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AWDI celebrates 25 years since first Standards and Practices issued
It was 1990, in Washington, D.C., that a group of "stakeholders" met to finalize the original AWDI Standards and Practices (Version 1.1) that would form the basis of the longest running, and most successful installer certification program and installation reference work for windows and doors.

The document finalized that day under the examination of representatives of most aspects of the window industry such as Washington Gas, DOE, Pozzi Window, among others, has morphed over 25 years of field experience, trial and error, window manufacturer scrutiny, and laboratory testing into today's most complete reference work on the installation of retrofit and replacement windows and doors under all conditions.

The AWDI Standards and Practices issued that day in May, 1990 became referenced in California Association of Window Manufacturers (CAWM) CAWM 400-95; DTA's Nail-On Windows in 1995; and ASTM E2112-01 and 07, among other pioneering reference standards.

It also became the organizational model for installation consistency and accuracy across all the original locations of Home Depot's At-Home Services.

The present content, in version 7.2, is the core of the EPA/Energy Star accepted installation reference instructions being used by window manufacturers for compliance with Version 6 requirements. And it continues to be the best selling and most widely distributed work on window and door installation.
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This gorgeous stained glass window doubles as a solar panel
For several years now, tech companies have been at work to develop clear solar panels that can double as windows, but the Current Window provides a gorgeous stained glass twist on that idea. Created by Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel, the window generates an electrical current by harvesting the energy created when sunlight hits a colored pigment — much like photosynthesis in a plant — and sends that power to a USB port in the window ledge.
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US construction spending hits 6-month low in March
U.S. construction spending fell in March to a six-month low as outlays on private residential construction spending declined sharply, which could add to concerns about the economy's ability to rebound strongly from the first-quarter's soft patch.
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A mobile app connects contractors and construction managers
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Dodge Data & Analytics recently launched Construction Nearby, a mobile app designed to build business relationships between contractors and nearby construction project managers. Nearly 10,000 contractors across the country have since downloaded Construction Nearby in the two months it has been available, says Cherie Hernandez, senior director of project development at Dodge Data & Analytics.
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Door design hacks grant the structure passage to modern utility
To celebrate their 70th anniversary, wood manufacturer Abe Kogyo and artist nendo have designed a series of seven doors that are part innovation, part design and part utility. They transformed the basic structure of a simple wooden door into a series of ideas: a door with sliding panels that allows light to filter through, a door that doubles as a shelf and storage. The series fuses technology and expertise from the manufacturer with the clever, elegant designs of the artist.
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36 percent of construction firms used more than 5 mobile business apps in 2014
Canvas via For Construction Pros
"Construction firms are not only using multiple mobile business apps, but also building and deploying them to their mobile workforces faster than ever before — an indication that businesses of all sizes are shifting from expensive, resource-intensive custom app builds to cloud-based mobile business app solutions," said James Quigley, CEO and co-founder at Canvas.
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Tips to help you identify and nurture customers
Businesses can often become so focused on profit and loss, they lose sight of the fact that the best measure of their success is their customers. If you want a true assessment of how your company is doing, ask the next customer that walks through your door or calls you on the phone.
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