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  • Led by the commercial sector, the Architecture Billings Index has remained in positive territory four months in a row, according to the American Institute of Architects.  AIA reported the February ABI score was 51.0, following a mark of 50.9 in January. This score reflects a slight increase in demand for design services. The new projects inquiry index was 63.4, up from 61.2 the previous...
  • The Architecture Billings Index has now reached positive territory three months in a row, according to the American Institute of Architects. AIA officials reported the January ABI score was 50.9, following a mark of 51.0 in December.“Even though we had a similar upturn in design billings in late 2010 and early 2011, this recent showing is encouraging because it is being reflected across most...
  • Construction employment growth remained sluggish and uneven in May as nearly half--22 states plus the District of Columbia--added jobs over the past year while the remaining states all lost construction jobs, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of state employment data released by the Labor Department. Association officials said the figures reflect the fact...
  • The latest BuildFax Remodeling Index indicates that residential remodeling activity registered a year-over-year gain for the eighteenth-straight month, rising 15 percent year-over-year in April, according to a June 15 BuildFax release."April traditionally sets a baseline for the rest of the year in residential remodeling activity, and April 2011 is the best we've seen since the beginning of the...
  • There are signs that the economy is recovering, even for contractors, but you have to look hard to see them, said FMI analysts in the FMI Corp. Construction Outlook for second quarter 2011.The costs of construction materials have been rising faster than the slow increase in construction activity would suggest. Construction markets are also affected by national and global uncertainties including...
  • The BuildFax Remodeling Index for March 2011 indicates that residential remodeling activity grew for the seventeenth straight month, according to a May 15 release from BuildFax, a division of BUILDERadius co-headquartered in Austin, Texas, and Asheville, N.C. The BFRI provides month-over-month and year-over-year comparisons of trends in remodeling activity for the entire United States, as well as...
  • On Thursday [March 25], Congress completed action on a reconciliation bill that modifies the newly enacted health care legislation and also replaces private lending for college student loans with direct lending from the U.S. Department of Education. President Obama was expected to sign the bill on Tuesday [March 29].The reconciliation bill eliminates the discriminatory definition of small...
  • The Economic Policy Institute, Washington, D.C., in conjunction with Dr. Usha Haley of Harvard University, released a report, "Through China’s Looking Glass: Subsidies to the Chinese Glass Industry from 2004-2008," Oct. 8. Specific findings include:Since 2003, glass production in China has more than doubled. Concurrently, production capacity in China has doubled since 2003...
  • Many in the commercial and residential window and door industry fear energy efficiency policy is outpacing the technology itself and that buyers, particularly in the commercial market, need more education on the subject.These were just two of the concerns raised at the Energy Efficiency Town Hall Forum held in conjunction with GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo Sept. 29-...
  • Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment fell in 29 states in July and rose in 21 states and the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday [Aug. 21]. North Carolina had the largest percentage drop, -0.7 percent; followed by Mississippi, -0.6 percent; Nevada and New Mexico, -0.5 percent each. The largest percentage gains were in D.C., 1.9 percent; Michigan, 1.0...
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  • John Swanson, editor and associate publisher of Window & Door, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Manhattan. He was 52 years old.John started his publishing career at Ashlee Publishing in New York City in 1984. He was founding editor of fenestration, launched in 1987, the first North American magazine specifically targeting the residential window and door market. There he...
  • BairdThomsenKevin Baird has been named president of the Global Flat Glass Group for Guardian Industries Corp., and will assume full profit and loss responsibility of the business unit, according to a Jan. 10 announcement from the company. Baird replaces Scott Thomsen, who resigned for health reasons.Most recently, Baird has been president and CEO of SRG Global Inc., a Guardian company. SRG...
  • Apogee Enterprises, Inc. has acquired Alumicor Ltd., the Toronto-based fabricator of aluminum frames for window, storefront, entrance and curtain-wall products for the Canadian commercial construction market. The transaction is valued at approximately $52 million.Alumicor will be the seventh stand-alone business in the Apogee portfolio. Apogee is also parent company of Viracon, Harmon,...