A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members November 18, 2010
Green Scene

Don’t Forget to Vote! LEED Credit Revisions for Certified Wood

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

A copy of the 26-page document can be accessed by clicking here. 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.

In related news, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has announced it will "vote against the forest certification evaluation proposed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system," according to SFI’s most recent newsletter.
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Federal Buildings Must Achieve Higher Green Building Standard

The U.S. General Services Administration has upgraded its requirement for sustainable building to LEED® Gold certification as a minimum in all new federal building construction and substantial renovation projects.

GSA reported, "By using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™ of the U.S. Green Building Council, GSA can evaluate and measure achievements in sustainable design."

"Sustainable, better-performing federal buildings can significantly contribute to reducing the government's environmental footprint," said Robert A. Peck, GSA's Commissioner of Public Buildings.

With a portfolio of more than 361 million square feet of space in 9,600 federally owned and leased facilities, GSA’s said its goal is to provide sustainable, healthier, more productive workspaces for the federal workforce, while being a responsible asset manager using taxpayer dollars wisely.

For projects funded prior to FY 2010 that are in design, GSA is requiring that LEED Gold be incorporated into ongoing designs where possible, after considering budget and schedule constraints on the current design and construction contracts. GSA's Facilities Standards will be updated to reflect these changes by the end of calendar year 2010. For GSA's leased properties, the requirement remains at the LEED Silver certification for new construction lease projects of 10,000 square feet or more. For leases in existing buildings, LEED for Commercial Interiors is optional, at the request of the tenant agencies.

For more information, visit www.gsa.gov/sustainabledesign.
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Next Update of LEED® Green Building Program Open for Comment

On November 8, the U.S. Green Building Council opened up the proposed update to the LEED® green building rating system for its first public comment.  

The public comment period, which will close on December 31, 2010, is the next step in the continuous improvement process and the on-going development cycle of the LEED program, USGBC reported.  

The proposed update builds on the foundation of LEED 2009, including the alignment and weighting of credits and further advances the "bookshelf" framework where credits are applied to specific building types.  In addition to the continued evolution of ideas, many of which were first captured even as LEED 2009 was being finalized, the draft of LEED that is opening for public comment places increased emphasis on integrated process and building performance. 

Besides the usual public comment Web pages at www.usgbc.org, USGBC will also take feedback from projects testing pilot credits, use input from a moderated forum dedicated to discussing evolution of LEED, and comments from various webinars that will be held with key stakeholders, it said. 
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LEED® International Program – Global and Regional

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a new LEED® International Program, which furthers the global reach of LEED by emphasizing global consistency, enabling a regional approach, and providing local outreach and support.

This global consistency depends on the ability of LEED credits to be applicable regardless of geographic or climatic region. Under the LEED International Program, this does not require a fundamental change in LEED or a rewriting of the credits; instead, alternative compliance paths will offer country-neutral ways to reach a credit’s intended outcome, allowing teams a non-country-specific option by which to earn the credit. 

The regional approach of the LEED International Program will incorporate global perspectives through the LEED International Roundtable, with representatives from green building councils and leadership organizations around the world. 

For more information on the LEED International Program, including access to local outreach and support, visit www.usgbc.org/international.  
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AWI News

Annual Dues Declarations Due by December 1st for Membership Renewals

Time is running out. Don’t be billed incorrectly for your AWI membership dues for 2011. Invoices for 2011 will be sent 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 2010 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 the 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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Welcome New Members

Membership keeps on growing. AWI welcomed another 13 new members to the architectural woodwork community. Who are they?

MANUFACTURING
Architectural Casework & Millwork, Inc., Gloucester, MA, www.acmcabinets.com  
Bergan Architectural Woodworking, Middletown, CT, www.berganwood.com 
Diversified Millwork, Inc., Hammonton, NJ
Harden Cabinets, LLC, Denton, TX, www.hardencabinets.com 
House of Cabinetry, Inc., Dothan, AL
J. Petrocelli Contracting, Inc., Ronkonkoma, NY, www.petrocelliinc.com   
MMI of Mississippi, Hazlehurst, MS, www.mmisystems.com 
Southern Millwork, Inc., Tulsa, OK, www.southernmillwork.com 
Vass Incorporated, Denver, CO, www.vassinc.com 

SUPPLIERS
Bozovich Timber Products, Inc., Evergreen, AL, www.bozovich.com  
Capstone Alliance Partners, LLC, Beaverton, OR, www.capstoneap.com
Federated Insurance, Owatonna, MN, www.federatedinsurance.com 
Vance Publishing Corporation, Lincolnshire, IL, www.vancepublishing.com

Use the online Directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members at www.awinet.org for contact information and access to the Web sites of these and other AWI members. The resource is open 24/7 for use in seeking manufacturers and suppliers of architectural woodwork.
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Open AWI Discussions: What Are They Talking about this Week?

What are the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network?

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:  

  • Best new product for 2010. 
  • Leadership.
  • Time-lapse Dolly Project.

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

VATech Offers Lean Manufacturing Workshop

Sleepless Nights? Virginia Tech asks. Can Lean Management help? Check out the workshop on November 22-23.

Find out more at a two-day workshop on November 22-23 in Sandson, VA. The session will be conducted at the Doubletree Hotel at Richmond Airport. Dr. Rene Aernoudts, Director of the Lean Management Institute, Netherlands, and Executive member of the Lean Global Network, will be the presenter. The session was first conducted at the 2010 IWFAtlanta. 

For more details and the workshop schedule, visit vtlean.org here. The conference fee is discounted to $300 per person. Download the flyer, workshop schedule and workshop registration.
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Presentations at AWI 2010 Annual Convention – Denver, CO

The 2010 AWI Annual Convention in Denver was filled with educational opportunities... helpful information for maximizing efficiency and profitability of your business in turbulent and uncertain times. What did you miss? Find out.

Below is a list of the seminars presented during the convention. All presentations will be posted as they become available, so check back.

To access the presentations and handouts, go to the "Members Only" section of the AWI Web site, www.awinet.org, and logon using your access codes.

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
  • Value Added Aspects of QCP (HANDOUT)

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2011 AWFS®Fair to Offer Seminars Targeted to Small Shops

AWFS has created a new educational track for the 2011 College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK) education program, "Small Shops Ten & Under." Topics in this track will be specific to the needs of the shops with 10 or less employees. 

AWFS conducted a survey of all 2009 show attendees who self-identified as coming from shops with 10 or fewer employees to identify what topics they most wanted to see in this category. The survey results showed that over 86% wanted such a track and a vast range of potential ideas were submitted. Subjects chosen for 2011 will be based on survey suggestions.

The development of the CWWK program is led by an industry-wide advisory committee, which met for an all-day planning meeting in Chicago in June.  Chaired by Philip Martin of Hafele America Company (AWI Supplier Member since 1979), the committee is comprised of representatives from machinery and related tooling, software, millwork, hardware, wood products, independent furniture makers and the trade press.  AWI was among the associations represented that also included Cabinet Makers Association, Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association and The Furniture Society (TFS).

The College of Woodworking Knowledge includes eight educational tracks in total, including Business Management, Cabinet & Millwork, Software & Technology, Techniques & Applications, Handcrafted Furniture, Safety & Environment, Teacher Track and the new Small Shops Ten & Under. Classes at AWFS®Fair will begin on July 19, the pre-show day, and continue throughout the four days of the show.  The 2011 roster will include the very popular SMART program (Special Machinery and Relevant Technology), which are the more technical sessions conducted at machines on the exhibit floor before the show opens.

For complete AWFS Fair information, updates and the full CWWK program (available in March 2011) visit www.AWFSFair.org.  

About AWFS:
The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS), founded in 1911, is a non-profit organization that wholly owns and produces the biennial AWFS®Fair. The largest trade association serving the entire home and commercial furnishings industry, AWFS has more than 400 members, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, software, tooling, lumber, components, wood products and supplies for the woodworking industry including cabinet, furniture, millwork and custom woodworking products.     

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Industry News

The Employment Situation: October 2010

Employment in construction showed little change in October.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that overall payroll employment increased by 151,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.6 percent, according to an agency report on November 5, 2010. Since December 2009, payroll employment has risen by 874,000.
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Construction Spending Increases 0.5% in September

There’s mixed news from the U.S. Census Bureau.

On November 3, the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during September 2010 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $801.7 billion, 0.5%% above the revised August estimate of $797.5 billion.

However, the September 2010 figure is 10.4% below the September 2009 estimate of $894.8 billion. 

PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION
Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $482.0 billion, nearly the same as the revised August estimate of $481.9 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $231.7 billion in September, 1.8% above the revised August estimate of $227.7 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $250.3 billion in September, 1.6% below the revised August estimate of $254.3 billion.

PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION
In September, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $319.7 billion, 1.3% above the revised August estimate of $315.5 billion. Educational construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $78.1 billion, 1.6% above the revised August estimate of $76.9 billion.
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Modest Improvements Continue in Home Remodeling Market

Although residential remodeling remained relatively weak during the third quarter of 2010, remodelers are starting to report that conditions in their markets are stabilizing, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index. That’s good news.

The current market conditions index rose slightly to 39.8 from 38.1 in the second quarter. The index of future indicators jumped to 38.7 from 34.2 in the previous quarter.  Although this marked the third straight quarter of improvement, both indices remain well below the break-even point of 50, the NAHB reports.

The index for current remodeling market conditions rose in the Midwest to 43.2 (from 38.3 in the second quarter) and West to 47.3 (from 40.5), but declined in the Northeast to 33.7 (from 36.9) and South to 38.6 (from 39.7). Major additions grew to 41.9 (from 38.2). Minor additions also improved to 43.2 (from 41.5). Maintenance and repair remained fairly flat at 33.1 (from 33.6).

The summary index of future market indicators showed greater improvement. Among the components of future indicators, calls for bids jumped to 46.5 (from 38.8 in the second quarter). Appointments for proposals grew to 43.5 (from 40.3). Amount of work committed for the next three months climbed to 27.5 (from 23.3). And backlog of remodeling jobs increased to 37.2 (from 34.4).

"Remodelers are no longer reporting markets deteriorating to the same degree as earlier in the year, but credit and financing of remodeling jobs remains a huge hurdle to overcome in closing sales," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "Inaccurately low home appraisals also hurt remodelers, because they hamper both home equity loans and sales of existing homes that often stimulate remodeling."

For more information about remodeling, visit www.nahb.org/remodel

About the Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index
The RMI measures remodeler perceptions of market demand for current and future residential remodeling projects. Any number below 50 indicates that more remodelers say market conditions are getting worse than report improving conditions. The RMI has been running below 50 since the final quarter of 2005.

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Small Business Remains Cautious in Spite of Improving Compensation Metrics

Small business owners’ expectations of an economic rebound have been pushed out until the second half of 2011, in spite of improving indicators within their own businesses, according to the most recent Business Confidence Survey released on November 1 by Administaff.

Administaff (NYSE:ASF), a leading provider of human resources services for small and medium-sized businesses, reported that only 21% expect a rebound before mid-2011, while 47% expect a recovery in the last six months of next year and 32% are unsure.

Business owner sentiment was somewhat of a contrast to the actual compensation data from Administaff’s base of more than 5,700 small and medium-sized businesses. Compared to the 2009 third quarter data, average compensation is up 3.2%, bonuses are up 14.9%, and commissions were up a strong 8.1% versus less than 1% last July. Overtime pay at 8.9% of regular pay was up from 8.1% last quarter and 7.5% in April, but was still under the 10% level that often prompts a need for additional employees.

Once again the economy was listed as the leading short-term concern by 77% of business owners, followed by 56% citing government health care reform, 54% specifying rising health care costs and 37% listing controlling operating costs. For the longer-term, the top responses were very close with 69% saying they were either very concerned or had elevated concerns about potential tax increases, 67% listing government expansion and the effect on business, 66% designating the economy and 65% citing the federal deficit and the total national debt.

When asked about their pipelines for new business for the balance of 2010, 38% of survey respondents said that they expect a sales increase; 43% predicted it will stay the same; 12% anticipated decreasing sales; and 7% were unsure. 

In addition, 67% of owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses said that they are either meeting or exceeding their 2010 performance plans compared to 72% in the last survey, while the remaining 33% reported that they are doing worse than expected.

In the survey conducted October 19-21, when asked how they are managing the number of company employees, 67% percent of participants stated that they are maintaining current staffing levels, 24% are adding new positions, and, like last quarter, 9% are laying off employees.

The survey also said that 54% of participants expected to maintain employee compensation at current levels throughout 2010, 26% planned increases, 1% expected decreases, and 19% were unsure.

Concerning their current profit-generating activities, 70% of participants listed selling new accounts as the leading strategy, identical to the 70% response rate in July. This was followed by 65% again naming increased service to clients, 44% said they were adding new services or products, while 31% of survey respondents listed negotiating with vendors, and 25% named investing in new improvements as fifth.

About the Business Confidence Survey
Respondents to the Administaff Business Confidence Survey are among the small and medium-sized companies Administaff serves throughout the country. The questions were designed to measure the pulse of the small-business community and gauge current activities and expectations of business owners. Administaff conducted the survey October19-21, 2010, of chief executive officers, chief financial officers and other executives in a variety of industries at its client companies throughout the United States. 

About Administaff
Administaff is the nation’s leading professional employer organization (PEO), serving as a full-service human resources department that provides small and medium-sized businesses with administrative relief, big-company benefits, reduced liabilities and a systematic way to improve productivity. The company also provides an array of additional products and services designed to improve business performance, including software solutions for time and attendance, expense reimbursement and performance management, as well as recruiting, background screening and retirement services, among others. The company operates 51 sales offices in 24 major markets. For additional information, visit Administaff’s Web site at www.administaff.com
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See also the AWI cautionary statement in the right-hand column.


 
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Business Tools

Quarterly AWI AOE Submissions Due: Close on 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 – Midwest Woodworking & Veneering.

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 are the expanded offices of Apollo Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest higher education providers, headquartered in Chicago. Midwest Woodwork and Veneering of Cary, IL, contributed to the collegiate atmosphere by use of classical columns at the entrance, as well as wood framed office fronts (fully glazed) and wood ceiling panels. They used Sapele and flat cut Walnut to add contrast. Other views of this project can be seen in the fall issue of Design Solutions.
Photo Credit: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing, Chicago, IL 

 


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Creating a Memorable Sales/Marketing Experience for Prospects

Some ideas for new-home salespeople should have applicability in a variety of businesses. Find out what the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is telling its members about successful techniques in today’s highly competitive market.

Click here, for the article, "Sell More by Creating a Memorable ‘Welcome Home’ Atmosphere for Your Prospects," featured in the November 15th issue of Nation’s Building News (free subscription).
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CSI Board Endorses ConsensusDOCS Documents

The Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) Board of Directors has officially endorsed six ConsensusDOCS contract documents. Which ones?

CSI joined the ConsensusDOCS® coalition in spring 2010 to contribute in the creation of best practices for construction documentation and communication.

CSI participated in drafting sessions as an equal member. The CSI Technical Committee reviewed six documents for adherence to CSI principles, and recommended endorsement of those documents which follow: 

  • ConsensusDOCS 200 – Agreement and General Conditions Between Owner and Constructor
  • ConsensusDOCS 221 – Contractor’s Statement of Qualifications
  • ConsensusDOCS 240 – Agreement Between Owner and Design Professional and General Conditions
  • ConsensusDOCS 420 – Agreement Between Design-Builder and Design Professional and General Conditions
  • ConsensusDOCS 703 – Purchase Agreement for Noncommodity Goods by a Contractor
  • ConsensusDOCS 750 – Agreement Between Constructor and Subcontractor

ConsensusDOCS offers a catalog of 90+ contract documents covering all methods of project delivery. ConsensusDOCS contracts incorporate fair risk allocation and best practices to represent the project’s best interests. ConsensusDOCS are the only standard contract documents written and endorsed by 29 Coalition members representing Designers, Owners, Contractors, Subcontractors and Sureties (DOCS). For more information, visit www.ConsensusDOCS.org.


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Member News

Registration Open for 9th Stiles Executive Briefing Conference

Stiles Machinery Inc. has announced that online registration is now open for the ninth Executive Briefing Conference (EBC).

Stiles noted it is committed to offering EBC under the auspices of Stiles Education, the internationally accredited educational branch of the organization, because education and learning are critical to the industry's future success. Since inception in 2002, the EBC has become the premier venue for key manufacturing executives to network and explore new ways to succeed, Stiles announced. The consistent theme of the EBC is to answer the questions "What’s Now, What’s New, and What’s Next?"  Providing strategic and practical information to help solve manufacturing challenges, the EBC is an opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the business landscape.

The ninth EBC will be April 10-12, 2011 at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Given the setting at 3M's Innovation Center, the theme of the 2011 EBC will focus on innovation. John Brandt will deliver the opening keynote address, which will provide specific recommendations to prepare for "Next Generation Manufacturing," based on an extensive research study conducted by his firm, the MPI Group. By popular request, Alan Beaulieu (AWI convention speaker in 2009 and 2010) will be the closing keynote speaker to enlighten the audience with his insights on the latest economic trends. The briefing topics include innovative strategies in areas such as research, product development, technology, and niche markets. Once again, the EBC will feature case studies (informal on-stage interviews between a company representative and an industry colleague) to highlight key innovations across the country.

Online registration for the EBC can be accessed via www.stilesmachinery.com/ebc. Take advantage of the "early bird" conference rate of $995, which includes hotel accommodations at the Sheraton St. Paul Woodbury for two nights, all meals, admission to the briefing sessions, as well as tours of 3M’s World of Innovation and their Center for Abrasive Materials (CAM).  After December 31, the conference rate increases to $1,195.

Stiles Machinery has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1996.
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Safety Matters

10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards

Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry and failure to provide fall protection is one of the 10 most frequently cited Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards.

What are the 10 most frequently cited standards? In 2008, roof falls resulted in 100 construction workers being killed and nearly 1,600 being injured. Visit the OSHA Web site to learn more about an employer's responsibility to provide workers with fall protection on construction sites.
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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.

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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Federal Scene

Good News about Reporting Requirements from the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a draft Form W-2 for 2011, which employers use to report wages and employee tax withholding. The IRS also announced that it will defer the new requirement for employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan, making that reporting by employers optional in 2011.

The draft Form W-2 includes the codes that employers may use to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan.  The Treasury Department and the IRS have determined that this relief is necessary to provide employers the time they need to make changes to their payroll systems or procedures in preparation for compliance with the new reporting requirement. The IRS will be publishing guidance on the new requirement later this year.

Although reporting the cost of coverage will be optional with respect to 2011, the IRS continues to stress that the amounts reportable are not taxable. Included in the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in March, the new reporting requirement is intended to be informational only, and to provide employees with greater transparency into overall health care costs.
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Workforce

AWI Member Kent Gilchrist Elected to WoodLINKS Board

WoodLINKS USA has elected two new board members, Kent Gilchrist, President of Fremont Interiors, Carmel, IN and Bill Esler, Associate Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Vance Publishing, Lincolnshire, IL. 

WoodLINKS reported that "Kent Gilchrist will be in charge of building and strengthening our relationship with SkillsUSA and the Woodworking Career Alliance of North America. Bill Esler will be helping WoodLINKS USA market the successes that our schools and students are achieving with the help of industry," according to WoodLINKS.  

Mr. Gilchrist is the 2010 chair of the AWI SkillsUSA Committee and is a member of the AWI Board of Directors.
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Skill Standards Progress on Tools, Machines, Their Operation

Measurable standards for 12 tool groups, covering 30 tools and machines and their operations, have been finalized, the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA) reported. 

WCA is currently working on the next 30 tools. When the Skills Standards project is completed, it will include more than 100 machines and tools as well as the woodworker's relationship to them through skill standards, evaluation and a recognition or credit process. View the future tools for which WCA will write skill standards and offer your feedback.

WCA tackled the most valuable, foundational 30 machines and tools first. These are the 30 that all woodworkers – from the student, to the apprentice and the master – will always have to know. Each of the groups has from 5 to 25 tools and machines, with each tool or machine having multiple operations. Click here to see the list.



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Chapter News

Chicago Chapter Enjoys CNC Machining Program

On November 10, approximately 45 members of the AWI Chicago Chapter attended an insightful program presented and sponsored by Biesse America and McFarland & Associates.

Mike Whitt was Biesse’s representative and Skip McFarland presented for his company. The chapter thanks the sponsors for hosting the program and presenting the informative program.
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Six Chapter Presidents Receive Special Honors

What groups among AWI’s Distinguished Chapters received recognition for their outstanding efforts for two consecutive years? Six Chapter Champions received this prestigious honor.

Congratulations to the following Chapter Champion honors are the pinnacle of achievement for a chapter leader. AWI members are encouraged to congratulate the following Chapter Champions the next time their paths cross – the honor is well-earned and their service to their chapter should be recognized.

Garry Astles, Center Pennsylvania Chapter
Jim Buege, Wisconsin Chapter
Kristine Cox, Carolinas Chapter
Paul Kelly, Chicago Chapter
Bruce Robb, Georgia Chapter
Mike Sarno, New England Chapter

Paul Kelly (Barsanti Wood Products), President of the AWI Chicago Chapter, receives his Chapter Champion ring for achieving Distinguished Chapter status two years in a row and is one of six individuals throughout AWI to receive this 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 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 December 2, 2010.


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