Door & Window Business
Oct. 15, 2014

RRP Renovator Certification Renewal extended to July 2015 — but not really!
United States Environmental Protection Agency
The rumor has been that though Lead Safe Renovator Re-Certification needs to be done every 5 years, and before the expiration of the current registration, the actual date for re-certification for those certified before April 22, 2010 has been extended to July 1, 2015. But not really...More

Aging workforce paving the way for millennials
Door & Window Market Magazine
Millennials are poised to flood the workforce in the next two decades, and the window industry is no exception — in fact, they may be as susceptible to the trend as any. The recession of the last decade saw many Generation-Xers leave specialty sectors of the construction industry, such as doors and windows, for greener pastures, and now that the industry is back on the way up, leaders in the industry caution a labor shortage. That element, coupled with Baby Boomers increasingly leaving the workforce for good, as well as a larger population of young people, has paved the way for millennials.More

Shared urban micro-shelter is made out of salvaged doors and windows
Treehugger
In many cities, residual spaces like alleyways and abandoned parking lots are largely under-utilized and could be turned into productive gardens, affordable housing or even bike parking. French architect Stéphane Malka, known for this previous proposal for a facade made out of recycled pallets, has created this intriguing project for an open, common space for nomads to temporarily live in. Using a flexible scaffolding system, the structure consists entirely of recycled windows and doors, creating surface that also lights, ventilates and shelters.More

Stop storytelling and start story-sharing
By Timothy Clark
When it comes to marketing, it's time to start differentiating your home improvement company from everyone else. And here's how to do it. For decades, home pros have told the story of their business. One company was founded by two brothers who learned the trade from their hard-working father. Another has been in business since 1946. This one has earned 17 major awards, and that one has a five-star rating. Marketing experts have told small businesses to tell their story to sell products and services. The problem is that all of your competitors are doing this, too.More

What to do when OSHA investigators come knocking
Houston Business Journal
Robert Kilgore is of counsel in the Houston and San Antonio offices of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm based in Atlanta. Kilgore has more than 30 years of experience working with Houston-area clients on OSHA investigations and compliance. In this interview he provides beneficial insight for those in the construction industry.More

Barn doors: Rustic-modern accents for the home
AOL Real Estate
Barn doors become a design statement and can be a major "art" piece in a room. All one needs is a bit of imagination to make this type of door their own. Barn doors have become increasingly popular on the exterior as well as the interior of homes. They can be bought as antiques, salvaged from old barns or houses, built easily by handy do-it-yourselfers or can be purchased new. More

3 ways businesses can prevent a data breach
MarketWatch
The Home Depot is the latest example of the influx of data breaches that are exposing volumes of credit/debit card data causing consumer agony and costly retailer repercussions. According to Forbes, The Home Depot breach compromised as many as 56 million customer cards — 16 million more than the Target breach late last year which cost the retailer cumulative expenses of $236 million. In this wave of data breaches impacting major retailers, here are three key steps every company processing payment cards should take to prevent the devastation of a data breach. More