NADRA Industry Update
Feb. 17, 2010

Green trend builds quickly in construction
Plastics News
While no one at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas was certain how much, or even whether, sales will rebound in 2010, nearly everyone was clear on the direction that suppliers to the building and construction industry are heading. Everyone is going green, whether it is by the use of recycled content, the introduction of environmentally friendly materials or the development of energy-efficient products or products with a lower carbon footprint.More

Visit NADRA's photo gallery
NADRA Members are invited to showcase your work or products on our Web site. Register and upload up to 5 MB of photos. Instructions for registering for the gallery can be found in the members section of the NADRA website.

Once your work is uploaded you are automatically entered to win NADRA's Deck Photo of The Month where your deck project could be chosen for the homepage of the NADRA website and featured in our eNewsletter, The BUZZ!More

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Is the company you represent already a member of NADRA? If so, did you know you can join NADRA for just $100? Your membership entitles you to a listing on the NADRA website and a FREE profile page all about you and your company. Included in this page is a FREE lead generation form! If your company is not yet a member of NADRA on a national level, encourage them to join today.

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Screened porches and decks make prime outdoor living space
Some decks and screened porches develop in phases. Often your home already has the outdoor space, but it needs fine tuning, perhaps an expansion of the space, or some more windows. Enclosing a porch in screening creates a barrier against animals, insects, and detritus like leaves and twigs. Screening in a porch gives you a shaded sitting area to sip lemonade and while away a hot afternoon.More

Wood 'It's Real': The lumber industry's war on plastic
The Wall Street Journal
There's drama in the deck business. For several years, wood composites have been gaining market share in residential deck construction, appealing because they typically require less maintenance. Now the wood industry is fighting back.More

Recession strategy: Build green, earn green
The Kansas City Star
Going green has produced soaring sales for Homoly Construction Inc. of Kansas City, North. Revenues have risen from $1.5 million in 2006 to $6.5 million in 2009. Company president Andrew Homoly attributes the growth to an "aha!" moment four years ago: "Green building is a better way of building." Green building is all about environmentally sound and sustainable practices in selecting a site, designing a building, choosing materials and using plans that save energy, conserve water and improve indoor air quality. More

Small businesses slightly more optimistic
The Wall Street Journal
Small businesses grew slightly more optimistic last month, though they are still climbing out of a funk brought on by a credit crunch and a severe recession. The Index of Small Business Optimism, released last week by the National Federation of Independent Business, rose 1.3 points to 89.3 in January. It is up 8.3 points from March, the index's low since the recession began and its second-lowest reading in history.More