Volume 9, Issue 10 - November 2008

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Kudos to Suppliers for
Educating Manufacturers
B Y T A R A T A F F E R A

“Ihave two goals for being here at the show. One is to see new products. The other is to be educated about the new codes and ENERGY STAR® requirements.” This was a statement made by Geoff Roise, president of Lindsay Windows, with whom I talked for awhile at the GlassBuild America show in early October.

When he mentioned his second goal, I stopped for a minute, thinking that there were no seminars on this topic and wondering how he was going to fulfill his mission.

But then I thought of the Edgetech booth, which focused on education, and at the same time, Roise said, “I’ll do this by visiting the Edgetech booth.”

Later in the day, I spoke to another window manufacturer who told me he visited the Truseal booth to learn more about ENERGY STAR. When I stopped at the Truseal booth it was evident why visiting there would be helpful to him.

Here’s a quick glimpse at what these suppliers did all in the name of educating the manufacturer.

Edgetech IG had a unique theme at its booth that attracted many companies. Attendees who entered the booth could enter Edgetech University. They were given a notebook, an insulating glass (IG) certification manual and a report card to take with them as they visited the different educational stations throughout the booth.

The company had representatives from the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, the National Fenestration Rating Council and Architectural Testing Inc. to answer questions and help educate attendees concerning IG certification, as well as the new ENERGY STAR requirements.

Truseal also attracted much attention at its booth and the way it conveyed what the new ENERGY STAR requirements would mean for manufacturers was impressive. The company had a series of charts showing what types of glass and spacers would be required to meet the ENERGY STAR requirements in 2009 and 2013. Next to each map and chart, Truseal also had an example of a window unit that could meet those requirements.

So kudos to these suppliers, and others, for making this a priority and kudos to the manufacturers who are taking the time required to educate and prepare themselves for these changes. Whether you like it or not, the changes are coming and the ones that will be successful are those that are ready for them..


DWM

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