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Letter from the NADRA Codes and Standards Committee Chair
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Dear Members and Industry:

The week of Oct. 24, I attended the International Code Council (ICC) Conference on NADRA's behalf.

While at the Conference, I participated in a meeting of the ICC Evaluation Service Advisory Committee (ESAC). ESAC is charged with improving service to manufacturers seeking Evaluation Service Reports (ESR). Please see http://www.icc-es.org/Help/esac.shtml for a more in-depth discussion of the purpose of ESAC.

The committee is open to participation from members of industry and manufacturers. What struck me as most important was an earnest effort on the part of all participants to move toward resolution and improvement. I was able to meet several vice presidents of ICC-ES as well as manufacturer and industry representatives.
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Associations and the Code, a letter from Andy Engel - Editor of Professional Deck Builder Magazine
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When I was a carpenter and a builder, I never joined an industry association. I didn't see what was in it for me. That was taking the short view. I didn't realize that associations lobby on industry-wide issues such as codes. In fact, I didn't know how codes were written. If I had thought about it, I'd have guessed that some think tank of structural engineers sat around developing minimum standards based on a reasonable expectation of building performance. More

Georgia Chapter announces holiday gathering Dec. 14
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What: NADRA Atlanta Chapter Christmas party - bring your spouse or a guest
When: Dec. 14 at 7p.m. EST
Where: Soho Atlanta in Vinings, Ga.
Dinner: $15 for members; $20 for non-members. Cash bar.
Sponsor: TimberTech
Speaker: Mike Beaudry, Executive VP of NADRA

Limit of 50 attendees so RSVP today! Info@NADRA.org.
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Important dates to remember
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  • Dec. 15 - Minnesota Chapter formation meeting at 5:15 p.m. CST. The meeting will take place at Stork TCT, 662 Cromwell Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Working with building officials - Guest Speaker: Roger Axel, New Hope Building Official. For more information, email Info@NADRA.org.

For more details on NADRA Events, email your questions to info@NADRA.org.



October construction starts rebound 30 percent from weak September
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Reed Construction Data announced recently that the year-to-date value of construction starts through October, excluding residential contracts, totaled $214.5 billion, 1.9 percent less than during the same months in 2009. However, individual month of October starts were 30 percent above September and 9 percent below last October. More

Arizona tops October construction gains
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Arizona and Texas added the most construction jobs between September and October while Florida and Minnesota landed on the losing end. That's according to the Associated General Contractors of America, which reports that the industry gained jobs in 29 states in the month-to-month tally. Year-to-year, however, only 11 states and the District of Columbia saw increases, based on data the group reviewed from the U.S. Department of Labor. More

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BuildingGreen unveils top 10 green products
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BuildingGreen, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News (EBN), released the winners of its ninth annual Top-10 Green Building Products. The list recognizes the top green products based on recent additions to GreenSpec, coverage in EBN, and BuildingGreen blogs. This year's products range from VOC-free composite decking and office furnishings to LED modules and halogen-free cabling. More

Green building market grows 50 percent in 2 years
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The value of green building construction starts was up 50 percent from 2008 to 2010 — from $42 billion to $55 billion-$71 billion — and represents 25 percent of all new construction activity in 2010, according to a new market report. The green building market size is expected to reach $135 billion by 2015, state McGraw-Hill Construction's "Green Outlook 2011: Green Trends Driving Growth" report. More

Why leaders should try to be overwhelmed
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The perfect ingredient to draw out leadership is exactly the one most of us, including leaders, fight so hard to avoid: overwhelm. Leaders like to be in control. They want things to turn out right and they feel — often mistakenly — that if they have control over them, they will. More

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Glint of hope in small business survey
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There was a tiny sign of hope in a monthly survey of small business owners recently, one that could mean they're getting ready to hire. But that doesn't mean economists expect a big shift upward in the job market, and in turn, the rest of the economy, anytime soon. More

Money is available for small businesses, but it takes work
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Steve Strauss writes, "Yes, it is true that there are more SBA loan funds available right now than in years past. This is mainly due to a change in administrations, and the fact that both TARP and the new small business law added funding for SBA lending." More

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Join NADRA today!
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NADRA is made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with emphasis on safe building practices and deck safety. More


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