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Article Title: US Demand for Building Boards to Exceed 52 Billion Square Feet in 2017
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Publication: Floor Covering Installer, 5/3/2013
Freedonia Study: Building Boards (3017)

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Demand for building boards in the US is forecast to rise 7.0 percent annually through 2017 to 52.5 billion square feet, as measured on a 3/8 inch basis. Residential construction markets accounted for approximately half of total demand in 2012 (though that percentage is much higher historically), so increased construction activity due to an expected housing market rebound will spark gains. In particular, the housing market recovery will drive growth in demand for building boards in flooring, roofing, and wall sheathing applications. Through 2017, the most rapid growth in building board demand is expected in windows and doors, subflooring, and roofing applications. Growth in demand for building boards in manufacturing applications is not projected to be as strong as that in construction applications. Among manufacturing markets, furniture and fixtures and engineered wood products are expected to post the fastest gains in building board demand. These and other trends are presented i
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