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Nonresidential Construction Jobs Post Increases, Remain Below Pre-pandemic Levels

The construction industry gained 22,000 jobs between August and September as nonresidential construction firms added employees for the first time in six months, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government data.

FGIA Releases Updated Document Covering Methods of Test for Multi-bar Hinges in Windows

AAMA 904-21, Specification for Multi-Bar Hinges in Window Applications, an FGIA document, is now available for purchase. It was last updated in 2014.

Dodge Momentum Index Recovers in September

The Dodge Momentum Index gained 11 percent in September to 164.9 (2000=100) from the revised August reading of 148.0. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Construction Network, is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead…

FGIA Releases Update to 2020/2021 Market Studies

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) released updated industry market data in the FGIA Industry Update of the U.S. Market for Residential and Non-residential Windows, Doors and Skylights.

Total Construction Starts Decline in August

Total construction starts fell 9 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $782.8 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential building starts fell 13 percent.

ABI Continues Growth as Firms Report Strong Business Conditions Despite Delta Variant

Architecture firm billings remained strong in August, with an Architecture Billings Index score of 55.6; any score over 50 indicates billings growth. Despite some concerns about the ongoing impact of the Delta variant, most firms are continuing to report robust business conditions. Firms also…

Dodge Momentum Index Loses Steam in August

The Dodge Momentum Index dropped 3 percent in August to 148.7 (2000=100) from the revised July reading of 154.0.

Total Construction Starts Move Lower in July

Total construction starts fell 3 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $854.8 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. There were few bright spots during the month, with all three sectors―residential, nonresidential building and nonbuildings―moving lower in July.

ABI Rises in July as Firms Report Strong Business Conditions

Although the torrid pace of billings growth seen earlier this year eased in July, architecture firms are still reporting very strong business conditions overall. The ABI score of 54.6 for the month indicates that the majority of firms are continuing to see their billings increase, say analysts at…

PGTI Reports 2021 Second Quarter Growth, Adds 600 Employees

PGT Innovations announced financial results for its second quarter ended July 3, 2021. Year over year indicators suggest overall growth.

NSG Group Releases First Quarter Report, Posts Strong Solar Energy Glass Sales in North America

NSG Group released its first quarter report for the fiscal year ending in March 2022. The report shows increased revenue across the group’s segments, and a return to net profitability.

Sisecam Posts Half Year Financials, Sees Year Over Year Growth

Sisecam posted its half year financial report, showing growth since the pandemic started.

Glaston Releases Half Year Financial Report, Posts Record High Quarterly Intake in Q2

Glaston released its half year financial report. The report includes information from the company’s reporting segments: Glaston Heat Treatment, Glaston Insulating Glass and Glaston Automotive & Display.

Nonresidential Construction Employment Falls Behind Overall Recovery

According to an analysis of government data by the Associated General Contractors of America, construction added 11,000 jobs in July, but employment in nonresidential construction remains below pre-pandemic levels.

Dodge Momentum Index Pulls Back in July

The Dodge Momentum Index fell to 155.8 in July, a 6 percent decline from the revised June reading of 164.9. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first, or initial, report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead…

Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls in June

Nonresidential construction spending fell again in June, according to a new analysis of federal construction spending data the Associated General Contractors of America.

Commercial and Multifamily Starts Advance During First Half of 2021

The value of commercial and multifamily starts in the top 20 metropolitan areas of the U.S. gained 12 percent during the first six months of 2021 relative to the first half of 2020, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nationally, commercial and multifamily construction starts were 10 percent…

Architecture Firm Billings Continue to Grow in June

Architecture firms reported another month of extremely strong business conditions in June, with an ABI score of 57.1, with any score over 50 indicating billings growth.

Total Construction Starts Slip in June

Total construction starts lost 7 percent in June, slipping to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $863.6 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. All three major sectors―residential, nonresidential building, and nonbuilding―pulled back during the month.

Producer Prices Rise 26 percent Year over Year

Unprecedented price increases for a wide range of goods and services used in construction pushed up contractors’ costs by a devastating 26.3 percent from June 2020 to June 2021, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Construction Employment Declines in June as Firms Continue to Face Material, Labor Shortages

Construction employment declined by 7,000 between May and June as the industry still employs 238,000 fewer people than before the pandemic, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government data. Association officials say that job losses in the nonresidential…

Civil Contractors Predict More Work but Fewer Skilled Workers

Most civil contractors are optimistic about the volume of work they expect in 2021 and 2022, according to the latest issue of the Civil Quarterly (TCQ), a market report of data focused on the civil sector, compiled by Dodge Data & Analytics. Civil contractors also said they anticipate both…

Dodge Momentum Index Loses Steam in June

Following six months of consecutive gains, the Dodge Momentum Index fell to 165.8 (2000=100) in June, down 5 percent from the revised May reading of 175.1. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building…

Construction Employment Declines are Widespread as Projects Face Increased Materials Costs, Delays

Construction employment in May remained below the April level in 40 states and the District of Columbia, according to an analysis  by the Associated General Contractors of America of government employment data. Association officials said skyrocketing materials prices and excessive delays in…

May ABI Moves Higher while Inflation Rises

Business conditions remained robust at architecture firms in May, as the Architecture Billings Index score climbed even higher.

Commercial Construction Contractors Remain Optimistic, Despite Supply Chain and Labor Concerns

Contractors continue to face a shortage of building materials like lumber and steel, while cost fluctuations for the building products are having increasing impact on business, according to second quarter data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index. The Index is a quarterly…

Decline in Residential Drops Construction Starts in May

Total construction starts dropped 1 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $902.8 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The brunt of the decline was borne by residential starts, while nonresidential and nonbuilding starts continued their recovery from the COVID-19…

Construction Employment Worsens Amid Supply Chain Issues, Says AGC of America

Construction employment declined for the third time in the past four months in May as nonresidential contractors coped with lengthening and unpredictable delivery times that limited their ability to start or complete projects, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of…

Commercial Planning Pushes Dodge Momentum Index Higher in May

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 9.1 percent higher in May to 178.0 (2000=100), up from the revised April reading of 163.2. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first, or initial, report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been…

April Construction Employment Numbers Remain Below Pre-Pandemic Peak in Most States

Construction employment in April remained below the pre-pandemic high set in February 2020 in 36 states and the District of Columbia, despite increases from March to April in 26 states, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government employment data released…

April ABI Strengthens, While Industry Faces Ongoing Supply Issues

Business conditions at architecture firms continued to rebound at a strong clip in April, with the American Institute of Architect’s Architecture Billings Index score rising to 57.9 for the month―any score over 50 indicates billings growth.

Construction Starts Slip in April

Total construction starts fell 2 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $853.5 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential building and nonbuilding starts both gained.

Architectural Glass Drives Revenue Increase for Sisecam in First Quarter Financials

Sisecam posted gains in its first quarter financial results for 2021. The company saw a 23 percent year-over-year increase in revenue, and 29 percent increase in gross profit. Architectural glass lead the company in revenue, with a 70 percent year-over-year increase.

Dodge Momentum Index Shows Rise in Institutional Planning

The Dodge Momentum Index posted an 8.6 percent gain in April, climbing to 162.4, 2000=100, from the revised reading of 149.5 in March. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first, or initial, report for nonresidential building projects in planning,…

Amid Recovery, Construction Employment Sees Year-Over-Year Declines

Construction employment decreased from March 2020 to March 2021 in 203, or 57 percent, of the nation’s metro areas, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government employment data released today. Association officials said that the industry’s broader recovery…

FGIA Industry Review and Forecast Finds Decreased Demand for Commercial Windows, Doors

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance released the FGIA 2020/2021 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast.

ABI March 2021 Sees Continued Rise in Billings

Business conditions at architecture firms continued their turnaround in March, according to the American Institute of Architects, with a strong ABI score of 55.6 for the month.

March Sees Increase in Construction Starts, But Rising Material Prices Threaten Recovery

Total construction starts rose 2 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $825.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. A solid gain in nonresidential building starts fueled the March gain.

Institutional Planning Pushes Dodge Momentum Index to Highest Level Since 2018

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 1.7 percent higher in March to 151.4 (2000=100) from the revised February reading of 148.8.

Construction Leads Job Growth in March

The construction industry was among those sectors that lead widespread job growth in March, according to the latest release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

ABI February 2021 Goes Positive

Architecture firm billings returned to the positive side in February for the first time in a year, with the American Institute of Architect’s Architecture Billings Index score climbing by more than eight points from January to a score of 53.3.

February Construction Starts Fall Again

Total construction starts fell 2 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $797.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytic. 

By the Numbers: Women in Construction

For this Women in Construction week, check out the latest stats on the state of women in the glass and glazing industry.

Dodge Momentum Index Posts Strong Gain in February

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 7.1 percent in February to 149.0 (2000=100) from the revised January reading of 139.1. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first, or initial, report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been…

ABI January 2021: Though Billings Continue Decline, Design Firms Report Optimism

After experiencing more disappointing business conditions in December, fewer architecture firms reported declining firm billings in January, according to the American Institute of Architects.

Construction Starts Down to Begin 2021

Total construction starts dropped 4 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $794.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

January Sees Rise in Unemployment for Manufacturing, Decrease for Construction

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released unemployment numbers for January 2021.

Dodge Momentum Index Increases in January, though Institutional Planning Drops

The Dodge Momentum Index increased 3.1 percent in January to 139.4 (2000=100) from the revised December reading of 135.2. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first, or initial, report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been…

AIA Consensus Forecast Predicts 2021 Decline for Nonresidential, 2022 Recovery

The AIA Consensus Forecast, an economic report compiled by the American Institute of Architects and based on eight industry-related economic forecasts, predicts a mid-single digit percentage decline in 2021, but a healthy recovery in 2022.

ABI Backslides in December

Business conditions at architecture firms backslid in December, ending a tough year on a disappointing note. The AIA’s Architecture Billings Index score declined to 42.6 for the month, indicating that more firms saw declining billings in December than in November.

Construction Starts End 2020 on a Sour Note

Total construction starts lost 5 percent in December, falling to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $784.3 billion. Nonresidential building starts fell 11 percent during the month and starts were lower in three of the four regions in December; the South Central was the only region to post an…

Dodge Momentum Index Ends 2020 on a High Note

The Dodge Momentum Index jumped 9.2 percent in December to 134.6, 2000=100, from the revised November reading of 123.3.

CDC Releases Guidance on Vaccination Rollout

The Centers for Disease Control released guidance for federal state and local governments regarding the vaccine implementation against COVID-19. The guidance is based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, an independent panel of medical and public health experts.

Cushman & Wakefield Launches Global Economy Reopening Tracker

The Cushman & Wakefield Global Economy Reopening Tracker is designed to provide a vantage into the changing landscape of economic and social activity across major markets around the world, say officials.

FGIA Market Studies Provide Consensus of Current Economic and Construction Forecasts, Input on Year-to-Date Shipments

FGIA released an additional updated industry market study in the FGIA Industry Update of the U.S. Market for Residential and Non-residential Windows, Doors and Skylights.

Dodge Momentum Index Steps Lower in November

The Dodge Momentum Index fell 2.6 percent in November to 123.3 (2000=100) from the revised October reading of 126.5.

Construction Adds Jobs in November

Construction gained 27,000 jobs in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, though the sector is still 279,000 jobs below its February, pre-pandemic level.

ABI: October Shows Slowing Pace of Billings Decline

Business conditions at architecture firms moved slowly towards recovery in October, according to the American Institute of Architects, as the pace of the decline in firm billings continued to slow.

AGC of America Survey Shows More Construction Projects Cancelled, Delayed

While construction added 84,000 jobs in October according to government data, analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America, based on an October survey, shows that an increasing number of projects are being delayed or cancelled.

Dodge Momentum Index Posts Dip in October

The Dodge Momentum Index fell 1.8 percent in October to 127.5 (2000=100) from the revised September reading of 129.8.

Construction Starts Step Back in September

Total construction starts dipped 18 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $667.7 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Dodge Momentum Index Increases in September

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 3.7 percent in September to 130.8 (2000=100) from the revised August reading of 126.2.

FGIA Updates Two Anchorage Technical Documents

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance updated two documents addressing fenestration anchorage.

Construction Starts Post Solid Gain in August

Total construction starts rose 19 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $793.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

ABI August 2020: Architecture Firm Billings Still Show Little Sign of Improvement

Business conditions remained stalled at architecture firms in August, with the Architecture Billings Index recording a score of 40 for the third consecutive month, according to the American Institute of Architects.

DOL Revises Regulations for Paid Leave under FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division revised regulations that implement the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Construction Starts Post Solid Gain in August

Total construction starts rose 19 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $793.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential building starts rose 16 percent.

Tvitec Creates Guide to LEED Certification and Architectural Glass

Tvitec created and edited a guide to orient architects and construction professionals about which types of architectural glass can help a project achieve maximum LEED or BREEAM certifications. The guide includes information on Tvitec’s premium double glazing Isolar and how it can contribute towards…

Dodge Momentum Index Inches Up in August

The Dodge Momentum Index increased 1.8 percent in August to 126.5 (2000=100) from the revised July reading of 124.2.

Cancelled Projects Result in Declining Construction Employment

Construction employment for July was down in 26 states and Washington, D.C., according to the Associated General Contractors of America’s analysis of government employment data.

FGIA Updates Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance updated a document intended to help one understand the value and effective application of plastic glazed skylights and sloped glazing in a building design as well as the features and benefits of different plastic glazing materials.

FGIA Updates Fenestration Sealants Guide

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance updated a technical document intended to aid in the selection, use and application of sealants commonly used in fenestration systems. AAMA 851, "Fenestration Sealants Guide for Windows, Window Walls and Curtain Walls," an FGIA standard, is the first…

ABI July 2020: Business Conditions Remain Soft at Architecture Firms

The majority of architecture firms continued to report a decline in their firm’s billings in July, as the pace of that decline remained at about the same level as in June, with an ABI score of 40.0.

Construction Starts Lose Ground in July

Total construction starts fell 7 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $631.6 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The decline was due to a significant pullback in the nonbuilding segment, which fell 31 percent from June to July. Nonresidential building starts rose 3…

NSG Reports 38 Percent Decline in Revenue for Q1

NSG Group reported a 38 percent year over decline in revenue, according to its FY2021 first quarter financial results.

Dodge Momentum Index Increases in July

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 3.4 percent higher in July to 124.7 (2000=1000) from the revised June reading of 120.5.

NGA Glass Conference Day 3 Closes with Sobering Economics Report

The third and final day of the NGA Glass Conference got technical, with sessions focused on architectural glass and frequently asked questions from the design community, safety glazing, and glass and glazing technical codes updates. It closed with a sobering economic update from ITR Economics'…

June ABI Points to Stabilizing Business Conditions

Business conditions at architecture firms continued to stabilize in June, following their peak declines in April, according to the American Institute of Architects.

Dodge Momentum Index Loses Ground in June

The Dodge Momentum Index dropped 6.6 percent in June to 121.5 (2000=100) from the revised May reading of 130.1. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first, or initial, report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to…

GIMAV Reports Favorable 2019 Results, Disrupted Forecasts for 2020

Positive results in 2019 were driven by a rise in exports, allowing Italy’s glass processing technologies industry to continue the growth trend that has kept it in a starring role for the last decade, according to GIMAV.

ABI Declines for Third Consecutive Month

Business conditions at architecture firms remained extremely poor for the third consecutive month in May. While the Architectural Billing Index score of 32.0 for the month, compiled by the American Institute of Architects, was somewhat higher than the April score, it still indicates that the…

Construction Starts Post Small Gain in May

Total construction starts rose 3 percent from April to May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $595.1 billion, following a 25 percent decline the previous month, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Several large nonresidential building projects broke ground in May resulting in the gain.

FGIA Offers Hurricane Resources, FAQs as Season Begins

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 each year. To help those in the industry both prepare and share relevant information with consumers, the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance prepared a series of hurricane-related resources.

Dodge Momentum Index Flat in May

The Dodge Momentum Index moved a scant 0.1 percent lower in May to 129.2 (2000=100) from the revised April reading of 129.4.

FGIA Releases 2019/2020 Market Studies, Offers Forecast of Fenestration Industry Trends

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance released the “FGIA 2019/2020 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights.”

Construction Starts Show Sharp Contraction in April

Total construction starts declined 25 percent from March to April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $572.2 billion as COVID-19 and economic recession hit the construction sector, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

April’s Dodge Momentum Index Shows Effects of COVID-19

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 6.0 percent lower in April to 135.9 (2000=100) from the revised March reading of 144.5.

Glaston Reports Sales Growth in Q1

Glaston Corp. published its first quarter 2020 results. Group orders received were stable at $49.9 million and orders received by the segments grew 3 percent to $49.4 million.

ABI March 2020: Architecture firm billings plummet as a result of COVID-19

Billings at architecture firms plummeted in March as the Architecture Billings Index, compiled by the American Institute of Architects, fell by 20.1 points to a score of 33.3 for the month.

Construction Starts Decline in March

Total construction starts declined 5 percent from February to March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $746.9 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Dodge Momentum Index Eases Back in March

The Dodge Momentum Index declined by a scant 0.6 percent in March to 146.5 (2000=100) from the revised February reading of 147.4. 

Construction Starts Dip Slightly in February

Total construction starts lost 1 percent from January to February dropping to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $767.5 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Large projects in the office and healthcare sectors provided a boost for overall nonresidential building.

ABI February Score Shows Healthy Gains as Industry Faces Future Economic Uncertainty

February marked the sixth straight of month of revenue growth for architecture firms, according to the Architecture Billings Index, compiled by the American Institute of Architects.

Construction Starts Move Lower in January

Total construction starts slipped 6 percent from December to January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $759.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Architectural Billings Start the Year Strong

Architecture firm billings increased for the fifth consecutive month in January, with about the same share of firms reporting an increase in billings as in December, according to the Architectural Billings Index, compiled by the American Institute of Architects.

Dodge Momentum Index Starts 2020 on the Downside

The Dodge Momentum Index fell 2.7 percent in January to 152.5 (2000=100) from the revised December reading of 156.7, snapping a four-month streak of gains. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first, or initial, report for nonresidential building…

FGIA Releases New Document for Determining THERM Finite Element Modeling Surface Temperatures

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance released a new publication addressing aspects of the finite element thermal modeling process often used to predict interior surface temperatures on fenestration including non-residential windows, terrace and patio doors, curtain wall, storefront and…

Architectural Billings Ends Year on Positive Note

Demand for design services in December increased for the third month in a row, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects.

Construction Starts Fall 21 Percent in December

Total construction starts in the final month of 2019 dropped 21 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $800.4 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Construction Starts Surge 37% Higher in November

Construction starts moved 37 percent higher from October to November, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $988.9 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Architectural Billings Index Rebounds in October

Business conditions showed signs of improvement at architecture firms in October, as the Architectural Billings Index score rebounded to 52.0, following flat or declining billings for most of the year so far.