Glass Usage in 2017…  
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Projected Glass Useage  
U.S. Commercial  
U.S. Commercial  
Buildings – Offices  
Buildings – Hotels  
(millions of square feet)  
12  
(millions of square feet)  
25  
20  
15  
10  
5
0
1
0
8
6
4
2
0
10.65  
10.5  
2
0.62  
9.75  
2
0.4  
1
8.75  
8
.7  
1
7.25  
2
014  
2015  
2016  
2017  
2014  
2015  
2016  
2017  
he commercial building sector has been on a “roller closely tied to the housing market, which has seen sluggish  
coaster ride”over the past decade, according to Dodge growth.Other key factors are a lack of progress in household  
Data & Analytics chief economist Robert Murray. In incomes and a shift in the retail industry to online shopping.  
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017, that ride should continue its upward trajectory.  
This helped pave the way for a 14-percent decrease in retail  
According to the Dodge 2017 Construction Outlook re- starts in 2016, and a 5-percent retreat in dollar volume.  
port, “While the overall economy has been sluggish, most  
market fundamentals [such as occupancies and rents] con- housing market and recovery in consumer spending will  
tinue to perform well.”  
make for a 5-percent increase in retail construction square  
However, Dodge predicts a growing economy, improving  
In the first nine months of 2016,commercial building was footage, to 102 million in 2017, as well as a 6-percent gain in  
up 10 percent from the same time last year. According to dollar volume, to $19.6 billion.  
Dodge, commercial building will increase 6 percent in dol-  
One positive in the retail segment has been alteration  
lar volume (to $105.1 billion) on top of the 12-percent gain work, which continues to trend up.Renovation construction  
estimated for 2016.Office and store construction is showing is up 8 percent in 2015 and 10 percent in 2016.  
improvement, while the hotel segment will begin to retreat.  
Office starts are expected to advance 9 percent in square feet  
Commercial construction lost momentum in 2015, but and 18 percent in dollar value in 2016 after a decline in 2015—  
bounced back in 2016 with a 1-percent increase in square the result of a lack of large projects that didn’t break ground.  
footage and the double-digit gain in dollars.In 2017,the seg-  
Dodge projects office starts to gain another 10 percent in  
ment is projected to increase 4 percent in square footage (to 2017 to 110 million square feet, with dollar value increasing  
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48 million) along with the jump in dollar volume.  
Murray says the retail segment has lagged far behind  
9 percent to $37.8 billion.  
As with the retail sector, offices have seen a spike in alter-  
the other commercial sector for a few reasons. For one, it’s ations over the last few years, with a 12-perecent increase in  
Single-Family  
Housing  
U.S. Institutional –  
Educational Buildings  
(millions of square feet)  
(
millions of square feet)  
1
5
2
9
6
3
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
7
79.5  
12.97  
7
3
11.75 11.56 11.9  
6
5
4
3
2
1
68.3  
61.9  
2
014  
2015  
2016  
2017  
2014  
2015  
2016  
2017  
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017 vs 2016 Projected Glass Increases by Const(rmuilclitoinosnofSsqeugarme feenett)  
1
2
0
8
6
4
2
0
2
1
2%  
1
9
.97%  
9.6%  
9
%
6
.3%  
5.2%  
2
.5%  
-
1.4%  
-
Amusement  
Offices  
Educational Single-Family Manufacturing  
Stores  
Warehouses  
Hotels  
U.S. Commercial  
Buildings – Warehouses  
U.S. Commercial  
Buildings – Stores  
(
millions of square feet)  
(millions of square feet)  
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
30  
29.25  
2
5
28.25  
25.5  
2
4.25  
6
.18  
20  
15  
5
.85  
6.03  
5
.43  
1
0
5
0
2
014  
2015  
2016  
2017  
2014  
2015  
2016  
2017  
2
015 and a 20-percent jump in 2016.  
Hotel construction has shown major gains over the last crease in glass usage—5.6 million square feet compared to  
six years, with a 281-percent spike in square footage from 5.04 million in 2016. Other segments that should be strong  
about 13 percent,bringing with it an expected 12-percent in-  
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011-2015.Starts for the first nine months of 2016 increased include commercial office building construction, with glass  
percent in square footage and 24 percent in dollar value. usage up about 10 percent to 21 million square feet com-  
Murray said the positive trend has been a result of improved pared to a 19-percent gain in 2016; single-family housing,  
business travel and strengthening industry financials. Ad- with glass usage up about 9 percent to nearly 80 million  
ditionally, new legislation that legalized gambling in many square feet compared to 73 million in 2016; and educational  
states has activated the casino-building market, with major facilities,with glass usage up around 9.6 percent to nearly 13  
projects reaching groundbreaking in 2016.  
According to real estate services and investment organi-  
million square feet compared to around 12 million last year.  
Buildings used in manufacturing are also likely to increase.  
zation CBRE, hotel occupancy rates have increased in each The segment is expected to see 1.86 million square feet of glass  
quarter from 2011 through 2015, though the large supply usage,compared to 1.74 million in 2016,a 6.3 percent increase.  
that has been added to the market has begun to undermine  
Store construction will also be up, with glass usage some-  
that trend. Dodge projects square footage starts in this seg- where around 5 percent to 25.5 million square feet, com-  
ment will slide 1 percent in 2017 (to 70 million), with dollar pared to 24.25 million in 2016.  
value increasing just 1 percent (to $17.1 billion).  
Glass used in warehouse construction is up to 6.18 mil-  
And as for glass,the USGlass magazine sixth annual Glass lion square feet, a 2.5-percent increase compared to 2016.  
Usage Forecast shows increases on the horizon. A few seg- The only decrease, hotel construction, is predicted to drop  
ments in particular are predicted to lead that activity.  
slightly, less than 2 percent, to 10.5 million square feet com-  
The amusement and recreational category looks to be up pared to 10.65 million in 2016. n  
U.S. Manufacturing  
Buildings  
U.S. Institutional –  
Amusement and Recreation  
(
millions of square feet)  
(millions of square feet)  
6
2
2
1
1
0
0
.5  
.0  
.5  
.0  
.5  
.0  
5
4
3
2
1
0
5.64  
2.3  
5.28  
5
.04  
4
.8  
1
.92  
1
.86  
1.74  
2
014  
2015  
2016  
2017  
2014  
2015  
2016  
2017  
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