At the International Builders Show, building trends will be discussed in broad strokes and global views of how the industry can grow sustainably while anticipating a shift in consumer demands. We may not know crystal balls at Andersen, but windows and doors are another matter altogether. Here are a few things we’ve observed that we believe will influence home buying trends for the next generation to come:
Energy Efficiency — this technology continues to improve year after year, and the horizon is growing. As homeowners look for more ways to lower their energy consumption, every feature of a house is carefully considered. That’s why Andersen launched a new triple pane glass offering for A-Series windows with options that are recognized as the Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR in 2015.
Monumental Doors — As the next evolutionary step in connecting a house with its surroundings, grand-scale doors add flexibility and boost quality of home life. In parts of the country where weather conditions are more consistent, monumental doors will become a much more common order for new homes and remodels.
Dark Colors — For a little added visual drama and contemporary note, more homeowners are incorporating dark colors into their color scheme — both exterior and interior. We recognized this at Andersen, which is why we offer a black color option on several of our product lines.
Smart Homes — Homes are getting smarter, with technology features that help a homeowner stay connected to their home even while they’re away. VeriLock is one such example. This patented sensor is embedded into a window lock, and can tell a homeowner if their windows are closed or opened and – more significant when improving energy performance – locked or unlocked.
Sustainability – Homeowners are no longer satisfied that the products they choose for their homes consume less of our nonrenewable energy resources; they want to know their homes have less of a negative impact on the environment. Sustainability is a practice applied throughout Andersen, from the raw material sources used to make our products to manufacturing processes, even delivery logistics. Of course, we make sure our windows are sustainable, too. In fact, Andersen was the first window manufacturer to publish an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) that reports a product’s environmental impacts over its lifecycle.
These trends follow a similar tone of recent years, only more refined. A reflection of how consumers are educating themselves about investments they can make in their own home, but their desire for a “green” home goes beyond a label to an understanding of detailed environmental benefits that certifications and standards help define. Integrated living takes on new life both physically and technologically. Subtle reinforcements of design details through color choices underscore a home’s story. Our willingness to explore our own customer’s desired knowledge is the trend that will carry industry leaders into a brighter future.
Sal Abbate is a Senior Vice President, and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Andersen Windows. For more information, visit www.andersenwindows.com.