Retail, Office Segments Lead 2017 Glazing Installations in Strong Market

Storefront takes largest market share according to product type

Source: AAMA 2017/2018 U.S. Industry Market Studies from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association

Chart - new nonresidential construction

Fig. 1 New Nonresidential Construction and Major Additions
Segmented by building category (millions of square feet—vision area)

In 2017, new construction and major additions constituted 66.5 percent of all nonresidential vision installations in the United States, with renovations making up the remaining 33.7 percent, according to the AAMA 2017/2018 U.S. Industry Market Studies from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, as researched by Ducker Worldwide.

The new construction and major additions vision area was up almost 6 percent in 2017 as compared to 2015, when the previous study was conducted. Replacement and renovation vision area also increased almost 6 percent in 2017 as compared to 2015, according to the study. The nonresidential glazing market increased by 3.7 percent in 2017, compared to 2015, with increases across all applications. Nonresidential installations are expected to continue to grow in 2018 and 2019, with potential declines in 2020, according to the report. 

For new construction by project type, the retail segment (stores, other mercantile) saw the largest market share of glazing installations by far in 2017, with 29.17 percent. The next largest segment was manufacturing/warehouse, with 13.9 percent market share, followed very closely by office and bank, with 13.7 percent market share. In 2015, high rise multifamily had been second. In 2017, it dropped to fourth. 

The educational segment, which constituted 11.1 percent of installations, remained fairly steady compared to 2015. The healthcare category bumped up to 6.5 percent of installations in 2017, up from 5.9 percent in 2015. (See Fig. 1.)

Looking at product type, storefront windows represented the largest market segment, with 27.5 percent of overall installed nonresidential glazing in 2017, followed closely by site-fabricated windows, which made up 26.3 percent. Shop-fabricated windows made up 23.2 percent of installations, and curtain wall the remaining 23 percent. (See Fig. 2.) 

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Total nonresidential vision area

Fig. 2 Total Nonresidential Vision Area
Segmented by type of construction (millions of square feet—vision area)