Volume 47, Issue 3 - March 2012

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Looking Up
The First Annual USGlass Usage Forecast

After several years of a down construction market, USGlass is seeing a positive turn ahead for the U.S. commercial glass industry. In our first annual USGlass industry usage forecast, we are seeing positive indicators on the horizon in most areas of commercial construction for 2012.

USGlass compiled this data using its own research, and plans to track this data annually in future years.

The most positive commercial increase in the year ahead appears to be in the area of warehouses, predicted to be up 17.6 percent over last year. Data shows that approximately 2 million square feet of glass will show up in warehouses in 2012, compared with 1.7 million last year.

Glass in hotels is projected to grow 17. 1 percent, using 4.1 million square feet of glass in 2012, compared with 3.5 million in 2011.

Stores built in the United States are expected to an increase in glass usage of 2.5 percent, up by half a million square feet from last year. USGlass’ data projects that approximately 20.8 Stores built in the United States are expected to an increase in glass usage of 2.5 percent, up by half a million square feet from last year. USGlass’ data projects that approximately 20.8 million square feet of glass will be used in stores across the United States—up from 20.3 million in both 2010 and 2011.

The construction of manufacturing plants is expected to remain somewhat level in 2012, with a slight increase of 7.1 percent—from 1.4 million square feet of glass to 1.5 million.

Office buildings are projected to use 10.7 million square feet of glass in 2012—up 3.9 percent over 2011, during which 10.3 million square feet of glass was used.

Educational buildings is one area that will see a slight decrease from last year. USGlass projects that 10.8 million square feet of glass will be used in education buildings in 2012, down 9.2 percent from last year, from 11.9 million square feet.

Institutional buildings, which includes both amusement and recreational buildings, will remain level with last year at 3.48 million square feet of glass for the year.

On the residential side, single-family housing also is expected to grow in 2012 by 7.4 percent—using 43.5 million square feet of glass, compared with 40.5 million in 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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