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  • Significantly exceeding the pace of growth registered between 2005 and 2010, global demand for windows and doors is forecast to rise 6.8 percent per year through 2015, according to a new study from the Freedonia Group.  With the gains exaggerated by an extremely weak 2010 base in the developed world–particularly in the United States–demand is expected to reach $192 billion by... more »
  • With the advance of green buildings and a broader shift toward more energy efficient construction, a handful of emerging technologies–including dynamic smart windows and advanced insulation–will build from a negligible commercial market today into an $829 million market in 2020, according to a new report from Lux Research. “Dynamic windows, for instance, will gain footing now... more »
  • Consumers are playing a greater role in choosing window brands, with energy efficiency remaining a top priority, according to the J.D. Power & Associates 2011 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study, released last week. A second, separate survey of conducted by the market research firm found that builders and remodelers see products improving, but are less satisfied with the ordering... more »
  • Green window and door gains will not be as strong, but demand for green building materials is projected to expand 13 percent annually to reach $71.1 billion in 2015, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group. While increased market penetration of green materials will support gains, the most important driver for green product demand will be the expected rebound in construction markets... more »
  • A return to growth in building and construction activity may come with some unexpected changes in building products sales channels, according to a new report from L.E.K. Consulting.  Based on a survey of more than 500 residential contractors across the United States, the report looks at the steps they took to weather the economic downturn and their strategies for the future. The survey found... more »
  • Jordan, Knauff & Co., the Chicago-based investment banking firm, has made available a free download, including slides and audio, of its recently recorded Winter/Spring 2011 Window & Door Industry Update webinar. Topics covered in the presentation include an analysis of transactions and expansions and the slowing rate of plant closings and bankruptcies. Also covered is the state of the... more »
  • New York–The long-term prospects for housing are good, "but we're not going to snap back," said John Burns, a home building and real estate consultant, speaking at the Lincoln International 2011 Building and Infrastructure Conference yesterday. Targeted at the investor community, the event featured numerous speakers echoing a view that recovery is coming, but the next year or... more »
  • The residential remodeling market shows clear signs of recovery, with activity in most regions in 2010 returning to 2007 and early-2008 levels, according to the BuildFax Remodeling Index. The Northeast represented the most notable exception to this trend, researches note, with 2010 marking the fifth straight year of decline in the BFRI. The new index has been created by BuildFax, a provider of... more »
  • U.S. demand for advanced flat glass products is projected to increase 9.1 percent annually from a weak 2009 base to 745 million square feet in 2014, valued at $7 billion, according to a new report from the Freedonia Group Inc . This growth represents a significant improvement over the 2004-2009 period, when advanced flat glass consumption suffered from the combination of a weak economy, crisis... more »
  • "Lead paint could be a good thing for window sales," according to Rick Nevin, a researcher involved with a project that recently received a challenge grant from the National Institute of Health.  Nevin is working with a team from the NYU School of Medicine and National Center for Healthy Housing looking at window replacement in older homes as a means to prevent lead exposure to... more »