CONSUMER REPORTS -
Sep 2013- Singles out AWDI as Sole Source of
Qualified Installers

In their report on home windows buying guide, Consumer Reports removes any reference to Installation Masters and recommends that when buying a window spend as much effort in finding the right installer as you do finding the right window - by checking awdi.com.



AWDI launches Business
Newsletter for 2014!

 
US GOVERNMENT
AWARDS REGISTERED CERTIFICATION MARK STATUS TO AWDI'S Window Fitters Guild
 
The first and only Registered Certification Mark in the Window Industry has been granted to the Window Fitters Guild program of AWDI. Use of this mark has been sanctioned by the US Government to represent quality installation performed to approved standards and practices. Check out our course guide and philosophy to see why the government approved the mark - giving the same assurance status as Energy Star™.

 

AWDI INTRODUCES
INSTALLATION
PROTOCOLS THAT
MAINTAIN R-5
PERFORMANCE!


Simple changes to Installation Procedures cure chronic
50% loss of in-service
Window Performance
Contact us to
find out more!



AMAZING
NEW INSTALLATION MATERIALS AND ANCHORING PRODUCTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. THEY WILL SEAL BETTER, AND THE ANCHORS WILL ALLOW WATER RESISTANCE SELF SHIMMING
OF ALL FRAME MATERIALS - SOLID OR EXTRUDED!

Read about AWDI in REPLACEMENT CONTRACTOR™ MAGAZINE
and learn why Dealers use
us for Important Credentials and Installation Management

 

 


Energy Star Directive 6 is Now Official. Must be in place by 12/31/14.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)released the final ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 Residential Windows, Doors, and Skylights Specification.

Compliant

The Requirements for Directive 6 Compliance take effect at the end of 2014; on January 1.
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Working with the DOE/EPA/Energy Star for 2 years, AWDI has developed a resource Installation Website that can be linked to any manufacturer's website and/or labels on their windows to provide full compliance with Directive 6's requirement for consumer facing Installation Instructions.spaceCheck out the promo: wixsys.comspace

Contact AWDI for more information: info@awdi.com


IT WON'T WORK RIGHT IF IT'S NOT INSTALLED RIGHT™

The Philosophy
"It won't work right if it's not installed right"™ is more than a phrase, it is the guiding philosophy of AWDI and its operations. Today's technologically superior performance enhancing innovation and testing of window products, leaves little doubt of the quality and value of the majority of residential window and door.
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Of equal importance, the installation of the product in a new or
existing opening completes the window transaction. Proper
installation is at least equal in importance to any other facet in the ultimate satisfaction of the homeowner.

New Windows are only half the system Installation is the other half.
Many decades and millions of installations the world-over has proven the reliability and performance of today's Premium-Windows. With few exceptions, most windows perform without fail, and meet or exceed all published air, water, and heat transfer standards.

Window and door products have become more sophisticated, and have become, in effect, precision appliances - able to separate and control the interior environment independent from the outside environment; while being able to operate reliably for long periods of time. And, most Window companies make a quality product that will perform consistently.

Only the variables of installation can significantly influence the performance of the total window system. AWDI seeks to create consistent installations, utilizing consistent products, in inconsistent applications. Therefore, the AWDI Installation Certification Training is given with the intent of instructing the installer on the ways to create the "consistent opening" ready to accept the new window; and teaching the installer how to remove the opportunities for mistakes rather than avoiding them.

Over 90% of Window problems are the result of poor, or incomplete installation
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National statistics prove year after year that, when properly installed, windows will perform up to specifications for longer than the warranted life of the window itself. Excessive condensation, air leaks, heat loss, warped or out-of-square windows are the result of faulty installation - not faulty manufacture. Unfortunately, these problems won't usually show up until months after the installation. And worse, they are not covered by the manufacturer's window warranty.

How can I tell if the installation is good?
Judging the performance and manufacture of a window product is easy. They're all rated by industry standards. With the creation of the AWDI Installation Guidelines for Windows, Version 1.3, and the recently added AWDI Guide to Coastal Installation and New Construction, there now exists standards by which you can judge whether the contractor installing your windows is following the industry-accepted guidelines.

Most contractors who install windows do a good job. Callbacks for problems are the dread of any home owner or contractor. Intense competition and the occasional "weekend window contractor" who installs using "caulk and walk" techniques have caused some installers to compromise their work.

i-0 Ask your contractor to see his AWDI credentials. He is a "Certified Installer" and will be glad to show you his certificate. Then ask your contractor to see the AWDI Guidelines for Installing Windows. Discuss these guidelines with him and how he intends to apply them in your home when he installs your new windows. AWDI certified Installers are justifiably proud of their Certification, and are glad to share their expertise with you.

You can trust an AWDI Certified Installer. His skill and technical knowledge will assure you of a trouble-free and satisfactory installation of your new Windows. You'll be glad to know that each window you have purchased has been designed, built, and installed to exacting standards.

Whether you're buying new premium windows for an addition or house you are building, or you're choosing custom, replacement windows because the old ones in your home didn't last. Isn't it worth dealing with an AWDI Certified Installer to see to it that the new ones do?

RECENTLY COMPLETED CERTIFIED LAB TESTS CONFIRM:
POOR INSTALLATION DEGRADES NEW WINDOWS
PERFORMANCE MORE THAN 25%!

RECENT AWDI STUDY CONFIRMS:

POOR INSTALLATION
REDUCES ENERGY EFFICIENCY
OF WINDOWS MORE THAN 25%
OVER PROMISED PERFORMANCE!
A new study has been completed at NCTL Testing in York, PA with AWDI. The tests pitted ASTM 2112 Installation, "Caulk and Walk"™ installation and AWDI's R5 installation protocol. The tests and computations confirm and document the dramatic difference between installed performance of windows as compared to the promised performance determined in laboratory tests where the window alone is tested. These product tests become promises in literature, but unfulfilled too often in the home. The tests conducted at NCTL and in Germany in 2011; conform to ASTM recognized air and water tests and for installed windows and included the gap between the window frame and the opening frame. Final thermal results conform to best preactices as defined by NFRC.

Research work tied to the British Fenestration Rating Council A through G Window Standards, has also confirmed that sealant only installations reduced an "A" window to a "D" window performance. Sealant and insulation in the cavity fare better, but still reduce the overall energy efficiency to well below the performance attained in laboratory testing.

The testing at NCTL of AWDI's contention of reduction of in-service performance from promised performance, established inarguable results that show that standard installation reduces an R-5 window to an installed rating of barely over R-2.

Bottom Line: Government encouraged .30/.30 windows when installed in new construction lose more than 15% of the thermal performance promised, and in replacement, that efficiency loss is closer to 25%. People who buy .30/.30 windows hoping for the energy efficiency they promise - don't get anywhere near it.

The culprits? Failure to re-establish the wall/window weather barriers (there are 5), poor R-Values of sealants and trim, inconsistent application of cavity insulation, air leaks due to thermal bridges like shims and capping, and sealant failures, i.e., poor installation!

AWDI's R5 protocols will maintain R5 in service performance of an R5 window.

And, AWDI has found that those figures are based on best case scenarios. Everyday installation tends to be worse. Anecdotal analysis has shown that replacement windows installed by Caulk and Walk™ techniques too often perform at a lower level than the prime window/storm window they replace. Sloppy installations coupled with destructive removal of the old window too often make matters worse - a lot worse.

The culprits? Failure to re-establish the wall/window weather barriers (there are 5), poor R-Values of sealants and trim, inconsistent application of cavity insulation, air leaks due to thermal bridges like shims and capping, and sealant failures, i.e., poor installation!

OSHA TO BEGIN TO ENFORCE FALL PROTECTION 6.16.2011
DIRECTIVE TO PROTECT RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FROM FALLS GOES INTO EFFECTIVE JUNE 16.
Starting June 16, residential construction employers will have to provide workers with the conventional fall protection required by the construction fall protection standard, issued in 1994 (29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13)). Falls are the leading cause of death for workers in construction and this directive will provide residential construction workers with greater protection from being injured or killed on the job. (More)

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS
CONTACT AWDI AT 800-488-AWDI
certifiedrenovator@awdi.com


ALL REPLACEMENT WINDOW INSTALLERS MUST BE EPA CERTIFIED RENOVATORS ...


To replace windows on pre 1978 houses, all renovation contractors must suit up with EPA Accredited Certified Renovator designation and a ton of paper work. Painters, plumbers, and other contractors may be familiar, but this is new ground for window replacement.
AWDI Offers the Industry's only window oriented Accredited Courses.

Click Here to Learn More.

Contact AWDI for more information: certifiedrenovator@awdi.com
TLC AWARDED CERTIFICATION MARK STATUS
Total Lead Containment is a Federally Registered Certification Mark that identifies and separates the quality RRP Contractor from the pack. The program contains all the necessary paperwork, promotion, sales support, closing tools and final EPA documentation will be done on-line to afford the best protections for the contractors that employ TLC Service™. while giving you credentials and differentiation

WHITE GLOVE CLEAN-
AWDI has developed a Proprietary Approach to Lead Safe Window Replacement called "WHITE GLOVE CLEAN™.

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It's not enough to prove it's there. TLC Contractors will prove it is gone". This will help qualify RRP Lead Containment for Tax Deductions/Credits, and limit Liability Insurance costs by thousands of dollars.

Contact AWDI today to become a TLC Service Provider and be able to offer White Glove Clean, and find out why the EPA is adopting the TLC Service Provider approach for all RRP in 2011.
AWDI and TLC - a Step Ahead in RRP.



 
DON'T WORRY ABOUT RRP... LET WINDOW REMOVERS PROVIDE FULL SERVICE COMPLIANCE-
Using unique EPA procedures, and dedicated labor techniques, Window Removers is a group of locations who will take over all the responsibilities of RRP compliance, leaving a lead-free, encapsulated opening for installers to mount the new window.

Window Removers is cost effective, removes the responsibility of EPA compliance from the traditional window installer, and lowers the cost of compliance to keep window sales competitive with the help of EPA compliant proprietary materials and methods.

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