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A Positive Outlook

With a new president about to take office, 2017 is full of both uncertainty and predictions of a strong year. And as we head into a new year, it's time to look toward the future with the help of industry experts, who weigh in on what they predict 2017 will bring.

Across the board, all indication is that 2017 will be a positive year for the architecture and construction market. As early as last July, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) was predicting a healthy construction outlook for 2017, in its semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast. More recently, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is predicting modest growth in the nonresidential construction sector, with improvements in the overall economy spurring an expansion of construction spending and jobs.

Our 2017 State of the Industry report reveals the predictions of seven industry experts on what the metal construction industry, and architecture and construction industry as a whole, can expect this year. From construction spending and activity to taxes and the future of metal components and metal building systems, the report covers a lot of information. Don't miss out on what the experts are saying as we look forward to 2017.

Following the State of the Industry report, we take a closer look at how using metal products can help projects achieve net zero goals. From helping to create a tight building envelope to metal roofing being a good option for photovoltaics, there are a lot of opportunities for metal products to shine in projects striving for net zero energy. Read more, starting here.

Be sure to check out the Barn-Inspired Residence in this month's Green Scene. Steve Rick, AIA, LEED AP, owner and principal at Street Dixon Rick architecture firm in Nashville, Tenn., takes us inside the process of designing his family home over several years.

Also this year, we want to give a special thanks to Thomas Taylor, who has been writing the LEEDing the Way and Constructive Insights column for the past five years. He's taking some time away from the column, and we appreciate all the hard work and dedication he put into providing in-depth, topical information on LEED and construction projects. This month, we introduce a new columnist, Alan Scott, of YR&G Sustainability, and will aim to find a variety of columnists to provide insight throughout the year. If you're interested in writing for Constructive Insights, please drop me an email at

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