November 6, 2009
A new national survey suggests Americans may once again prefer aesthetics over energy efficiency when it comes to home improvements. The fifth annual Energy Pulse survey conducted by Shelton Group found that consumers are reverting to their old priorities as the recession wanes–perhaps at the expense of the environment.
“Energy efficiency is back to playing second fiddle, competing... more »
October 30, 2009
A recent hands-on comparison field study suggests its more cost effective to install urethane products on a home than wood. The study, conducted by Market Resource Associates and sponsored by Fypon Ltd., looked at trade contractors installing entry door surrounds.
A small group of contractor teams were each asked to build two door surrounds–one from built-up wood pieces and the other from a... more »
August 12, 2009
Overall satisfaction levels among consumers purchasing windows and patio doors has declined in 2009, but builders and remodelers are giving manufacturers slightly higher marks this year, according to two new studies released by J.D. Power & Associates.
“Consumers have scaled back on remodeling and discretionary projects due to tight credit, declining home values and general economic... more »
July 28, 2009
According to several Simonton Windows dealers, the tax credit homeowners receive when purchasing qualifying energy-efficient windows has indeed helped improve their business during the first half of 2009, the vinyl window maker reports.
“Right now we believe about 10 jobs a month are being sold to homeowners specifically because of the tax credit offering, and we expect that number to... more »
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 »