Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

January/February 2006                                Volume 45,  Issue 1

The Show Scoop
Convention Reviews And Previews

Back in Boston for LBM Expo ’06

Beautiful Boston is the site again for Lumber and Building Material Expo ’06 (LBM Expo), which is sponsored by the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA). 

The show takes place February 9-11, 2006, at the Seaport World Trade Center and affords retail lumber dealers in the Northeast the opportunity to interact with manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of lumber, building materials and related technologies. Attendees can also enjoy all that Boston has to offer, such as museums, fresh seafood, waterfront parks and historical sites. The NRLA reported that the show floor is already sold out.
The Boston Marriott Copley Place and the Seaport Hotel were also on the hotel list, but have already 
sold out.

For more information on LBM Expo and a list of exhibitors, visit

Albuquerque to Host NAHB’S 2006 National Green Building Conference
Those interested in learning to meet increased consumer demand for resource-efficient, environmentally-sensitive and affordable new homes can attend the 2006 National Green Building Conference, according to a news release from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Hosted by the NAHB, the conference will be held March 12-14, 2006, in Albuquerque, N.M., at the Albuquerque Convention Center. 

“Builders in Albuquerque have already made significant progress in developing an impressive number of green-built homes,” said Ray Tonjes, chairperson of NAHB’s green building subcommittee and a homebuilder from Austin, Texas. “We are thrilled to highlight the work of local green builders, as well as homes built in accordance with NAHB’s voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines, as more and more of our members start to build green.”

With a theme of “Greening the American Dream,” the conference will provide a forum for attendees to network with like-minded colleagues and attend high-caliber educational sessions on green building topics. Sessions will address building science, design, marketing and other subjects for both green building specialists and mainstream homebuilders, many of whom are already incorporating green building methods and materials into their construction practices. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to tour numerous green homebuilding projects throughout the Albuquerque area.

More information on the National Green Building Conference is available at

IWF 2006 Challengers Award Call for Entries 

The Call for Entries for the 2006 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Awards® competition is officially underway with the entry deadline set for May 1, 2006. 

The Challengers Award will be presented during International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair – U.S.A.® (IWF), August 23-26, 2006, at the Atlanta Convention Center. 

The award recognizes advancements in technology or significant contributions to environmental improvement and focuses on companies that have distinguished themselves by developing innovative technology in products, services or manufacturing techniques. It challenges IWF exhibiting companies to develop revolutionary, creative, ingenious, forward-thinking technology, materials, services or safety devices that advance the industry.

Pre-registration and more information about IWF are available at 


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