Energy Star Education - Window & Door Magazine
January 28, 2015
Dealers work to train sales teams, homeowners as new guidelines take effect... by Emily Kay Thompson, Editor Window & Door Magazine
FEATURE ARTICLE | Energy Efficiency For many dealers across the country, getting up to speed on the Energy Star v6.0 specification will be among their New Year’s resolutions. As of January 1, 2015, manufacturers must use the v6.0 product specification when labeling products for the North-Central, South-Central, and/or Southern Climate Zones. Manufacturers may continue to use the v5.0 product specification for the Northern Zone until January 1, 2016. For dealers, the education of their sales teams—and customers—will be crucial to a successful transition.
Energy Star v6.0 will impact some dealers more than others, according to Scott Thurber, vice president of Associated Building Supply, Inc. “It depends on the business model, the target audience, and what niche you’re after,” he says. “It is probably much more important in the remodel/retrofit market than it is for specialty/high-end that sells product solutions based on aesthetics.”
“Manufacturers give you tools and horse power when it comes time to talk energy,” Thurber says of his suppliers. For example, he says that Jeld-Wen’s architectural consultants put on training seminars and, “from a marketing standpoint, they provide a lot of materials.”
ABSi Named Dealer of the Year by Window & Door Magazine
On Monday, 17 November 2014. Posted in Western Window Systems Dealer News
Associated Building Supply, Inc. (ABSi), a dealer partner of Western Window Systems, has been named a 2014 Dealer of the Year by Window & Door magazine.
“ABSi takes ownership with each customer and are committed to the service they provide from start to finish on every project,” says Western Window Systems CEO Jason Funk in the ABSi feature article in Window & Door. “They work to build the customer’s vision and stay on budget.”
Recognizing “window and door retailers and distributors that stand out among their peers as innovators in terms of business practices, sales strategies, customer service, installation methods and community service,” Window & Door awarded ABSi with Leadership in the Professional Market. The California-based company, which is trending $21 million in sales for 2014, has seen record growth in the last three years.
What’s ABSi’s secret?
“When some people look at plans, they see it as gospel. We look at it as art—requirements, codes, installation, aesthetics—all the things the homeowner is after rolled into one package,” says ABSi vice president Scott Thurber in the article. “That’s where we shine.”
To see the full article on ABSi in Window & Door, visit the magazine’s website.
Associated Building Supply likes to run ahead of the crowd.
When the building industry was booming in 2007, especially in the California market ABSi serves, owner Chris Cole recognized that longer-term, sustainable growth would require an outside-the-box revamping of his business model.
ABSi Costa Mesa has been blessed to be located in such a well managed and professional design center.
Stonemill says; "Congratulations to Associated Building Supply as they walk away with the prestigious award of Dealer of the year 2014"...see article
Cathryn DeFazio, Senior Vice President of IDS, oversees the management and marketing of The Stonemill Design Center, and enjoys the challenge of creating an exciting and eclectic showroom mix, beautiful environment and fabulous marketing events. The Stonemill Design Center is a 130,000 square foot cottage style mixed-use property built in the early 1980s. This landmark property is located in the heart of Orange County near the intersection of all things near and dear to “The O.C.” The Stonemill Design Center is focused on interior design, architectural and creative uses and has a rich, diverse and exceptional offering of goods and services.
A sampling of the offerings at The Stonemill Design Center include Creative Design Consultants, Designers Resource Collection, Harsey & Harsey, Ann Dennis Designs, Kenneth McDonald Designs, Fabricut, Estate of Design, Associated Building Supply and many independent interior designers, architects and, of course, the fabulous A Wish and A Whisk Cakery!
Contemporary Design is all about wide open spaces, clean lines and bold geometry. For many, the style also means individuality. ABSi supplies JELD-WEN Contemporary Wood Clad Window & Door products for high end luxury homes in the Bay Area.
That’s the inspiration behind JELD-WEN's contemporary models in their Custom Window & Door line, which offers those with a passion for contemporary and modern architecture the opportunity to create their own unique door and window styles using a combination of intriguing details and natural materials such as glass, metal and wood.
Over the years, contemporary homes have proven themselves to be among the most popular of styles, and JELD-WEN experts foresee a continued growth curve in the years to come.
In fact, the Perfect Home Survey, a nationwide study of homeowners commissioned by JELD-WEN, found that respondents identified contemporary as the second-most desired style of home in which they would like to live.
The window and door product originally specified for these featured projects by the esteemed California based Architect were high-end Architectural Aluminum product. However, as it often does during the Title 24 energy calculation process, preserving the homes desired energy efficiency standards presented significant challenges and in this case as most, would not be compromised.
California Bay Area Swatt Miers Architecture was introduced to JELD-WEN's "Custom" wood clad narrow sight-line window and door product offering. They were amazed to discover, in addition to enhanced energy efficiency, far more desirable and affordable design options in terms of warm wood species, interior & exterior finishes, architectural profiles, design pressure performance options, and overall esthetics.
They discovered "the look" was similar in terms of accomplishing wide-open spaces and narrow site lines yet the energy efficiencies of wood clad windows and doors proved far superior to aluminum. A terrific product solution that satisfied and complimented design and energy requirements while achieving budget.
ABSi, JELD-WEN's largest volume specialty dealer in California, employ 17 factory trained Sales Consultants to consult directly with Architects and Builders on how to effectively utilize JELD-WEN's "Custom" product offering as the perfect contemporary window & door product solution.
After 21 years serving California, Associated Building Supply Inc. has earned JELD-WEN's Architectural Division's highest respect as dealer of choice especially when complex and demanding projects require solutions outside the box. In addition, ABSi has total access to JELD-WEN Architectural resources to include JW Architect Consultants, CAD departments, and Continual Education Programs. If you can visualize it, and its not the size of Mt. Rushmore, we'll do our best to make your dreams a reality.
ABSi sponsors 650 children by donating to Toy's For Tots in December 2013!
ToysRus said; "This is the longest receipt in the history of the Oxnard store. 17' long to be exact". The cash register was put to its test as 22 overflowing carts of toys lined uped. The donation on behalf of ABSi was made at the Oxnard Fire Station Number One via our company owner & family. "Its a pleasure to make an anonomous donation at the Fire Station and help so many wonderful kids". We believe to give is the right thing to do in respect of a higher power and in support of our Fairness Doctrine. God bless to all!
June 11th, 2013 | Category: Featured Content
Exhibitors who attended last week’s PCBC, held in San Diego, said the event reminded them of years past due to impressive attendance numbers.
“I have attended PCBC for the past 25 years and this reminded me of its heyday,” said Scott Thurber, general manager, Associated Building Supply Inc., a California dealer, who displayed products from LaCantina Doors, Euroline Steel Windows & Doors, Western Window Systems, JELD-WEN Custom and AG Millworks in its booth. “It reminded me of the days when you would look at your watch and it would be 5 p.m. and you would wonder where the day went.”
He added that in his estimation, especially on the first day, attendance numbers increased significantly from past years. Those who were at the event were looking for differentiation and contemporary designs, according to Thurber.
“We have noticed the trend in contemporary designs and this was also evident at the show,” he said, “so we put these products front and center.”
He also said it was refreshing to see attendees looking for ways to differentiate instead of focusing solely on the price point.
“We serve the luxury residential and commercial market and we are finding that companies are not so focused on price anymore and we see that as a positive indicator,” he added. For so long, price was the main factor so it is nice to see that changing.”
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Martis Camp was the only Project to Win Three Grand Gold Nuggets in 2010!
SAN FRANCISCO…June 2010 – "Martis Camp wins highest honors and is recognized for its focus on providing incredible opportunities for architecture, recreation, community gathering and celebration of nature at the 47th annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference Gold Nugget Awards luncheon on June 10th. Martis Camp was honored as the only property this year to win three Grand Awards: Best Residential Community of the Year, Best Private Recreational Facility for the design of the Family Barn, and Best Site Plan of the Year. Martis Camp was also recognized with a Merit Award for its Family Barn Cabins." The oldest and largest program of its kind, PCBC Gold Nuggets honor creative achievements in architectural design and land use planning for residential, commercial and industrial projects throughout 14 western states and international countries. Grand Award winners emerged from the Award of Merit honorees in each category. A panel of six industry professionals from across the country reviewed 440 entries in 47 categories. Winners emerged from western states and from Australia, Canada, China, Dubai, France, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. Martis Camp was the only project to win three Grand Awards. Martis Camp was awarded Gold Nugget Grand Awards in the following categories:
Martis Camp is a private gated community located between Truckee and North Lake Tahoe in the Martis Valley. Situated on 2,177 acres with sweeping topography, the land itself embraces the true essence of High Sierra living. A year round community, Martis Camp Club offers private ski access via the Martis Camp Express Lift to Northstar California™ in winter and a Tom Fazio 18 hole golf course in the summer. Martis Camp Club members enjoy a vast array of amenities including the Family Barn complex with swimming, a bowling alley, art loft, movie theater, indoor basketball court, soda fountain and outdoor Performance amphitheater; an 18--‐hole putting park; Sporting fields and pavilions; Camp Lodge with Dining venues, club spa, fitness center and vitality pools; Folk School; Lost Library; 26 miles of private trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross--‐country skiing, a planned private Mountain Clubhouse at the base of Lookout Mountain, and planned tennis courts and pavilion.
Project Challenge: Project Frog is on a mission to revolutionize the way buildings are created. Described as LEGOS® on steroids, the Project Frog approach applies new technology to overcome the inefficiencies of traditional construction. The result is measurably greener and significantly smarter spaces such as the new 7500 square foot Crissy Field Center located on San Francisco’s waterfront adjacent to the picturesque Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge. The Crissy Field Center consists of environmental education classrooms, a science lab, a community gathering room and popular Beach Hut Café. Designed with durability in mind, high performance features to note include the sleek storefront with aluminum exterior and environmentally friendly glazing and signature clerestory.
Architectural solution: Critical to the success of the project was the smooth integration of jamb and trim details to accomplish the desired exterior appearance. The creative JELD-WEN Architectural Consultant and Commercial Solutions team worked in concert with local dealer Associated Building Supply to create designs of mulled, high performance window units which complimented the look of anodized aluminum and fit into a value conscious budget. Intended as a model of sustainable development for both students and community, the project strived to reach its efficiency goals while minimizing its environmental footprint.
Incorporating JELD-WEN Premium Siteline EX Arctic Silver casement and awning windows with stainless steel hinging hardware, the project team successfully accomplished their goal. Made with durable AuraLast® wood, the windows featured efficient glazing with low U-Factors and 20-year warranties.
Project details / benefits: Premium Siteline EX clad wood windows with Auralast® wood, ENERGY STAR® qualified windows and doors featuring Low-E glazing, Prefinished Arctic Silver aluminum clad exterior for ease of maintenance, Reliable 20-year warranted AuraLast® wood for durability.
Read JELD-WEN Article Story also in JELD-WEN Architectural Solutions Brochure
Western Window Systems recognizes ABSi as Featured Dealer in 2013!
"The VISIONS House"
At Western, our dealers are our closest and most important partners. Dealers are not only our direct point of contact to end customers, they are often directly responsible for helping ensure that our products get ordered, installed and serviced the way they should. For that reason, we count ourselves incredibly lucky when we find dealers as excellent as Associated Building Supply.
Like Western, ABSi has lofty ambitions and believes they “exist to be the premier retailer of windows and doors for the discerning custom homebuilder, homeowner and architect.” Their focus on being great, coupled with a “Fairness Doctrine,” forms the foundation of their business and operating procedures that make ABSi a great dealer-partner for Western. “The top leaders of ABSi, Chris Cole and Scott Thurber, are two of the greatest guys you could ever be around,"says Western vice president Scott Leech. "A lot of their success has to do with the fact these are just great guys that are fair, do what they say and are committed to trying to be the best at what they do. Their rapid climb to become the highest volume dealer in California for Western has everything to do with their great leadership.” While great leadership is the foundation, ABSi also has seven beautiful showrooms, a talented and knowledgeable sales force, diversified products and financial stability. “As the Northern California sales rep for Western, I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me to have a great partner like ABSi. Their salespeople have committed themselves to becoming true product experts, and their focus on reaching and connecting to important architects in the area has been outstanding," adds Western dealer representative Jeff Jensen. "Plus, when you have a showroom that displays the Western product as beautifully as their new facility in Burlingame does, their team is equipped to make a great impression on any potential customer.”
ABSi is quickly making their mark by continuing to land and secure Western projects that are making news throughout the country. For example, the photos shown here are for a project called “The VISION House” that was featured in Green Builder Magazine (to read the full article, please CLICK HERE). The cutting-edge project, designed by KAA Design and P2 Design, included Western Bi-Fold and Multi-Slide Doors that helped promote the indoor/outdoor lifestyle that was central to the home design. “ABSi did a great job on this project. Customers love working with them, and so do I,” says Western dealer representative Todd Hayhurst. To Chris, Scott and the ABSi team: We want to say thank you for your partnership. We could not ask for a better team or a better dealer to help us continue our rapid growth in one of our most important markets. You guys are awesome.
The new address is 859 Hinckley Road just off Harbor Blvd by SFO. Landmarks are the Elephant Bar & El Torrito. We have expanded into a showroom twice the size so we can display a wider variety of outstanding Window & Door products. The showroom features Art Glass Millwork custom mill wood products, LaCantina Bi-Fold Doors, Western Window Systems contemporary aluminum Multi-Slide, Bi-Fold Doors, Pivot Doors, French Doors and windows, Euroline Steel, and JELD-WEN window & door products. Call (888) 422-9422 for an appointment or email us. us
ABSi is Proud to Represent LaCANTINA Bi-Folding Doors. They are simply OUTSTANDING!
Come see the LaCANTINA Bi-Fold door display at our LOS GATOS, BURLINGAME, BERKELEY, COSTA MESA, SAN DIEGO, TORRANCE, and CALABASAS SHOWROOMS. We continue to have tremendous success with LaCANTINA Bi-Fold Door systems in terms of quality, support, & service. This is your opportunity to touch and operate a beautiful MAHOGANY or VG-FIR wood interior clad exterior Bi-Fold door system. LaCantina Doors was founded over 15 years ago in Australia. A pioneer in the industry, they were the first company to establish their own production facilities in both Australia and the United States, dedicated to the bifold door. This is an awesome product! Call for an appointment today.
We have moved one block from our old location! Our new Berkeley showroom is located at 702 Harrison Street, Suite C. From I80, take Gilman to 4th Street, turn left, go down 4th to Harrison turn left, to RR tracks. We still have easy access and parking just off I80. Our new showroom is being furnished with new displays and is twice the size. Come see our fully automated proprietary Pacific Architectural Millwork Slide & Seal (see video) wood-clad door system, 19 feet wide and 9 feet tall. We feature a large array of GREEN window & door products complimented by high quality brand names that meet our stringent selection standards and industry leading warranty requirements. Come see our unique Wood, Steel, and Aluminum window & door products on display. Bob Parliament, Daniel Lorber, & Chris Lorber make up your local ABSi sales team (contacts tab). Our Showrooms are by appointment only, so make sure you call us first or email.
CELEBRATING 21 PLUS WONDERFUL YEARS. THANK YOU!
After 21 years in business we are vibrant, growing, and true to our core values. Our core value of FAIRNESS proved to be the nucleus behind another record setting year. Our ongoing community responsibility and engagement in local business associations and charities endorses our core values of being a "fair company". To our customers, thank you for your trust and patronage. To those not yet in the ABSi camp, please allow us the opportunity to earn your trust and serve you fairly.
Pivot Doors are fresh, sleek and contemporary with the ability to enhance any architectural design. They are an excellent selection for applications that require a large opening with minimal floor space interruption while offering a modern take on the traditional hinged door. The pins of a Pivot Door are located at the top and bottom of the frame, allowing the door to swivel open and shut. These doors look great whether they are in the home or in the office and make a remarkable first impression with their massive glass, wood and steel panels that open with grace and ease.
Associated Building Supply, Inc., has several vendors that provide this beautiful product. Pivot Doors are the fresh, bold and contemporary choice for making an entry. Brazenly dramatic and modern, Pivot Doors are the most striking way to customize any entrance. With the ability to swing inward or out, the massive glass panels on the Pivot Door maximizes views and lets in light. Customized hardware allows you to open and close the door with ease.
Pictured to the left and right are Steel Pivot Doors manufactured by one of our core vendors, Euroline Steel Windows & Doors. With the heights reaching up to 12 feet and openings up to four feet wide, these doors can be used to showcase the enormity of any location. Pivot Doors add a modern look to the exterior as well as embellishing the entryway at the same time. These doors help the front door to be wider and much more substantial in relation to the residential or commercial elevation.
To the right, JELD-WEN Windows and Doors has raised the bar with its striking entry doors that are a sure-fire way to add value and immediate street-appeal to your home. They offer innovative improvements to its pioneering pivot door system for the hot new trend of taller, wider entry doors. The pivot door system introduced by Corinthian Doors, a member of the JELD-WEN Windows and Doors family, handles the weight of taller and wider entry doors that have become a dominant feature in modern design.
The pivot system means the weight of the door is carried at the top and bottom rather than on traditional hinged jambs. The system offers a self-closing mechanism that holds the door in a fully open position so that entering the home is unobtrusive and when released from the open position the door will automatically close shut.
Corinthian’s popular Sunburst range is one of the most stunning of the entry door suite and has proved popular for those looking to maximize the value of their home by enhancing its immediate impact. With funky design elegance and strong lines reflecting the radiating power of the sun, the Sunburst double-door sets comes in bold, symmetrical designs: Sunburst Grand and Sunburst Arc. The creative range also comes in seven glazing options, each of which is enhanced using a new splayed glazing bead profile. Sunburst doors can be stained or painted. The innovative pivot door systems have become standard across the JELD-WEN Windows and Doors entry door range and have set new standards for entry doors across the residential building industry.
To the right, Western Window Systems Series 980 Pivot Door is boldly dramatic and decidedly modern. As mentioned by Western Window Systems, the massive glass on the Series 980 Pivot Door maximizes views and lets in light. Custom hardware allows it to open with ease. Also, because it is aluminum, the Series 980 Pivot Door is low maintenance and is best suited for environments where screening is not necessary. With an array of finishes and sizes, this specific pivot door can fit almost any residential or commercial project.
From patio to entry to interior doors, Pivot Doors come in a multitude of finishes and such as aluminum, steel and wood, and an array of sizes so this door can fit the need of any project.