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The 2019 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


The 2018 midterm elections illustrate the highly contentious nature of politics in Washington.  Once again, Congress will face more challenges to accomplish policy objectives important to each party.  This session will analyze the results of the elections, along with several key issues that will impact the industry in Washington in 2019, including NAFTA, tariffs, and important federal regulations. The latest developments on ENERGY STAR, congressional appropriations and what may be in store for the industry at the state level will also be covered.







2019 Residential & Remodeling Market Outlook and Forecast



Danushka Nanayakkara Skillington, Assistant Vice President, Forecasting and Analysis, 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.






Understanding Builder/Contractor Sentiment & Influencing Factors



Brad Farnsworth, President, The Farnsworth Group


This session will explore recent research by The Farnsworth Group on current builder/contractor sentiment in key areas currently driving the building industry.  The first will cover the new HomeAdvisor Farnsworth Index, a quarterly measurement of the home improvement industry that tracks business confidence across 13 categories among five major trade segments.  The session will also cover recent research on building/remodeling product and project trends anticipated by builders, remodelers and architects.








Changing Unsafe Attitudes and Behaviors



Donald Thuene, Principal and Co-Founder, Donnic Consulting Group, LLC


 Unsafe attitudes and behaviors are responsible for over 90% of accidents and injuries.  Most companies have spent a lot time and effort on training, PPE, procedures, observations and audits that form the basis for most safety programs. But, they have a difficult time making a significant reduction in accidents and injuries. The reason is the culture, "the way we do things around here". In order to change the culture, everyone needs to be trained, everyone needs to be involved so that everyone benefits. This presentation will focus on what attitudes, behaviors and actions need to take place at each level of the organization. Current training concepts that have limited success will be contrasted to proven, effective concepts.










Building Codes and Standards Update



Jeff Inks, Sr. Vice President, Advocacy, WDMA    
Steve Orlowski, Sr. Director, Standards and Technical Activities, WDMA


Are up-to-date on which codes and standards are currently being enforced and what may be coming? Join WDMA staff for an education session that will provide an overview of the current state of ICC codes adopted in the northeast region, along with highlights of some of the above code programs and significant amendments that affect fenestration products. Attendees will also learn how some of the changes made in the 2017 edition of the North American Fenestration Standard may affect previously certified products. The session will close with a forecast of future code changes we know are on the horizon for energy efficiency and green building standards.



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