November 10, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 45
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Win-Door to Set Stage for Stronger 2011

With more than 150 exhibitors signed up, Win-Door North America is once again expected to be busy when it opens its doors next more

ICC Ratchets Down Energy Performance Requirements for 2012 IECC
The International Code Council has voted to eliminate provisions in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code setting lower energy performance more

DOE Launches Home Energy Score Pilot Program

Vice President Joe Biden joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu at a White House Middle Class Task Force event to  launch the Home Energy Score pilot more

New Dates for GlassBuild America

The National Glass Association has announced new dates for next year's GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo more

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The Talk...

Are you confident enough to believe Harvard's home improvement predictions?

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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

There's an interesting thing happening in our economy. A butting of heads, if you will. On one hand, there are some legitimately solid opportunities out there for some (not all—but some) consumers. Mortgage rates are crazy-low, housing affordability is surprisingly high and there are pockets of the economy that are doing fairly well, all things considered.

But here's the thing...on the other hand, we're incredibly hesitant to believe any good news. It's that dark shadow of consumer confidence. We're still just not ready to be confident about the future—not quite yet.

So this week, I'm running a little experiment. A few weeks back, Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Study released its prediction on where home improvement spending will go in 2011. It says we'll see double-digit increases at an annual rate through the first half of the year. My question for you is simple: Do you believe it?  Will home improvement spending rise next year? Are you confident enough to believe a report that says you should be? Send an email or post a comment and let's Talk.

Continuing Conversations...

"Will End of Tax Credits Mean More Lay-Offs?"

Many in our industry, it would appear, are expecting to take a more

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