Readers Respond: How to do a trade show
First rule: plan ahead. Does your approach to buying markets and trade shows jibe with our readers’ approach?
A recent HCN Daily asked: “A busy month for co-op and distributor markets is just around the corner. How do you plan to make the most of the markets?”
One reader responded with several key concepts:
• “Planning, budget and time allocation is most important.”
• “I walk the show the first day and do not buy anything. I leave early and map out my day two.”
• “Go in focused and get it done.”
• “I try to focus on one main area.”
• “I also take two different pairs of shoes and swap them every hour or so.”
• “It also helps to eat bananas and drink water.”
DOE reveals thermostat data
According to the latest “Today in Energy” brief from the Department of Energy, programmable central thermostats show household penetration level of about 37%, for heating equipment.
Cooling equipment penetration is less common, at 29%.
source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
“Thermostats are used to control central heating equipment in 85% of households, and less than half of those thermostats are programmable. For households with central cooling equipment, 60% have a central thermostat and about half of those are programmable.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s new “Today in Energy” brief looks at how many U.S. homes have central thermostats to control their heating and cooling equipment.
Study: U.S. fiber cement demand growing at 8.5% annual rate
According to a new Freedonia Group study, U.S. demand for fiber cement products is expected to grow at an 8.5% annual rate, reaching 2.9 billion sq. ft. (valued at $2.2 billion) by 2017.
"Advances will be driven by a rebound in residential building construction spending, particularly in the new housing segment," explained Freedonia Group analyst Matt Zielenski. The study also highlights the role of fiber cement’s "favorable aesthetic and performance properties."
The growth is expected to be particularly spurred by the new residential market, where the boom may reach beyond 16% annually.
Within the product category, siding made up the largest share of the 2012 demand — more than two-thirds. Freedonia says fiber cement has all but surpassed wood in this category, being that it’s more resilient and requires less maintenance.
The residential improvement and repair market made up the largest share of the demand in 2012, fueled in large part by bathroom renovations requiring the use of fiber cement backboard.
Additionally, nonresidential projects are expected to spur growth, especially coastal resorts and high-end hotels.