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The JELD-WEN research and development (R&D) center in Klamath Falls, Oregon, is our hub for innovation, science, technology, and design testing . This tech center is where we’ve established many of the performance ratings that make our doors and windows stand out and stand up to the elements in different geographic areas. Using 3D design and printing capabilities on-site allows us to test materials and products early in the development process. To ensure our products meet and exceed the demands of real-world conditions before being released, they are tested, refined and put through their paces here. It’s a tried-and-true approach for delivering a total solution. That includes the installation phase, too. Easy-to-follow instructions that everyone can understand are all part of the process behind releasing new and improved products. See how our process comes together. Watch the video below. Learn more about JELD-WEN® windows, exterior doors and interior doors.

Windows provide more than just light — it’s time to dive into the processes, benefits, and options with various building materials. Windows don’t simply emanate light into rooms anymore. Today they can affect everything from biophilic design to circadian rhythm to energy efficiency. Whether you’re a designer, contractor, or builder, there are many considerations to think about when choosing the best windows for a homeowner’s project. It’s important to have a solid understanding of the following topics when approaching a project. Performance classifications and gradesTestingManufacturing processesPerformance benefitsDesign options of various window types Each of these considerations align with the 2017 edition of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), which currently defines the performance requirements for windows, doors, and skylights made of aluminum, vinyl, ABS plastics, fiberglass, cellulosic composites, and wood.

Choosing windows with the right performance grade for your project is about more than standing up to harsh weather. It’s also about meeting building codes and improving the life and safety of the structure without over specifying (and overspending). Learn the basics and how to calculate the PG rating you need in this short but information-packed video.

Recruiting new talent and bringing them up to speed is a tall order when faced with demanding projects. Here’s how builders and remodelers can maximize productivity from their current workers to make room for growth. It’s no secret that the construction industry is struggling to recruit young workers. That’s why in today’s constrained labor market, it’s more important than ever that builders and remodelers have strategies for motivating their crews to accomplish more with less help. If this sounds like your situation, here are a few ideas to consider to help your workers and managers be more efficient in the long run.

Millennials are your future customers. Are the homes you build today ready to check off their wish lists and meet their needs? If you aren’t already selling your homes to millennial clients, you will soon. Millennials represent an enormous generation, and they are just beginning to buy homes. Now is a great time to learn more about them and how their tastes and requirements are similar to and different from other generations of buyers. Here are some findings and trends we’ve uncovered recently that will help you get to know this incredibly important group. First, who are millennials? Millennials are currently the largest segment of the US adult population, representing approximately 72 million people. (For comparison, boomers currently include 71 million, a number that will continue to decline.) “Older” millennials, those born between 1980 and 1989, were roughly 31 to 40 years old as of 2020. “Younger” millennials, born between…

Keeping occupants safe and sound when the power goes out Whether caused by storms, wildfires, or something else, power outages are a fact of life. While the majority are inconvenient, extreme events can sometimes knock electricity out for weeks. Building homes for passive survivability helps keep occupants safe and comfortable during periods of power outages. A remodeling project is an opportunity to counsel clients on features that improve the home’s resiliency and stays comfortable for days without power. “It’s called passive survivability,” says Alex Wilson, president of the Resilient Design Institute in Brattleboro, Vt. “It’s about designing and building homes that remain habitable if they lose power.” The basics aren’t complicated. They include a super-efficient envelope with good insulation and air sealing. High-performance windows that take advantage of passive solar gain and natural ventilation are key to resilient homes built for passive survivability. Solar panels and home batteries further improve a home’s resilience during an…

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