A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members August 6, 2009
Learning Forum

Regular AWI Convention Registration Closes August 27, 2009

Don’t miss out on the discounted registration fees for the 57th AWI Annual Convention, October 7-10, scheduled in "Old Town" Alexandria, VA, minutes away from our Nation’s Capital.

The program is filled with powerful learning forums aimed at giving architectural woodwork company owners and senior management the tools and information needed in these challenging economic times. For a full agenda and to register, click here.

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Outstanding Exposure Available for Exhibitors & Sponsors at AWI Convention

AWI Supplier Members will want to meet with and gain exposure among the AWI Manufacturing Members who will be attending the 57th AWI Annual Convention, October 7-10. Exhibit space is 50% sold out and sponsorship opportunities are dwindling. Don’t delay to register for these business exposure opportunities.

The Ultimate Knowledge & Networking Forum is packed with practical business management sessions that architectural woodwork owners and senior management need to have in these volatile times. Be there to gain new insights about the business of woodworking and meet with existing and potential clients.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Stratos or Victoria Geis at 703.212.7737 or at adsales@awinet.org. Visit www.awinet.org for more information about the powerful programs and to register to attend.
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Business Tools

Copies of AWI CODBS Report Available Now

All AWI Manufacturing Members who participated in the 2009 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey have received a complimentary copy of the full printed report and other accompanying benefits. Non-participating Manufacturing Membership can view the Executive Summary in the "Members Only" section of the AWI Web site under "CODBS" and may purchase a copy at the AWI member price.

Find out the average operating margin for architectural woodworkers and how that compares with the average for high profit firms. Learn about sales pipeline and business sentiments for the upcoming period, and much more. Check it out.

Participating AWI Manufacturing Members who wish to receive additional copies, should contact Angie Fuller at 571.323.3636 or at afuller@awinet.org.

Non-participating AWI Manufacturing Members may purchase a copy of the full report by visiting the AWI Store. The price is $500. Make sure to log in as an AWI member to receive the discounted member price.

Copies of the 2009 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey and Compensation Study Report are available to all others for $950.

Putting the CODB Report to Work

This year’s annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey and Compensation Study Report reflects the current economic trends within the industry and is valuable for adjusting your business model as the industry returns to what will not be business as usual after the market turns around, according to economist Alan Beaulieu. For more insight about his forecast for the construction market, read the July issue of AWI NewsBriefs. And, don’t miss the workshop that he will deliver at the AWI Convention in October.

To use the results of the CODBS to evaluate your business operations, consult the May, June and July issues of AWI NewsBriefs for the series, "Putting the AWI COBDS Report to Work," authored by AWI Past President Scott Nelson, President of Central Plains Millwork.

Nelson and Bruce Spitz of Classic Millwork & Products, Inc. will present a seminar, "Money Matters: Woodwork Company Finance for Non-financial Managers" on October 7 during the 2009 AWI Convention, October 7-10 in "Old Town" Alexandria, VA, minutes from Washington, DC. Don’t miss it!
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Keeping Up with Important Issues: What’s the Skinny on LEAN?

One of the primary charges and objectives of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) is to provide industry specific education to help advance the architectural woodwork industry. One of the recurring issues is LEAN Manufacturing.

Today, member input is more important than ever to guide the future direction of AWI’s educational deliveries. Please help by taking three minutes to give us your "Skinny on LEAN." Survey results will be used by AWI’s Education Department to help guide the upcoming year’s education deliveries.

Click here to take the survey. Your feedback is important!
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Get LinkedIn to Other AWI Members

The AWI resource for members on LinkedIn is growing daily and now claims over 280 members. Join the discussions, stay connected with fellow AWI members, voice your opinions, ask questions, and network with peers about a variety of topics. What are the hot topics currently being discussed?

HOT topics being discussed include LEAN Manufacturing; State Foresters; Tax credit for propane fork lifts; Tool policies for in-house installers; and David Pogue's New York Times "Take Back the Beep" campaign.

AWI members can profit from using this valuable AWI member networking tool. We encourage you to join LinkedIn (It's free and you won't be Spammed.), and join the AWI group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=749007.
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AWI News

AWI Nominating Committee to Release Nominees Slate– Watch for News & Cast Your Vote When Requested

During the months of June and July, the 2009 AWI Nominating Committee worked diligently to develop a slate of nominees for various positions. Watch for news and opportunities to cast your vote!

The Nominating Committee focused on:

1) 2010 Officers

Candidates for President, President-elect, Vice President and Treasurer will be elected by incoming 2010 AWI Board of Directors at their January 2010 meeting.

2) Board of Directors

a) AWI Directors to fill three vacancies for terms (2010-2012) who will be elected by AWI Manufacturing Membership vote. Watch for AWI director ballots which will be mailed to each AWI Manufacturing Member during the week of September 21.

b) Official Petitions to propose additional director candidates will be available to AWI members on August 15, 2009 by contacting AWI Executive Vice President Philip Duvic at the AWI national office, pduvic@awinet.org or phone 571.323.3621. Nominee petitions must be signed by 1% of the AWI Manufacturing Membership (12 firms) and submitted to the AWI EVP by close of business on Monday, September 15, 2009.

3) Development Council

The Nominating Committee developed a slate of candidates to fill vacancies on the AWI Development Council for positions of:

Two (2) Affiliate Member Representatives (2010-2012)
Two (2) Supplier Member Representatives (2010-2012)
Four (4) At-Large Representatives (2010-2012)

This slate of nominee candidates will be voted upon by the Development Council at their October 7, 2009 meeting at the fall AWI Convention. At that same meeting, the Development Council will also elect its 2010 Chair and Vice Chair.


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Invitation to AWI General Meeting of the Membership – Plan to Attend!

AWI President Whitney Coombs has called a general meeting of the AWI Membership for Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8:00 am - 9:00 am where he will deliver a State of the Association Report and conduct business of the association at the Westin Alexandria Hotel, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Members are also encouraged to attend AWI’s 57th Annual Convention, October 7-10, 2009 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA. Visit www.awinet.org for program information and to register.
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AWI Welcomes New Members

As a benefit of their membership in AWI, Web site addresses are provided for those members that reported them on their membership application. All AWI members may be accessed via the online AWI Member Directory at www.awinet.org or by calling the association’s headquarters offices at 571.323.3636. AWI welcomes the following Manufacturing and Supplier Members to the AWI community.


AAA Cabinets & Millwork, Inc., Airway Heights, WA

Accent Cabinets by Craftsman, Salt Lake City, UT, www.craftsmankitchen.com

Bargains Unlimited, Inc., DBA Adams Cabinetry, Louisville, KY

Benchmark Cabinets & Millwork, Inc., Peoria, IL

Bishop Fixture & Millwork, Inc., Balsam Lake, WI, www.bishopfixtures.com

Capitol Exhibit Services, Inc., Manassas, VA, www.capitolexhibit.com

Casework ETC., Wilmington, NC

Castille Wood Products, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA, www.castillewoodproducts.com

Cavanaugh Cabinets, Charlottesville, VA, www.cavanaughcabinets.com

CKS Architectural Millwork, Durham, NC, www.cksmillwork.com

Creative Concepts of Orlando, Inc., Longwood, FL

Diversified Woodworking Corporation, Fountain Run, KY

Eklips Enterprises, Inc., Dayton, OH, www.eklipsenterprises.com

Four Daughters, LLC, Brooklyn, NY

Gray Wolf Manufacturing, Inc., Faribault, MN, www.graybuild.com

Grupo Inmobiliario Solarix SA de CV, Mexico City, Mexico

Interstate Millwork, Las Vegas, NV

Jons Woodworking, LLC, Palmer, AK, www.jonswoodworking.com

Legacy Mill & Cabinet, LLC, North Salt Lake, UT, www.legacymill.com

Loeven Morcel, Montreal, QC, Canada, www.loevenmorcel.com

LUE Manufacturing Corporation, Wakarusa, IN

Meridian Moulding, Inc., Corona, CA

MICA-TEC, Warren, MI , www.micatec.net

Millwork Fabricators, Inc., Dayton, OH

Minncor Industries, St. Paul, MN, www.minncor.com

Mott Manufacturing, LLC, Maxwelton, WV, www.mott.ca

Mueller Custom Cabinetry, Inc., Pacoima, CA, www.muellermillwork.com

Northern Woodwork, Inc., Thief River Falls, MN, www.nwionline.com

Perfection Cabinetry, Vinemont, AL, www.perfectioncabinetry.com

Rails Plus, Inc., Englewood, CO

Rochester Custom Millwork, LLC, Rochester, NY, www.rochestercustommillwork.com

SBD of Florida, Inc., Pensacola, FL, www.sbdcabinets.com

Southeastern Architectural Woodworks Company, Tuscaloosa, AL, www.sawco.us

Stanton & Stanton, Inc., Sylva, NC

Thompson Cabinets & Millwork, Inc., Murrell's Inlet, SC

Timber Casework Manufacturing Company, Inc., Corpus Christi, TX

True North Woodcraft, Greeley, CO, www.truenorthwoodcraft.net

Watson & Cochran, Inc., Dallas, TX, www.watsonandcochran.com

White Rock Custom Cabinets, LLC, St. Paul, MN


C T Finishing, Inc., Pomona, CA, www.ctfinishing.com

G.R. Wood, Inc./American Timbex, Inc., Mooresville, IN, www.grwood.net

IMA America Corporation, Morrisville, NC, www.imaamerica.com

TNS Management Services, Inc., Glendale, NY, www.tnsmanagement.com


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Woodwork Career Alliance Completes Skill Standards for Tools & Machines

Skill Standards, which have been completed for a subset of 30 tools and machines, were reviewed by 12 woodworking firms that participated in a Pre-Pilot review in the past 60 days, Woodwork Career Alliance Secretary Greg Heuer reported.

The results from the pilot were incorporated into the first published set of Skill Standards, which were distributed to selected attendees at AWFS in Las Vegas in July.

The WCA selected the most commonly used tools and machines as their first priority out of approximately180 tools and machines for which they intend to write Skill Standards.

Meanwhile, sponsors are supporting the Skill Standards development project. However, WCA is still seeking funds to match a grant for the project from the USDA Forest Service.

The Wisconsin Chapter  AWI is the most recent group to donate funds ($1,000) to help match the USDA Forest Service grant to the WCA. The complete list of contributors appears below. Visit the WCA Web site, http://woodworkcareer.org, for more details about the ongoing project and to become a sponsor.

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Additional Grant Opportunity for Skill Standards: Still in Need of State Forest Contacts

The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) may have an opportunity to apply for a special grant to help fund its important work developing Skill Standards. To do so, however, it needs to apply through state foresters. Do you have any contacts that would help make this possible by mid-August?

With your help, WCA could build a relationship with a number of state foresters. Contact WCA Secretary and AWI Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer at gheuer@umich.edu if you have connections with a state forester, a state forest products society or association anywhere in the U.S. Contacts are needed in every one of the Forest Service regions on the map here. Use your network to increase WCA’s contacts.

Please contact gheuer@umich.edu NOW if you have such a contact or know anyone who knows a state forester. There is little time remaining to apply for the grant, and timing is critical. Thanks to those who have already responded to WCA’s appeal.

Visit the Woodwork Career Alliance at http://woodworkcareer.org.
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WCA on Facebook

The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) has made its debut on Facebook courtesy of Modern Woodworking Magazine. Check it out. Become a fan; comment on their page.

Hopefully, this will help spread the word about the Skills Standards under development by the WCA. To sign up, click here.
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WoodLINKS Students Take Honors at 2009 AWFS® Fresh Wood Student Competition

Six WoodLINKS students are among winners of the AWFS Fresh Wood Student Design Contest. AWI is an annual contributor to WoodLINKS to further education of the workforce of tomorrow. Check out the winners.

High School Level First Place Winners
* Case Goods:
Blake Fullenwider, Dale Jackson Career Center, Lewisville, TX, Simply Complex

* Production/Contract Work:
Brady Reed, Quinter High School, Quinter, KS, Pondera

* Tables:
Andrew Prioli, Cedar Ridge High School, Chapel Hill, NC, Inverurie

* Class Project:
John Barry & McKenzie Stevens, Halifax County High School, South Boston, VA, "The Chair" - A Vehicle for Collaborative Learning

High School Level Second Place Winners
* Case Goods:

Antelmo Beltran, Dale Jackson Career Center, Lewisville, Texas, Crimson Avian

Post-secondary Level Second Place Winners
* Case Goods:

Clay Roberts, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wisc., Twins with a Secret
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WoodLINKS Program Student Grabs Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge Grand Prize

In a surprising accomplishment that reflects the quality of the next generation’s woodworking ability, a graduating high school senior in a WoodLINKS program at Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, NC, was awarded the $3000 Grand Prize in the 2009 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge at a July 16 presentation held in Las Vegas during the AWFS® trade show.

Andrew Prioli earned the top honor for "Inverurie," a Walnut dining room table with inlays of Curly Maple, Cocobolo, Maple Burl and Walnut Burl veneers depicting three stallions and Celtic knots. Certainly Wood, distributor for the project, received a cash award of $2000, and salesman Jim Carroll received $1000, in recognition of their participation in the supply chain.

Andrew Prioli’s grand prize winning entry "Inverurie" is a Walnut dining room table featuring curly Maple, Cocobolo, Maple Burl and Walnut Burl veneers.

"We were very impressed with the caliber of the student work. They gave the pros a real run for the money," commented Will Sampson, editor-in-chief of CabinetMaker magazine and one of three judges for this year’s competition that rewards excellence in woodwork featuring natural veneer and wood product applications. "This speaks well for the future of the industry. We all should be looking over our shoulders at the up and coming talent."

Prioli is headed to the Rhode Island School of Design in the fall aiming to be a furniture design major. "This has been really exciting," he exclaimed. "The entire process, from designing to building to winning top place with a student design entry has been quite an experience." Prioli took three years of woodworking at Cedar Ridge under Keith Yow, a well-recognized WoodLINKS participating program instructor. "Andrew is an exceptional young man who works hard at everything he does," said an understandably proud Yow. "Three years ago he took a little interest in marquetry and took off with it. He has taught me a thing or two." Prioli was a 2008 Craftsman’s Challenge honorable mention winner in the Student Designs category.

All entries can be viewed on the Veneer Technology Incorporated’s Web site at www.veneertech.com. There also is an archive of 2005-2008 entries.

The Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge entries for 2010 will be accepted beginning September 30, 2009.
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Green Scene

“Green” Certification – How “Green” Are You?

As AWI receives information about companies that have various "green" certification credentials, we will publish the information as a service to members. Send your information to AWI Director of Marketing Katie Allen at kallen@awinet.org.

Star Moulding & Trim Company (AWI Supplier Member since 1960) is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. The company is headquartered in Bedford Park, IL. Visit them at www.starmoulding.com.

KIEFER Furnier + Design of Oelde-Stromberg, Germany reports that its FSC Chain-of-Custody certificate is value through March 4, 2014. The AWI Supplier Members since 2005 can be reached at www.kiefer-furnier.de.
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FSC-US Releases Final Draft of Forest Management Standard

On July 8, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) released the final draft FSC-US Forest Management Standard for the second 60-day phase of public consultation. All organizations and individuals are welcome and encouraged to submit comments by 5:00 pm on September 9, 2009.

The final draft, Version 7.0, incorporates results from field testing, expert consultation, and extensive deliberations from the FSC-US Board of Directors, it says. To download the draft standard and to view stakeholder comments, click here.
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FSC Calls for Submissions for 5th Annual Awards Recognizing Designers & Builders

Each year, the Forest Stewardship Council–US (FSC-US) recognizes and honors designers and builders who are committed to using FSC-certified wood and creating a marketplace that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management – the mission of FSC. Applications are due on/before October 1, 2009. AWI members may want to encourage their customers to submit an application.

For details about eligibility and nominating procedures, visit the FSC Web site. Candidate projects for the 5th annual awards recognizing excellence in the use of FSC materials in both residential and commercial/industrial design and construction are open now.

Awards will be presented in conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council’s GreenBuild ‘09 Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, on Wednesday evening, November 11.

Inquiries and Submissions should be directed to Emily Crumley, Chain-of-Custody Manager Forest Stewardship Council-US; 612.353.4511; emily@fscus.org.
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USGBC Accepted as First Education Reviewing Body for GBCI

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been accepted by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) as the first Education Reviewing Body (ERB). With ERB status, USGBC is now authorized to review and approve continuing education offerings under the LEED® Professional Credentialing Maintenance Program. ERBs must meet organizational and technical criteria established by GBCI, demonstrating capacity, subject matter expertise and compliance with best practices.

"There are currently over 120,000 existing LEED Accredited Professionals and thousands of LEED AP candidates looking for green building and LEED education," said Rebecca Flora, Senior Vice President of Education & Research, U.S. Green Building Council. "Being verified by GBCI as an ERB puts the Council in a unique position to offer the highest quality education on the market."

USGBC maintains a catalog of approved professional courses developed by a broad network of Education Providers. An Education Provider is a third-party organization that submits high-quality courses to USGBC for peer-review. These courses are approved for LEED Professionals seeking to maintain their credentials and enrich their knowledge of green building theories, techniques and business trends. Recent efforts to streamline course reviews have resulted in a simplified, online process and a reduced annual fee.

For more information on USGBC Education Providers, visit www.usgbc.org/educationprovider.
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SFPA Releases Certification Survey Results

Recent surveys conducted by the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) and Random Lengths assessed the use of forest certification programs in the wood products industry and uncovered interesting results, according to the Housing Zone.

SFPA respondents:
* Approximately 61% do not use a certification system.
* Approximately 46% of Southern Pine producers do not plan to seek certification any time soon.
* Approximately 60% of Southern Pine producers receive regular requests for certified products.
* About 89% feel it is important to market Southern Pine lumber as a "green" product. 

Random Lengths respondents:
* Approximately 56% do not engage in a certification program.
* Seeking certification depends heavily on "regional market variances, whether the customer base is residential or commercial, and whether a seller seeks a share of government projects that require green certification."

SFPA surveyed Southern Pine producers who are members of the Southern Pine Council and Random Lengths surveyed a broader industry representation, including producers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers. For more details, click here (subscription required).
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Industry News

Architecture Billings Index Takes Turn for the Worse

All regions and construction sectors are suffering economic malaise, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). After showing signs of stabilization over the last three months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) plunged nearly five points in June.

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. AIA reported the June ABI rating was 37.7, far lower than the 42.9 the previous month. This score indicates a sharp decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 53.8, the fourth straight month with a score in the mid-50’s.

"It appears as though we may have not yet reached the bottom of this construction downturn," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "Architecture firms are struggling and concerned that construction market conditions will not even improve as soon as next year. There has also been little movement in terms of stimulus funding allocated for design projects having the desired impact of leading to new work."

Key June ABI highlights:
* Regional averages: northeast (42.8), south (40.5), west (39.9), midwest (36.2)
* Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (43.5), multi-family residential (42.7), commercial / industrial (39.5), institutional (37.0)
* Project inquiries index: 53.8.
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Stimulus Construction Funds Have Little Impact on Companies’ Ability to Hire New Employees, AGC Analysis Finds

The "disappointingly" slow pace of construction spending outside of the transportation sector is one of the main reasons for the relatively small impact on new hiring, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) found from a survey and industry analysis of the federal program’s construction spending.

"Outside of the transportation arena, little of the stimulus’ authorized construction dollars have resulted in actual construction work," AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr said. He said the stimulus was doing a much better job at this point in helping construction companies save existing jobs.

For more details, including survey results, click here.
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Big Contractors Get Big Contracts from Stimulus Funds

A walloping $1.6 billion in contracts has gone to 17 of the largest government contractors in the U.S. in recent months, according to a Government Executive report.

This is "more than all small businesses combined," the report noted. The report addresses only contracts that federal agencies issue.

For more details from Government Executive.com (subscription required), click here.
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June Construction Retreats 7%

New construction starts in June dropped 7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $385.4 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Nonresidential building weakened further, and public works construction fell back after its elevated May pace.  In contrast, residential building showed improvement in June, continuing to edge upward after the very depressed activity reported at the outset of 2009.

The June statistics lowered the Dodge Index to 82 (2000=100), down from May’s 87, and essentially returning the Index to April’s level of 81. "The construction start figures appear to be moving more towards an up-and-down pattern," stated Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction. "The bad news is that the overall volume of activity remains very weak; the good news is that if an up-and-down pattern is in fact being established, it marks a shift from the steady decline witnessed during the second half of 2008 and into early 2009. Just how this pattern for total construction evolves during the second half of 2009 will depend on what’s likely to be a varied performance by major construction sector. Nonresidential building, hampered by the weak economy and tight bank lending, should see further erosion. On the plus side, the boost to public works from the federal stimulus funding has only begun to emerge, with more gains to come.  And, single family housing has seen modest strengthening during the spring, suggesting that the bottom for this structure type was reached earlier in 2009."

For details about the construction starts by market sector, click here.
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Homeowners Continue to Cut Back on Improvement Spending, but Bottom May Be Near

Owner spending on home improvements will continue to trend down through 2009 and into the first part of next year according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

With annual declines hovering around 11% for the next several quarters, some signs suggest the depressed remodeling market is close to a cyclical bottom.

A few components of the LIRA point to renewed strength in the industry, though the overall outlook going into 2010 is still bleak. "There are some positive developments for the remodeling industry, such as low financing costs for home improvement projects and rising home sales in a growing number of markets," says Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies. "Weak home prices and decreased cost recovery for most types of remodeling projects, however, discourage owners from pursuing typical upper-end improvements."

To view the LIRA report, click here. Visit www.jchs.harvard.edu for information about the university’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.
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Recovery is Slow but Signs of Improvement Are Visible

Recovery isn’t coming fast enough for the construction industry, but positive signs offer hope, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). On the frontline of construction, housing is slowly recovering; other markets will follow.

NAHB sees less severe declines in gross domestic product (GDP) and unemployment, along with moderate inflation, according to its Eye on the Economy (subscription required). One of the first steps to recovery in the housing market is stabilization of demand, which appears to have occurred, NAHB reported. Building prices have improved also.
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Understanding & Marketing AWS: Upcoming Presentations

As the upcoming release of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) nears, members of the AWI Speakers Bureau, AWI chapters, staff and others will be making presentations to architectural woodworkers, architects, designers and the contractors about the differences between the AWI Quality Standards Illustrated and AWS. Watch for news of special presentations in your area.

AWI New Jersey Chapter
When: September 10, 2009
Presenter: AWI Past President Joe Sorrelli
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Washington Chapter
When: September 16, 2009
Presenter: Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Director
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Chicago Chapter / Hafele America
When: September 16, 2009
Presenter: Paul Kelly, Barsanti  Woodwork Corporation
Where: Hafele America Company Chicago Showroom
Information: Hafele America National Offices; 336.434.2322 (P)

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: September 21, 2009
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Empire State Chapter / Hafele America
When: September 24, 2009
Presenter: AWI Past President Joe Sorrelli
Where: Hafele America Company New York Showroom
Information: Hafele America National Offices; 336.434.2322 (P)

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
When: October 14-15, 2009
What: Training & Workshop Classes & Exhibits
AWI Exhibit: Promoting AWS Standards and Skill Standards
Where: Training Center in Elk Grove Village, IL
Information: Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Director, gbednar@awinet.org

AIA Chicago Chapter
When: October 15, 2009
AWI Chapter Development Director Greg Bednar will highlight the benefits of referencing this definitive reference source for quality architectural woodwork.  Experience a chapter-by-chapter review and learn how to best use this valuable tool.  Find what you need fast by learning time saving tips to ensure your woodwork projects look their best. This program is AIA accredited and does have CEU Credits available.
Presenter: Greg Bednar, AWI Director of Chapter Development
Questions: gbednar@awinet.org

ALA / CSI Chicago Architectural Conference
When: October 20, 2009 (1:15 – 2:45 pm)
Where: Drury Lane Conference Center, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook, IL 60181
Questions: gbednar@awinet.org
ALA is the Association of Licensed Architects and CSI is the Construction Specification Institute.

The AWS is jointly produced by AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute.

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Member News

AWI Members Gain Recognition at AWFS®Vegas

Anton Cabinetry and Delmac Machinery Group gained recognition at the AWFS in Las Vegas.

Anton Cabinetry of Arlington, TX received the "2009 Best of the Wood 100" Award presented by Wood & Wood Products Magazine during the recent AWFS. Anton Cabinetry joined AWI this year as a Manufacturing Member. For more information about the reason’s for the company’s selection as an honoree, see the July 18th issues of ISWOnline Update here (subscription required).

Delmac Machinery Group (AWI Supplier Member since 1995) constructed more than 60 cabinets and bookcases during the AWFS for donation to Habitat for Humanity ReStore. From its sales of the cabinets and bookcases, the ReStore will use the proceeds to build affordable housing for the community, according to ISWOnline Update (subscription required). Delmac partnered with other AWI Supplier exhibitors: Hafele America Company (AWI Supplier Member since 1979); Salice America, Inc. (AWI Supplier Member since 1996); and others.

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Safety Matters

Preventing Hazards in Construction

Construction is at its peak during the summer, so the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers and workers about the potential hazards they can face on the job.

OSHA's Preventing Fatal Falls in Construction and Construction Safety and Health Topics Web pages are resources to help employers and workers identify hazards and possible solutions to those hazards. Visit OSHA's Web site and publications page for more information on how to protect workers and prevent workplace injuries and fatalities.
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State Scene

Baltimore City Legislates Green Building Requirement as of July 1, 2009

It’s official that new construction projects and major renovations in the city of Baltimore, MD, must adhere to strict green building regulations. Any new construction must adhere to the LEED Silver standard, according to a report in HousingZone.com.

Developers are worried about the new law, the report states. Learn more by clicking here.
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Colorado Appeals Court Agrees “With the Subcontractors” on Risk-Shifting in Construction Defect Case

On July 9, 2009, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued a decision that will help keep construction subcontractors from having to pay claims for design errors caused by others.

In D.R. Horton, Inc. v. BD Foundations, et al., the appeals court rejected a design-build contractor’s claim that a contractual indemnity clause allowed it to shift settlement costs for damage caused by its own design errors to subcontractors. The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) and ASA of Colorado filed an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief arguing that "allowing a general contractor to recover under an indemnification clause in a subcontract without proof that a subcontractor caused damages only increases the disproportionate power of the general contractor."

In a unanimous opinion dismissing the design-builder’s indemnity claim, the appeals court said: "We agree with the subcontractors."
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Pittsburgh Pushes for Green Building

Pittsburgh, PA, is attempting to revitalize its former leadership role in green building. If passed, a new city ordinance would require that any TIF-backed building receiving state aid meets the LEED® Silver standard.

For details reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, click here (subscription required). According to the article, several others cities – Baltimore, Minneapolis, Miami-Dade County – have similar approaches to going green.
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Chapter News

AWI Chapter Awards & Recognition: Act Now for Consideration!

The AWI Chapter D.R.I.V.E. theme for 2009 is about Direction, Resolve, Involvement, Victories, and Energy and a big part is the new Distinguished Chapter Program incorporated this year.  At the AWI National Convention, October 7-10, 2009, AWI National will be honoring and celebrating our chapters’ victories in achieving Distinguished Chapter status.  Who are they and can you still apply for one of the awards?

So far to date, the following (13) chapters will be recognized for their significant contributions to our industry and for achieving Distinguished Chapter status in 2009.

The Carolinas Chapter, the Chicago Chapter, the Colorado Chapter, the Florida Chapter, the Georgia Chapter, the Heart of America Chapter, the Minnesota Chapter, the Missouri/Illinois Chapter, the New England Chapter, the Ohio Valley Chapter, the Central PA Chapter, the West Texas Chapter, and the Wisconsin Chapter.

We thank these chapters for their Direction, Resolve, Involvement, Victories, and Energy!  Now it's time to celebrate the Victories part of this equation, so be sure to encourage all Distinguished Chapter members to attend the 57th Annual AWI Annual Convention, October 7-10, 2009 to be recognized and celebrate.  You have performed a great service to our industry.  Congratulations on a fantastic job!

For those chapters not yet listed among the ranks of Distinguished Chapter, it's not too late.  Review your Distinguished Chapter criteria and/or call AWI Chapter Development Director Greg Bednar at AWI National (571.323.3629) to discover how we can achieve for your chapter the coveted 2009 title of "Distinguished Chapter."

AWI National will also present awards for “Best Chapter Web Site,” “Best Chapter Newsletter,” and “Best Annual Report” submittals.  Those wishing to be considered for “Best Chapter Newsletter” should submit (2) different issues of their 2009 newsletter to the attention of AWI Director of Marketing Katie Allen at kallen@awinet.org. AWI National will review all annual reports previously submitted as required by AWI National’s bylaws and it will visit all AWI chapter Web sites for consideration of recognition.

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Upcoming Chapter Events

What’s happening in your local AWI chapters and architectural woodwork communities?  Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business grow and put you in touch with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers.

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: August 28, 2009
What: Tour of Technique Manufacturing / Pluswood Distributors
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Florida Chapter

When: August 28-29, 2009
What: August 28 – Golf; August 29 -Officer Changeover Meeting & Program on LEED®/FSC (Tentative)
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: September 9, 2009
What: Sustainability Program
Presenter: Margaret Fisher, Saunders Wood Specialties
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: September 18, 2009
What: LEED® & FSC
Presenter: Rob Ziegelmeier, AWI Sustainability Resources Representative
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: September 25, 2009
What Sporting Clay Event
Where: Elk Creek
Information: Contact Chapter Officers  All chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of your activities in this section of AWI e-briefs as well as through other avenues.  Also, if your chapter is involved in local and regional SkillsUSA competitions, advise AWI.  Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Director at gbednar@awinet.org.

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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published August 20, 2009.

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