A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members July 6, 2006
Association News

AWI Announces a “Call for Volunteers” for Committees, Task Forces

Do you have special talents you are willing to share?  Do you have years of experience from which AWI could benefit?  Are you interested in getting involved and making a difference in our association and industry?

If so, AWI invites you to volunteer for one of the committees, task forces and AWI events for the 2006-2007 year that begins Oct. 1, 2006.

Descriptions of the nearly 30 committees can be found on the AWI web site.  Interested members can sign up online by answering a few questions.

Get involved.  Giving back to the industry returns you with handsome rewards. Work together on common goals for the good of the industry and make valuable contacts within the industry.  By widening your contacts you can also pick up new ideas and techniques to take back to your business.

The deadline for submissions is close of business, DST, Friday, July 28, 2006.

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You’re Invited to AWI Booth & Receptions at IWF 2006®

Stop by the AWI Booth while you’re at the International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair-USA, Aug. 23-26, 2006 in Atlanta, GA.  Visit AWI at Booth A-429 during show hours.  Join fellow AWI members at the association’s receptions on Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Georgia World Conference Center.  Watch for your special invitation.  See you at the Fair!

Register for IWF online.
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In Search of...Back Issues of AWI e-briefs

Put your worries to rest. If you’ve been searching for information from a back issue of AWI e-briefs, you can find it easily via AWI’s web site.  As an added benefit of membership, you can access the e-briefs archives  and find an issue either by date or key word. 

Use the convenient search feature to find articles on any subject. The search capability delivers a list for your review.  Take advantage of this AWI benefit of membership.  Archived issues of AWI e-briefs begin with the November 4, 2005 edition when conversion to a new delivery and administration system took place.
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Industry News

Green Buildings Are Going Mainstream, says Harvard Business Review

Green is rapidly becoming a necessity as companies as diverse as Bank of America, Genzyme, Goldman Sachs, IBM, and Toyota are now pushing green buildings fully into the mainstream, according to "Building the Green Way" by Charles Lockwood. This article in the June 2006 issue of the Harvard Business Review makes the case for green and cites the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) and its LEED® Green Building Rating SystemT.  The article examines the national energy crisis, and raises a looming threat to commercial real estate portfolios.  Alternative materials are one of the author’s recommendations for builders.

The Green Tipping Point

Before 2000, companies generally regarded green buildings as interesting experiments but unfeasible projects in the real business world. Since then, several factors have caused a major shift in corporate thinking and pushed green to the tipping point:

  • First, the creation of reliable building-rating and performance measurement systems for new construction and renovations, like the USGBC's rigorous LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating System.
  • Second, hundreds of studies have proven the financial advantages of going green, from reduced construction costs to lower operating costs.
  • Third, employers have experienced significant workforce benefits in green buildings, including stronger employee attraction and retention, as well as fewer illnesses and lower absenteeism, which reduces health care costs. In particular, green buildings can boost employee productivity by approximately 15%.
  • Finally, says Lockwood, green buildings today cost no more to construct than standard buildings thanks to lower materials and technologies costs, much greater availability of green building products, and greater real estate industry experience in planning and constructing green buildings.

To construct a green workplace on a standard budget, Lockwood recommends that companies follow Ten Rules:

Rule 1: Focus on the Big Picture
All development decisions from the start must be guided by a green mind-set. A collaborative green project team begins by examining the building site, the plans for the exterior and the interior, and the budget, thus managing up front how each planning decision affects the overall project.

Rule 2: Choose a Sustainable Site
Do not build on prime farmland, parkland, a historic or prehistoric site, the habitat of an endangered species, or within 100 feet of wetlands. Ideal locations for green development include in-fill properties like parking lots and vacant lots, redevelopment sites like rail yards, and remediated brownfields.

Rule 3: Do the Math
Apply a cost/benefit analysis to each building component before allocating funding. A green (landscaped) roof costs more than a standard roof to install, for example, but its return on investment is greater because it lasts years longer and provides more benefits, particularly stormwater management and lower energy costs.

Rule 4: Make the Site Plan Work for You
Site planning can minimize the amount of on-site infrastructure like roads and parking lots, reduce earthwork and grading, and provide easy access to public transportation-all of which lowers construction costs and earns LEED. Building orientation can reap significant benefits, like creating a daylit interior that needs much less artificial lighting.

Rule 5: Landscape for Savings
Landscaping minimizes heat islands-the build-up of heat from sunlight pouring onto dark, nonreflective surfaces-which lowers energy usage and costs. Landscape strategies include (1) green screens on building walls, (2) mature trees shading building walls, roads, and parking areas, and (3) a green roof, which reduces interior heat gain (lowering air conditioning requirements), cleans the air, serves as wildlife habitat, and absorbs rain.

Rule 6: Design for Greater Green
Companies can use a wide variety of strategies to cost-effectively design a green building. A long and narrow building shape, for example, maximizes natural lighting and ventilation for workers. Operable windows and skylights enable natural ventilation. Windows with low-E (low-emission) glazing minimize interior solar heat gain and glare.

Rule 7: Take Advantage of Technology
Green building technologies like motion-sensitive lighting sensors, individual climate controls in offices and at workstations, and highly efficient HVAC systems help conserve energy. Green facilities can also produce some of their own electricity with alternative technologies, like photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, and natural gas microturbines.

Rule 8: Save and Manage Water
To save water, firms can install water-conserving irrigation systems and plumbing, waterless urinals (which are more sanitary than standard ones), and native and drought-tolerant landscape plants, and they can use recycled (not potable) water for landscape irrigation. Green stormwater management strategies include bioswales (shallow "canals" lined with plants), green roofs, and man-made retention ponds and wetlands.

Rule 9: Use Alternative Materials
Many types of sustainable, nontoxic building materials are now readily available at mainstream prices, including low- and zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, strawboard made from wheat (rather than formaldehyde-laced particle board), linoleum flooring made from jute and linseed oil (rather than toxin-packed standard vinyl), 100% recycled carpeting and heavy steel, and furniture with significant recycled content.

Rule 10: Construct Green
How you build is just as important as where and what you build. Achieving a superior indoor air quality, for example, starts during the construction process by coordinating wet and dry activities to avoid contaminating dry materials with moisture and making them breeding grounds for mold or bacteria. Recycling construction waste is also part of the green process that helps lower the project budget and protect the environment.

Our Green Future

"The green future is here," says Lockwood. "Like the dramatic, occasionally unsettling, and ultimately beneficial transformations wrought by the introduction of electric lights, telephones, elevators, and air-conditioning, green building principles are changing how we construct and use our workplaces, as well as our homes, schools, stores, medical facilities, and civic and cultural institutions." Armed with the ten rules in the Harvard Business Review, corporations no longer have an excuse for eschewing sustainability and forgoing LEED certification-they have tools that are proven to lower overhead costs, improve productivity, and strengthen the bottom line.

About USGBC and LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. Since its founding in 1993, the Council has grown to over 6,300 member companies and organizations.  For more information go to http://www.usgbc.org.

AWI is one of the first associations to be admitted to membership under the revised USGBC Membership Policies.

About Charles Lockwood
Charles Lockwood is an environmental and real estate consultant based in southern California and New York City. For more information go to http://www.charleslockwood.com. You can also reach Charles Lockwood via e-mail at charleslockwood@verizon.net, or call 310.455.3630 or 212.859.5070.

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Residential Architecture Has Changed Over 10 Years: Learn How

In 10 years, the number of single-family houses built in the U.S. each year rose from just over 1 million to a new record of 1.7 million in 2005.  Plus, the average house cost nearly $300,000 in 2005, up from $160,000 five years ago.  What happened and why?  A number of factors influenced the change in addition to U.S. consumers becoming more educated about their greatest asset, their homes.  Find out more at Residential Architect Online.  (Free registration)
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Business Practices

ASA Shares Secrets of the Successful Subcontractor

Is your company overlooking key factors to success in its business equation?

For any subcontractor who has ever wondered how to increase company profits, the American Subcontractors Association Inc. (ASA) is presenting workshops to answer questions on the topics that matter most with its "Secrets of the Successful Subcontractor" Learning Series of Web seminars, or "webinars."

ASA's webinars, which are audio-visual presentations broadcast over the Internet and by phone, "provide valuable and cost-effective learning opportunities for subcontractors to gain more knowledge to face the risks being thrown at them," says ASA member and past ASA webinar participant Eric Daffern of Tulsa, Okla. "The presenters provide real-world, practical advice on important issues that subcontractors deal with regularly."

Kick Off on Sept. 12, 2006

ASA will kick off its second series of webinars on Sept. 12, 2006. Over an eight-month period, renowned professionals from around the nation will offer ASA webinar participants practical ideas for increasing leverage in contract disputes, collecting late payments, lowering tax bills, avoiding insurance gaps on "wrap-up" insured construction projects, and more.

The schedule for ASA's "Secrets of the Successful Subcontractor" Learning Series is:

  • Sept. 12, 2006 - Increasing Your Leverage in Contract Disputes
  • Oct. 10, 2006 - Collections Strategies for Specialty Trade Contractors
  • Nov. 14, 2006 - The Tax Man Cometh: Year-End Tips To Avoid Overpaying Your Taxes
  • Dec. 12, 2006 - Re-Defining Your Corporate Culture for Success
  • Jan. 9, 2007 - Negotiating Win-Win Solutions With the ASA Subcontract Addenda
  • Feb. 13, 2007 - Developing a Corporate Ethics Policy
  • Apr. 10, 2007 - Mind the Gaps: What Subcontractors Need To Know Before Jumping On Board an OCIP or CCIP Project
  • May 8, 2007 - Bidding Smarter With Bid Conditions

Fees & Registration

The fee is $199 per webinar for ASA members and $279 per webinar for nonmembers.

Registrants will receive a special Internet address to log on to at a specified time and will be able to view the presentation live over the Web. To hear the presenter's voice, participants will call in to a toll-free number provided by ASA. Multiple participants can experience a webinar received at any registered location. Register online at www.asaonline.com or call 703.684.3450, Ext. 1320, for more information.

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In the Chapters

Nominations Open to Recognize Superior Chapter Leadership

AWI is inviting chapter leads to enter the name of a worthy candidate for the Twiellenmeier Award, a prestigious honor that recognizes an AWI chapter president or past president who has exhibited superior leadership and service to the chapter, AWI, and the woodworking industry.

Gain recognition for either your chapter’s president or past president by nominating a good leader who should be honored for his/her efforts. 

The Twiellenmeier Award is named in honor of the late Claude Twiellenmeier, a founding father and Past President of AWI (1957-1958).

Click here for a PDF document describing the criteria for nominations.  Nominations can be submitted using the attached form.  Entries must be submitted by Aug. 1, 2006.

The award will be presented during the AWI Annual Meeting scheduled during the AWI 54th Annual Celebration, Oct. 4-7, 2006 in New Orleans.
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Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area... Ohio Valley and Wisconsin.

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: July 22, 2006, 8:00 AM
Format: Four Person, Best Ball Scramble
Where: Legendary Run Golf Course, Cincinnati, OH
More Information: www.awiohiovalley.org

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
August 1, 2006, 11:30 am til
What: 2006 Wood Industry Golf Outing
Format: Golf, dinner, prizes and camaraderie
Where: Broadlands Gold Club, North Prairie, WI
More Information: Portion of registration fees will be donated to new scholarship fund for Woodtechnics students at Fox Valley Technical Institute (See attached)
Contact: Jim Reiter, (P) 800.236.6324

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Member News

A. F. Johnson Millwork Celebrates 75th Anniversary

From its humble beginnings in 1931 when Adolph F. Johson arrived in the United States from Sweden with his bag of tools and set up a cabinet shop in East Des Moines, to expanded business today, A. F. Johnson Millwork can be proud of its 75 years in business.  The company is one of the oldest millworks in the midwest and takes pride in its motto of “Quality Since 1931.”  The company employs 25 at its plant on 8th & Railroad in West Des Moines and builds custom architectural millwork, cabinets and store fixtures which are shipped to commercial customers nationwide.  A. F. Johnson is a QCP participant and a Manufacturing Member of AWI since 1989, as well as one of the founding members of the AWI Iowa Chapter.

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Safety Matters

New Look..Same Reliable OSHA Resource

OSHA's informational guide "All About OSHA" has been updated and refurbished, and is now available for download from the agency's web site. The guide was designed in a brochure format, rather than the standard magazine-style design, and still provides a broad overview of OSHA and its operation.

OSHA's mission, who is covered by OSHA, state programs, enforcement activities, standards setting, reporting requirements, cooperative programs, and whistleblower procedures, are just some of the topics covered within the brochure's pages. The revised guide can be printed directly from the agency's web site; printed copies will be available through OSHA's publications office sometime this month.
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Professional Development

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work

A Cabinetmaking Contest was again included in the lineup of competitions during the 2006 SkillsUSA Campionships held June 19-23, 2006 in Kansas City, MO.  More than 4,700 students competed in 84 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

As an active contributor to the design and judging of the Cabinetmaking Contest, AWI is pleased to announce the winners. 

Secondary School Medallists
Gold: Matt Andreasian, Salinas High School,  Salinas, CA

Silver: Everette T Domangue, Terrebonne Vo-Tech High School, Houma, LA

Bronze: Matt Hofner, Oswego High School, Oswego, IL

Post-Secondary School Medallists

Gold: Jim Parr, Hennepin Tech College-Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Park, MN

Silver Craig Vance, Autry Technology Center, Enid, OK

Bronze: David J. Booth, WITC Rice Lake, Rice Lake, WI

AWI congratulates the winners, our industry’s promising future woolworkers. 

AWI also thanks the association’s SkillsUS Committee: Kent Gilchrist, Fremont Interiors; Jerry Allen, Allen Millwork; Jerry Brewer, Ohio Valley Door; Fred Leach, Unique Concepts, and guest Noah Cohen, Cohen Architectural. 

Thanks also go to AWI architectural woodwork member product sponsors: Freemont Interiors, Carmel, IN and Lutz Woodwork, Tyler, TX

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Next Issue of AWI e-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published on July 20, 2006.

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