Approximately 40% of total energy demand in Europe are consumed in buildings, a majority thereof for heating and warm water. To improve energy efficiency, insulation of house walls or roofs is discussed frequently. However, even the best insulation is useless when thermal bridges are not taken into consideration. Already today, windows and doors are able to contribute considerably to energy saving, for example, by integrating special insulation cores directly into the window profile. Ceresana analyzed the European market for windows and doors that are utilized in the construction industry already for the second time: The analysts expect a sales volume of a total of 222 million units for 2024.
Besides figures regarding demand, production, as well as import and export (each in million units), the current study also provides sales figures (in million euros). In regard to windows, this study focuses on amount, material, and application (new construction or renovation), but not on fittings or glazing. Thus, the number of window frames is the decisive factor. Figures given for the market for doors include interior and exterior doors, but not gates (garages, garden, sliding, etc.). Door leaves, frames, and thresholds are not counted individually but are treated as one entire door unit.
Funds for Smart Buildings
The market for windows and doors is not only influenced by funding of energy efficient new constructions, but also, to a large extent, by support programs for energetic renovation of existing buildings. The individual country-specific regulations are subject of the corresponding country profiles in this study. There is a Europe-wide framework for this topic:
Shortly after the climate summit in Paris in December 2015, the European Parliament adopted a draft with ambitious climate protection goals. The topic energy efficiency of buildings is of high importance in it. Implementation of the EU building regulations (EPBD) will play a major role. Realization into national law has to be reasonable, practical, and controllable.
In late 2016, a proposition to change the directive 2010/31/EU concerning overall energy efficiency of buildings under the framework of the package of measures “Clean Energy for All Europeans” was submitted to better contribute to the realization of the climate and energy goals for 2030.
Also in late 2016, the European Commission launched the initiative “Smart Finance for Smart Buildings”, which is to create incentives for public and private investments in energy efficiency of buildings. Besides suitable insulation material, modern windows and doors are at the center of attention.
The Bottom Seems to Be Passed
The European market for windows and doors has lost a large share of volume since the economic crisis of 2009. However, the downward trend seems to be stopped for the time being. Demand on the part of the construction industry shows a slight upswing in most countries. In Western Europe, positive development is to be expected in Scandinavia and Germany in particular. In the eastern part of Europe, a lot of building activity is observable in Poland. In Turkey, growth is rather moderate compared to the past, however, it is still, on average, significantly above 2 percentage points throughout the entire forecasting period.
Wood-Aluminum and PVC More and More Popular
In regard to materials used for window frames, considerable regional differences are to be observed. However, wood-aluminum combinations are gaining market shares throughout Europe. PVC windows continue to enjoy a high popularity due to the good price-performance ratio and the low maintenance effort and will be able to raise their overall market volume in the upcoming eight years, despite major declines in Russia. In the segment doors, plastic doors grow the fastest on a percentage basis, however, starting at a relatively low absolute level. Especially in the sector exterior doors, metal or metal composites become more and more popular: Security concerns play a major role in this regard. In the segment interior doors, wooden doors remain the unchallenged number one even if plastic doors gain market shares in this sector as well.
The Study in Brief:
In chapter 1, demand for windows and doors split by materials (wood, plastics, metal and material combinations), demand split by the segments new construction and renovation, revenues generated with windows and doors in euros as well as production split by materials are depicted for all of Europe - always separately for windows and doors.
Furthermore, demand for and production of windows and doors split by materials (always separately for windows and doors) as well as revenues generated with windows and doors in euros (always separately for windows and doors), and import and export are provided for 23 countries.
Additionally, demand for windows and doors separately split by the segments new construction and renovation of the eight largest countries (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Turkey) and the aggregates of the rest of Western Europe and the rest of Eastern Europe is analyzed. Indication of quantity is always in million units.
Chapter 2: This chapter examines the market for windows and doors split by materials in detail (that is, always separately, windows - wood, windows - plastics, windows - metal and material combinations, doors - wood, doors - plastics, and doors - metal and material combinations). Indication of quantity is always in million units. Both demand as well as production figures are indicated.
Chapter 3 provides profiles of the largest manufacturers of windows and doors, clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, profile summary, products, and applications. Extensive profiles of 68 manufacturers are given, including Deceuninck NV, Hörmann KG, IFN-Holding AG, Inwido AB, Jeld-Wen A/S, profine GmbH - International Profile Group, Rehau AG + Co., Roto Frank AG, Schüco International KG, VEKA AG, VKR Holding A/S.