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Commercial/Multifamily Building Outlook

Kermit Baker
Chief Economist
American Institute of Architects

Kermit Baker is the Chief Economist for the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.  In this capacity, he analyzes business and construction trends for the U.S. economy and examines their impact on AIA members and the architectural profession.  He originated the AIA’s "Work on the Boards” Survey, a monthly assessment of business conditions at architecture firms and the source of the widely followed Architecture Billings Index. He also coordinates the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel, and writes regular economics columns for the AIA member electronic newspaper, AIArchitect.  

This opening session will review the current economic factors impacting the commercial, institutional and multifamily markets. What are the current economic fundamentals of the market and the strengths and weaknesses of these segments? Will we see improvement, decline or flat markets in 2017? The session will include forecasts of the educational, office, retail, health care, hotel, warehouse and multifamily market segments.

Water Based Adhesives: Basics, Regulations, Trends

Jaye Schroeder
Vice President, Wood Adhesives Market Development North America
Franklin Adhesives and Polymers

This presentation will present the basics of water based adhesive usage, raw materials that impact costs, and compliance with environmental regulations. We will also discuss trends to prepare future user operations.


Fire Door Testing & Certification: The Past, Present and Future 

Matthew E. Schumann
Industry Manager, Resistance and Containment
Building and Life Safety Technologies

This session will focus on the progression of fire door labeling and certification practices from the early 20th century until today and then preview what is coming around the corner for the fire door industry.  We will also take a look at trends and concerns that should be on the radar of attendees regarding architectural wood doors, followed by an overview of fire door testing methods in use today in key markets such as North America, the Middle East and Europe.





Field Installation of Fire Glass Under Label Service: How do Manufacturers and Distributors Prepare?

Steve Farley
Vice President, Commercial Sales
TruStile Doors

NFPA 80 Requires glazing materials in vision panels to be, “… installed in accordance with inspection service procedures and under label service.” This means that the installer of fire glass in fire doors must be either the manufacturer or a party authorized to apply fire labels under the manufacturers machining listings. It is becoming more common for purchase orders to request fire doors without glazing with the expectation that this will be done in the field. What happens when doors ship to a job site? This program will discuss the challenges placed on manufacturers those faced by door distributors who must change how they bid and furnish product so as to preserve fire label integrity.          



EPA Formaldehyde Rule – Essential Information for Manufacturers and Specifiers

Jeff Inks
Senior Vice President, Advocacy

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products regulation published on December 12, 2016, becomes effective May 22, 2017.  All manufacturers (including importers), fabricators, suppliers, distributors, and retailers of composite wood products, and component parts or finished goods containing these materials, must comply by December 12, 2017.  Laminated products must comply December 12, 2023.  This session will provide the latest updates on implementation and the key provisions door manufacturers and specifiers need to know in preparation for the December 12 compliance date.


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