Greenbuild Show Highlights Changing Trends in Residential

November 22nd, 2013 by DWM Magazine

greenbuildThough the Greenbuild show in Philadelphia, hosted by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), closes today, it highlighted several trends in the residential glazing industry. Those trends include growth and a changing market.

According to Dan Mitchell, marketing and communications for Western Window Systems, who attended the show, his company is experiencing rapid growth. “We’ve quadrupled in size,” he says. “We’ve gone from 55 employees to 180.”

Mitchell says the growth is “driven by new home construction and remodels.”

He states that the green trend of daylighting and a desired connection to the outdoors is one commercial building practice making its way into the residential market in a big way.

“Our multi-slide doors are being offered as a high-end solution or as an upgrade,” he says. “Some builders are even offering them standard … These kinds of doors are really changing the way people live. The whole indoor-outdoor connection trend helps. Housing design is changing.”

Additionally, the biggest buzz on the show floor was LEED v4, the newest version of the LEED green building program, which was launched at the show. According to a statement from USGBC, LEED v4 builds on the fundamentals of previous versions while offering a new system that prepares all LEED projects in a portfolio to perform at a higher level.

“LEED v4 is a quantum leap for LEED,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “Over the past 15 years, LEED has fundamentally revolutionized how we design, construct, operate and maintain our buildings and communities. LEED has created a completely new industry of business enterprise committed to energy savings and efficiency. LEED v4 is as much a testament to the achievements of LEED project teams around the world as it is to the green building community’s ambition to create significant global and local change through resource-efficient, cost-effective green buildings.”

For more on some of the innovative green fenestration products offered at this year’s show, look to the December DWM newscast.

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