March 19, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 12
W&D Weekly, Delivering the Fenestration Industry to Your Desktop

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More Weakness Seen in Home
Improvement Market
A new report estimates declines of 2 percent for 2007 and another 1.5 percent drop for 2008... read more

Three Manufacturers to Receive
Energy Star Honors
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy have named Gorell Windows & Doors, Pella Corp. and ProVia Door as Energy Star Partners of the Year for 2008... read more

PGT Expanding in Commercial Market
PGT Industries is expanding its commercial business
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Simplex to Supply Window Manufacturer
Simplex Building Products North America Inc. reports it has signed an exclusive PVC window extrusion supply contract with a major window manufacturer... read more

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The Talk...

Compared to last year, how will replacement and remodeling market sales fare in 2008?
Much better
Slightly better
About the same
Slightly worse
Much worse

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John Swanson,
associate publisher of Window & Door

Spring officially begins tomorrow and with it comes the spring selling season. Just about everyone agrees the new construction market is unlikely to make much of a comeback this year, but what about replacement and
remodeling activity?

I thought it would be a good time to see what everyone thinks, so that’s our poll question of the week. Will subprime woes and diminished home values hurt the market this year? Will rising energy prices convince more people it’s time to replace their windows?

Email me and let me know what you’re expecting. And if you see any new trends or developments in the market, I’d love to hear about those too.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"Certification of side-hinged exterior doors should...": ...allow for component substitution, according to most readers, but there are some believers in systems only. Click here to view the results of last week’s poll.
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