Menck Windows is holding the grand opening of its new Chicopee, Mass., manufacturing facility for custom energy-efficient doors and windows today.

As part of the event, the company is hosting an industry summit featuring short talks from experts in advanced building technologies, emerging trends in building design, and the impact of green construction on economic development.

Speakers include Dr. Christian Hoepfner of Fraunhofer USA – Center for Sustainable Energy Systems; Stephanie Horowitz of ZeroEnergy Design; Jennifer Marrapese of Northeast Sustainable Energy Association; Robert Matthew Noblett of Behnisch Architekten and Adam Winstanley of Winstanley Enterprises Commercial Development and Asset Management.

“Window and door innovation is at least 10 years more advanced in Europe than in the U.S.,” says Todd F. Bachelder, president of Menck Windows. “It’s important for industry professionals to see for themselves the innovative technology, creativity and ingenuity that goes into every Menck window and door, each of which is manufactured using the same advanced energy-efficiency requirements and manufacturing processes used in Europe.”

Prior to opening its Massachusetts facility, Menck supplied its custom windows, doors, window walls and facade elements to the U.S. through a distributor.