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  • Housing starts fell way below the previous month's mark in February, according to Hardware+ Building Supply Dealer, though the dip was consistent with seasonal patterns from a year prior. The report goes on to state that starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000 last month, 17 percent below the revised January estimate of 1,081,000. The data for building permits suggests good... more »
  • Market research and consulting firm Fry Consultants Incorporated will update its ongoing Canadian Residential Window and Exterior Door Multi-Client Study. The study will provide data and information for unit sales and growth trends from 2015 through 2017, alternative (e.g. hybrid/composite) windows, sales channel changes, provincial/regional differences, emerging trends and threats, and other... more »
  • News regarding Energy Star, the acquisitions of Simonton Windows and Hurd Windows and Doors, and new executive appointments topped the list of most-clicked stories on WindowandDoor.com in 2014. Among the Talk topics garnering the most discussion this year were the buying mentality among consumers, product performance and labor issues.  Noteworthy news Energy Star continued to be a hot topic... more »
  • Shipments of residential entry doors continue their upward trend, with the majority slotted for new construction applications, reports the Window & Door Manufacturers Association in its WDMA Entry Door Industry 2014 U.S. Market Report. The number of residential exterior doors shipped in 2013, including side-hinged entry, sliding patio and hinged patio doors, grew 6 percent last year and... more »
  • The global door market is expected to grow through 2019 due to rising construction activities across the globe, according to a Transparency Market Research study. In addition, the growing demand for doors for safety purposes such as fire and security, implemented in industries due to rising safety regulations is expected to drive the market. The global market for doors has been significantly... more »
  • The architectural door market will experience continued growth through 2015, according to the Window and Door Manufacturers Association's Architectural Door 2014 U.S. Market Study. The study forecasts strong market growth in the wood flush door market of nearly 24 percent in 2014 and 22 percent in 2015. This follows market growth of 17 percent in 2013. Wood stile-and-rail doors are also forecast... more »
  • Construction firms added jobs in 39 states from July 2013 to July 2014 and in 34 states from June to July, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America; however, labor shortage remains a concern. "The overall trend in construction employment has been very consistent in 2014 with more than three-fourths of states adding jobs each month on... more »
  • Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 55 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for August. This third consecutive monthly gain brings the index to its highest level since January. “As the employment picture brightens, builders are seeing a noticeable increase in the number of serious buyers entering... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association's recently released Window and Entry Door 2014 U.S. Market Study shows continued growth for the entry door market through 2015. The study, prepared, researched and analyzed by Metrostudy and the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, forecasts modest market growth in the overall entry door market growth of 5.1 percent for 2014 and 4.9... more »
  • The construction industry's recovery is uneven, according to analysis of government data by the Associated General Contractors of America, as the sector added 22,000 jobs in July, but suffered a pullback in spending in June.  "Construction employment and spending are both rising at a moderate year-over-year clip, but there have been some setbacks," says Ken Simonson, the... more »