November 27, 2012
Exhibitors at the 2012 Greenbuild expo in San Francisco this month reported an increase in business activity, particularly in regards to high performance products. “People are saying that they see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Joe Erb, commercial sales specialist at Quanex Building Products Corp., on the show floor. “People are interested in sustainability;... more »
November 21, 2012
The National Sunroom Association held its fall meeting at the headquarters of Architectural Testing Inc. in York, Pa., at the end of the October. Association members and ATI officials gathered for business meetings and a number of presentations on issues affecting the sunroom industry.
Speakers included Craig Joss of Craft-Bilt Manufacturing on the topic of lateral load and resistance; Dan... more »
November 12, 2012
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... more »
October 22, 2012
Albuquerque, N.M.―As the window and door industry awaits Energy Star Version 6.0 and the changes that will come with it, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association continued work at its National Fall Conference here last week to prepare manufacturers for the new program requirements. Much of the agenda was also devoted to new developments in the area of environmental product... more »
October 18, 2012
New functional options for doors, as well as new components designed for higher performance, were introduced at the recent exhibition and convention of the Association of Millwork Distributors. Hosted earlier this month in Louisville, Ky., the event featured about 90 exhibitors and drew more than 700 attendees.
Door makers dominated the show floor, with exhibitors including Craftmaster,... more »
October 12, 2012
Baltimore, Md.–Decking and railing products accounted for much of the floorspace and enjoyed much of the traffic at last week's Remodeling Show. A handful of window and door manufacturers were on hand at the Baltimore Convention Center, as were suppliers of numerous other building products, but this year's show seemed to reach a tipping point with outdoor products becoming the main... more »
October 9, 2012
Boston–The forecast is for moderate growth in 2013 and beyond, according to three construction experts presenting their findings at the Window & Door Manufacturers Association’s first Executive Management Conference held here last week.
Window and door company executives “may not feel it” yet, said one economist. Among other reasons, 35 percent of all jobs lost in the... more »
October 5, 2012
New York–"Today's housing fundamentals are fantastic," according to John Burns, a California-based real estate consultant. Speaking at the 2012 Building and Infrastructure Conference here, hosted by Lincoln International and LEK Consulting, he pointed to steady job growth and low mortgage interest rates as key factors for steady growth in housing starts over the next several... more »
September 18, 2012
Las Vegas–Building good word-of-mouth, managing an online presence, selling to men and women and a long list of lead generation tips were the hot topics at the third annual Window & Door Dealers Forum, held in conjunction with GlassBuild America last week. Hosted by the Window & Door Dealer Alliance, the event enjoyed record attendance, with more than 110 dealers,... more »
September 17, 2012
Las Vegas–With more stringent Energy Star coming soon, window and door industry suppliers emphasized new components and systems designed to enhance performance and hit specific performance requirements at GlassBuild America 2012. The trade show, which concluded a three-day run at the Las Vegas Convention Center last week, attracted nearly 6,700 attendees, many expressing cautious optimism... more »