Not with a new baby. And by “new baby,” I mean DWM. Here I am, well into my second month and I have to say: Things sure are getting interesting. And to be clear, by “interesting” I do not mean dramatic or negative.

I think if you talked to the average person about doors and windows, they’d have a hard time imagining the subject to be fun and engaging. But I’ve never found a shortage of news and topics that really suck me in and get my gears turning. In fact, I’d argue that it’s just the opposite. For me, it’s more like, “So … many … things … [to cover].” Content planning becomes a game of who’s on first and who’s on second, but that’s a good problem to have if you ask me.

Lately, that experience has been predominantly uplifting—especially while researching and writing for our upcoming issue. From our Annual Green Awards to a new door and window benchmark report (produced by our parent company’s research division), and news sections that are chock full of reports about things like record years, there are plenty of roses to smell in our November edition—so many that it kind of worried me, for some strange reason. But that’s not to say there aren’t a few thorns in there, including one that involves antitrust issues (the Jeld-Wen/Steves and Sons ruling).

At the same time, I think that some would argue (including me), that while everything is chugging along in positive directions—housing, the economy, innovations, etc.—there are enough concerns or detractors to create some volatility. In housing, for instance, you get the feeling that everyone’s working to keep up with demand, while whispering trepidations to one another through propped up smiles, like some ventriloquist act that’s afraid to spoil the party. Starts are strong; sales prices are up across the board (overall); builders say they can’t keep up with demands for new housing. But there’s a side discussion that’s growing louder (and louder) about affordability. Meanwhile, rates are going up.

To be clear: I’m no expert in predicting market shifts, nor am I suggesting that there’s some impending doom. I think—and hope—that’s not the case. But what I am suggesting is that, for markets like doors and windows, it pays to pay attention to and prepare for changes. And for every impending bump in the road, there are opportunities for improvement.

Take affordability, for instance. There are solutions coming that promise to place new housing in reach of a wider range of people. For instance, ICON, a company that’s pioneering 3D house printing techniques here in the U.S., announced recently that it’s receiving a significant amount in next-round funding. The company intends to use those funds to advance techniques like robotics and new materials—both aimed at more affordable housing. There’s also a growing interest and movement toward what’s being labeled “resilient housing”—that is, construction methods and techniques that enable homes to withstand the sort of weather catastrophes we’ve seen here recently. I’ve done my share of research into these advancements and can safely suggest: They’re coming. The question for door and window manufacturers is: How will doors and windows fit in? Will today’s vinyl windows fasten to 3D-printed houses or other alternative construction methods and materials? Will the DP ratings among standard windows need to increase across the board? Will less expensive, triple-pane glass pave the way for greater efficiency among starter homes?

I can tell you this: From housing and economic outlooks, to new products, techniques and the future of resilient construction—maybe it’s a lofty goal, but I intend to roll it all into our Dec./Jan. issue. Maybe I’m an overly curious person, but I can’t leave a stone unturned or on the table—not when there are so many interesting things happening.

I just hope I can get some sleep in the process …

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