Nonresidential Building Product Industry Growth Expected Through 2018, AAMA Study Reports

Glass Magazine
May 14, 2018

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association released the "AAMA 2017/2018 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights." The bi-annual report offers information on non-residential market trends and product relationships for windows, doors and skylights, storefront and curtain wall. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2018.

The 2017 contract award total was up by 4 percent from 2016, with growth expected to continue in 2018, increasing by a further 4 percent before flattening out in 2019. According to the study, contract awards reflect activity related to new construction and major additions to existing structures. Actual fenestration demand for nonresidential building activity typically lags contract awards by up to one year or more. 

The study shows storefront applications and site-fabricated commercial windows combine to account for 54 percent of the nonresidential market. Shop-fabricated commercial windows, which include residential type and light commercial windows, as well as architectural windows, represent 23 percent of the market. Curtain wall makes up the remaining 23 percent of non-residential vision area. All categories were up from 2015.

The 2017 market volume for nonresidential entry doors in the United States was up 6 percent over 2016 and up 12 percent since 2015. The study estimates that the total U.S. market for commercial unit skylights in 2017 represents a 6 percent increase from 2015. 

The complete report is available for purchase in the AAMA Publication Store