Industry News

Architecture Billings Downward Trajectory Moderates

Jun 25th, 2020

Demand for design services in May saw few signs of rebounding following a record drop in billings the month prior, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for May was 32.0 compared to 29.5 in April, but still represents a significant decrease in services […]

A New Virtual Event for the Architectural Glass Industry Announced

Jun 23rd, 2020

GlassCon Global® and USGlass magazine have joined together to produce a new ground-breaking virtual event servicing the architectural glass, metal and fenestration industries, GlassCon Global VE-Glass Virtual-EX. The new event combines the popular GlassCon Global educational program with the very popular Glass Expos—all in one virtual event. September 9-10, 2020 a complete line-up of ground-breaking […]

NGA Cancels GlassBuild America

Jun 23rd, 2020

The National Glass Association (NGA) has canceled GlassBuild America, which was scheduled for September 15-17, 2020 in Las Vegas. “Like many of you, we are deeply disappointed by the COVID-19 impact on our trade show. While this cancellation puts a temporary pause on a dynamic and highly valued in-person event, it also has a significant […]

Construction Starts Post Small Gain in May

Jun 16th, 2020

Total construction starts rose 3% from April to May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $595.1 billion, following a 25% decline the previous month. Several large nonresidential building projects broke ground in May resulting in the gain. Removing those large projects from the statistics would have resulted in no change in starts over the […]

Dodge Momentum Index Flat in May

Jun 8th, 2020

The Dodge Momentum Index moved a scant 0.1% lower in May to 129.2 (the year 2000 = 100) from the revised April reading of 129.4. The commercial component of the Momentum Index rose 1% during the month, while the institutional component dropped 1.9%. The resilience of the Momentum Index over the last two months has […]

Architecture Billings Continue Historic Contraction

May 29th, 2020

Demand for design services in April saw its steepest decline on record, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s Architecture Billings Index score of 29.5 for April reflects a decrease in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms (any number below 50 indicates a decrease in billings). During April, […]

PPI: April a Mixed Bag for Glass and Glazing Materials Prices

May 13th, 2020

The not seasonally adjusted prices for materials used in glass and glazing manufacturing were a mixed bag in April 2020 after increases nearly across the board in March, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In April, the monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity […]

Dodge Momentum Index Trips on COVID-19 in April

May 13th, 2020

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 6% lower in April to 135.9 (the year 2000 = 100) from the revised March reading of 144.5. Both components of the Momentum Index pulled back during the month—the commercial component fell 7.6%, while the institutional component dropped 3.2%. COVID-19 had a significant negative impact on the economy in April, […]

Vitro Architectural Glass Launches Live Chat Support for Architects and Glazing Contractors

Apr 23rd, 2020

Architects, designers and glazing contractors can now access a new live chat service available throughout Vitro Architectural Glass’ website, www.vitroglazings.com. Operated by Vitro’s architectural services team, the live chat service is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. The tool was developed primarily to provide responsive, real-time design support to architects and […]

Architecture Billings Index Points to Major Downturn in Commercial Construction

Apr 23rd, 2020

Reflecting the deteriorating conditions in the overall economy, demand for design services from architecture firms recorded a record fall, according to a new report today from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 33.3 for March reflects a decrease in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms (any score […]

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