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Rachel Vitello

Rachel Vitello

Rachel Vitello is the Assistant Editor & Researcher for Window + Door and Glass Magazine. 

The 2023 Window + Door Award Winners

This year’s winners present innovative and sustainable solutions for the industry .

The 2022 Window + Door Award Winners

This year’s winners present solutions for the fenestration industry that bolster aesthetics, efficiency, ease-of-use and more.

The Importance of Hardware in Window and Door Efficiency

Components and hardware should meet, or even increase, a window and door’s efficiency. 

AI Takes Center Stage at GPAD and BEC Conference

Talks on Artificial Intelligence, or AI, took center stage at both BEC Conference and GPAD in Nashville, TN, on March 5. 

FGIA Annual Conference Focuses on Innovation

The FGIA Annual Conference, held Feb. 19-22, 2024, focused on innovation, education, sustainability and much more. 

Most Innovative Manufacturing Process 2023

YKK AP produces its own vinyl resins for extrusion with an integrated production system with zero-waste, uses zero-emission initiatives, energy-efficient product transport and increased recycling rates, among many more manufacturing processes and initiatives. 

Most Unique Innovation 2023

CliC Privacy Glass allows users to easily transition their glass from crystal clear transparency to privacy in seconds. 

Most Innovative Window Component 2023

insulbar LI is a new thermal insulating bar technology that combines energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Most Innovative Window 2023

Envista is aiming to revolutionize the window industry with its pre-glazed, modular unit, allowing for the unparalleled replacement of multiple window units with just one system.

Most Innovative Patio, Multi-slide or Multi-Panel Door 2023

The Palisades S100 delivers clean, unobstructed sight lines, reduced visible hardware and thermal and structural performance with 1-inch insulating glass.

Best Dealer Support/Marketing Program 2023

PGTI University offers product training, installation and services training, and general industry training.

Most Innovative Machine/Equipment 2023

SL4FF EVO is a 4-heads seamless welder for PVC that can obtain aesthetically perfect welded corners. 

Most Innovative Entry Door 2023

The new Masonite Performance Door System was designed to meet homeowner needs for comfort and energy efficiency.

Most Innovative Door Component 2023

GlassCraft Door Company's Houdini Hardware Kit is a modern option for today’s traditional barn doors. Simply attach the kit to virtually any barn door and the rails and rollers will be concealed.

Children’s Book Focuses on the Quality of the Trades

“Grit Leads to Greatness” is a children’s book written by duo Jenny Kerr Schroen and Chris Eccleston of Delmarva Veteran Builders.

Tips on Winning an Award Nomination

With the 2023 Window + Door Awards currently open, many companies are wondering how they can achieve a winning title. Here are some tips on how to do so. 

Window + Door Awards | 2023 Nominations Open

Each year, the Window + Door Awards aim to recognize innovations in the residential fenestration products industry. Make sure your company is represented for its standout products this year.

A Trend Toward Pivot Doors

The unique design, manufacturing and hardware considerations for pivot doors.

4 Tips for Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

High temperatures can be harmful, and at times potentially lethal, for those who work in the field, like installers. How to stay safe amid high temperatures.

4 Tips For Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

With summer in full swing, extreme heat is sweeping across the nation. High temperatures can be harmful, and at times potentially lethal, for those who work in the field, like installers. There are ways that those who work outside can keep themselves safe during these warmer months.

Aluminum Extrusions

Aluminum can meet many goals, including those around sustainability, recyclability and design.

Tips for Working in Cold Weather

Temperatures are dropping, and staying low, in many parts of the U.S. Make sure installers and other field employees stay safe by following industry guidance on preventing cold-related injury and illness. Industry leaders share tips on best practices for keeping employees warm enough and safe in…

Unique Innovation 2022

The Pella Hidden Screen appears when the window is opened and folds away when closed, which maximizes natural light, clear views, fresh air and keeps bugs out.

Most Innovative Window Component 2022

Continental’s skai Mattex exterior surfaces program offers an extreme matte in laminated surfaces with a gloss level of two.

Most Innovative Window 2022

REHAUS’s Aspekt+ 1800 is an outswing casement window solution reported to provide thermal, acoustic and structural performance and designed meet Passive House requirements.

Most Innovative Patio, Multi-slide or Multi-Panel Door 2022

Generation 4 Folding Glass Walls is a platform of eight different systems designed to meet requirements for a wide array of project types, all with similar aesthetics, features and performance, for both interior and exterior commercial and residential applications.

Most Innovative Support/Marketing Program 2022

LeadMatch by PGT Innovations provides five different ways (directions, quotes, phone calls, messages and live chat) for homeowners and industry professionals to connect with PGT Innovations dealers, then compiles and organizes the customer data into one system for dealers to access and manage.

Most Innovative Machine/Equipment 2022

The Integrated Automation System’s AutoRack 1 is capable of automatically unloading the IG line in horizontal high-volume lines.

Most Innovative Entry Door 2022

Inspired by exotic locations around the world, Panda’s line of Voyage Select custom contemporary pivot doors are designed to meet the increasing demand for large modern architectural art features.

Most Innovative Door Component 2022

ODL's newest Blink Blinds + Glass product offering, 7/8" Custom provides light and privacy control in a 7/8" IG platform for windows and sliding patio doors.