Window & Door Demand To Grow

Demand for windows and doors is forecast to rise 2.8 percent annually to $40 billion in 2012, a deceleration from the 2002-2007 pace. U. S. demand gains will be restrained by a subdued outlook for residential construction, which constitutes the largest market for windows and doors, according to a study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

While the U.S. housing market is projected to post a modest recovery through 2012, the level of housing completions will be only slightly higher than in 2007.

Spending on residential improvements is also expected to moderate through 2012, limiting advances in the improvement and repair segment of the residential market.

Demand for windows is projected to advance 3.7 percent per year through 2012, due to increasing interest in energy efficiency. Demand for doors will grow 2.4 percent per year through 2012, reaching $23.2 billion. Plastic doors will account for the most rapid gains in demand, as consumers opt for fiberglass entry doors and fiberglass or vinyl patio doors.

Wood windows and doors will continue to account for the largest share of overall window and door demand, totaling 41 percent in 2012. Through 2012, however, demand for wood products will advance at a below-average pace, primarily due to the high cost of wood products compared to less expensive plastic items. Wood products are increasingly seen as high-end products that increase the values of the structures in which they are installed.


Officers Elected for 2009

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced the election results for the 2009 NKBA executive committee, which will be led by 2009 NKBA national president Suzie Williford of Kiva Kitchen and Bath in Houston, Texas. Current vice president Mark L. Karas, CMKBD, of Adams Kitchens in Stoneham, Mass., will become the 2009 president-elect, while current NKBA secretary David Alderman, CKD, of Dave’s Cabinet in Chesapeake, Va., has been elected vice president for 2009.

Maria Martina, CKD, CBD, of Reno’s Appliance in Fairfield, N.J., who was elected to the executive committee for the first time in 2008 as treasurer, has been elected to serve as the 2009 secretary. The NKBA also announced the newest member of the executive committee. Alan Zielinski, CKD, of Better Kitchens in Niles, Ill., was elected as the 2009 treasurer.

Green Remodeling

Builder Expands Services

Green Builders, Inc., a large-scale developer of sustainable homes in the Austin, Texas-area, is expanding its services to include green remodeling. The new venture will initially cater to existing homeowners in central Texas.

Having already refined the building science of creating green systems in new home construction, the company says it was natural to expand into the existing-home arena and address the market need for integrated green retrofit solutions. Green Builders’ remodeling program puts emphasis on making homes as energy-efficient as possible, which increases the value of the home and reduces energy consumption and costs at the same time, the company states.

The company’s approach to remodeling starts with an in-home energy audit that evaluates the home’s energy usage and performance.

There are numerous financial incentives and tax credits available to homeowners to help subsidize the costs of an energy-efficiency remodel, according to a company spokesperson. As a selling point, Green Builders claims that in some cases it can design a “green retrofit” solution that will save the homeowner more money in monthly utility costs than they will have to pay out on their monthly home improvement loan payment.

Energy Savings

CertainTeed Facility Recognized

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded CertainTeed Corp. the 2008 Save Energy Now Award in recognition of the company’s efforts to reduce energy use at its manufacturing facility in Shreveport, La. The Shreveport plant produces CertainTeed’s Landmark roofing shingles.

CertainTeed has reduced the use of natural gas by 15 percent in the past year at the Shreveport plant. The majority of the savings was captured through the replacement of an old boiler and the integration of two smaller boilers that can be used independently.

In addition, CertainTeed recycles nearly 90 percent of its roofing production waste into asphalt materials for road construction and integrates recycled content into many of its packaging materials, including corrugated rolls and kraft paper.