Will 2014 be the year for the hydronics market?

Time’s report simply echoed what we here at CONTRACTOR had already heard a few weeks ago from Dale Stroud, Uponor’s senior director of marketing/offerings. Among them: Housing starts are up Available inventory of new and existing homes is down Measures of builder optimism are up Housing prices are up Non-residential construction put-in-place is up The Architectural Billing Index, a 9-12 month leading indicator, up Construction employment up Consumer confidence up The Remodeling Market Index up North American PEX pipe sales up

CHICAGO — Just in time for Christmas, Time magazine’s business section gave us an early present when it ran the story, “Why The Home Building Industry is About To Take Off” (http://ti.me/1cTTnWD). The article noted that seasonally adjusted housing starts in November 2013 topped a million units and quoted a Goldman Sachs analyst who said housing construction could add 300,000 to 500,000 jobs in 2014.

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