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AWC supports House passage of “Regulatory Accountability Act”

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American Wood Council (AWC) president and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 185) by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would modernize the 69-year old Administrative Procedure Act and improve how federal agencies write the regulations that most significantly affect the U.S. economy.

AWC was among the more than 100 organizations who signed onto a letter of support for H.R. 185.

“The wood products industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the years as part of its efforts to meet regulatory requirements and to protect the environment. It’s common sense to ensure that agencies accept and consider comments from affected industries on proposals that could have a significant impact on them and their customers. Another critical provision of this legislation requires agencies to verify and substantiate threats to the public’s health and safety before imposing new costly rules, which would increase industry’s confidence in the system.

“AWC thanks Congressman Goodlatte for sponsoring this bill and kick-starting the regulatory reform debate this year.”

For more information on the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015, click here.


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January 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

Neocon to take place June 15-17

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NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, taking place at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago since 1969. NeoCon remains the premier platform for connecting, learning and doing business in the industry. The three-day event attracts nearly 50,000 design professionals and showcases more than 700 leading companies. With over 1 million square feet of exhibition space, the show launches thousands of new products and covers a spectrum of vertical markets including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, environmental, government and education. The exhibition is complemented by educational programming featuring over 100 accredited seminars, association forums, keynote presentations and special events.

Neocon will be held on June 15-17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

The Merchandise Mart is at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago.

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January 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Growth slowing in home remodeling in 2015

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As the broader housing market continues its sluggish recovery, growth in home improvement spending is also expected to soften throughout the coming year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.  The LIRA projects annual growth in home improvement spending will decelerate from 6.3 percent in the first quarter of 2015 to 1.6 percent by the third quarter.

“Due in part to weakening home sales last year, growth in remodeling spending is expected to deflate somewhat in 2015,” says Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center.  “Homeownership rates continue to slide as lending remains tight and first-time homebuyers are not yet returning to the market.”

“Although contractor sentiment has cooled in recent quarters, it remains favorable overall,” says Abbe Will, a research analyst in the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center.  “House price gains are moderating but still strong and home sales appear to be turning a corner now, all of which bodes well for continued, if more moderate, home improvement gains for 2015.”

Click here for a full-size graphic of LIRA.

On Thursday, January 29, the Joint Center for Housing Studies will release its latest biennial report and webcast on the remodeling industry, Improving America’s Housing: Emerging Trends in the Remodeling Market. Almost fully recovered from the recent downturn, the report identifies the remodeling industry segments that will support further growth in the years ahead.

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January 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

Holz-Her plans Tech Expo Feb. 27

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Holz-Her is planning a full-day Tech Expo Feb. 27 at its Mooresville, North Carolina, location. The event will feature new products and the opportunity to discuss updates in industry trends and new methods with their industry experts.

The Holz-Her team will help attendees make the best choices to improve production times, labor costs and profitability. Visitors will be able to see a wide range of machinery and technology under power in the showroom.

Highlights will include the Evolution 7405 vertical CNC machine, and Lumina with LTronic edgebander with laser edging unit. Visitors will also be able to get the latest information on automated material handling systems, PUR adhesives and widebelt sanding technology.

The event will be held Friday, Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holz-Her’s 25,000 square foot showroom at 124 Crosslake Park Dr., in Mooresville, North Carolina 28117. For more information contact Robin Endsley at 704-587-3400704-587

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January 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Residential remodeling market to see modest growth in 2015

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Residential remodeling is set for modest growth in 2015, according to experts at a press conference hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas. Remodelers appearing on the panel agreed with the forecast, citing home owners’ changing demographics and increased financial security.

NAHB projects that residential remodeling spending on owner-occupied single-family homes will increase a modest 3 percent in 2015 over 2014, and another 1.5 percent in 2016.

“Remodelers are responding to calls from home owners on steadier financial footing than recent years,” said 2015 NAHB Remodelers Chairman Robert Criner, a remodeler from Newport News, Virginia. “From major kitchen remodels and bath facelifts to room additions, the members of NAHB Remodelers look forward to providing professional remodeling services in 2015.”

“Among our clientele, a demographic shift towards remodeling urban homes is taking place,” said Mike Nagel, a remodeler from Chicago. “Our recent jobs tend to be in the city and the projects have increased in size.”

“Existing homes sales and house prices both hit soft spots in 2014 that dealt a glancing blow to residential remodeling businesses,” said Paul Emrath, NAHB’s vice president for survey and housing policy research. “We expect those drags are behind us in 2015, an outlook consistent with the optimism expressed by remodeler members in our recent Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey.”

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January 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Lamps Plus Professional predicts five biggest interior colors for 2015

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Pantone’s Spring 2015 Fashion Report features 17 colors that are forecasted to be predominant in this year’s fashions. Since fashion trends quickly translate into interior design, we can expect to see these 17 colors making an appearance in home decor shortly after.

Of the 17 selected colors, there are five that Lamps Plus Professionals predicts to have the biggest impact on interiors this year. They’re fresh, but familiar; colorful, but not overwhelming; and trendy, but not transient.


It’s got more oomph than mint, but it’s still soft and livable. It’s neutral with personality.

Lucite Green will really pop when offset by complimentary hues of red and orange, pictured above on A Beautiful Mess. Or layer it with shades of seafoam and pale grey to create a serene color palette.


Custard is like a little beam of sunshine! More cheerful than beige, it’s still a great, “safe” color for walls and a great backdrop for living rooms and kitchens. Custard isn’t an aggressive yellow – it’s softer and more toned down, without being cutesy.


Toasted Almond is a beautiful beige hue with a subtle pink tint. It’s warm, soft, feminine, and cozy.

If you’re so over the cold industrial greys that have been popular in recent years, Toasted Almond is a chic way to update your neutrals and bring a little warmth. Toasted Almond is a like a warm latte – sweet, comforting, and delicious. It’s often paired with coral and ivory.


Want a little more pink? Slightly chalky and very on-trend, Strawberry Ice is a soft pastel pink that’s definitely not baby-ish.

It behaves like a neutral and manages to somehow be both stylish and subtle. Paired with gold pillows and bold black and white accents, Strawberry Ice looks crisp and refreshing. Introduce warm cocoa tones for a cozier feel.


Of course, we can’t forget the red-brown hue Marsala, Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year. Although I didn’t have high hopes for its longevity upon the announcement, I’ve started to appreciate it more.

While once considered dowdy and dated, brown is beginning to be perceived as more luxurious thanks to indulgences like coffee, chocolate, toffee, and leather goods. It’s the concept of brown that makes Marsala an appealing color in home decor – It’s warm and delicious, rich and robust.

Marsala looks updated when paired with white and light woods.

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January 27, 2015 at 7:00 am

Amateur woodworkers refurbish Massachusetts temple

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In their three decades of volunteerism together, a group of amateur woodworkers from Natick, Massachusetts, have refurbished their Temple Israel with furniture and fixtures designed not with right angles, but curling shapes that suggest the scrolls of the Torah, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

There’s a phrase, tikkan olum, that means “repairing the world,” says Jay Ball, one of the four original members of the Ark Builders (as they call themselves) that has grown to include the help of at least 20 volunteers.

“We feel we’re trying to do that,” he says. “But mostly we do it because we have fun working together.”

Ball and his son David have just published a book, “Ark Builders: Worship Through Woodworking,” commemorating the group’s work. It traces the builders’ origin to 1985, when the temple was trying to figure out how to accommodate nearly a thousand congregants expected during the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

When a task committee recommended mounting a tent in the parking lot to accommodate the overflow crowd, Ball and fellow congregant Jon Miller looked into buying a new reader’s desk and an ark to hold the Torah in the temporary space.

But Ball says the two men decided that the options on the market were pricey, uninspired, and impractical, so a handful volunteered to do the work, including Ball, Miller, Fred Merkowitz, and Ben Greenberg.

There were reasons for misgivings about the group, however.

“None of us ever were or are master woodworkers,” says Ball. “We were engineers, and one guy who owned a paint shop [Greenberg]. Only one guy [Miller] had any woodworking experience at all.”

Their enthusiasm proved more than enough to overcome their lack of experience. “We said, ‘We don’t know that we can’t do this,’ ” recalls Ball. “And we’ve gotten progressively better. We have reasonably good skills at this point, but it’s taken us three decades to get here.”

Emboldened by those first projects, the initial group of about a half-dozen volunteers offered to begin renovating the main sanctuary. With temple approval, the men dove into the work, producing a new ark for the Torah, a new reading desk, a tallis chest, and more. Eventually they built new steps to the bimah (the raised platform for Torah readings) — curved, of course.

“There is no structure, no precedent,” says Greenberg. “Somebody has an idea, and they pitch it.” Enjoying the weekly camaraderie over bagels and coffee, they never rushed themselves. “We never worked beyond 12 on a Sunday,” says Greenberg. “The longer it took, the more fun we had.”

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January 26, 2015 at 7:00 am

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