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  • Based on analysis of its business over the past several years, Stanek Window is seeing a shift to more homeownership by one-person, single female households. The Cleveland-based window manufacturer also points to demographic studies, which suggest that by 2015, more than two out of every five households occupied by Generation Y people–those born between 1981 and 1999–will be women... more »
  • Nearly seven out of 10 home improvement shoppers say they are not brand loyal when it comes to buying big-ticket items, according to The Complex Shopper, a study conducted by The Integer Group and Decision Analyst. The research also found that about 70 percent of window/door shoppers did not have any prior experience with the brand or company they ultimately picked when buying. “... more »
  • Based on independent research studies conducted over the past several years, homeowner demand for decorative glass doorlites in their main entrance doors is on the rise, reports Therma-Tru. According to the door maker, the studies also show that females, who are driving the overall door style selection process, prefer contemporary and simplistic glass designs as compared to center cluster and... more »
  • 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 »