Construction materials prices rose only 0.3 percent in August and are up 1.4 percent year over year, according to the September 13 Producer Price Index release by the Department of Labor. In addition, nonresidential construction materials increased 0.5 percent for the month and are 1.2 percent higher than one year ago.
Economist Jeff Dietrich echoed the theme of this year’s GlassBuild America when he said the time is now to invest. “Get off the fence and do things now,” said Dietrich, senior analyst for the Institute for Trend Research. Dietrich spoke Sept. 10 during the 8th annual Glazing Executives Forum, held in conjunction with the GlassBuild America tradeshow in Atlanta.
The basics: An undulating façade of curved glass highlights the 21-story, 750,000-square-foot SickKids Research Tower in downtown Toronto. The project was built to combine science, discovery and learning programs with the organization’s clinical operations. The building, completed in 2012, is now the tallest laboratory in Canada. Diamond Schmitt Architects’ design intent was to further invigorate the workspace by natural light entry, thus necessitating more vision glass than a typical office building.
Source: RESEARCH AND MARKETS
With the growing focus on energy conservation, emission reduction and environmental protection, countries in the world have successively introduced policies to encourage energy-efficient building materials, thus powerfully boosting the development of global low-E glass market whose sales volume showed a CAGR of about 19.5% in 2000-2012, and it is expected to reach 1.1 billion square meters in 2013.
Source: Window & Door
Speaking at the Fourth Annual Window and Door Dealers Forum, held in conjunction with GlassBuild America this week in Atlanta, Hanley Wood Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke predicted housing starts would surpass 1 million next year and return to their historic levels of 1.5 million to 1.6 million starts around 2015 or 2016.
Source:Window & Door
GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo is underway in Atlanta, where hundreds of exhibitors, including more than 90 from outside of the United States, are displaying the latest in new products and technology for the window and door, and glass and metal industries. Organized by the National Glass Association, GlassBuild America is cosponsored by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Glass Association of North America, the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association.
Source: Woodworking Network
Wood chip and pulplog prices fell in many regions of the world the 2Q/13 with the biggest declines occuring in Japan, Brazil and Spain, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Lower fiber costs and higher pulp prices have increased profitability for many pulp mills during the first half of 2013.