Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Experts See Imporvement Ahead for Nonresidential Construction Market

Chief Economist, Jim Haughey, of Reed Construction Data in Georgia said during a recent Webinar that he expects nonresidential construction to increase by about six percent in 2011. Economists from McGrawHill Construction and The Associated General Contractors of America agree.

Haughey believes the decline in nonresidential construction, which fell by approximately 5.7% in 2009, will kick into reverse during late 2010 and lead to slow but steady progress. Some of the main areas where nonresidential construction is expected to grow include office buildings, retail stores and shopping centers, and hotels.

NFRC is watching this trend closely, particularly as it works diligently to roll out its Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Program.


Retrofit Windows an Easy Project for Do-it-Yourselfers

Upgrading the windows in one's home can improve energy efficiency, and it may not be nearly as difficult as some people might think.

According to the Website, www.doityourself.com, Retrofit windows allow new vinyl windows to fit into older-style aluminum frames. This means homeowners can benefit from energy efficiency without needing to fit new window frames.

The Website also says nearly anyone with the right tools and materials should be able to install retrofit windows quickly and easily – in about one day.