The message spreading through the Italian construction industry is: "the worst is over, the patient is off the critical list", and "it's time to get our act together and invest"
The Chief Executive Officer of MADE Eventi, Giovanni De Ponti, is looking ahead with confidence. “Demand on the domestic market may still be a tad sluggish, but the good news is that more and more Italians will be renovating and refurbishing their homes in 2014. Another reason I’m optimistic is that bank loans to first time home buyers are picking up again”, adds De Ponti.
In 2013, 27.8 billion euros went into energy retrofits, and Italians have already spent more than 10 billion in the first four months of this year, according to a survey conducted by Cresme and commissioned by Edilegnoarredo, the FederlegnoArredo member association that groups together manufacturers of products for the construction industry and urban furnishings sector. (source: ANSA)