Will We See Fewer Windows Per Home?

John G. Swanson
August 11, 2009
THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

I recently came across 5 Ways to Build Affordable, Energy Star-Rated Houses, an article on BuilderOnline that highlights strategies used by a South Carolina builder.  "The company upgraded its windows to low-E high-performance units, but it reduced the number of windows it uses, which reduces costs," the report notes.

Over the past several months, I've also heard a couple window manufacturers express concern that the number of windows used per home could decline going forward. Newly constructed homes are trending smaller and less floor area usually means less glazing area.  With so few homes being built, it may be tough to see any real trends, but do you think we could see fewer windows per home in the future?  That's our poll question of the week.

And, I'd like to hear what you think.  Do you have anecdotal evidence of any trends? Or simply gut feelings?  Do you think people simply enjoy daylight, ventilation and the connection with nature and the outside too much for the average to go down?  Email me and let me know. 

Will there be fewer windows per home in the new construction market?
Yes, demand for energy efficiency will have negative impact.
Yes, trend toward smaller homes will have negative impact.
Yes, both trends will contribute to fewer windows per home.
No, the overall number of windows per home will be stable.
No, the average should actually increase.

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