WINDOWS Magazine Autumn 2016 - Page 4

wo r ds WOrds from the Vice chairman H appy New Year and welcome to the first edition of Windows for 2016. While activity levels varied from state to state last year, overall, 2015 was a strong year for our industry nationally. This was largely driven by the record number of new dwelling commencements, which reached an all-time high of 215,329 housing starts in the year to September 2015. This was 15 per cent above the previous peak of 187,000 starts way back in 1994. For many of our members, this has created the normal issues of trying to meet increased