May 19, 2009
Architects say durability is the most important attribute for a green building product, according to a recent survey commissioned by PPG Industries. In the rankings, durability was followed by Energy Star compliance, life-cycle assessment, no- or low-volatile organic compound content and the ability to source products regionally.
Durability also is the most important attribute among building... more »
April 7, 2009
Jordan, Knauff & Company, a middle-market investment bank with a specialized practice in the building products industry, has announced the publication of the inaugural issue of the Foreign Competition Report for the U.S. Building Products Industry.
The report summarizes import statistics and growth rates of the top importing countries in eleven different building products categories. In ... more »
February 2, 2009
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 »
January 13, 2009
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 »
December 1, 2008
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 »
October 30, 2008
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 »
October 22, 2008
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 »
October 1, 2008
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 »
July 30, 2008
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 »
May 14, 2008