December 6, 2019
Annually the Hive 50 list honors housing innovation, vision and economics. The Andersen Easy Connect Joining System was named an honoree, joining other problem-solvers spanning design, building technology, capital commitment, customer intelligence, and business and consumer strategy.
Dubbed “the Combinator” by judges, Easy Connect was celebrated as a transformative game changer at the fourth annual Hive conference Dec. 4-5 in Austin, Texas. Hanley Wood editors said Andersen’s patented system stood out on the list for “elevating a commoditized product category to a new solutions level, improving building processes for faster and accurate window and door assembly.”
Introduced to the market in May 2018, the Easy Connect Joining System uses interlocking fiberglass joining plates that are pre-applied to the window frames at the factory. Large window combinations are factory assembled in smaller sub-group combinations with the joining plates applied so that they arrive ready to install directly into the rough opening and ready to be connected to adjoining combinations, making installation at the job site easier.
With this joining system, installation of large combinations requires significantly less labor. In a recent study, most contractors surveyed said they could reduce the number of installers by 50 percent using the Andersen Easy Connect Joining System.*
Fellow honoree RenoRun, a construction material delivery app, blogged about their view of the top 10 Hive innovations, naming our Easy Connect Joining System as No. 1. “Why we love them: Less time spent on labor, reduced costs for materials, decreased waste being produced and less back and forth during the construction cycle.”
*69 percent of 156 builders/general contractors in a 2018 survey said they could reduce the number of installers by one half using the Easy Connect Joining System when comparing the installation of a 12-foot-wide-by-8-foot-high pre-assembled window combination unit with four (4) individual 3-foot-wide-by-8-foot-high window combination units.