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Announced Program Sessions as of May 18, 2017 


WDMA will be hosting a Supplier Appreciation Dinner at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 7. Attendance for this event is included in default registration and does not require additional payment. 



Performance Advantages of Gradient Polymerization Coatings  

Speaker: Robert Bein, Gemini Coatings

In this session, attendees will learn what gradient polymerization is in water-based wood coatings and the performance advantages of using them on wood components. You will learn what to ask for when selecting coatings for wood and what performance they can expect for water, rot and UV resistance.  Attendees will also learn how to assess the life cycle of the coatings on their wood components and create a realistic warranty for the finish on their components



Water Based Adhesives: Production, Regulatory, & Cost Drivers


Speaker: 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.  Session participants will also learn about trends in water based adhesives in order to prepare user future operations.



EPA Formaldehyde Rule – Essential Information for Manufacturers 


Speaker: Jeff Inks, Sr. Vice President of Advocacy, WDMA

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.


The 2017 WDMA Market Studies: Results & Analysis                   


Speaker: Brad Farnsworth, The Farnsworth Group

This session will cover the findings and 2017 forecast from WDMA’s window, entry door and architectural door market studies, produced in partnership with Hanley Wood/Metrostudy and The Farnsworth Group. 


ENERGY STAR Windows Northern Zone Trade-Off:  Not So Equivalent


Speaker: Jim Larsen, Director, Technology Marketing, Cardinal Glass Industries

Version 5/6 of the ENERGY STAR Windows program establishes a U-Factor verses SHGC trade-off for the Northern Zone. The trade is considered “equivalent” if the total energy for heating and cooling balances out.  This session will cover new research that suggests that the equivalency rules are overstated when analyzed with the Energy Plus program, particularly when fan energy is included.  Currently, the ENERGY STAR Northern Zone consists of IECC climate zones 5 through 8.  This research shows that a maximum solar heat should be applied to climate zone 5 and that zone 5 should now be blended with zone 4, creating a larger central zone.

Another aspect to consider in the equivalency analysis is thermal comfort.  Allowing a higher U-Factor in lieu of more solar gain is detrimental to both cold and hot weather comfort.  This disparity is magnified given the wide range of winter design temperatures for zones 5-8.


Understanding LEED v4 Building Material Credits and Qualifying for Them


Speakers: Brendan Owens & David Claypool 

With the ever increasing attention to the environmental and human health impact attributes of building materials and components, the US Green Building Council’s LEED v4 contains updated building material requirements that are now in full effect.  This session will explain the requirements for the LEED v4 building material credits impacting the window, door and skylight industry, and qualifying for them, including those related to environmental product declarations, sourcing of raw materials, low emitting products, and others beneficial for manufacturers to understand to best respond to customer specifications.  


The Future of Green Building and LEED v4 

SpeakersBrendan Owens

The future of the green building industry is bright. Since the establishment of the LEED green building rating system in 2000, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been at the forefront of green building. As the latest version of the rating system, LEED v4, continues to break ground in new and innovative ways, USGBC is also working to connect existing and emerging programs seeking to accelerate market transformation and broaden the scope of engagement. This session will provide an overview of LEED v4 and explore market impact and uptake of LEED as well as connections to other leading edge programs to green the built environment.


Utilization of Exterior MDF for Windows and Doors

Speaker: John Alexander, Director of Sales & Product Development, Accsys Technologies

What if there was a Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) product that was exterior quality and could be designed for use in windows and doors like other exterior grade wood and composites? MDF performance has improved over the past 50 years and is used successfully as components in windows and doors, provided the design and assembly are correct to protect the MDF.  The properties of exterior grade MDF will be discussed along with the opportunities for using exterior grade MDF in windows and doors.


NAFS 2019: Positioning for the Future

Moderator: Jeff Lowinski

NAFS 2019 is currently being balloted by WDMA, AAMA and CSA. This reorganized and simplified standard is a step toward re-focusing NAFS as an end-product performance, code compliance tool. This session will describe the thought process behind the major changes made to NAFS, including US-Canadian air infiltration and operating force harmonization; elimination of gateway size for R and LC products; combining operating types; and development of design guidance criteria for materials and components.


Tooling Technology’s Vital Role in Industry 4.0 

Speaker: Mike Lind, CEO, Leitz Tooling Systems

In our personal lives, the Internet of Things (IoT) is exploding all around us—from self-driving cars and smart devices that learn our TV watching preferences to refrigerators that can automatically update the weekly grocery list.  Driven by mountains of information and, more importantly, the ability to understand and use it, a new manufacturing revolution is underway. Industry 4.0 promises to deliver on production demands for ever-increasing quality and efficiency, in the face of increasing competition and a decreasingly technical labor force.

SMART tools, a technology borrowed from the metal working industry, which accurately and efficiently transfers tool geometry and operational parameters to CNC machines was introduced to the woodworking industry 20 years ago. This was followed by TMS, a Tool Management System which tracks the status, performance and economics of individual tools. With the advent of increasingly sophisticated software, these proven technologies provide the vital initial link in industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing.

Leitz is working with a consortium of industry-leading machinery, IT and software companies to develop the uniform protocol required to optimize this manufacturing revolution.  This session will explore how this revolution may impact your business.


Building Air Barriers and Integration with Window Installations 

Speakers: Eric Seaverson, P.E., Director, Midwest Building Science Solutions

All fenestration systems go through a laboratory certification process to ensure performance requirements. Similarly, air barriers are certified for performance. However, on the building, the two systems must be installed and integrated to be part of a comprehensive and complete building enclosure system. Lack of proper and reliable integration creates paths for water penetration and/or air infiltration. Some of the concerns include:
• Interior damage and microbial growth potential from bulk water leakage.
• Structural damage from bulk water leakage.
• Energy loss from air leakage.
• Condensation within the wall system from air leakage.
• Condensation on the fenestration from air leakage around the frame which reduces frame/glass temperature. 

While previous construction methods were primarily focused on bulk water leakage, shingling materials in the direction of water flow isn’t enough in today’s construction. To provide airtight construction, additional considerations and methods must be considered and implemented.  This session will review how to install fenestration systems fully integrated with air barrier systems, and the consequences if not performed suitably. 


                                 Creating a "No Corner" Corner for Fiberglass Frames

                                 Speaker: John Zadro, Omniglass SCT & Paul Vonderfecht, Enerlux

                                 Fiberglass Window and Door frames continue to grow as the material of choice for:

                                 •             Premium Insulation properties

                                 •             Structural performance

                                 •             Corrosion Resistant

                                 •             Thermal coefficient of expansion similar to glass

                                 But the corner key detail is expensive and can be the weak link in the performance of                                    the window or door system.  This session will demonstrate a system that eliminates                                      the need to develop injection mold dies or inventory any corner keys, while also                                              providing a structurally locked in leak-proof corner.

 How Plasma and Flame Surface Treating Improve Adhesion in Window and Door Manufacturing  Processes

Speaker: Ryan Schuelke, VP Sales, Enercon Industries Corporation

In-line atmospheric plasma and flame surface treaters are used to improve adhesion of adhesives and coatings on a wide variety of plastics, composites, wood, glass and metals. These technologies clean, micro-etch and functionalize surfaces to increase free surface energy and promote adhesion. This session will present lab data comparing the effectiveness of plasma and flame surface-treatment technologies on a variety of substrates. We will review specific industry applications where bonding and decorating were improved with surface treating technologies.  

Airborne Dust from Thermally-Modified Wood:  The Latest Research


Speaker: Matthew D. Aro, Stephen Monson Geerts, Meijun Cai, Suzanne French, Natural Resources Institute

Thermally-modified wood holds promise for the manufacture of high-value wood doors, windows, and other products with increased decay resistance and dimensional stability.  However, thermal modification processing renders the wood more brittle.  Anecdotal information suggests that the airborne wood dust produced when sawing thermally-modified wood is finer than non-modified wood, potentially creating increased health risks, explosion concerns, or perhaps even requiring upgraded dust collection systems in manufacturing plants.

In this study, aspen, red maple, white ash, yellow poplar, and balsam fir were thermally modified at 170 degrees Celsius in a closed, pressurized autoclave.  This wood and non-modified controls were then processed on a table saw for 30 consecutive minutes while a 10-stage Micro-Orifice Uniform Deposit Impactor (MOUDI) collected wood particulate aerosol samples.  The particulate matter distribution was then analyzed using a two-sample, non-parametric Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, which showed no statistical differences in particle size distribution between the thermally modified and non-modified wood.  This session will discuss the implications of this preliminary study and the potential impact on the industry.


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