January 5, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 1
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The Latest...

Builders' Show Heads Back to Florida

Coming off two years in Las Vegas, perhaps a change of scenery will do some good for the International Builders' Show.  NAHB's annual trade show returns this year to Florida, where it's set to run next week...read more

Guidance Issued on New Tax Credit Rules

WDDA and WDMA have each issued guidance on new 2011 tax credits for energy efficient windows, doors and skylights...read more

Tax Credit Deadline Translates into Record Production at Simonton

The year-end deadline for homeowners to qualify for the $1,500 energy efficient product tax credit was expected to keep many window and door companies busy...read more

Pella Hosting Trade Event Series around Country

Targeting builders, remodelers, contractors and architects, Pella Corp. is once again hosting a series of half-day trade events designed to to provide updates on new building practices, products and services...read more

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The Talk...

What industry design trend will gain the most momentum in 2011?
Expanded fiberglass door style options
Increased demand for wide-opening door systems
More interior and exterior finishes and colors on vinyl windows
Fewer bows, bays and round tops
More skylights--regular and tubular
None of the above

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John Swanson, editor & associate publisher of Window & Door

Builder Magazine recently ran an article looking at 10 design trends for 2011.  It suggests we can expect more homes that are simpler and smaller. Green remains strong, and is expected to become even more important when it comes to interior finishes (note Kolbe's new offering in Recent Introductions this week). One material that's predicted to see gains is glass–not in windows and doors–but in countertops and appliance surfaces. 

What it all means for our industry is hard to tell.  On the downside, smaller homes translate into fewer windows.  And simpler may seem a little threatening, but the overview suggests that while homeowners are downsizing, they still want quality. 

So what do you think will be the big "design" trends for our industry in 2011?  I've suggested a few possibilities in our poll question of the week.  Of course, you're not limited.  If you think there's another trend we should be on the look out for, email me or post a comment.  And, if you think I'm wrong about any of the potential trends mentioned, I'd also like to hear from you about that. 


Continuing Conversations...

"What's Your Resolution for 2011?"

Plenty of companies have plans, but just weathering the storm remains a primary goal for the coming year..read more

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