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July 18, 2012
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Marking 50 Years of Innovation

Fiberglass is only part of the story at Therma-Tru. The door manufacturer is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year...read more

 
NSG Idling Glass Plant

The producer of Pilkington brand glass is idling one of the two float lines at its plant in Laurinburg, N.C...read more

 
Work Beginning Soon on Annual Directory Issue

Now is the time for industry suppliers and manufacturers to make sure they are listed in the 2013 Window & Door Buying Guide...read more

 
 
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RavenWindow Sees Enhancements
WDMA Door Standards Out for Ballot
Special GlassBuild Pavilion Sold Out
The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for July, released just this week, saw a pretty significant jump—the largest jump in builder confidence in nearly a decade. Up six points, builder confidence for the newly-built, single-family housing market reached 35 points in July—the highest point since March of 2007.
While this is a step in the right direction, certainly, we’re still far below that coveted 50 point mark—the point at which more builders consider the situation positive than negative. Barry Rutenberg, a Florida builder and NAHB chairman, says this uptick is due to “current sales conditions, prospects for future sales and traffic of prospective buyers.”
We’ve asked before, and we’ll ask again… are prospects looking up in the new construction market? Are those of you who target this market feeling the positive energy among builders that is reflected in the HMI number? Please send an email or post a comment to share your thoughts.
2012 Hurricane Season: How to Prepare Your Business

Power Home Remodeling Group's Jeff Kaliner shares his thoughts on communicating and working with customers before and after the storm...read more

Is Dynamic Glazing the Future?

The days of windows that switch from clear to opaque or tinted and back...read more

NAHB's builder confidence index is:
Reflective of what we're seeing in the market.
Too optimistic.
Too pessimistic.
 
 

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Builder Confidence Rises Six Points in July
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