The Window and Door Manufacturers Association promotes the interests of the window, skylight and door industry and to enhance the association’s position of leadership.
Peter Dempsey, chair
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Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
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New Energy Star criteria are likely to improve window energy efficiency numbers across the board, but numerous manufacturers offer triple-pane and R-5 type windows exceeding those expected levels already. Most see a growing market for such products too, with much of the demand is driven by dealers.
Manufacturers like Ply Gem report that more dealers are opting for higher-performing products to differentiate themselves in the market.
A market exists for “beyond Energy Star” type performance levels, says Chris Pickering, vice president, marketing, Ply Gem Windows. “Just as there are people willing to pay for insulation systems that exceed codes or ultra efficiency appliances, a certain segment of the market does want the best available.”
“We have a very well developed part of our business that is driven by performance,” reports Gary Delman, president of Sunrise Windows. “Over 15 percent of our sales come from triple-glazed replacement windows that meet or exceed R-5 type performance. Many of our replacement window dealers focus their selling efforts on the highest performance levels.”
“We see a couple of major market opportunities,” reports Matthew DeSoto, president of MI Windows & Doors’ Western Division. “One opportunity is the replacement window consumer that simply wants the best.” He also points to a growing market in publicly-funded buildings being specified with lower U-value products. “These buildings are constructed for generations of occupants and users,” he notes. “It makes sense to construct these buildings with the most energy efficient products available at the time.”