Market Research

  • Gazing into the Crystal Ball

    What Slowdown? Pace of Construction Activity Projected to Accelerate through 2019 By Kermit Baker Construction spending for nonresidential buildings is projected to increase 4 percent this year and continue at that pace of growth through 2019. While the commercial construction sectors will generate much of the expected gains this year, by 2019 the industrial and

  • Extreme Weather and the Construction Industry

    This fall, the United States was hit with a series of tropical storms that caused extreme destruction and mass evacuations. It’s estimated that together, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma caused $290 billion in damages. Harvey accounts for the majority of this figure: the rebuild is expected to cost $190 billion, making Harvey one of the costliest weather

  • 6 Construction Industry Trends to Expect in 2018

    Keeping on top of new and emerging trends in the construction industry not only helps keep your company from falling behind, but also helps prepare you for the future. With the continuing growth and evolution of the construction industry, companies must stay up to date if they want to remain competitive. While it can be

  • The Commercial and Industrial Mechanical Insulation & Laminated Metal Building Insulation Markets Exhibit Overall Growth

    Survey Confirms Market Expectations and Predicts Healthy 2017–2018

  • 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.

  • Do You Have an Insulation Strategy?

    Considering its importance, insulation doesn’t seem to get as much attention as it deserves. This appears to be changing, at least to some extent. Recently, there have been changes to insulation requirements in the both the country’s biggest state and biggest city — California and New York City.

  • The Mechanical Insulation Industry: A Global Perspective

    The National Insulation Association (NIA) recently concluded its 61st Annual Convention/WIACO in Boca Raton, Florida. During this Convention, NIA hosted the World Insulation and Acoustic Congress Organization (WIACO) meeting, where international members of the European Federation of Associations of Insulation Contractors (FESI) and other international insulation industry professionals join members of NIA to learn, network, and discuss the current state of the insulation industry.