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  • Builder confidence for newly built single-family homes rose two points to 58 this month in the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, buoyed in part by interest rates sitting just below 4.5 percent, according to the National Association of Home Builders. “The gradual decline in mortgage rates in recent weeks helped to sustain builder sentiment,” says NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, adding... more »
  • Diamon-Fusion International and Durabuilt Windows & Doors entered a supply partnership in which Diamon-Fusion’s protective coating will be applied to Durabuilt’s windows. The optically clear protective coating chemically bonds to the glass to make it a high-performance, hydrophobic surface and protect it against staining and etching, according to DFI. Supra Canada, DFI’s... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association hired Kathy Krafka Harkema as its codes and regulatory affairs manager.   “We know Kathy from her previous time as a member and organization leader,” says Steven Saffell, AAMA technical manager. “Kathy has contributed to the fenestration industry for many years and has had an accomplished career in marketing and... more »
  •   Kolbe Windows & Doors will introduce two hardware options to coordinate with its VistaLuxe Collection next month at the International Builders’ Show. The metal construction Ashlar handle comes standard on VistaLuxe Collection casements and awnings and is available as an option for Ultra Series and Heritage Series. Available in white, satin nickel, rustic umber and matte... more »
  • Nearly all respondents (87.6 percent) to the 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey from the National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council indicated they had used offsite fabricated components in the past 12 months. NIBS defines offsite construction as “the planning, design, fabrication and assembly of building elements at a location other than their final point... more »
  • The NAHB Remodeling Market Index posted a score of 57 in the fourth quarter of 2018, only one point lower than the previous quarter. The score has held steady above 50 since the second quarter of 2013, which indicates more remodelers report market activity is higher compared to the prior quarter than report it is lower. Areas of market concern include rising labor and input costs, according to... more »
  • Gains in renovation and repair spending on owner-occupied homes in the U.S. will fall from 7.5 percent in 2018 to 5.1 percent in 2019, according to the most recent Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity from the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Chris Herbert, managing director of JCHS, attributes the slowdown to slowing house price... more »
  •     (from left) Jens Busse, director; Eckhard Keill, CEO; Chris Dimou, president, The Americas; Christoph Hugenberg, member of the board; and Michael Stangier, CFO Roto North America received the 2018 Customer Value Champion award from Roto Frank AG, presented by Eckhard Keill, Roto Frank’s global CEO. Roto North America receivef thr award at the January Roto Group... more »
  • Andersen Corp. broke ground on its new manufacturing campus in Goodyear, Arizona. The company plans to invest more than $105 million in a 500,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility and create more than 415 jobs during the first phase of this expansion. The new facility will manufacture Andersen 100 Series products.   The campus will be owned and operated by Andersen Regional... more »
  • Assa Abloy signed an agreement to acquire Keyper Systems, a leading supplier of electronic and mechanical key management systems in the U.S. with a strong presence in the automotive segment. The acquisition is conditional upon satisfaction of customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the first quarter of 2019.   "I am very pleased to welcome Keyper Systems into the... more »