NADRA Industry Update
Aug. 1, 2012

NADRA National Deck Competition — last chance for input
NADRA's National Deck Competition will roll out shortly. We appreciate the input we have received to date. This is your last chance to submit suggestions. Send them in today! Please email your suggestions to for consideration. Thank you!More

NADRA call for nominations
Attention NADRA Members! You will soon receive your call for nominations letter in the mail! Please open this mail! Nominations are due by Monday, Sept. 3. More

Sponsorships now available for Industry's Main Event
We are gearing up for another big night in Baltimore during DeckExpo 2012. NADRA is now accepting sponsors for our big event on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Reserve your spot now. Click here for the 2012 sponsorship form. Please call or email with any questions: 215.679.4884/ We hope you will join us on Oct. 10!More

Book your stay at the Hilton, NADRA's official hotel
The Hilton is NADRA's official hotel for DeckExpo 2012! If you are a member of NADRA, are thinking about joining or are ready to network with the best in the industry, the Hilton will be our official party headquarters! We invite you to join us at the Hilton during your stay in Baltimore. More

Principia's Executive Conference on Decking and Railing, 2012
New conference name; same industry focus.

Principia is pleased to announce the dates and name change for its annual executive conference on the decking and railing business. Composite Decking and Railing 2012, formerly WPC: Wood-Plastic & Natural Fiber Composites Conference, is Oct. 22-23, at the JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta.

The Composite Decking and Railing Conference continues its tradition of delivering comprehensive industry coverage, outdoor living trends, compelling educational sessions, valuable networking and real-time audience feedback. With interactive discussion by industry participants across and within the value chain, the conference brings together a mix of raw material suppliers, equipment and building products manufacturers, distributors, dealers and contractors.More

Hard history lesson: Homeowner finds deck violates rules
Sun Journal
After Lorelei Schaffhausen got over the initial shock of being told she would have to tear down her new, nearly finished backyard deck, she started looking into the confusion she said many homeowners feel while trying to improve their homes. More

Hot ideas for keeping your outdoor spaces cooler this summer
ARA via Palatka Daily News
Last year's summer temperatures broke records in many areas of the country. Depending on where you live, this summer could be shaping up to be a scorcher for you. As temperatures climb, many of us retreat indoors, leaving our outdoor living spaces vacant until fall. However, it is possible to enjoy being outside throughout the sultry months if you take a few steps to keep your outdoor living spaces as cool as possible. More

Lighting the way to a comfortable outdoor living space
GlobeNewswire via MarketWatch
The home-buying market has evolved and so has outdoor living. Many people have taken to remodeling to create backyard areas that are a true extension of the inside of their homes. Among the most popular trends in outdoor living are fully-equipped kitchens for cooking ease, lighting to make the space livable in the evening hours and fireplaces for added comfort. More

Maine researchers receive patent for fence, deck wood composite
Bangor Daily News
Your next deck or fence could last longer and withstand more punishment thanks to newly patented technology developed at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. U.S. Patent No. 8,221,663, which was issued July 17, introduces a method for the manufacture of synthetic wood.More

Recycled wood: The truly green key to a sustainable built environment
Guardian Professional
Home building has long been one of the most important industries in the U.S., with economists viewing statistics concerning new homes as a barometer for the country's economic performance. Americans' affinity for newer and bigger homes, however, comes with a huge environmental cost.More

6 injured when 2nd-story deck collapses in Markdale, Ontario
The Canadian Press
Provincial police say two of the six people injured when a wood deck collapsed in Markdale, Ontario, have been released from hospital. The six family members — including two children — were hurt when the deck on their second-story apartment collapsed. More

Easily track your business's budget
American Express OPEN Forum
Whether your company is just starting or you've been in business for years, it's never too late to put a budget in place. Even a simple budget can help with tracking expenses so the company can be prepared when those bills come due. If the company is in rapid expansion mode, a budget can help keep business goals in mind and give a framework to track results. More

Why business is all about human connections
CBS MoneyWatch
This may be hard for some of you to believe, but there was actually a time when "cut and paste" meant taking a pair of scissors, cutting something out, and pasting it onto a piece of paper. Now it just takes a few clicks and you can do it over and over again, just like that. Therein lies the problem. More