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June 29, 2016
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How Codes are Adapting to Wildland-Urban Interface
Suburban sprawl, where new neighborhoods impinge on fire-prone open grasslands, forests or brushy areas, has created a complex landscape known as the Wildland-Urban Interface. While these attractive neighborhoods offer views and access to nature, all are put at risk during a brush or wildland fire. Windows in particular are considered to be one of the most vulnerable components of a structure when exposed to WUI fires. Read More
 
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The Talk

By Emily Thompson

Last week, a new term was added to our vocabulary: Brexit. On June 23, UK voters weighed in on whether the country should leave the European Union; a marginal 52 percent majority of the vote to leave won the referendum. In this thorough breakdown of the referendum, the BBC reported that the voter turnout was the highest for a UK-wide vote since 1992.

As an immediate result of the referendum and British Prime Minister David Cameron’s subsequent resignation, $3 trillion was wiped out from global stocks in two days, and the British pound fell to a three-decade low. Because there is no precedent for such an action, the long-term implications are largely unpredictable. Still, the potential repercussions in and outside of the United States are being contemplated across every major industry. 

This article explores what Brexit could mean for the U.S. housing market, with analysts split regarding what effect it will have for home buyers. Ultimately, the report concluded that, “in the short-term, the consensus appears to be that the show will go on, especially given the strong fundamentals in our housing market.”

As for impacts on the remodeling market, a CNN Money report speculated that spending may be affected. “Brexit is already causing severe volatility in global stock markets,” author Patrick Gillespie points out. “If that volatility continues for weeks and months, it could cause American business owners and consumers to reconsider their spending plans.”

The National Association of Manufacturers likewise speculated about the implications, and, as NAM’s chief economist, Chad Moutray, points out, “it is also important to note that Europe is a key market for manufacturers in the United States. U.S.-manufactured goods exports to Europe, our second-largest trading region outside of North America, totaled $280.6 billion in 2015,” he writes, citing that the UK is the U.S.’s fifth-largest trading partner. “We need a strong and vibrant Europe—one that continues to buy our products,” he continues. “That is true regardless of whether the United Kingdom is part of the European Union or not.” 

As the UK pursues its Article 50 proceedings to finalize its divorce from the EU over the next two years, the implications will start to take shape. For now, Window & Door will continue to monitor the implications and report on any progression. In the meantime, let us know what you are seeing in terms of the Brexit fallout in your business. Send an email with your thoughts, weigh in on this week’s poll and/or post a comment online.

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Do You Consider Your Business Partners and Customers as Your Friends?
Over half the respondents to last week’s poll report having a few strong relationships in their professional circle. Read the Full Results
 
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