I n d u s t r y O u t l o o k : G l a s s U s a g e  
Where’s All the Glazing Going?  
Glass Usage Growing with Nonresidential Construction  
y early indications, construction growth will  
continue through this coming year—and that  
means more glass for architects to specify.  
segment will see gains of 9 percent, led by office  
and institutional construction. Residential—led by  
multifamily—will be up 16 percent.  
b
Dodge Data & Analytics predicts that total  
U.S. construction starts for 2016 will rise 6 per-  
cent to $712 billion, following gains of 9 percent  
in 2014 and an estimated 13 percent in 2015.  
According to Dodge, nonresidential plateaued  
USGlass magazine, sister publication of Architects’  
Guide to Glass & Metal, also projects increases on the  
horizon for commercial construction, according to  
its fifth annual glass usage forecast.  
Commercial office building construction in par-  
in 2015, but will re-gain momentum this year. The ticular is poised to see significant growth as 2016  
rolls on. This segment is expected to see 22 million  
Square Footage of Glass used in  
Square Footage of Glass used in  
U.S. Commercial Buildings – Stores  
(millions of square feet)  
square feet of glass usage—a 17.3 percent increase  
compared to 18.75 million square feet in 2015.  
Store construction is forecast to see a 16.7 per-  
cent increase in glass usage, from 69.5 million  
square feet in 2015 to 80.5 million in 2016.  
Glass usage in hotel construction is predicted to  
see nearly a 5-percent increase compared to 2015,  
from 10.2 million to 10.7 million square feet.  
Two institutional segments, educational and  
amusement and recreation, will also likely see gains.  
Glass usage in educational facilities should be near-  
ly 13 million square feet, a 9.2 percent increase  
compared to last year. Also, data forecasts amuse-  
ment and recreation to be at 6.4 million square feet  
of glass usage, up 16.4 percent compared to 2015.  
Glass used in store construction will be up  
more than 9 percent to 30 million square feet,  
compared to 27.5 million in 2015. AGG  
U.S. Commercial Buildings – Offices  
(
millions of square feet)  
3
0
2
2
1
1
5
0
5
0
5
0
30  
25  
20  
29  
29  
2
7.5  
2
2
2
0.4  
1
8.75  
1
5.8  
1
1
5
0
5
0
2
projected  
013  
2014  
2015  
2016*  
2013  
2014  
2015  
2016*  
*
*projected  
Square Footage of Glass used in  
U.S. Institutional – Educational Buildings  
Square Footage of Glass used in  
U.S. Commercial Buildings – Hotels  
(millions of square feet)  
Square Footage of Glass Usage,  
Percent Increases by Construction Segment  
(projected, 2016 increase compared to 2015)  
(
millions of square feet)  
1
5
2
9
6
3
0
12  
10  
8
1
0.7  
1
3
Educational  
Commercial  
Residential  
Manufacturing  
Commercial  
Amusement  
Hotels  
+9.2%  
+9.1%  
1
0.2  
1
1.9  
1
1.75  
1
8
.7  
1
0.4  
+16.7%  
+16.4%  
6
.5  
+5.6%  
+8.2%  
6
4
+4.9%  
2
Offices  
+17.3%  
20%  
0
2
013  
2014  
2015  
2016*  
2013  
2014  
2015  
2016*  
0%  
5%  
10%  
15%  
*
projected  
*projected  
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