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The 2018 Legislative & Regulatory Landscape:  What’s Ahead for the Window, Door & Skylight Industry


Michael O'Brien, President & CEO, WDMA 

Kevin McKenney, Director of Government Affairs, WDMA


As we head toward the 2018 mid-term elections, Congress will be racing to complete as many GOP priorities as possible. This session will cover the major policy issues impacting the industry in Washington, including tax reform, regulatory reform and housing policy. The latest developments on ENERGY STAR, EPA Lead Rule reform and what may be in store for the industry at the state level. 






2018 Residential & Remodeling Market Outlook and Forecast



 Michael Neal, Senior Economist, National Association of Home Builders 


This session will provide an overview of current economic conditions, housing market dynamics and some of the factors that could hold back the housing market. Attendees will also hear the 2018 forecast of housing production (single-family, multifamily starts and remodeling), including for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.






Modular Construction: Outlook, Trends & Opportunities



Fred Hallahan, President, Hallahan Associates


With a number of issues, including labor shortages, continuing to hinder the building industry, is the modular construction sector poised to be one of the solutions for single-family, multifamily and commercial projects? As modular and factory-built  technology continues to evolve, what might be the implications for the window and door industry? In this session, you'll hear from   the foremost modular construction analyst in the country on the outlook for modular construction, the current trends and possible opportunities.












Development of Industry Standard Practices for the Installation of Windows &   Doors in Specific Wall Configurations



James D. Katsaros, Ph.D., Research Fellow, DuPont Building Envelope Technology and Co-Chair, FMA/AAMA/WDMA Installation Committee


When installing windows and doors, the proper integration with the building envelope is critical to ensure optimal air/water/thermal performance of the wall system. In fact, the IRC Code requires that manufacturers provide installation instructions to installers to ensure that these products are properly sealed and flashed to direct water away from the rough opening. While this can be challenging even for standard building practices, new requirements in the building industry for air infiltration resistance and energy management, and the resulting wall system details, can make this integration highly complex. In addition, extreme wind/water exposure presents additional challenges for the robust installation of windows & doors.


This session will highlight some of these key integration challenges and summarize the work of the FMA/AAMA/WDMA installation committee to develop industry consensus standard practices for windows and doors in various wall systems. In addition, a recent effort by this committee to address the complex world of replacement windows will be reviewed. 









Building Codes and Fenestration Standards Update



Steve Orlowski, Sr. Director, Standards and Technical Activities, WDMA


This session will provide an overview on the latest changes coming from the national model codes and regulatory agencies with federal oversight of energy, health and environmental impacts that will impact window and door manufacturers. Topics will include updates to the North American Fenestration Standard, proposed revisions to the National Green Building Standard, new requirements outlined in the ASTM F2090  on Window Safety and potential changes to the impact resistance of glazing in  accordance with ASTM E1996.



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