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August 29, 2012
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Industry Provides Feedback on New Energy Star Criteria

Washington, D.C.—EPA meeting also sees plans announced to roll out Most Efficient program for 2013...read more

 
Ashland Consolidating Operations

The hardware supplier plans to consolidate manufacturing and distribution capabilities in order to optimize capacity and provide enhanced customer service...read more

 
Azek Parent Buying TimberTech

In a deal bringing together two major brands in exterior building products, CPG International has signed a definitive agreement...read more

 
NJ Window Maker Expands Headquarters

Northern Building Products, a manufacturer of commercial windows, doors and wall systems, is expanding and renovating...read more

 
 
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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor

Recently, the NAHB Research Center released its 2011 Annual Builder Practices Survey, which showed that bells and whistles in building products and home designs are making a comeback. “While the market has not yet returned to its pre-recession fixation with extravagance, signs are emerging of a resurgent demand for high-end finish materials in some product categories,” says Ed Hudson, who heads up market research efforts for the center.

Many builders tightened their belts when it came to luxury finishes in the recession to avoid falling short on appraisals and many consumers, concerned with the bottom line, sought out more frugal and modest finish options, he notes. Starting in 2011, however, the trend started to reverse. Among the products Hudson says are making a comeback are natural materials such as granite countertops, as well as wood floors and wood doors.

Have you seen a resurgence of upgrade options in the products you’re selling? Are more builders and consumers moving to wood or products with wood and other upscale finish options? Please take a moment to vote in our poll and consider sending me an email or posting a comment to share what you’re seeing in the market. Are buyers willing to shake off the recession in favor of windows and doors with all the bells and whistles, or do we still have some healing yet to do?

Do Inside Storms Offer a Good Opportunity?

Our survey results suggest many window and door industry folks see some potential...read more

Do you see buyers going for upgrades in windows and doors?
Yes, more frequently than a few years back
It's about the same as it was through the recession
No, most buyers are staying away from upgrades
 
 

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The Outside View
Home Builder Confidence Reaches Five-Year High
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
Home Values in U.S. Cities Rise First Time Since 2010: Economy
From Bloomberg.com
Florida Building Code "Really Made a Difference"
From ABC Action News | Tampa
Insurance Rebates Add Administrative Burden
From Remodeling Magazine

 

 
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