October 19, 2014


Chicago— Sure, millennials aren’t buying as many houses as the youngsters of previous decades. But there are plenty of other trends in home improvement that bode well for forward-thinking companies.

May 1, 2014

The latest from the HIRI Spring Conference.

March 15, 2013

The Home Improvement Research Institute added a new member: Cleveland-based plumbing products leader Oatey Co.

February 26, 2013

The Home Improvement Research Institute is preparing for its April 17 Spring Conference in Orlando, Fla.

September 7, 2012

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s (HIRI’s) September 2012 forecast for the size and trends in the home improvement market points to growth of 4.9% in 2012 and 4.0% in 2013. 

Based on the macroeconomic factors that are known to drive the industry, home improvement sales should outpace GDP growth and bring the market size to $284.8 billion in 2013. 

May 2, 2011

Arlington, Va. — At last year’s Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Spring Conference, the assembled researchers, guests and partners — all thirsty for good news — were told by Morgan Stanley analyst Ian Sugarman that the modest, pre-bubble year of 1999 is the “new normal.”

Fast-forward to this year’s event, held here at the Doubletree Crystal City, and a very similar group of attendees were told to brace for even more simulated time travel — this time to 1996.

April 13, 2011

Arlington, Va. -- The data was flying fast and furious here at the Home Improvement Research Institute's (HIRI's) Spring Conference. 

The series of seminars carried the theme "Understanding Today's Home Improvement Industry" and kicked off Wednesday morning with a detailed examination of some unpleasant and lingering macroeconomic trends. Other charts presented by the day's seven presenters picked up where last year's conference left off by establishing a worst-is-behind-us view of the home improvement industry.

September 21, 2008

The Home Improvement Research Institute will host a day-long conference next month in Oak Brook,...

September 9, 2008

The group’s annual fall conference, titled “Understanding the Future For Home Improvement,” will be held...

June 10, 2008

More than 51 percent of Americans are planning one or more home projects in the...

August 26, 2007

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) will host a daylong conference Oct. 10 in Chicago,...