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  • It may not be for the best of reasons, but the storm clouds over the housing market may have a silver lining in the form of a brighter outlook for home remodeling and window replacement. Researchers surmise that, in the context of the depressed number of new housing starts, a significant increase in remodeling activity is reflecting a shift toward reinvesting in existing homes over building new... more »
  • Some interesting news this week from HUD and DOE. In the Obama Administration's continuing efforts to encourage energy efficient upgrades to the nation’s residential housing stock, the PowerSaver lending program is now open for business. In a nutshell, homeowners with decent credit and some equity in their homes are eligible to seek low-interest loans for up to $25,000 to complete... more »
  • The Pennsylvania legislature may be pushing back against the rising energy efficiency tide. According to a recent article, a bill is moving forward there that will make it extremely difficult to tighten the state energy code, because, environmentalists say, builders will have virtual veto power. Through the years, there has always been resistance to higher energy efficiency standards.... more »
  • This year's rankings suggest more optimism for growth ahead
    For some window and door manufacturers, 2010 was a pretty good year. Tax credits for energy efficient products created a boon for those focused on the replacement market. Other manufacturers, especially those traditionally serving the new construction market, continued to struggle. That underlying dynamic is evident in Window & Door’s 2011 Top 100 Manufacturers. The good news in this... more »
  •   Welcome to Window & Door's ongoing coverage of the 2012 International Builders' Show. This section of our site provides an in-depth look at windows, doors and skylights, as well as components and accessories showcased by industry exhibitors at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., February 8-11, 2012 Click here to read our main show report providing an... more »
  • Personally, I thought HomeStar was dead.  And given our current Congress, it may be, but President Obama brought it up again last week. Re-emphasizing his commitment to energy efficiency, he said would push for the initiative as part of his his next proposed budget.  I know there are a lot mixed industry feelings on HomeStar.  Some people like the idea of incentivizing homeowners... more »
  • In the wake of the worst downturn in recent history, the U.S. home improvement industry is poised for growth, according to a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Over the coming years, remodeling expenditures are expected to increase at an inflation-adjusted 3.5 percent average annual rate, below the pace during the housing boom, but sharply recovering from... more »
  • Sponsored by:     Welcome to Window & Door's new product coverage of the 2011 International Builders' Show. This section of our site features an extensive look at windows, doors and skylights, as well as components and accessories showcased by industry exhibitors at this year's event. For our overview report on this year's show, held January 12-15, click... more »
  • Weak market still likely to weigh on NAHB event
    Coming off two years in Las Vegas, perhaps a change of scenery will do some good for the International Builders' Show.  The annual trade show hosted by the National Association of Home Builders returns this year to Florida, where it's set to run next week at the Orange County Convention Center. Last year’s IBS was more compact, but also seemed busier and more upbeat than the 2009... more »
  • Annual survey finds manufacturers and dealers movinng forward cautiously
    Like the economy, industry optimism is growing slowly, according to the 2011 Industry Pulse, Window & Door’s exclusive annual survey of industry executives. More North American window and door manufacturers and dealers see business improving, perhaps because more are confident that the worst is over. The study clearly indicates that industry executives remain guarded in their outlook.... more »