IndustryOutlook  
Fire and Nice.  
ABI Shows  
Another Small Gain  
Fire-Rated Aluminum  
Window And Door  
Systems  
ABI Regional Averages  
For the most efficient,  
Northeast  
50.8  
least labor-intensive  
fire-rated extruded  
West  
8.6  
aluminum vision doors,  
windows and glazed wall  
systems, look to Aluflam.  
Built with anchoring holes,  
gaskets and glazing tapes  
pre-installed, our selection  
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With a virtually limitless  
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extruded aluminum vision  
doors, windows and glazed  
walls fire-rated for up to  
4
Midwest  
50.9  
Nov. 2015  
Nov. 2016  
South  
51.3  
ABI Score  
4
9.3  
50.8  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
5
8.6  
59.5  
oming off a modest increase after two consecutive months of con-  
traction, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded another  
small increase in demand for design services. The American Insti-  
tute of Architects (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 50.6,essen-  
tially unchanged from the mark of 50.8 in the previous month. This score  
reflects a slight increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates  
an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.5, up from  
a reading of 55.4 the previous month.  
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Dodge Momentum Index Up Slightly  
The Dodge Momentum Index inched up 0.3 percent in November to 133.2  
from its October reading of 132.7, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The  
index has now posted increases in ten of the last 12 months, and stands  
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8 percent higher than its November 2015 reading, suggesting construction  
activity should continue to strengthen in 2017.  
According to the report, the uptick for November’s mark was due to a  
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.1-percent rise in the commercial building component, while the institu-  
tional component slipped 5.2 percent in the month.  
Institutional planning had shown strength earlier in 2016 but has since  
receded, and it’s now 2 percent lower than 2015. Commercial planning, on  
the other hand, had a weak start to the year but has since advanced and is  
now 35 percent above 2015. s  
Dodge Momentum Index (Year 2000=100)  
October November % Change November November  
2016  
2016  
2015  
2016  
Dodge Momentum index  
Commercial building  
132.7  
143.1  
119.8  
133.2  
-4.3%  
-3.6%  
-5.3%  
119.9  
133.2  
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149.0  
113.6  
118.7  
121.1  
149.0  
113.6  
Aluflam USA  
Phone 562-926-9520 | Fax 562-404-1394  
Email info@aluflam-usa.com  
www.aluflam-usa.com  
Institutional building  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
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