The WDMA Technical & Manufacturing Conference fosters both technical and professional development and is the premier destination to participate in leading-edge conversation on emerging technologies, manufacturing applications, regulatory issues, and a wide range of topics of interest to the window, door, and skylight industry.

This year's conference features a curated program of panels, and sessions that have expert speakers to learn from past experiences and discover strategies and best practices that will give you a competitive advantage. These leaders will offer innovative ideas, compelling insights, and effective strategies to take back to your companies.

All times are reflected in Central Standard Time. For a downloadable schedule, click here.
Please note that this schedule is tentative

       

7:00am - 5:00pm

Registration is Open

7:00 - 8:00am

Networking Breakfast
Ensure that you are running on full cylinders! The Continental Breakfast is a chance for attendees to fill up on coffee, grab some food, talk with exhibitors, and network with each other.   

Sponsored by STILES                                 

8:00 - 9:15am

Plastic Packaging Regulation and Extended Producer Responsibility Laws

Andy Hackman, Principal Lobbyist, Serlin Hale

Adam Peer, Senior Director, Packaging, American Chemistry Council 

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and plastic packaging laws have been enacted in California, Colorado, Maine, Oregon and now Minnesota in 2024! EPR is a policy approach that places the responsibility for the entire life cycle of a product, including its disposal, on the brand manufacturer rather than the consumer or the government. WDMA members who sell products in these states will need to join a producer responsibility organization and start paying into these new systems over the next three to four years—in Colorado and Oregon in mid-2025, in Maine in late 2026, and in California in early 2027.

This session will answer questions on the basics of EPR laws, producer responsibility organizations, the status of new regulations in the United States, and the outlook on the future of plastic packaging for the window, door and skylight industry.

9:30 - 10:30am

2020 NBC Canada- Building code and Energy Code

Terry Adamson, Technical Director, Fenestration Canada

Canada in the in the process of adopting new building and Energy Codes. This session will provide attendees with an overview of how the Canadian National Building and Energy Code have launched by timeline and region, breakdown what provinces and regions publish their own building codes and which adopt the NBC as written, along with a high level review of relevant changes in the 2020NBC and what regions have followed.

Tricoya Panels – Technology to Extend Your Door & Window Durability

Doug Gillikin, Territory Sales Manager, Accsys Technologies

Overview of using acetylated wood, particularly in window and door manufacturing to extend durability and how this modification process can be implemented into a product line. These components are non-toxic to plants, animals as well as humans and usage has gained international attention.

10:30 - 11:00am

Morning Coffee Break

Sponsored by OPCO

11:00 - 12:00pm

NFRC Update

Scott Hanlon, Director of Residential Programs, NFRC

This session will provide attendees the updates to requirements for participation within the NFRC, PCP, and FenStar program. Also, the attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how to apply the dynamic Condensation Index rating for use in the industry and for the consumer.

The Five Critical Objectives of Window & Door Flashing Systems

Paul Majka, Sr. Applications Engineer, Henkel Corporation

This presentation is designed to introduce five simple window and door flashing installation objectives that focus on long–term product, building durability, and energy strategies. These objectives incorporate the most current industry installation standards and are presented as recommended procedures for advanced design and applications.

12:00 - 1:00pm Networking Lunch

All conference attendees love a good meal and good conversation. Allows the audience an opportunity to meet
other participants and network.

Sponsored by THREEKIT

1:00 - 2:15pm

New Glazing Technologies

Peter Whaley, Product Integration Project Manager, Cardinal Glass

Greg Couillard, Senior Development Associate, Corning

This presentation will explore traditional privacy glass solutions and learn about the three main types of switchable glass: electrochromic, PDLC, and Cardinal’s cutting-edge PSCT product. Lastly, we will explore IoT and smart home automation systems and how switchable glass solutions can be integrated. Attendees will leave with a solid understanding of the different formulations and constructions for switchable privacy glass. Including the strengths and drawbacks of each.

 2:30 - 3:30pm

U. S. Energy Code, ENERGY STAR and Tax Incentive Update along with High Performance Glazing Solutions

John Glynn, Director of Technology Marketing, Cardinal Glass

Craig Drumheller, Vice President of Technical Activities, WDMA

This presentation will provide an update on national and state energy code status, ENERGY STAR requirements, and related tax incentives for fenestration followed by efficient glazing solutions to meet the new efficiency that will be demanded by these regulations. Choices to consider with new construction or remodeling pertaining to meeting ENERGY STAR or Energy Codes.

A Window/Doorway Into Life Cycle Assessments

Chandler Jacobson, Sustainability Manager, WAP Sustainability Consulting

Cesar Lujan, Director of Codes & Standards, WDMA

This presentation will provide an in–depth look at what a life cycle assessment (LCA) is and is not and how it plays out in WDMA industries. Attendees will gain an understanding of how an LCA can be useful, how an LCA is completed, and how to avoid common pitfalls during the completion of an LCA. Additionally, this presentation will touch on current hot topics in LCA’s that pertain to WDMA industries and potential future applications of LCA results.

3:45 - 5:00pm

The 2024 WDMA Market Studies: Results and Analysis

Brad Farnsworth, Senior Consultant, The Farnsworth Group

Join the Farnsworth Group for this enlightening session, as Brad reviews the findings of the 2024 WDMA US Market Study. Attendees will learn how the industry has been tracking over the past three years, where we are in the current economy, and what to expect in the near future. Along with reviewing shipments and forecasting, Farnsworth will breakdown the 2023 shipped units data from the national level to the regional levels and dig into the granular information on housing stock, new projects, and the trends affecting the residential, non–residential, and remodeling markets, which continue to fuel the window, door and industry.

5:30 - 8:00pm Networking Reception & Supplier Appreciation Dinner

Networking is one of the key reasons professionals attend the Technical & Manufacturing Conference. Sharing
your experiences and catch up with attendees at the networking cocktail hour prior to the Supplier Appreciation Dinner.

Sponsored by INFOR