Door & Window Business
Apr. 23, 2014

Doors steal the show at IBS
Door and Window Magazine
The International Builders’ Show had doors on wide display recently at Las Vegas, and modern and contemporary were definitely the buzzwords as this type of door took front and center. Therma-Tru had a variety of new product introductions including the addition of Mahogany to its Fiber-Classic Collection. New doors and sidelites include deep Mahogany graining and high-definition panel embossments that are designed to complement rich wood tones in the home’s interior. More

SCOTT® calls on home improvement contractors to 'get geared up'
SCOTT®, a leading Kimberly-Clark Professional brand, offers home improvement contractors and professionals the opportunity to win a 2015 Ford® Transit and VIP Race Experience with Team Penske and driver Joey Logano. The tried-and-true brand has launched a promotional sweepstakes, "Get Geared Up," that will run through Aug. 31. "We are excited to continue to engage our customers through the 'Get Geared Up Sweepstakes,'" said Brittany Harvey, Marketing Manager for the SCOTT® Home Improvement line of products. More

New England companies reach lead rule settlements with EPA
Door and Window Magazine
Several New England-area businesses performing painting and home renovation work have reached a settlement agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to comply with requirements designed to protect children from exposure to lead-based paint during painting and other renovation activities. The settlements also contain financial penalties which must be paid for alleged violations of EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.More

Innovative new EZ-door transforms interior doors quickly and easily
PRWeb via Digital Journal
Trevconn Enterprises, LLC announced immediate availability of EZ-Door, an easy to install, low cost innovation that enables both DIY homeowners and PROs to modernize interior doors with a product proudly made in the U.S. Homeowners and professionals alike can add appeal and value to interior doors with EZ-door self-adhering frames, creating the look of an expensive raised panel door in minutes at 1/10 the cost of replacement.More

Quantum dots may mean solar panels on house windows
Nature World News
As scientists learn more about the properties of quantum dots, their applications in everything from digital displays to renewable energy are becoming increasingly apparent. New research out of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico — done in collaboration with scientists from the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy — reveals the light-emitting properties of quantum dots can be applied in solar energy by more efficiently harvesting sunlight. Ultimately, the team believes this could lead to the use of quantum dots in house windows, even, that double as solar panels.More

Despite weather, construction industry making best of start to 2014
Door and Window Magazine
Construction economists don’t always see eye-to-eye, and that’s okay, according to Bernard Markstein, chief economist for Reed Construction Data. “We seem to agree on most things, but not everything; we’re economists. That’s what we do,” he says. But during a recent economic forecast, there was at least one thing on which Markstein and several others agreed: the weather. More

Small business guide: How to invest your digital advertising dollars
The Washington Post
No matter what you’re selling, be it software, sneakers or sandwiches, marketing your products to your target audience is critical. And while billboards and newspaper ads are still prevalent, advertising is shifting toward digital media, and experts say small business owners should keep up with that trend. But with a limited budget, where should you invest your marketing dollars?More

Builder confidence holds steady in April
Door and Window Magazine
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 in April from a downwardly revised March reading of 46 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. “Job growth is proceeding at a solid pace, mortgage interest rates remain historically low and home prices are affordable,” says NAHB chief economist David Crowe. More

Small business owners: How many missed taking the small business Health Care Tax Credit?
The Huffington Post
A Kentucky professional who owns his own business found that he missed getting the Health Care Tax Credit for the past four years. Since the credit is worth 35 percent of what he is paying in health insurance, his business lost out on about $40,000. It gets worse: this year he could get a 50 percent tax credit. Since his firm is paying about $50,000 in health care benefits, it would have been a savings of about $25,000. Instead, his business will get nothing. More