics until the last moment for Congress, and 2014 was no exception. Some 50 tax credits worth almost $42 billion were among those who received the nick-of-time reprieve on Dec. 3 when the House voted 378-46 to reinstate them retroactive throughout 2014, setting the stage for a similar move in the Senate.
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6 customer service initiatives to start today
Forbes
The outgoing year is now officially a lame duck. And those of you who might otherwise be starting a full-fledged customer experience, customer-centricity or customer service initiative aren't starting much of anything right now because, well, it's not January. But to take away that excuse, here are some places you can get started, today. Without waiting for the next quarter and/or FY.
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Soon, 'smart windows' that keep heat out
The Economic Times
Scientists are developing a new kind of "smart window" that can block out heat when the outside temperatures rise. The advance could one day help consumers better conserve energy on hot days and reduce electric bills.
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Ottoman doors stand the test of time
World Bulletin
Dogan Demir, who lives in Bodrum, Turkey, and is known locally for historical interest is bringing back to life Ottoman doors that are over 150 years old. Traveling throughout Turkey and researching the historical doors, Demir brings back the doors to his workshop in Bodrum and restores them. The doors that were made during the Ottoman Empire and in the first years of the Republic are all inlaid decorative pieces and restored and presented to door collectors and history buffs.
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The labor pool
Window & Door
It's hard to find good help these days, especially in the window and door industry. It's particularly challenging to find skilled labor or even simply to find applicants looking for work in this trade, according to industry professionals.
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PPI shows half-percent increase in flat glass prices in November
Door & Window Market Magazine
In November, flat glass prices saw their first increase since August. According to the latest Producer Price Index Report issued by the U.S. Labor Department, flat glass prices rose 0.5 percent from October to November after seeing a 0.9-percent decrease over the prior two months. The PPI program measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Selling in the new relationship economy
By Jared Kligerman
We often hear that history repeats itself. Some recent examples include: '60s funk rifts in Daft Punk's newest album, "vintage" filters for photographs and the return to locally sourced produce. The business world is experiencing this as well. Social media and smartphones have allowed consumers to share their experiences faster than ever. Buying decisions are no longer based on just price or quality, but on the buying experience and word-of-mouth recommendations. Welcome to the return of the relationship economy.
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New type of solar concentrator doesn't block the view
Michigan State University via Phys.org
A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a flat, clear surface.
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