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WDMA hands out a couple of Lifetime Achievement Awards

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) presented two industry veterans with the James C. Krahn Lifetime Achievement Award at last week's Technical and Manufacturing Conference.

Steve Johnson, retired Codes and Regulatory Manager for Andersen Corporation, and Jeff Lowinski, WDMA Vice President of Technical Activities, were honored with an award.

The WDMA gives the award to individuals who have devoted significant time, energy and effort toward creating and achieving the strategic initiatives of WDMA, and who are distinguished in their selflessness and vision for both WDMA and the industry as a whole.

"Steve's ability to bring camaraderie, perseverance, honor and a sense of humor to his work on code and regulatory issues has made presenting this award an honor," said Mark Mikkleson, Director of Corporate Regulatory Affairs for Andersen.

Phil Donaldson, WDMA Chair and Executive Vice President and CFO for Andersen said, "Steve continued to fight for what was right for the company and industry for many years."

Steve Strawn, Director of Codes and Regulatory Activities for JELD-WEN, said "Having almost 50 years of experience within the industry, Jeff's passion and appreciation of the industry made him a partner within the industry and added up to not just one award, but to a lifetime of achievements."

WDMA President and CEO Michael O'Brien added, "Jeff has been an invaluable part of WDMA for decades and played a direct role in many of the most important decisions made by the association. He has been a tireless advocate for our industry and his passion has inspired us."

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Houzz Stat: Millennials and First-Time Buyers Spend More on Their Homes

BY Erin Carlyle, Houzz

Millennial spending is up. Homeowners spent an average of $60,400 on their renovations in 2016, close to their average spend of $59,800 in 2015, the Houzz survey found.

Notably, millennial homeowners (defined here as those ages 25 to 34) invested 7% more in their home in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing their average spending level to $26,200.

First-time buyer spending is up too. First-time buyers also bumped their spending level last year, averaging $33,800, up 22% from 2015. By contrast, long-term owners saw just a 3% rise in average spending year over year (YOY).

Read the full 2017 Houzz & Home Report here.

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Nest debuts an indoor security camera

BY HBSDealer Staff

The latest venture from Nest Labs is an indoor security cam. But this camera doesn't just record the activity inside one's home — it knows what to keep and what to discard.

The Nest Cam IQ can differentiate between a person and a pet and can alert users accordingly. When it detects a person, it can send a person alert to the phone and automatically zoom in on and track the person in the frame.

“When designing Nest Cam IQ, we focused on what we’ve learned from our customers, which is that people don’t want more information, they want insights,” said Matt Rogers, Nest co-founder and chief product officer. “So we combined intelligence with excellent image and sound quality to deliver the insights customers need, at the right time. These insights can range from telling you the kids are home from school to sending an alert if an unfamiliar person is in the living room.”

Features include high-quality video, 12x digital zoom, an advanced three-microphone array that delivers noise suppression and echo cancellation for a clearer audio, built-in encryption, and more.

A supersight feature also allows customers to simultaneously view a full 130-degree view of the room, and a close-up tracking view of the person in the home.

Powerful face recognition learning technology can also identify, categorize and teach Nest Cam IQ to differentiate between family members and strangers.

Intelligent audio alerts can also send notifications about things that the camera can’t see, including a person talking or dog barking.

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