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  • Builders say shell or envelope materials, including windows and doors, have the most “green” value, according to Market Resource Associates. Inc. The market research firm recently concluded a focus group with custom and semi-custom single family home builders attending the recent International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas. “These folks certainly knew their stuff,”... more »
  • The full report on Window & Door’s annual survey of manufacturers, distributors and dealers is now available online for purchase. The $39.95 report offers a detailed look at expectations for the coming year, as well as plans for capital spending and employment. The study, sponsored by Truth Hardware, is highlighted in this article.   more »
  • The residential window and door industry is expected to post positive growth through 2012, according to research firm The Freedonia Group. It’s not going to be the kind of growth the industry saw pre-bubble-burst, but it will likely be modest, reasonable growth of about 3 percent annually through 2012. Demand should be worth about $40 billion in four years, analysts say—a number that... more »
  • When it comes to windows and doors, big box customers rate The Home Depot highest on value for the money and Lowes highest for quality. Those finding comes from a 2006 report now being offered free to industry companies by Market Resource Associates.  The study, based on a nationwide survey of 2,000 DIY and BIY customers, also suggests that service levels... more »
  • The National Association of Home Builders is forecasting 936,000 total housing starts for 2008, a 30.2 percent decline from the 1.34 million homes produced last year. Starts in 2009 are projected to slide 16.2 percent further, to 784,000 units, before picking up again in 2010 to the 1.0 million level. Those projections were offered at NAHB's Fall Construction Forecast... more »
  • According to the Yellow Pages Association, October generates the most activity for "windows” as people prepare for winter.  The organization reports that windows rank 85th out of more than 4,000 headings in their directories, generating 26 million references annually. “Local window companies rely on Yellow Pages advertising to reach their target consumer, as well as... more »
  • Following a downturn in 2007 that exceeded many expectations, the German window market is expected to see about 1 percent growth in 2008, according to a new study by Interconnection Consulting. Italy saw a slight decline in 2007 and is expected to slip again in 2008. Following a short-lived boom that increased window sales 6.4 percent in 2006, the German market declined 7.4 percent in 2007.... more »
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  • Demand for windows and doors in China is projected to increase 11 percent per year through 2011, to 195 billion yuan ($26.5 billion), according to a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc. Outpacing growth in most other parts of the world, advances will be driven by healthy gains in building construction activity as industrialization efforts continue and personal and business income levels rise.... more »
  • With growth rates that have exceeded Western Europe for years, the window market in Eastern Europe is poised to surpass the West’s in size by 2008, predicts Interconnection Consulting. The Vienna-based market research firm reports Eastern European window sales totalled 47.5 million units sold in 2006, with a total value of 6.9 billion Euros. That growth will continue to be strong for years... more »