Volume 42, Issue 9 - September 2007

Industry Outlook

Window to the World:
Finding the Price of an Insulating Glass Unit

This month, USGlass called shops in Atlanta, Chicago and Phoenix to compare prices for purchasing a clear, tempered insulating glass unit that is 28 7⁄16 by 23 inches, with -inch overall thickness. Shops in Chicago were more hesitant to give prices over the phone than shops in the other cities we called; some in Chicago even refused to do so at all.

Average pricing for the glass unit alone was just under, or just above, $100, but the window cost jumped another $50 to $200 for delivery and installation. Prices are without installation, unless otherwise noted. 

CHICAGO

Shop Price
Shop #1 $85.00
Shop #2 $37.00
Shop #3 $111.00
Shop #4 $195.00 (includes installation
Shop #5 $105.00
Mean $106.60
Median $105.00
 

ATLANTA

Shop Price
Shop #1 $75.00
Shop #2 $50.00
Shop #3 $70.00
Shop #4 $98.15
Shop #5 $72.00
Mean $73.03
Median $72.00

PHOENIX

Shop Price
Shop #1 $94.20
Shop #2 $100.00
Shop #3 $81.00
Shop #4 $95.00
Shop #5 $125.00
Mean $99.04
Median $95.00
The mean is an average of the figures provided, and the median represents the middle number in a series arranged in order of size. 

 

Residential Report Card

Privately Owned Housing Units Started
Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, Thousands of Units
Month '05 TOTAL '06 TOTAL '07 TOTAL
January 2,144  2,292  1,403
February 2,207   2,125 1,487
March 1,864  1,965  1,491
April 2,061  1,821  1,485
May 2,025  1,944  1,434
June 2,068  1,819  1,467
July 2,054  1,746
August 2,095  1,646
September 2,151  1,721
October 2,065   1,470
November 2,147  1,565
December 1,994  1,629
Average relative standard error three percent (p=preliminary)
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
Construction Report Card
Monthly Construction Contract Value
Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, In Millions
  May '07 May '07 % CHANGE
Nonresidential Building $196,155  $253,181 +29
Residential Building $271,618  $283,438 +4
Nonbuilding Const. $143,152  $125,818 -12
TOTAL CONST. $610,925  $662,437  +8

Average relative standard error 3 percent (p-preliminary)
YEAR-TO-DATE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT VALUE
Unadjusted Totals, In Millions

  6 MOS '07 6 MOS '06 % CHANGE
Nonresidential Building $105,918  $105,920 0
Residential Building $141,611  $192,662  -26
Nonbuilding Const. $62,568  $60,035  +4
TOTAL CONST. $310,097  $358,617  -14

 


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