Steady Housing Starts and New Codes Headline Win-Door Event

Window & Door
November 12, 2012
Meetings & Events

Toronto, Ontario–Win-Door North America celebrated its 18th anniversary November 6-8, 2012, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where show officials reported an increase in attendance and exhibitors by 15-20 percent.

“Perspective is everything,” said Peter Norman, chief economist at Altus Group Economic Consulting, who presented an economic and housing forecast during the show. Disagreeing with media concerns that the Canadian housing market may be “a little too hot,” Norman said that both home resale and new home construction have held steady, with 2012 up slightly over 2011. Norman said he expects housing starts to remain constant, if slightly lower than 2012, predicting 190,000 housing starts in 2013. “Pricing has behaved,” he said. Click here for Norman’s full presentation.

Code concerns

Door manufacturers were especially well represented on the show floor, perhaps reflecting new Canadian building codes that will impact the door market. “We’re in a turbulent time with code changes” is how Jeff Baker, Fenestration Canada technical services and codes consultant and WESTLab certified simulator, described Canada’s model building codes. Baker reviewed the model code status by province, pointing out the variation in adoption and also that the National Building Code always presides over the harmonized North American Fenestration Standard. “If you are testing your product now, get it tested to NAFS 2008 and 2011 at the same time."   Homebuilders are very concerned, he added, noting that in another two years, all provinces will have adopted the 2010 codes.

Fenestration Canada is hosting a webinar, “Building Codes in Canada: Are you Ready?” on November 28 from 1-2 p.m. to explain the new building code and its potential impact. Click here to register.

For details on how the National Building Code will impact the market, click here.

Additional happenings

Fenestration Canada, which has represented the Canadian window and door industry for 45 years, inducted 12 "Industry Pioneers" at the show. This year’s pioneers included active and retired suppliers and researchers. Information about the new inductees is available here.   

For a photo gallery of the new products introduced by Canadian and U.S.-based exhibitors, click here.

Win-Door North America and the Fenestration Canada meeting return to Toronto, November 12-14, 2013. Visit www.fenestrationcanada.ca and www.windoorshow.com for details.