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Complimentary AWI Webinars Offer Excellent ROI

It takes one hour of time to reap the benefits of business solutions offered during AWI webinars offered at no cost to members.  Discover cost-effective business solutions at complimentary AWI webinars.   Make the most of your membership and participate in these FREE webinars for AWI members only.  

November 14, 2012

2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET)
“AWS Talk”“Preview of Edition 2 – Looking at Section Six in the Revised Format”

Presenter: Mike Bell, Allegheny Millwork
Hear an overview of the changes coming in Edition 2 of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), including the layout of the book and the configuration of the content which is being done to make the book more readable and easier to find subject material. Join Mike Bell as he walks through the latest draft of “Section Six – Interior and Exterior Millwork.”  Gain insights about the new Introduction pages – “Information Only” – that bring the educational content forward from the Appendix B. Next, gain an understanding of the “Compliance Requirement” pages – General, Product, Installation and Tests. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and discussion of any aspect of the AWS in which participants may be interested.

Register here  
Questions: Ilaria Buffalo,

December 12, 2012
2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET)
“QCP Talk”“How to Use the LEED 2009v3 Review”

Rob Ziegelmeier, AWI Sustainability Resources Representative
During this webinar we will locate the document and review the individual sections of the format. We will show you the forms that will help your organization from estimating through completion of the project.

Register here
Questions: Contact Ilaria Buffalo,

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AWI Education Outreach

Local Learning Programs Product of AWI National Chapter Partnership

November 16, 2012
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

“10 Commandments of Contract Management”
(AWI Education Outreach)
Host: AWI Iowa/Nebraska Chapter

Presenter: Michael Davis, Esq., Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Contract language can be unfathomable. If you don’t understand the hidden details, you could commit to an unprofitable project. Protect your rights, preserve your profits! Learn how to negotiate contract terms that protect your interests while satisfying those of Contractors and Owners. You need not lose a project by standing up for your rights. Nail the details down up front to minimize disputes down the road. Learn from an attorney who has represented specialty trade contractors in a variety of disputes involving construction defects, warranty issues, increased scope of work, and labor inefficiencies. Take home sample language for use in negotiating your rights on the next project that is more profitable and less stressful.

Click here
Program Contact:
Contact Mike Paul,, (p) 515-432-8126

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Member News

Bernhard Woodwork Customer Service Earns WOOD 100 Honors

Congratulations to AWI Manufacturing Member Bernhard Woodwork in Northbrook, IL on receiving honors for their customer service strategies for success.  Woodworking Network (free subscription) reported the distinguishing qualities of the woodwork firm that make it a winner, including project management skills, European craftsmanship and state-of-the-art manufacturing.  Bernhard Woodwork has been an AWI Manufacturing since 1985.

To view the article for more details, click here.  You can also view other companies honored for marketing initiatives, go-to-market strategies, business strategies, productivity enhancements, technology integration, product innovations, and customer service.

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Green Scene

Is LEED® Certification as Valuable as Claims Indicate?

A review of 7,100 LEED-certified commercial buildings by USA Today sought answers to questions about how they achieved green points.  

Findings indicate that developers gained tax breaks and grants, charged higher rents, gained expedited permits as a “green” building.  It also revealed that developers go for easy low-cost points that “have little of proven environmental benefit.”

To view the USA Today video about the report ("Is the Green Building Boom Actually Green"), click here.

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Free CSI Webinar about GreenFormat

GreenFormat has been developed by members of The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). “It is a voluntary CSI-recommended product sustainability information structure, organized by MasterFormat divisions, in a specification-friendly format. It is designed to be a consistent means of communicating the sustainability features of building materials, products, systems and technologies,” CSI reports.

Through this webinar, stakeholders will understand the purpose, structure and potential benefits of using GreenFormat in their daily communications.

This GreenFormat webinar will address the sustainability information needs of several important stakeholders in the construction industry including design professionals (architects, engineers, specifiers, interior designers and others); suppliers, including manufacturers, dealers and distributors; and other influencers such as building owners, constructors and regulators. Speakers will be Paul M. Sternberg, CSI, CCS, CCCA, and George T. Middleton, CSI.

Anyone connected with the design and construction of the built environment can benefit by using CSI's GreenFormat and can learn how by attending this introductory webinar. Learn more, or register now.  The webinar is Monday, November 5 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (EST).

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Chapter News

AWI Washington Chapter Engages Students in Lively Discussions about Careers

Chapter Executive Director Kirsten Ingham reports that a return visit to Rogers High School on October 17 in Puyallup, WA to discuss architectural millwork as a career path was a resounding success – again.

“Jon Cerio, shop teacher, was more than pleased with the follow-up presentation and turnout from the chapter!  Again, he felt there was a great impact on his students and their understanding of the needs and wants of employers at the manufacturing plants and the supplier companies.  The students who attended our spring presentation and again yesterday were very open to asking a lot of questions and interested in even more details from employers.  

We focused the students on communication, math, reading, and understanding the companies they want to visit prior to stepping up to the door for an application or interview.  As before, we had a great panel of members and suppliers from our chapter representing the cream of the crop for our industry,” Mrs. Ingham noted.  

Chapter member Reid Giving credited Mrs. Ingham for her coordination of this event.  “You are a championess for the cause. I had a few words with the Vice Principal – this man was elated with our visit and the oratorio’s from our active members stressing what is needed in becoming an employee wherever the students go.”

He reported that the chapter has more high schools lined up and invited members to identify more schools with wood shops in their respective areas.

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Upcoming Chapter Events

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. To reach any of the chapter officers for more information, click here.

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: November 6, 2012 (2:30 – 4:00 pm)
What:  General Member’s Meeting / Board Meeting
Where: Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI
Registration:, (p) 414-839-0903

AWI Iowa / Nebraska Chapter (AWI Education Outreach Program)
When: November 16, 2012 (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
What: “10 Commandments of Contract Management”
Presenter: Michael Davis, Esq.
Where: Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
Information/Registration: Click here
Questions: Mike Paul, , (p) 515-432-8126

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: November 29, 2012 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
What: “Mass Customization in our Woodworking Industry”
Presenter: Donald O’Hora, President & CEO, Northway Industries, Inc.
Information/Registration: See attached

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: January 17, 2013 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
What: “Impact & Effects of LEED® in the Woodworking Industry”
Presenter: Rob Ziegelmeier, AWI Sustainability Resources Representative
Where: Staybridge Suites, Harrisburg, PA
Information/Registration: Click here
Questions: Garry Astles,, (p) 717-503-6295

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: March 21, 2013 (1:00 – 3:00 pm)
What: Plant Tour (Free)
Where: Beam’s Custom Woodworking, Morgantown, PA
Host: Bill Beam, Owner & President
Information/Registration: Click here
Questions: Garry Astles,, (p) 717-503-6295

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

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 AWI e-briefs

When Will It be Published?

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published November 15, 2012.

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Upcoming Education

AWI Education Outreach
Hosted by AWI Iowa/
Nebraska Chapter

"10 Commandments of
Contract Management"

Presenter: Michael Davis, Esq.,
Chamberlain Hrdlicka

November 16, 2012
10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Central)

Register here

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