Welcome to the weekly recap of the biggest news stories affecting the window and door installation, glazing, and fenestration industries. Whether it's a new product line, an important industry shift, or a major upcoming event, we have it all covered.
ClearVue Technologies Ltd has recently won a chance to prove its solar window technology in Hong Kong. This innovative technology integrates thin layers of photovoltaic cells into windows and other glazed areas, allowing them to capture energy from the sun and convert it into electricity.
The company plans to install its first solar window prototype at the Hong Kong Science Park in 2023, and has already won several awards for its engineering excellence.
This technology promises to reduce energy consumption and lower the operating costs of buildings by harnessing renewable solar energy for electricity. Due to Hong Kong’s high-energy cost environment, this could be a game-changer for businesses looking to save on energy bills.
As more cities worldwide look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, glass becomes central to the conversation. From solar window technology in Hong Kong to larger windows and doors increasing airflow in homes, glass has become an important part of energy-saving initiatives. In the coming years, we can expect to see even more innovative uses for glass as cities and towns switch to renewable energy sources.
So what opportunities does this open for window pros? Glass can become so much more than just home protection and aesthetics. You can now sell windows and doors as a way to reduce and produce energy. Investing in technologies like solar windows and energy-efficient frames can help your customers go green while also reaping the rewards of a more efficient home. With knowledge and marketing around these topics, you can open new opportunities for yourself and your clients.
It's an exciting time to be in the window business! As glass continues to become an integral part of the renewable energy revolution, you can rest assured that your products and skills will be in high demand.
Window and door pros should invest in solar window tech NOW to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to tracking and providing product options to customers. Positioning solar glass tech as a unique opportunity for homeowners, property managers, and contractors can open a new, reliable revenue stream you can count on for decades to come.
Rochester Magazine highlighted spring’s incoming trends for home renovations, and windows and doors are part of the conversation. One trend is focused on a “bigger is better” approach. Customers are increasing interest in larger windows and doors to create a more open, airy feel inside the home. This is especially true with sliding glass doors, where a two-panel door is being replaced with three or four panels for an even wider entryway.
In addition to providing more natural light in the home, this trend also increases energy efficiency by allowing increased airflow. The larger windows also help create a more luxurious feel and add resale value to the house.
Austin Ryan, the VP of Sales & Marketing for Ryan Windows and Siding confirmed this trend, stating:
"One trend we are seeing in regards to fenestrations (windows and doors): bigger is better. This is for several reasons: Larger window and door openings means more natural light and also aid in providing an indoor-outdoor living experience."
Customers interested in making their homes more modern and luxurious can get the most out of larger windows and doors, so consider updating your consultation playbook to reflect this trend.
When is the last time you checked in on your employees' mental health? A 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report found that workers in installation and construction have one of the highest suicide rates compared to other industries.
In fact, their suicide rate is nearly four times higher than the general population. How can your window and door business get and stay proactive in keeping your employees well physically and mentally?
First, take time to notice the signs related to mental health. Some telltale signs include changes in behavior, mood, productivity, or the overall well-being of your employees. Make sure to check in with them regularly and allow them to talk about any challenges they may be facing.
Second, create a culture of acceptance and support for mental health issues. Let your employees know that it is okay for them to feel vulnerable and seek help if needed. Provide access to mental health services, counseling, or an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) where they can find help and support.
Finally, create policies that prioritize employee well-being.
Create flexible work schedules, ensure your employees have enough time off to recharge, and inspect worksites regularly to ensure the safety of your workers. Taking these steps will not only help your employees feel more supported and appreciated, but it can also improve their performance.
By focusing on employee mental health, you can ensure the best possible outcome for your business. With a little effort and dedication, you can create an environment of understanding and support that will benefit both your team and your business.
Don’t stop - keep growing, everyone. We’ll see you next week!