Volume 45, Issue 7 - September  2006

From the Editor

When it Rains, it Pours
by Samantha Carpenter

We’ve been inundated with a number of hot issues in the building products industry. 

This month, SHELTER tackled a subject that will be challenging to the building products industry—the State of California’s Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Air Toxic Control Measure (ATCM). The board is in the final phase of developing a measure that would significantly reduce formaldehyde emissions from medium-density fiberboard, hardwood plywood and particleboard.

SHELTER contacted the California Wood Industry Coalition (CWIC), an umbrella organization that includes the Composite Panel Association, American Home Furnishings Alliance, Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, the American Forest and Paper Association, Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association, Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS), Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers Association. 

This coalition is working aggressively with CARB to come up with regulations that the wood products industry can accept. CARB supplied SHELTER with information about how this ATCM originated and when the new regulation is expected to be enacted. A California Wood Industry Coalition spokesperson also gave insight on the new ATCM.

One meeting where you will be able to find out more about what changes the building products industry faces is the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) Annual Convention. This year’s convention, “Back in the Saddle with AMD,” will be held October 14-19, 2006, in Grapevine, Texas, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. 

At the convention, code consultant Sarah Rice of the AMD Testing and Certification Task Group (ATCTG) will discuss building codes, specifically how component-based door systems will be regulated in the new 2006 International Building Code. Rice and the ATCTG will also cover what’s going on in the Florida, Texas and North Carolina coastal areas, what’s being done in the areas hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, how the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the WDMA are including component-based door systems in their certification programs, as well as other regulatory issues affecting AMD members.

AMD is opening up the convention on Wednesday, October 18, 2006, to builders, contractors, architects, lumber dealers and homebuilders. There will be a fee of $75 which includes admittance to the exhibit hall and lunch in the exhibit hall. Onsite and online registration are available at www.amdweb.com.

I hope to see you at the upcoming AMD convention and look forward to talking with you about issues that your company faces. Please stop by booth #1619 for a visit.

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