A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members November 4, 2010
Green Scene

LEED Credit Revisions for Certified Wood: Ballot is Open

The ballot period for the proposed revisions to the Certified Wood LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credit is now open on the Web site of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The ballot will be open until November 23.

A copy of the 26-page document can be accessed by clicking here.  Also, be sure to download the entire file by going to www.usgbc.org, and clicking on "Leed Credit Revisions for Certified Wood: Ballot is Open."

The consensus body is open to individuals employed by USGBC member organizations. If you opted-in and have not yet received information from USGBC regarding voting procedures, please e-mail woodissues@usgbc.org. If you did receive a notice as a participating USGBC member organization, be sure to vote.

The ballot will remain open only until November 23, 11:59 pm ET.
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AWI News

Vote by November 15 for AWI Directors

Exercise one of the benefits of your AWI membership in AWI by voting for candidates for seats on the AWI Board of Directors. Who are the four candidates nominated?

The election of two candidates for Board of Directors of AWI will close on November 15. Cast your vote either online via the reminder e-mail you will receive on November 9, or if you need assistance, call 610.935.6172 or e-mail pnentwig@intelliscaninc.com.

The following candidates are included on the official ballot submitted by the AWI Nominating Committee:
(Click on each name below for profile information.)

Randy Jensen
Vice President
Leonard Peterson Company, Inc.

Weldon Riley
Vice President - Sales
Terrill Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Stephan Smith
President & CEO
Gaithersburg Cabinetry and Millwork

Skip Heidler
President
Heidler Hardwood Lumber Company, Inc.

All AWI Manufacturing Members are eligible to vote. The deadline for voting online is 11:59 pm on Monday, November 15, 2010.


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Annual Dues Declarations Due for Membership Renewals

Don’t be billed incorrectly for your AWI membership dues for 2011. Invoices for 2011 will be going out on December 1, 2010 and they will reflect the gross annual sales of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members on record. Make sure you confirm your sales to AWI.

Please respond as quickly as possible, and BEFORE December 1, to assure that your 2011 AWI membership renewal invoice is correct.

Updating your company profile information will also update the company listing in: 2011 AWI Membership Resource Directory and the AWI Web site.

COMPANY INFORMATION UPDATE DIRECTIONS
(Important note: Only the AWI Primary Contact has the authorization to update the company profile.)

  1. Go to http://www.awinet.org.
  2. Login using your personal username and password on the right hand side.
    If you cannot remember your password, please click "forgot password."
  3. Verify that your dues category is correct. If incorrect, click the change button next to the field and update as necessary.
  4. Verify that the information is correct under each tab and update as necessary. Tabs: General info, Contact Info, Membership Info, Organizational Members.

If you have any questions, please contact AWI Membership Manager Cassey Gibson at 571.323.3624 or at cgibson@awinet.org.


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What Are They Talking about this Week?

What are the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network? What are members saying about industry issues?

Click into the forums anytime to find out what’s important among architectural woodworkers. The AWI LinkedIn home page is here. See what your peers are saying.

Right now, members are actively discussing the following new issues:

  • preferences for kiln dried or air dried tropical hardwoods;
  • industry sales in 2009;
  • AWI Quality Certification Program representative and other industry job openings.

Get LinkedIn and receive notices of new discussions. Join in, Learn, Share, Connect! If you’re not yet registered with LinkedIn, do it when you check out the current discussions. It’s free and it’s a useful networking tool among AWI members.


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Learning Forum

AWI 2010 Annual Convention - Denver, CO

The 2010 AWI Annual Convention in Denver was filled with educational opportunities. Did you take notes during the program and miss something? Get the facts. If you didn't attend, what did you miss? Find out.

Below is a list of the seminars presented during the convention. Click on each topic below to download a copy of the presentation or handout. All will be posted as they become available, so check back.

Presentations & Handouts

Alan Beaulieu: Prepare for the Recovery, It’s Coming and There’s Hope

Dr. Jeff Howe: Value Added Selling: Environmental Benefits of Wood  

Dr. Jeff Howe: New Customers, New Business: Business to Business & Green Marketing  

Terry Campbell: LEED & Sustainability 

► John Wiley and Eric Peterson: LEAN Manufacturing: Tips for Immediate Results
(HANDOUT) (PRESENTATION)  

► Dennis Snow - Unleashing Excellence: Your Role as Visionary, Facilitator and Idea Champion
(HANDOUT) (PRESENTATION) 

Marc Sanderson: Part 1: AWI’s CODBS Overview & Implications

► Marc Sanderson: Part 2: Using AWI’s CODBS for Financial Planning 

► Value Added Aspects of QCP
(HANDOUT)
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Industry News

Architecture Billings Index is Positive for First Time in over Two Years

For the first time since January 2008, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) indicated a growth in design activity in September, increasing for the fourth straight month. Inquiries for new projects reached their highest mark since 2007, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The AIA reported that the September ABI score was 50.4, up from a reading of 48.2 the previous month. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was also up sharply, moving from 54.6 to 62.3 – the highest mark since July 2007.

"This is certainly encouraging news, but we will need to see consistent improvement over the next few months in order to feel comfortable about the state of the design and construction industry," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "While there has been increasing demand for design services, it is happening at a slow rate and there continue to be other obstacles that are preventing a more accelerated recovery. Still, the strong upturn in design activity in the commercial and industrial sector certainly suggests that this upturn can possibly be sustained."

Key September ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: Northeast (56.7), Midwest (51.0), South (47.0), West (44.5);
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (56.3), institutional (47.9), multi-family residential (47.0), mixed practice (44.2);
  • Project inquiries index: 62.3.
About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index is derived from a monthly "Work-on-the-Boards" survey and produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group. 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.

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September Construction Falls 7%

New construction starts in September retreated 7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $405.2 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. The decline occurred largely in the nonbuilding markets; however, both residential and nonresidential building showed gains.

Nonbuilding construction, which is comprised of public works and electric utilities, pulled back following the strong activity reported over the summer. Meanwhile, both nonresidential building and housing were able to show some improvement in September after their loss of momentum in the preceding month. For the January-September period of 2010, total construction on an unadjusted basis came in at $314.6 billion, down 3% from a year ago.

The September statistics lowered the Dodge Index to 86 (2000=100), compared to 92 in August. From early 2009 through the present, the Dodge Index has stayed within the range of 81 to 95. "The monthly pattern shows that construction starts have essentially stabilized at a low level, but have not yet reached the point where renewed expansion is taking hold," stated Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction. "For various reasons, a sustained upturn for overall construction activity remains several quarters away. The lift that had been provided to the public works sector from the stimulus funding is now subsiding. Vacancy rates for commercial properties remain high, and will be slow to recede given the weak employment picture. The tough fiscal climate for states and localities is making it more difficult for institutional projects to go ahead. And, the freeze on home foreclosures may well extend the time needed to correct the imbalances in the housing sector."

Nonbuilding construction in September plunged 27% to $126.1 billion (annual rate), dropping back after large gains in July (up 25%) and August (up 23%).

Nonresidential building, at $162.4 billion (annual rate), climbed 8% in September, McGraw-Hill reported. The office category grew 21%, aided by the start of a $290 million corporate headquarters in Melville NY, a $146 million office building in Gaithersburg, MD, and $104 million for the office portion of a judicial center in Denver, CO. Hotel construction improved 21% in September from very low activity in August, while store construction advanced 7% with groundbreaking for a $50 million outlet shopping center in Oklahoma City, OK. Despite their September gains, all three commercial categories on a year-to-date basis continued to lag behind last year, with stores down 10%, offices down 25%, and hotels down 38%.

On the institutional side of the nonresidential market, gains were reported in September for several of the smaller institutional categories. Transportation terminals surged 73%, helped by $300 million for airport terminal work at San Diego International Airport and $65 million for mass transit terminal work in St. Paul, MN. The amusement category in September increased 34%, boosted by a $400 million renovation project at the Javits Convention Center in New York, NY. The public buildings category in September grew 20%, aided by a $108 million renovation to a federal building in Newark, NJ (a project that received federal stimulus funding). The two largest institutional categories, educational buildings and healthcare facilities, retreated in September, with educational buildings down 13% and healthcare facilities down 3%. Even with its September drop, the educational building category included groundbreaking for a $142 million library in San Diego, CA, plus two large museum projects located in San Francisco, CA ($130 million) and Dallas, TX ($83 million).

Residential building in September grew 6% to $116.7 billion (annual rate), according to McGraw-Hill. Single family housing edged up 1%, but its pace in September was still 16% below its average for the first four months of this year. On a year-to-date basis, single family housing was up 11% in dollar terms compared to last year, although the lead in recent months has been shrinking. At the regional level, the year-to-date change for single family housing was the following – the Northeast and South Atlantic, each up 16%; the Midwest, up 12%; the West, up 11%; and the South Central, up 5%. Murray noted, "The increase for single family housing this year is turning out to be smaller than previously estimated, given the dislocation caused by the expiration of the homebuyer tax credits plus the uncertainty created by this fall’s freeze on foreclosures." Multifamily housing in September climbed 30%, regaining the levels registered at the start of the year after decreased contracting over the past three months. Large multifamily projects that were reported as starts in September included the $100 million renovation of an apartment complex in Brooklyn, NY (a project that received federal stimulus support), plus a $75 million condominium tower in Dallas, TX.

McGraw-Hill reported that the 3% decline for total construction on an unadjusted basis during the first nine months of 2010 was the result of varied behavior by major sector. Nonresidential building fell 11% year-to-date, with commercial building down 20%, manufacturing building down 16%, and institutional building down 7%. Nonbuilding construction in the first nine months of 2010 slipped 3%, with public works down 1% while electric utilities dropped 11%. Residential continued to be the one major sector able to show year-to-date growth, advancing 10%. By geography, total construction during the first nine months of 2010 revealed an increase for one region – the Northeast, up 7%. Total construction in the Midwest held steady with a year ago, while total construction declines were reported for the South Central, down 3%; the West, down 6%; and the South Atlantic, down 10%.
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Builder Confidence Improves in October

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose three points to 16 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for October, released on October 18. This was the first improvement registered by the HMI in five months, and returns the index to a level last seen in June of this year.

"Builders are starting to see some flickers of interest among potential buyers, and are hopeful that this interest will translate to more sales in the coming months," said NAHB Chairman Bob Jones, a home builder from Bloomfield Hills, MI. "However, because most builders still have no access to credit for building homes, there is a real concern that we will not be able to meet the pent-up demand when consumers are ready to get back in the market. This problem threatens to severely slow the housing and economic recovery."

"The new-homes market is finally moving past the lull that occurred when the home buyer tax credits expired and economic growth stalled this summer," noted NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "While challenges such as competition from foreclosures, inaccurate appraisal values, and general consumer uncertainty about the economy and job market continue to be major factors, builders have seen a slight increase in consumers who are considering a home purchase. The toughest obstacles really come down to financing – the scarcity of construction credit for builders along with tougher mortgage requirements for consumers."

Builder confidence also improved across every region in October. The South and West each posted four-point gains, to 18 and 12, respectively, while the Northeast and Midwest each posted single-point gains, to 17 and 13, respectively.

All three of the HMI's component indexes registered gains in October. The index gauging current sales conditions rose three points to16, while the index gauging sales expectations in the next six months rose five points to 23 and the index gauging traffic of prospective buyers rose two points to 11.

About the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index
Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for more than 20 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as "good," "fair" or "poor." The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as "high to very high," "average" or "low to very low." Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

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New Residential Construction in September 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced new residential construction statistics for September 2010. Is there good news?

BUILDING PERMITS
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 539,000. This is 5.6% below the revised August rate of 571,000 and is 10.9% below the September 2009 estimate of 605,000. Single-family authorizations in September were at a rate of 405,000; this is 0.5% above the revised August figure of 403,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 111,000 in September.

HOUSING STARTS
Privately-owned housing starts in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000. This is 0.3% above the revised August estimate of 608,000 and is 4.1% above the September 2009 rate of 586,000. Single-family housing starts in September were at a rate of 452,000; this is 4.4% above the revised August figure of 433,000. The September rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 150,000.

HOUSING COMPLETIONS
Privately-owned housing completions in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 648,000. This is 7.3% percent above the revised August estimate of 604,000, but is 10.1% below the September 2009 rate of 721,000. Single-family housing completions in September were at a rate of 501,000; this is 4.8% above the revised August rate of 478,000. The September rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 138,000.
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Workforce

Skill Standards Being Released for 65 Tools and Machines – Almost Done!

The 50+ Skill Standards’ authors and editors have almost completed their work. The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) has specific machine and skill needs that it is still working on. What are they? Can you help?

"We are so close, it would be a shame not to use the collected wisdom of our industry to cross the finish line," WCA Secretary Greg Heuer said.

What are the Skill Standards you'd expect from your employees for...?

  • Multiple-spindle Horizontal Boring machine
  • Dowel Bore and Insert machine
  • Random Orbital Sander
  • Duplicating Lathe
  • Back Knife Lathe
  • Roll Coater Finishing machine
  • Curtain Coating Finishing machine
  • Robotic Sprayer Finishing machine

If you know even a little about any of these machines, please drop Greg Heuer a line at gregh@woodworkcareer.org to say you can help for one hour.


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3D Digital Measurement Expert Needed – Last Chance!

AWI member firms that use 3D digital measuring systems can help write the industry standards. Little time and some talent needed. Can you help the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA)?  The project is scheduled to end on November 19, 2010.


The Skill Standards Board needs one or two 3D digital pros to volunteer to help author and edit the actual skills expected and required of a worker doing 3D digital measuring.

No meetings or travel are required. The total time commitment will be less than three hours. The project ends on November 19, 2010. Contact Greg Heuer via e-mail at gregh@woodworkcareer.org to learn more.
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Business Tools

AWI Design Solutions 2010 Fall Edition is Now ONLINE

The 2010 fall edition of Design Solutions, the official journal of the Architectural Woodwork Institute, is now available online. The beautiful projects of five members are featured.

Each quarterly issue of Design Solutions showcases beautiful examples of fine architectural woodwork manufactured by AWI Manufacturing Member companies.  The fall issue features:

  • Mock Woodworking Company (OH)
  • Midwest Woodworking & Veneering (IL) 
  • Ohio Wooden Bench Company (OH) 
  • Genbrook Millwork (NY) 
  • Imperial Mill & Fixture (TX)

Don’t miss the Cornerstone article, "Strengthening Our Connection to Design Professionals."


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Quarterly AWI AOE Submissions Close December 1

Need a reason to stay in touch with your past and present customers? Tell them you earned an AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE). How do you start the easy application process? Featured this week – Mock Woodworking Company.

Visit the AWI Web site for information about submissions. They are now being accepted for the winter 2010 program. The deadline is December 1st.

Use an AOE award to market your excellence and gain a competitive edge during these challenging times when others are seeking entry into your markets. All Manufacturing Members are eligible to participate. Gain exposure among the outstanding projects of AWI Manufacturing Members who are featured in Design Solutions Magazine, AWI’s official quarterly journal.

Visit awinet.org for submission forms. The next deadline for submissions for the AOE honors program is December 1, 2010. Benefits to AOE honorees include exposure in the online issue of Design Solutions Magazine which is open for business 24/7, plus distribution to more than 25,000 industry professionals.

Pictured is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects featured in a recent AWI "Award of Excellence" quarterly competition. Shown here is the main reading room of the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library on the Ohio State University campus. Mock Woodworking Company of Zanesville, OH fabricated the woodwork throughout the $75 million project which is comprised of 16 levels. Rift Ohio White Oak was used for the contemporary design which blends with quartered Ohio White Oak used in the original 1913 building. Other views of this project can be seen in the fall issue of Design Solutions.

Photo Credit: Brad Feinknopf, Columbus, OH

 






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Member News

Terminal Millwork’s Lionel A. Biagiotti Passes Away

AWI Past President (1991-1992) and Quality Certification Program founder Lionel (Leo) A. Biagiotti passed away on October 23, 2010 in Albany, New York, after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Biagiotti served in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corp until his discharge in 1953. He began a career in general construction and architectural woodworking that would span more than 50 years, according to the obituary. The Biagiotti family purchased the general contracting firm Panzieri-Henderson in 1954. In 1965, Terminal Millwork evolved from general contracting to specialize in architectural woodworking under Mr. Biagiotti’s direction.

"He was the driving force and original drafter of the AW Quality Certification Program," said AWI Executive Vice President Philip Duvic. He was committed to AWI’s growth and received one of AWI’s highest honors in 1997, the Rinehiemer Award. For more details about his life and commitments to the industry, see his obituary.

Mr. Biagiotti is survived by his wife, Patricia, his three children and two grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating Mr. Biagiotti's life will be announced at a later date. Please feel free on go online at www.mcveighfuneralhome.com and sign the guestbook. Contributions can be made in Mr. Biagiotti’s name to Northeast Health Foundation, 2224 Burdett Street, Troy, NY 12180 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
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David Wilhite of South Texas Woodmill Passes Away

David Walton Wilhite passed away at his home in Bayview, TX, on the morning of Tuesday, October 26, 2010, age the age of 59, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the founder and CEO of South Texas Woodmill, member and Past-President (2001-2002) of the Texas Architectural Woodwork Institute, Elder of Destiny Fellowship Brownsville, and a member of the Rotary Club since 1995, and sat on the board of Bayview Irrigation District.

Mr. Wilhite is survived by his wife, Monica Marie Shipley Wilhite; three sons; two grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.

Donations may be made to the Burning Man Ministries House of Prayer, 3226 Coffee Port Road, Brownsville, TX 78521 or online at www.burningmanministries.org. Friends may sign the guestbook by clicking here.
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About QCP

QCP Shop Drawing Requirements for Woodworkers

The AWI Quality Certification Corporation (AWI QCC) has released some helpful hints designed to assist woodworkers in meeting the Quality Certification Program (QCP) shop drawing requirement set forth by the Architectural Woodwork Standards.

For Certified Projects Requiring an Inspection:

1.  Send shop drawings, including documentation of any deviations from the standards or specifications, to your Q-representative for review prior to the inspection. 

2.  Deviations from the standards and specifications must be individually approved by the design professional (or the owner’s representative) in writing, prior to fabrication (or inspection by a Q-representative where applicable). General acceptance of shop drawings does not qualify as acceptance of individual deviations.

Deviations may be acknowledged in the form of a clouded detail on a shop drawing with space for initials or signature by the design professional to approve that particular detail.

3.  Place the project certification label on the shop drawings to confirm that the project will comply with the AWI Quality Certification Program requirements. This label is made available to Q-accredited woodworkers upon payment for project labels and/or certificates of compliance.

Additional questions regarding shop drawing requirements or other QCP policies may be directed to celias@awiqcp.org.
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Safety Matters

Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Declined in 2009

Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers declined in 2009 to a rate of 3.6 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers – down from 3.9 cases in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Similarly, the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported in 2009 declined to 3.3 million cases, compared to 3.7 million cases in 2008. The total recordable case (TRC) injury and illness incidence rate among private industry employers has declined significantly each year since 2003, BLS reported, when estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) were first published using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

The construction industry sector reported 71,700 fewer cases in 2009, compared to 2008 – a 22% decline, lowering the incidence rate by 0.4 cases to 4.3 cases per 100 workers. The decline in reported cases among the manufacturing and construction industry sectors together represents nearly 56% of the total private industry decline in injuries and illnesses in 2009.

For more details, see the BLS news release here.
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Upcoming CNA School of Risk Control Webinars

Check out the ongoing series of risk control Webinars in November and December hosted by AWI’s safety insurance partner, CNA.

NOVEMBER TECHNOLOGY FOCUS TECHNOLOGY                                     

Theft and Security Risks
Date: November 9, 10:00 am EST
Presenter: Stephen Douglas, CNA

Managing Technology Risks—Liability, Errors & Omissions and Privacy
Date: November 16, 10:00 am EST
Presenter: Stephen Douglas, CNA

DECEMBER ALTERNATIVE/RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS

Wind Energy: From Europe to the United States
Date: December 7, 10:00 am EST
Presenters: Hector Raymond, Marcus Robson, CNA

Hydropower: Hundreds of Years of Energy
Date: December 10, 10:00 am EST
Presenter: Greg Luce, CNA

Solar Power: Photo Voltaic Energy
Date: December 14, 10:00 am EST
Presenter: Stephen Douglas, CNA 

Registration
To register for a CNA School of Risk Control Excellence Webinar, visit www.cna.com/riskcontrol.
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Standards

AWS Errata Web Site – Check for Latest Changes

The AWI Technical Committee reminds members about Errata published – and changing continually – for the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS). See the latest changes.

AWI members are reminded that the Errata List is a living document and should be checked frequently for changes in the AWS. Don’t be caught using outdated information on your next project that specifies the AWS.

Many changes have been made since October 1, 2009 following publication of the First Edition of the AWS in August 2009. The Errata Web site is the ultimate source of information which is posted as AWS data changes.

Visit http://www.aws-errata.com/ for errors and corrections to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) jointly produced and published by the three developers: AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI).  
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Get Your Companion Books to AWS

What are you waiting for? You really need resources to simplify fabrication and installation of architectural woodwork according to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS).

The companion books are available at the reduced AWI member rate in the AWI Store online at www.awinet.org. Click on the "AWI Store" and login using your AWI member access codes to purchase copies at the discounted member prices.

  • AWS Installation Handbook, Edition 1 (2009)
    An installation companion to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS).
    Price: $5.00
  • AWI Cabinet Fabrication Handbook, Edition 1 (2009)
    A cabinet fabrication companion to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWI).
    Price $5.00

The price of each publication for non-members is $40, available only through the AWI storefront at www.Amazon.com.


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    Federal Scene

    IRS Announces Pension Plan Limitations for 2011

    On October 28, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2011. In general, these limits will either remain unchanged, or the inflation adjustments for 2011 will be small.

    Highlights include:

    • The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in section 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains unchanged at $16,500. 
    • The catch-up contribution limit under those plans for those aged 50 and over remains unchanged at $5,500. 
    • The deduction for taxpayers making contributions to a traditional IRA is phased out for singles and heads of household who are active participants in an employer-sponsored retirement plan and have modified adjusted gross incomes (AGI) between $56,000 and $66,000, unchanged from 2010. For married couples filing jointly, in which the spouse who makes the IRA contribution is an active participant in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, the income phase-out range is $90,000 to $110,000, up from $89,000 to $109,000. For an IRA contributor who is not an active participant in an employer-sponsored retirement plan and is married to someone who is an active participant, the deduction is phased out if the couple’s income is between $169,000 and $179,000, up from $167,000 and $177,000. 
    • The AGI phase-out range for taxpayers making contributions to a Roth IRA is $169,000 to 179,000 for married couples filing jointly, up from $167,000 to $177,000 in 2010. For singles and heads of household, the income phase-out range is $107,000 to $122,000, up from $105,000 to $120,000. For a married individual filing a separate return who is an active participant in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, the phase-out range remains $0 to $10,000. 
    • The AGI limit for the saver’s credit (also known as the retirement savings contributions credit) for low-and moderate-income workers is $56,500 for married couples filing jointly, up from $55,500 in 2010; $42,375 for heads of household, up from $41,625; and $28,250 for married individuals filing separately and for singles, up from $27,750.

    For details on both the unchanged and adjusted limitations, click here for the news release, #IR-2010-108.


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    Chapter News

    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 Chicago Chapter
    When: November 10, 2010
    What Chapter Meeting
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers   

    AWI Heart of America Chapter
    When: November 18, 2010 (12:00 noon – 2:00 pm)
    What: Chapter Meeting
    Host: Woodwork Manufacturing & Supply, Hutchinson, KS
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers   

    AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
    When: December 3, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting & Program
    Presentation: "LEED / FSC / CARB – Where Do We Stand as of Now?"
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers   

    AWI Arizona Chapter
    When: December 7, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting 
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers   

    AWI Georgia Chapter
    When: December 7, 2010
    What: Board of Directors Meeting
    Where: InsiDesign 
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers   

    AWI Texas Chapter
    When:
       December 9 (Happy Hour & Dinner at Aldacos Sunset Station Restaurant)
       December 10, 2010 (Program)
    Presentation: "Introducing the New Architectural Woodwork Standards to Your Clients"
    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. Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services at gbednar@awinet.org. 

    Members are encouraged to check chapter event listings in the most recent issue of AWI e-briefs, as well as with chapter officers and chapter Web sites for program changes. As plans become finalized, dates and presentations may change for chapter programs previously listed. This issue of AWI e-briefs contains the most current information available to AWI National.

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    Next Issue of E-briefs

    The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published November 18, 2010.


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