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  • A free download, including slides and audio, of Jordan, Knauff & Co.'s Fall/Winter 2009 Window & Door Industry Update webinar, is available from the firm's Web site. Topics covered in the presentation include an analysis of transactions and expansions, and the slowing rate of plant closings and bankruptcies. Also included was a discussion of current industry trends, the state of the... more »
  • "Project ReEnergize," a weatherization program organized by the Builders Association of Minnesota and supported by Andersen Corp., was highlighted as a model for programs in other states at a press conference at last week's International Builders' Show.  As part of its economic stimulus package, the Obama Administration made money available to state agencies for the purpose of... more »
  • New home buyers and existing homeowners who are planning improvements in the next few months say their top priorities include price, energy-efficiency, organization and comfort, according to a survey sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens, released at the International Builders' Show. “Not surprisingly, we continue to see a ‘cents and sensibility’ approach when it comes to... more »
  • Rooted Treasured Simplified Refreshed In its annual color forecast, paint and coating producer Sherwin-Williams sees 2010 colors taking cues from the hues of the past. “In uncertain times, we find comfort in the memories and traditions that provide us with a sense of solid ground,” says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “... more »
  • A new study from Pella Corp. suggests plenty of items in homes across the country are calling for urgent attention. According to a November survey conducted for Pella by Kelton Research, about two-thirds of homeowners in the U.S. have a major item in their home that needs some type of maintenance and the average person reports five major items that need to be repaired or... more »
  • New York–"The bigger the rise, the bigger the drop; and the bigger the drop, the bigger the rebound," said Peter Linneman, a consultant and professor the at Wharton School of Business, speaking of the housing market's historical performance, at the 2009 Building and Infrastructure Conference hosted by Lincoln International and L.E.K. Consulting. Evidence that the economy is... more »
  • A new national survey suggests Americans may once again prefer aesthetics over energy efficiency when it comes to home improvements. The fifth annual Energy Pulse survey conducted by Shelton Group found that consumers are reverting to their old priorities as the recession wanes–perhaps at the expense of the environment. “Energy efficiency is back to playing second fiddle, competing... more »
  • A recent hands-on comparison field study suggests its more cost effective to install urethane products on a home than wood. The study, conducted by Market Resource Associates and sponsored by Fypon Ltd., looked at trade contractors installing entry door surrounds. A small group of contractor teams were each asked to build two door surrounds–one from built-up wood pieces and the other from a... more »
  • Overall satisfaction levels among consumers purchasing windows and patio doors has declined in 2009, but builders and remodelers are giving manufacturers slightly higher marks this year, according to two new studies released by J.D. Power & Associates. “Consumers have scaled back on remodeling and discretionary projects due to tight credit, declining home values and general economic... more »
  • According to several Simonton Windows dealers, the tax credit homeowners receive when purchasing qualifying energy-efficient windows has indeed helped improve their business during the first half of 2009, the vinyl window maker reports. “Right now we believe about 10 jobs a month are being sold to homeowners specifically because of the tax credit offering, and we expect that number to... more »