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 September 15, 2011
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IAC Code Survey
The Industry Advisory Council (IAC) is conducting an industry study to gain perspective from DHI members and stakeholders on the issues they're facing. The goal of this study is to help the IAC gain insight on the strategic issues impacting the building industry and to use this data to have constructive discussions about how the IAC can become a more vital and vibrant force in addressing some of those issues.The survey is available here. Participation in the survey will take between 3-5 minutes of your time and is open now through Monday, September 26. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Early Bird Pricing Extended to September 16!
Register Now for DHI's Conference & Exposition and Save Big!  

Registration Deadline EXTENDED for Fall National School Sept '11
Attend the last National School for fall 2011. Register by Friday, September 16th at 5:00 pm (EDT)! Click here for more information and to register.

REMINDER! Vote for 2011-12 Board of Governors
Seven Candidates are being considered for four vacant Board positions. Review the biographies and cast your vote by 11:59 pm (EDT), October 1, 2011.

FREE Lunch & Learn Program: Javits Convention Center, New York City on Thursday, October 27, 2011
In conjunction with DHI's 36th Annual Conference & Exposition, architects and specifications writers are invited to attend this 2-part presentation by noted experts in the non-residential door and hardware industry. In addition, you'll earn 2.5 AIA/CES LU's in the HSW area! Click here for complete details. If you do not have a DHI login you will be requested to set one up in order to register for this event. Click here to Register Now.

DHI CanadaDHI Canada News

5th Annual DHI Canada Night Celebration
Show YOUR Red & White Spirit on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 6-9pm at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers,  New York, NY. The Canadian flags will be flying and the refreshments will be flowing as we get together to celebrate all that is Canadian. Click here for complete details

DHI Canada Technical Education in Alberta—Fall 2011!
November 21-26, 2011, Sheraton Cavalier Hotel, Calgary, AB. Click here for complete details or click here to register.

Industry Access

Stanley Black & Decker Inc. completed its 7.6 billion kronor ($1.2 billion) acquisition of Niscayah AB, Stockholm, Sweden, bolstering its presence in video surveillance and fire-alarm systems. Full Story

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has released two updated editions of its architectural wood flush door standards, WDMA I.S. 1A-11, Industry Standard for Architectural Wood Flush Doors, and WDMA I.S. 6A-11, Industry Standard for Architectural Stile and Rail Doors. A major overhaul and rewrite of two existing, well-known industry interior architectural door standards, the new standards are fully synchronized with each other for both content and organization, with their focus on performance-driven specification. Full Story

In other news, WDMA is establishing a new council, the WDMA National Architectural Door Council (NADC), to represent the interests of the leading manufacturers of architectural door manufacturers and their suppliers. Operating under the WDMA umbrella, the NADC will be responsible for creating programs and services to serve this market segment and provide networking and education opportunities for its members. 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

FREE WEBINAR - NFPA 80, (2010 ed): Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Doors
November 9, 2011, from 12:30 pm–2:00 pm (EDT)
This webinar will discuss the current requirements in the 2010 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, related to the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire door assemblies, as well as the specific responsibilities of all parties involved in the door inspection process. For details and registration, click here.

CRUISE Around Manhattan. Enjoy the Silent Auction
While in NY attending the DHI 36th Annual Conference & Expo, join us on Tuesday, October 25th for the Door Security & Safety Foundation's 2011 Dinner Cruise and Silent Auction, produced by NY's finest DHI Conference Host Committee. Book your passage now!  Click here for complete details.

Want to Support the Foundation? Generously Donate an Item for Auction
Consider donations of corporate-owned goods like event tickets, trips, stocks, services, and/or products to be showcased at the Silent Auction during the cruise. Contact Bill Johnson by phone at 703.766.7039 or by email at bjohnson@doorsecuritysafety.org to arrange a donation.

Business Update

In a special issue of American School & University magazine, architects were asked about sustainable design in education facilities, their strategies now and their intentions going forward. Full Story

A new technical bulletin relating ASCE/SEI 7-10 design wind loads to fenestration product ratings has been jointly endorsed by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) and the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA). The bulletin, available free for download, summarizes information about current standards and codes related to the design of buildings and use of fenestration assemblies. Full Story

Gigaom.com looks at five major risks to green building market growth. Full Story

In recognition of the current uncertain and difficult economic times, the Bank of Canada recently chose to keep its key policy-setting interest rate – the overnight rate – at only 1.00%. That's a strong level of stimulus and removes earlier concerns that interest rates in Canada might soon resume an upward march. As for spending initiatives, however, the public-sector capital projects program in Canada has been winding down this year. In fact, Canadian federal and provincial governments, as well as many of municipal governments (e.g., Toronto), have been focusing on tightening their budgets to bring down their deficits. It remains to be seen whether or not Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will decide that a course alteration might be in order. A stretched out period of weak economic numbers, as is now being forecast by many leading bank economists, may inspire Canada to follow the lead of the American Jobs Act, reported Reed Construction Data. Full Story

Construction & Design

Nonresidential construction spending increased 2% since January; the recovery was clearly underway for "for lease" private projects with spending up for five consecutive months although spending for institutional projects has fallen below the January level. The economic outlook will dampen the nonresidential recovery but will not halt it, reported Reed Construction Data. Full Story

U.S. builders cut back on spending by the largest amount in six months in July with sharp reductions in outlays for government building projects. Construction spending fell 1.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $789.5 billion, the Commerce Department reported. That is 3.5% above an 11-year low hit in March but it is still only about half the $1.5 trillion that economists view as a healthy level for construction. Full Story

Syracuse.com lists nearly $780 million in recent and ongoing construction projects in Syracuse's University Hill neighborhood. Full Story

Hilton Worldwide said it will have 100 hotels in China by 2014, four times the number of properties it manages in the country now. China will become Hilton's biggest market after the U.S. by the time, reported Bloomberg. Full Story

Security & Safety

According to "Joint Commission Perspectives," a 2009 survey revealed that the most common types of Joint Commission standards citations given to hospitals were for Life Safety Code violations. In fact, Life Safety Code-related violations were the first, second, fourth and sixth most frequently cited, including failure to maintain an egress as well as failing to to protect people from smoke and fire. A recent Security Products article lists ten typical life safety violations along with solutions that can help keep facilities safer for patients, visitors and staff while reducing the potential for receiving Requirement for Improvement’s (RFI) citations during the next inspection. Full Story

Government Affairs

A White House Fact Sheet: Repairing and Modernizing America's Schools details the benefits of the President's proposed $25 billion investment in school infrastructure program for each state as well as the 100 largest high-need public school districts which will receive funds directly.  Full Story A recent article pointed out that the average K-12 building in the United States is 40 years old, according to the nonprofit 21st Century School Fund; and the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation's public school buildings a D grade in 2009. It would cost at least $270 billion to bring the nation's schools into good repair, reported The Lookout. Full Story

Home renovation contractors, painters and landlords face new state fines in Iowa if they fail to take proper training and precautions before tearing into walls, doors or windows that might contain lead paint. Iowa has required the eight-hour training since April 2010, but state officials have only been encouraging contractors to comply. Starting Sept. 1, officials have the authority to fine people caught doing renovation on old buildings without being certified and following safe lead removal practices, reported the DesMoinesRegister.com. Full Story

Small Business News

The American Jobs Act

The President has offered his plan for a new stimulus effort. What's in it for small business?

Payroll Tax Relief
The President is proposing that the employer pay only 3.1% of the employer's share of the social security tax for 2012. Employers and employees pay the social security tax on wages below a certain level. There is an annual income cap for the social security portion of FICA. It is $106,800 for 2011. The President is trying to limit the benefit to small employers so he is proposing the relief apply to only the first $5 million in wages. 

New Hires and Increased Wages
The President has proposed a complete refund of the social security taxes paid by an employer on the wages of added workers or wage increases for current workers above the level of this year's payroll. This payroll tax relief would be capped at applying to $50 million in new wages. There would be additional targeted tax cuts for hiring the long-term unemployed as well as veterans who have been out of work six months or more.

Full Expensing
The President has proposed the extension of the current temporary 100% first year full expensing. This is not Section 179 expensing but the full expensing based on the depreciation "bonus" concept. 

When Congress passed and the President signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act, Public Law 111-312, the law extended and expanded the additional first-year depreciation "bonus" to equal 100% of the cost of qualified property placed in service after September 8, 2010 and before January 1, 2012. The President's new proposal would extend the 100% full first year expensing through 2012.

DHI's Jerry Heppes sits on the board of the Small Business Legislative Council. If you'd like more information on these or other issues affecting small businesses, feel free to contact him at jheppes@dhi.org.

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