Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • This week, I received an announcement from American Vision Solar about a new program for homeowners.  It caught my eye because the Southern California company is also a window dealer. Another reason it caught my eye is that it followed on the heels of a news report last week about Lowe's Home Improvement entering the solar business. Obviously solar has been capturing more attention in the... more »
  • Given the state of the economy in general and the housing construction industry in particular, the high-ticket preferences that transformed living spaces during the housing boom appear to be giving way to more practical, dollar-conscious ones. The 2015 HomeResults of the National Association of Home Builders’s “The New Home 2015” survey of builders, published in December 2010,... more »
  • I love this phrase: “channel blurring.” Thank you Home Channel News for a very interesting article on the mix-and-match happening in retail channels. This “channel blurring” can be seen in Home Depots selling household cleaning supplies, the article points out, or traditional hardware stores selling pet supplies. The strategy behind such efforts is that when shoppers are... more »
  • Sure, there were concerns about a tax credit hangover in the replacement and remodeling market as the year began, but most industry folks I talked to were talking positively about 2011. It might not be a gangbuster year, but I got the sense that most window and door manufacturers and dealers in this segment were looking for growth. Unfortunately, we've been getting mixed signals of late. On the... more »
  • 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 »