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  January 6, 2011
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DHI 2011 Save the Dates for Industry Education & Events!

                January 28 - January 29, 2011
                Takeoff and Estimating (COR125)
                DHI's Local Chapter Education: Arizona Chapter
                www.DHIarizona.org

                Friday, January 21, 2011
                Understanding & Using Construction Documents (COR103)
                North Central Chapter       www.dhincc.org
                Defend Door Stainless Steel[Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
                (La Crosse and west), and Montana (north of Miles City, east of Great Falls)]
                Contact: Brian Cornwell at 651-209-3570 or BCornwell@assaabloydss.com to register.

                Thursday, April 7-Saturday, April 9, 2011
                Architectural Hardware and Applications (COR113)
                North Central Chapter       www.dhincc.org
                [Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin (La Crosse and west),
                And Montana (north of Miles City, east of Great Falls)]
                Contact: Brian Cornwell at 651-209-3570 or BCornwell@assaabloydss.com to register.

                Monday, February 7 - Wednesday, February 9, 2011
                Architectural Hardware and Applications [COR113]
                Saskatoon-Wheatland (Canada) Chapter 
                www.dhicanada.ca/EDUCATION/Saskatchewan.asp

                May 15-22, 2011
                DHI National School, National Conference Center, Lansdowne, VA
                'Early Bird' Tuition Rates End: April 15, 2011, www.dhi.org

                October 26-27, 2011
                Door and Hardware Institute 36th Annual Conference & Exposition


NEW for 2011... DHI Launches Online Education!

In August 2010, The DHI Board of Governors approved the purchase of online education software (Sakai) with an anticipated launch of this new education program in early spring 2011.

DHI launched the Beta-session of the online education program in October 2010. Over 20 students are participating in a weekly, 2-hour session of AHC215, Writing Hardware Specifications, over the course of 7-9 weeks.

This educational format allows students to have the convenience of the online access in two formats: Self-paced/self-directed education modules OR through instructor-led sessions, just like DHI's renowned National Education format where students have the opportunity to practice the skills learned during each session with hands-on assignments that further their competency with the curriculum.

The DHI staff is pleased to be ahead of schedule on this initiative and will be working on the next courses to be offered in this new online format: Fundamentals of Architectural Doors and Hardware Self-Study Course (SSC100 ); Understanding and Using Construction Documents (COR103); and continuing education for the FDAI graduate.


NEW Save the Date: January 19, 2011, for New & Updated ConsensusDOCS

On January 19, 2011, ConsensusDOCS will release new and updated documents. All ConsensusDOCS users receive free access to the new documents within their subscription package.

SUBSCRIBE TODAY to receive your email notice with a link to the new and updated documents.  DHI Members receive a 20% discount on all purchases.  Visit www.ConsensusDOCS.org and use Partner Code "DHI" and Promotion Code "100" when prompted during the checkout process.

ConsensusDOCS contracts are the first and only industry standard contracts written by 30 leading construction organizations, including DHI.

For more information or questions, please contact Maggie Jaus at jausm@agc.org or (703) 837-5408.


DHI 2011 Board of Certification (BOC)

Join us in congratulating our new BOC members:
Bill Lawliss AHC/CDC
William J. Ritchie, AOC
Therese "Teri" Szynski, AHC

These prolific volunteers join current BOC Board members for a three-year term:
BOC Member                                                Term Ending
Harold "Hal" Kelton, AHC/CDC, Chairman      2012
H. Stephen Bettge, AHC                               2011       
Anthony "Tony" A. Boatman, DAHC/EHC      2011        
John Hamilton, AHC, CCPR                           2011       
Rene Bouchard, DAHC/CDC                          2012       
Deborah "Debbie" Davis, CDC                       2012        
William "Bill" Lawliss, AHC/CDC                     2013       
William "Bill" Ritchie, AOC                             2013       
Therese "Teri" Szynski, AHC                         2013 


Got News?
There are constant changes in the door and hardware industry. Help US be in-the-know! Send us your news on acquisitions, mergers, new products, people on the move--anything and everything that's new and exciting in our industry--and we'll post it on the website and include it in future email broadcasts.

Send your news to JMadden@dhi.org and we'll share it with the rest of the industry.


DHI CanadaDHI Canada News

DHI Canada 2011 Technical School
Curriculum. Check! Instructors. Check! Venue. Check! Dates. Check! The DHI Canada 2011 Technical School is booked for May 30-June 4 at the Delta Toronto Airport West Hotel.

For complete information and to register online, click here


Canadian Chapter Education
Saskatchewan-Wheatland is offering Architectural Hardware and Applications (COR113) from February 7 to 9 in Saskatoon. With a team of some of our most experienced instructors lined up, this is sure to be one of the most popular chapter courses in 2011. For information and online registration click here.


Industry Access

Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. announced the acquisition of Delta Doors of Miami. Originally founded in 1996 by Jesus Martinez as a distribution center for doors and storefront materials, Delta Doors later shifted into manufacturing aluminum doors, windows and framing systems, reported Glass MagazineFull Story

AAMA's Door Council is currently developing new non-integral door bottom weatherseal, door handle set and cycle testing documents and are in the process of an update to AAMA 920-03 and 930-03. Full Story

Click here for more Industry Access news including recent new hires, merger & acquisition activity and who's offering new products.

* DHI Members may submit news releases to be considered for inclusion in DHI's IndustryWatch. Send to: jmadden@dhi.org


Foundation News

Campus Right to Know…
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) lays out campus safety requirements for colleges and universities in a number of critical areas, including fire safety and emergency response and evacuation. Specific to our industry -- as part of the fire safety report -- is the description of fire protection equipment which includes reporting on fire doors.

While the law was enacted in August 2008, the deadlines for some key reporting requirements are in effect at the close of 2010. Regulations mandate that secondary educational institutions must include in their Annual Security Report a statement of policy regarding emergency response and evacuation procedures. Colleges and universities that maintain on-campus student housing must also publish an Annual Fire Safety Report that includes fire statistics and describes fire safety policies, practices and systems. 

Also included in the bill is a competitive matching grant program for campuses to fund safety and security initiatives, including emergency response protocol development and implementation. These grants will fund up to 50% of the cost of development of state-of-the-art emergency communication systems, safety and notification procedures following an emergency, measures to improve campus safety overall, and communications with local mental health and crisis response services.

In an effort to educate facilities management personnel, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), AND openings industry professionals about these regulations, the Foundation will be sponsoring free webinars throughout 2011 (Beginning March 2011) that will provide an overview of campus safety requirements in the Higher Education Opportunity Act and explore compliance efforts and practices. Go to www.DoorSecuritySafety.org for upcoming dates/times for webinars.

Do AHJ's KNOW Your Company's Name? Be the "Champion" in your area and bring the Foundation's work to your community...
Door Security & Safety Foundation's Local Champion Campaign

Educate Local AHJs, Fire and Building Officials About Mandates for Annual Inspections of Fire-rated Door Assemblies. For more information visit www.DoorSecuritySafety.org


Business Update

After stepping back in October reversing into the negative territory, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rose more than three points in November to reach its highest mark since December 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 52.0, up from a reading of 48.7 the previous month. The new projects inquiry index was 61.4, down slightly from a mark of 61.7 in October. Full Story

Economic growth in the United States will continue in 2011, say the nation's purchasing and supply management executives in their December 2010 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations are for a continuation of the economic recovery that began in mid-2009. The manufacturing sector continues to outpace the non-manufacturing sector and has greater expectations for growth in terms of revenue, say the nation's purchasing and supply management executives in their December 2010 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Full Story

Building Efficiency: Ten Trends to Watch in 2011 and Beyond, a new white paper from Pike Research identifies 10 key trends that are having a strong influence on the worldwide building industry. Full Story

If a city or state wants to encourage environmentally responsible commercial real estate development, one of the most powerful tools it can use is tax incentives. That's a key finding of the 2010 Green Building Survey conducted by National Real Estate Investor in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. A whopping 77% of corporate executives responding to the survey say they would find tax incentives the most beneficial among enticements for retrofitting green buildings. An overwhelming 75% of the corporate respondents say green initiatives have proven to lower operating costs. Click here to read the report. (PDF file)

The November Producer Price Index for Wood Doors (flush & panel, interior & exterior) was down 0.5% from 2009 and the Other Wood Doors (Incl. garage, screen, storm, etc.) PPI was up 1.1% compared to a year earlier. Compared to October, the unadjusted November PPI was unchanged for Wood Doors, but up 0.5%for Other Doors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The PPI for Metal Doors, Sash & Trim was up 0.2% from October, and was up 0.2% from 2009. The PPI for Builders Hardware was up 1.6% from 2009 and down 0.9% from a month earlier. Click here to view the full November Producer Price Index report. (PDF file - Wood Door information is on page 16, Builders Hardware, page 22 and Metal Door data, page 23)

Businesses used to provide 500 to 700 square feet of work space per employee, but the average is down to 200 square feet and shrinking. The recession and an emphasis on teamwork accelerated the trend, and younger staffers prefer less. reported the Los Angeles Times. Full Story

U.S. Army officials issued their new sustainable design and development initiative that incorporates requirements of the green building Standard 189.1. The policy applies to all construction and renovation of new buildings and structures in the U.S. territories, permanent overseas Active Army installations, Army Reserve Centers, Army National Guard facilities and Armed Forces Reserve Centers. The policy addresses site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources, reported EnvironmentalLeader.com. Full Story


Construction & Design

Construction spending increased by 0.4% in November, the third straight rise in the total, the Associated General Contractors of America noted in an analysis of new Census Bureau data. Private residential and public construction each gained 0.7% compared with October's totals, while private nonresidential construction edged down 0.1%. Full Story

The year-to-date value of construction starts through November, excluding residential contracts, totaled $241.5 billion, 1.0% less than during the same months in 2009, reported Reed Construction Data. Individual month of November starts were 35% above October and 13% above last November. Full Story

Nonresidential building in November dropped 12% to $130.1 billion (annual rate), falling back for the second straight month after improved activity was reported in September. The educational building category, which is the largest nonresidential project type, plunged 23% in November, reported McGraw-Hill Construction. Full Story

With $1.8 billion of FEMA money in hand and construction costs at new lows, the comprehensive overhaul of New Orleans public school buildings is proceeding at an accelerated pace with groundbreakings at eight elementary schools. In addition to the groundbreakings, about a dozen school construction projects are already under way and five more will begin by the middle of next year, reported Nola.com. Full Story

In Canada, non-residential building starts nationwide were at a pace to reach 74.0 million square feet in 2010 up from 50.3 million square feet in 2009. Most of the gain in 2010 has come from institutional work, with a slight helping hand from commercial, according to CanaData. Full Story

In Chicago a master plan, by the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, calls for 13,575 market rate and affordable homes to serve 50,000 new residents, 17.5 million square feet of retail and commercial space, a high school and a marina with 1,500 slips, to be built in phases over the next 30 years. The estimated cost is $4 billion, reported the New York Times on the Web. Full Story


Security & Safety

The Security Industry Association (SIA) Business Confidence Index made its largest jump ever and reached its highest level in more than four years. The index, a survey of 100 CEOs, presidents and other top executives at manufacturing companies that are SIA members, reached 74 in the third quarter, up from 58.5 three months earlier and the top score since October 2006. As recently as October 2008, the index barely broke 40, but it has risen fairly steadily since then. The survey also found that 70% of respondents think that current conditions are good to excellent as compared to 53% who said that in the second quarter of this year. Full Story


Government Affairs

Accounting Today published a list of the top 11 regulatory issues facing small businesses in 2011. Full Story

The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 24 states to receive a total of $7 million to support the adoption of updated, energy-efficient building codes. The funding will expand the existing partnerships between states and the federal government and help states to more rapidly adopt new residential and commercial building codes, as well increase compliance with those codes, reported Environmental Design & Construction. Full Story

A major legislative fix for the security industry needs only the president's signature to become law after the Senate on Dec. 21 passed a bill backed by a Security Industry Association (SIA)-led coalition. The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 requires electronic devices to meet certain efficiency standards while in "no-load" mode. The law was written in such a way that the requirements apply even to security and life safety devices – such as video surveillance, intrusion detection and access control systems – even though such equipment must always be in "active" mode. To correct this, SIA pulled together a coalition that contains both industry and environmental groups – including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) – to draft legislative language and push for a correction. Full Story

The Obama administration now is seeking to ramp up its energy savings effort dramatically - with the help of an unprecedented $4.5 billion in stimulus funds to be spent by next September entirely for federal green building and renovation projects. By executive order, the federal government is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2020, reported National Geographic. Full Story

The Treasury Department has launched a new program designed to provide loans to small businesses struggling to obtain credit. The Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF), part of legislation enacted in late September that provides tax breaks and incentives to businesses, creates a $30 billion account that community banks can draw upon to spur lending to smaller businesses, reported The Hill. Full Story

The National Labor Relations Board said on December 21 that it would require companies to post notices on their bulletin boards - and perhaps send out email - to inform employees of their right to unionize under federal law. A day earlier, the labor board's acting general counsel said that he would push for stronger action to create a fair atmosphere for unionization drives, perhaps by letting unions post materials on a company's bulletin board if a company was found to have committed serious violations during such a drive, reported the New York Times on the Web. Full Story

The House will vote next week to repeal the new health care law, making good on a top-tier GOP campaign promise and setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama over his signature domestic policy achievement. Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced the timeline for considering the repeal legislation: The bill posted Jan. 3, the Rules Committee will meet Jan. 6, and the rule for the debate will be considered on the House floor Jan. 7. The repeal vote will follow on Wednesday, Jan 12, reported Politico.com. Full Story


Small Business News

The 2011 Congress was sworn in yesterday, January 5th and Small Business News will resume in the next issue of Industry Watch.


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