Market Research

  • Gazing into the Crystal Ball

    AIA: Even with Uncertainties Looming, Healthy Gains Projected for 2017 Building Activity By Kermit Baker 2016 was a chaotic year for non-residential building activity. For most serving this market, it turned out to be a successful year—construction spending in this sector rose almost 8%, according to current estimates—even as challenges to the industry were continually

  • Construction Outlook

    Economic forecasting is always fraught with perils. Uncertainty about laws and regulations—not to mention unexpected events such as better or worse than normal weather—make the job of the forecaster that much more difficult. As this article is being written, the usual uncertainties are amplified by a new administration whose actions regarding the economy leave many

  • State of the Industry Q&A

    1. Reflect on last year’s answer and describe, in retrospect, the outlook for 2017? Steve Luse, NIA President and Union Contractor It feels like 2017 will be a good year. The election of a new pro-business president has seemed to jump-start the economy and we are seeing signs that many projects that have been put

  • Global Demand for Insulation

    Global demand for insulation is expected to rise 3.7% per year to 26.0 billion square meters of R-1 value in 2020. Developing countries are expected to account for the majority of insulation demand gains, with rising building construction activity and industrial output driving growth.

  • Gazing into the Crystal Ball

    A look at industry forecasts for the coming year.

  • 2016 Construction Forecast

    The expansion for the construction industry has been underway for several years now. The construction start statistics show 2010 as the initial year of recovery, although a real recovery with a meaningful contribution from the housing sector did not take hold until 2012. There has been an increasing contribution from commercial building, and 2014 saw

  • Factors Affecting the Insulation Market

    The insulation market has seen steady growth in demand over the past decade, increasing on average by just under 3% annually between 2000 and 2010. The global market for thermal insulation materials totalled 37.1 million tons in 2012, worth an estimated $84.4 billion, including materials used in wall, floor, and roof applications. This is expected

  • Gazing into the Crystal Ball

    A look at 4 different predictions from construction sources about what will impact the industry in 2014.

  • Construction Industry Growing Steadily

    A look at the opportunities and challenges facing the industry over the next few years.

  • Moving Forward Into 2014—Forecast: Economic Recovery and Continued Growth

    As 2013 draws to a close, the U.S. economy is coming off a lackluster year in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) growth and employment. Real GDP for the third quarter (Q3) of 2013 increased at an annual rate of 2.8%, primarily driven by a build-up in inventories. Consumer expenditures account for about 70% of