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March 28, 2012
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High Performance and More at Fensterbau

Nuremberg, Germany–Walking through the busy halls of the international trade fair held here last week indicates that demand for improved energy efficiency is accelerating in the European...read more

 
Changes Coming with Green Guides
Attorney Paul Gary offers a look at new rules under development at the FTC related to environmental marketing claims...read more
 
WDMA Planning Technical Conference

The Window & Door Manufacturers Associaiton has issued a call for papers for its 14th Technical Conference, scheduled for June 26-28...read more

 
Wood's to Offer Eazi-Lifter

UK-based Harnser Solutions Ltd. has established a manufacturing and distribution agreement...read more

 
Resistance to 2012 I-Codes Possibly Reduced?

Julie Ruth, AAMA's code consultant offers an update her most recent Window & Door column...read more

 
 
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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor

I came across an article recently from a Delaware newspaper that points out that smaller builders are making a comeback with the housing market as it begins to show signs of life. While we still have a long path to travel in terms of the housing market’s recovery, the article notes that smaller builders are getting busier and reporting that business has picked up quite a bit this spring.

Not that the large builders have left the scene, but I’m curious to know from the window and door companies serving the new construction segment of the residential housing market—are your customer demographics changing? Are you serving more smaller builders and contracting companies than you have in years past? Are you seeing these customers gain traction as the market moves toward healthier levels?

Looking a little further out, do you think the recovery presents an opportunity for smaller companies to gain market share against the big builders, many of whom were decimated during the downturn? If you’re interested in sharing your thoughts, I’d love to know what you’re seeing happen among your customer make-up on the new construction side of the business. Post a comment or send me an email with your thoughts. 

Would You Like to See a Passive House Standard?

Survey results suggest there's not a lot of enthusiasm in the industry, but there could also be a small community of early adopters...read more

Compared to several years ago, has your mix of new construction customers changed?
We are seeing more small builders.
We don't see much change.
We're seeing fewer small builders.
 
 
 
The Outside View
New-Home Sales Decline 1.6 Percent in February
From National Association of Home Builders
News from the Front Line: Business is Improving
From Builder Online
Investing in America: Home Remodeling on a Roll
From CNBC
AAMA Requests Openness and Transparency in Regulatory Process
From American Architectural Manufacturers Association

 

 
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