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Monday, May 7th

Baltimore Convention Center



2:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Room 301 Baltimore Convention Center



4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Architectural Door Codes and Standards Committee/National Architectural Door Council Meeting
Room 301 Baltimore Convention Center


Tuesday, May 8th

Baltimore Convention Center


7:00 am - 8:00 am

Located Outside of Room 307





8:00 am - 8:15 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speaker: Tim Cox, Oregon Door, NADC Chairman





8:15 am - 9:15 am

2018 Commercial/Multifamily Building Outlook

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 2018? The session will include forecasts of the educational, office, retail, health care, hotel, warehouse and multifamily market segments.

Speaker: Kermit Baker, Chief Economist; American Institute of Architects




9:15 am - 10:15 am

Lessons Learned: Proper Storage & Handling of Architectural Wood Doors

This session focuses on the many challenges that manufacturers are faced with site conditions that are not conducive to door handling, storage and installation. Beyond the initial deliveries, storage and subsequent installations period, we are finding that buildings in their finished state, ready to be occupied or in many cases occupied are exhibiting less than ideal conditions as set forth by the industry. Come and listen to the experiences form one manufacturer and the lessons they learned when trying to resolve the issues presented by these adverse conditions. 

Speaker: David Jordan,
Director, Sales Support Wood Doors; ASSA ABLOY




Networking Break





10:45 am - 11:45 am

Architectural Door Testing and Certification with UL

This presentation will discuss the topic of installation clearances for fire doors; the recent National Fire Protection Research Foundation study regarding installation clearances as well as other recent test standard proposals for calculation of temperature rise and measurement of temperatures on doors. We will also provide an update on trends in hardware designs and how they may affect the testing and certification of wood fire doors, the development of new products to address poor installations that have been introduced to the market and then finish the presentation with some trends seen by UL in the care and maintenance of rated openings.

Speaker: Matt Schuman, Industry Manager, Fire Resistance and Containment; UL LLC




12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch





1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

NFPA 80 & Research on Gap Size Influence on Fire Promulgation Update

In 2016 and 2017, the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) studied the effects of door gaps around and under swinging fire doors have on the performance of fire door assemblies, as well as their influence on fire promulgation. This project included an exhaustive literature review of numerous publications and technical reports regarding swinging fire doors. Computer modeling attempted to replicate the dynamics of positive pressure fire door testing (e.g., NFPA 252) on fire-rated flush wood doors and hollow metal doors.  

This presentation provides an overview of the FRPF project, its current status, and the next steps needed fully study the effects door gaps have on fire door assemblies, and their abilities to contain fire. 

Speaker: Keith E. Pardoe, FDAI, DAHC, CDC  Founder/CEO; Door Safety, LLC





2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Understanding and Applying ANSI/WMA 100

ANSI/WMA 100 Standard Method of Determining Structural Performance Ratings of Side-Hinged Exterior Door Systems (SHEDS) and Procedure for Component Substitution is an industry consensus standard development to assist practical rating of door assemblies and rational evaluation of component substitutions. It is an International Building Code reference standard. The presentation will first present the Standard and various useful techniques provided by the standard for rating of a base-line door system and subsequent ratings of variants of the door system. Variant many include alternate slab constructions, alternate frame materials, alternate glazing packages and alternate hardware, for example. Practical examples of how the Standard may be used in developing test plans or certification plans will be presented.


Speaker: Joseph Reed, Senior Director; Intertek



3:00 pm

Closing Remarks/Adjourn







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