Posts Tagged ‘ fenestration ’

New-Home Sales Down in March

Apr 24th, 2014

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 14.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 units in March, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. “Overly stringent underwriting standards for mortgages have had a detrimental effect on modest-priced markets and have hit [...]

Severe Winter Constrains First-Quarter Remodeling Market Index

Apr 24th, 2014

Against the backdrop of unusually severe winter weather, the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) declined to 53 in the first quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). This reading is down from the historically high level of 57 in the two most recent quarters, but remains above the key break-even point of [...]

AAMA Announces Keynote Speaker and New Phone App for Summer Conference

Apr 24th, 2014

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced Dr. Elizabeth Watson will serve as keynote speaker for the associations’ Summer Conference, to be held in downtown Indianapolis, June 1-4. Watson will address the future of ADA principles and design. Additionally, AAMA will be introducing a new app, offering several optional events for attendees and announcing this year’s scholarship winners. In her presentation, [...]

Guardian Issues Price Increase

Apr 22nd, 2014

Guardian Industries issued a letter to customers recently informing them of a price increase to take effect May 19, 2014. The company implemented a similar price increase last November. Several products are listed in the letter, signed by Bill Widmann, vice president of sales and marketing. “Guardian continues to experience higher costs for the materials [...]

Nonresidential Building Starts Regain Upward Movement in March

Apr 22nd, 2014

After a sluggish start to the year, nonresidential building picked up its pace in March, jumping 24 percent after declines in January (down 9 percent) and February (down 7 percent), according to McGraw Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. “The slow start for construction activity in early 2014 can be attributed to tough winter [...]

What Makes a Great Showroom?

Apr 22nd, 2014

Nothing says more about a door and window company than its showroom. A showroom can represent a significant investment, but it is worth every penny. Nothing sells a door or window more effectively than the opportunity to see it up close at eye level and installed into an opening as it might look in one’s [...]

Current Remodeling Conditions Fell in March Survey

Apr 22nd, 2014

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) first-quarter 2014 Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions show current condition ratings fell significantly in March. Business conditions during the first three months of 2014 dropped to 6.07, down from 6.41 in December. There was a decline in all but one [...]

Majority of U.S. States See Construction Employment Increase over Past Year

Apr 22nd, 2014

The harsh winter that plagued most of the first three months of 2014 may have threatened the construction industry, but the latest numbers from year-over-year analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America suggest it wasn’t enough to stall a positive trend in construction employment. According to the analysis, construction firms added jobs in 38 [...]

Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence at Two-Year High

Apr 22nd, 2014

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation released the April 2014 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). The index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $827 billion equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market [...]

Three Giant Leaps for Energy-Efficiency Standards

Apr 21st, 2014

It’s been a busy few weeks for energy efficiency legislation from California to Washington, D.C., as the deadline for one new law draws nearer—and two others gain support. Here’s a quick recap of what’s happening in the world of legislation and fenestration. CA Title 24 to Go into Effect July 1 The pioneering spirit of [...]