Door & Window Business
Sep. 3, 2014

Final Labeling Guidance for ENERGY STAR for Windows, Doors, and Skylights

The EPA's ENERGY STAR Version 6 has implemented new guidelines for labeling windows, doors and skylights. The EPA issued its final document Sept. 2 with the labeling criteria that must be in place Jan. 1, 2015.More

Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach
The Associated Press via ABC News
Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer told The Associated Press recently that it is looking into "unusual activity" and that working with both banks and law enforcement. "Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers," said Paula Drake, a spokeswoman at Home Depot, declining to elaborate. She said the retailer would notify customers immediately if it confirms a breach.More

Screen-door man: Bellingham's Tom Anderson crafts heirloom doors, wooden bicycle fenders
The Bellingham Herald
Tom Anderson wanted a screen door for his home, but he couldn't find anything attractive so he made one. A neighbor saw it and wanted one. Then another neighbor. Then another. Anderson's business was born. Creative Openings is now in its fourth decade. Besides screen doors, Anderson makes entry and interior doors, furniture and other items in his spacious, two-floor workshop in Bellingham, Washington. More

Family business makes unique hobbit holes
News Center via WCSH-TV
Five years ago, a Maine family set out to bring a unique twist on playhouses and chicken coops. It started in 2009 at the Common Ground County Fair when the Pillsbury family saw an interest and demand for hobbit holes. Their dream of bringing high quality craftsmanship houses nationally is coming true. This Maine family business, Wooden Wonders, employs eight workers, and each hobbit hole has unique curved walls and round doors, made from material right in Maine.More

Construction industry continues to raise concerns over proposed silica rule
Door & Window Magazine
Earlier this year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed to amend its existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica, a move that has garnered some pushback from the construction industry over the past 10 months.More

Construction technology: Getting down to business
By Michael J. Berens
Building engineering, design and rendering software continue to get more sophisticated, but on the operational side the construction industry is not keeping pace with other sectors. Recent industry studies reveal where the industry is lagging, where it is at risk and the challenges it faces moving forward. On the whole, the construction industry has been slower than others in integrating its systems and migrating technology and data to the cloud. Employees continue to rely heavily on spreadsheet programs to capture and share data.More

Soft-Lite Windows hires new vice president of manufacturing
Door & Window Magazine
Soft‐Lite Windows recently has appointed Cliff Langdon to the position of vice president of manufacturing. In his new position, Langdon will oversee several departments, including production, shipping and engineering.More

Time to start planning for 2015 in your small business
The Huffington Post
As the last days of summer wind down, the kids are headed back to school and the nights are getting cooler. This is the time to begin laying out your approach to a successful first quarter of 2015. Don't be like many small business owners and get caught by surprise — thinking ahead and coming up with a clear direction for your small business in the new year will help you focus on execution when the calendar flips to Jan. 1. Here are five tips to start planning for 2015 in your small business.More

Film & Vinyl Designs to sponsor 2014 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™
Window Film Magazine
Film & Vinyl Designs, a Texas-based company that provides film and vinyl cutting software and hardware, has signed on to be a Sponsor of the 2014 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™. The event is set to be held Oct. 7-9, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center and will include educational seminars, an exhibition hall and the attendee-favorite, Tint-Off™ competitions. More