NADRA Industry Update
Jan. 23, 2013

Is America really experiencing a building comeback?
DesignBuild Source
Current market conditions for architecture and the near-term outlook for the construction industry in the U.S. is a two-sided story, with forward-looking indicators showing steady improvement but serious concerns arising out of an impending 'fiscal cliff.'More

NADRA New Jersey Chapter update
Thank you in advance to WOLF, Mid-State Lumber and TREX who have already signed up for sponsorship of the 2013 New Jersey Deck Awards Dinner!


International Builders' Show and Kitchen & Bath Industry Show to co-locate in Las Vegas beginning in 2014
The National Association of Home Builders and the National Kitchen & Bath Association announced an agreement to co-locate the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas beginning in February 2014. The two events will remain separate and distinct shows held simultaneously at the Las Vegas Convention Center through 2016, creating Design and Construction Week, one of the world's largest gatherings focused on new ideas, products and technologies to design, build and remodel homes.More

Lumber inventories low, some species in tight supply
Woodworking Network
The continuing recovery of the U.S. economy has fueled increased optimism in the U.S. hardwood industry. The latest forecasts estimate U.S. GDP growth above 3 percent in 2013 with inflation well contained. Economic activity around the world is also steady to rising. Chinese growth in Q4 looks to have broken out after seven slower quarters, and European counties have taken steps to get their economies growing again.More

Green building sees growth, but fewer firms pursue LEED via Architectural Record
Three new surveys indicate that green building remains strong despite the uncertain global economy, with designers and builders anticipating an increasing number of green projects. McGraw-Hill Construction has released two reports: "2012 World Green Building Trends" surveyed building-related firms in 62 countries, while "2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook" focused on the expectations of U.S. firms. Turner Construction's "Green Building Market Barometer" surveyed 718 executives of U.S. firms.More

Design flexibility of Trex Pergola offerings now expanded
The backyard just got a bit more colorful. Based on popular demand, Trex Pergola kits will now be offered in a variety of rich, luxurious colors to complement any outdoor living space. "Pergolas continue to increase in popularity as design options for decks, patios and gardens, and consumers and professionals alike will now be provided with a broad range of colors, styles and sizes to create completely customized outdoor living spaces," said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex.More

Home remodeling trends enhance health, comfort
In remodeling, you're not looking to leave your home any time soon, you're simply looking to make it better. You like the neighbors you have, the local school and the beauty of your neighborhood. No matter the reason, you're not leaving any time soon. But remodeling can keep your home livable and enjoyable for your family.More

Why listening is better than talking
CBS MoneyWatch
While executives endlessly get coaching in presentation skills, very few develop their listening skills. Which could, of course, explain a lot of routine miscommunication at work. Being a world class listener isn't automatic or easy, so here are some ideas about how to develop your skills.More