News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Hallie Busta / ProSales / September 5, 2013
Homeowner demand for decking and railing products is poised to continue its steady rise through 2015 at an annual rate of 4% to value $4.1 billion that year. While demand for synthetic and metal boards and rails is expected to grow faster than that for wood, the historical market front-runner will likely hold its lead and market share.
The news comes from Malvern, Pa.-based consulting firm Principia’s 2013 survey of more than 750 homeowners, dealers, and other industry experts about their buying and selling decking and railing. In its report, the company projects 13% growth in demand for each
Joshua J. Miller / NAHB / September 3, 2013
Total private residential construction spending increased marginally to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $334.6 billion in July 2013 according to Census estimates. Spending continues to improves, but remains well below the peak pace of $676.4 billion in March 2006. The current reading is 17.2% higher than a year ago.
Single-family spending registered a slight increase of 0.5% for the month, while the home improvement category increased 0.8%. The multifamily category remained nearly unchanged with an increase of 0.1% for the month.Read More
Bruce D. Snider / RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT / August 8, 2013
Clothes hounds love clothes. Gearheads love gear. Pretty much everyone has something they live to shop for. But for residential architects, shopping amounts to a professional imperative. Residential design may begin in a realm of pure form, free from the banality of brand names and manufacturers’ warranties, but before even the finest idea finds its expression in bricks and mortar, someone has to specify the brick. And which brick—or window or ceramic tile or lighting fixture—can make the difference between a project that merely serves and one that truly sings.
So it is with some anticipationRead More
John Caulfield / BUILDER / August 7, 2013
Billions of dollars and thousands of domestic jobs are lost annually as product knockoffs, mostly from China, continue to stream into North America.
Most contractors probably have a torpedo level in their toolboxes, but fewer can be certain about that tool’s provenance or quality.
The mention of torpedo levels isn’t random. A leading supplier, Wisconsin-based Empire Level, has been stepping up its efforts to thwart the perennial problem of counterfeits coming into the U.S. from Asia and primarily China.
Illegal knockoffs of tools and just about every other product these days—consumerRead More
ECOBUILDING PULSE Staff / ECOBUILDING PULSE / May 28, 2013
The Material Analysis Tool relies on seven criteria including certification, durability, health impacts, and recycled content.
A Canadian university known for its commitment to sustainability has launched an online tool to help users select environmentally friendly materials for new construction and renovation projects.
The Material Analysis Tool (MAT) from McGill University is an online ranking system that distills manufacturer information to assist users in the selection of building products that are healthy and environmentally responsible. Designed to help McGill UniversityRead More