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NADRA would like to thank the following 2012 Education Sponsors
If you are able to support NADRA's 2012 Education Tour, please see the sponsorship form here.
  • Arch Chemical
  • CertainTeed
  • Fortress
  • Techno Metal Post
  • TimberTech

Building Codes for Building Decks, a 4-Part Series — Earn your Master Deck Builder Certification with NADRA in 2012
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For information on sponsorships, click here. If this link does not work for you, please go to to download this form right from the home page. Thank you!

This is a four-part series, which includes four core building code courses and provides a comprehensive explanation of how the 2009 and 2012 International Residential Code regulates deck construction, from initial design to project completion. These courses support the North American Deck and Railing Association's Master Deck Builder Certification program and are intended to prepare the audience for the four exams, respective to each course, that are required for NADRA member's to earn their MDB Certification. NADRA is launching the first two courses in March, April and May.

NADRA 2012 Education Tour Dates — First two classes of the series will be offered in the following locations:
  • March 29 & 30 — Tri-State Area Tour Stop - Dates and Venue TBA Soon
  • April 5 & 6 — Michigan
  • April 19 & 20 — Minnesota
  • May 3 & 4 — Atlanta, Ga. (Tentative)
For more information about the tour, class descriptions, registration, costs, etc., please click here.


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Interested in getting involved with sponsoring a local NADRA Chapter Meeting?
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  • Receive 30 minutes of floor time with local NADRA members and industry professionals
  • Talk about your latest products and news
  • Use the time for product demo
  • Offer handouts and brochures
  • Receive National recognition right here in NADRA's Industry Brief before and after the meeting!
  • Contact to learn how

NADRA — Make a Pledge Campaign
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Click here for the pledge form!

NADRA Chapter Update
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NADRA Minnesota Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, March 7 — Sponsored by AZEK
Want to learn what's new from AZEK including AZE Rail Lighting, VAST Pavers and hidden fasteners? Attend the March 2012 NADRA Minnesota Meeting and enjoy food, drink, education and demos.
All builders, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers whom are not members yet are welcome to join us to see what NADRA is all about.

Wednesday, March 7
Click here to see invitation with complete details.
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Poor Richard's Commonhouse Bloomington (494 Hwy & 100)
Member: $10
First-time non-member: FREE
Second-time non-member: $15

  • April Education Event
  • Deck for a Soldier
  • May Rail Testing Meeting
  • Sponsor Demo, discussion
RSVP: or RSVP on NADRA's Minnesota Facebook fan page.

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NADRA New Jersey Update
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Next Chapter Meeting will be on Tuesday, April 10, at Chimney Rock. More details to come in the weeks ahead!

NADRA New Jersey Chapter Meeting Recap: Letter from New Jersey Assistant Secretary Judy Verblaauw
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Hello Everyone,
First off, the NADRA NJ Board and I would like to thank everyone for attending the meeting on Feb. 7, at the Chimney Rock Inn in Bound Brook. We had an excellent turnout for the meeting. Thanks to Robert and Lainie, they put together a fun and informative meeting.
Thank you to Techno Metal Post for sponsoring the NADRA NJ meeting.

NADRA Atlanta Chapter meeting a success: Letter from Atlanta Chapter President Keith Compton
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Thanks to all who attended the chapter meeting last Tuesday night. We had 52 attendees with a large number of first time visitors. We had an opportunity to review our platform for the year, look at the calendar of events, introduce the new committees and of course hear from our sponsor and guest speaker. I am excited about all that is in front of us and I am very thankful for so many of you that are helping move us forward.
Special thanks to Bill Sullivan and AZEK for sponsoring the meeting.


Check out NADRA on LinkedIn!
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NADRA's LinkedIn Group has reached over 400 followers! NADRA is the voice of the deck and railing industry promoting national Deck Safety Month, helping guide code writing and regulations with ICC and sponsoring Deck Expo, the premiere trade event for the deck, dock and railing industry. NADRA helps improve its members through continued education, and setting the standard to build the highest quality custom decks and docks while giving courteous service. See what NADRA LinkedIn followers are saying and follow us on LinkedIn today for industry related conversations, news, updates and much more!

See what topics are hot on NADRA's LinkedIn group. This week: Do you use Composites?

Important dates to remember

  • March 7 — NADRA MN Chapter Meeting
  • March 8 — NADRA NJ Chapter Meeting
  • March 29 & 30 — Atlantic City, N.J., NADRA 2012 Education Tour Date
  • April 5 & 6 — Michigan, NADRA 2012 Education Tour Date
  • April 12 — NADRA NJ Chapter Meeting
  • April 19 & 20 — Minnesota, NADRA 2012 Education Tour Date
  • May 3 & 4 — Atlanta, Ga. (Tentative), NADRA 2012 Education Tour Date
  • June 14 — NADRA NJ Chapter Meeting
  • Sept. 13 — NADRA NJ Chapter Meeting

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Check out NADRA on Facebook!
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Join us on Facebook!. Be among the first to learn NADRA news, updates, special events, hear from NADRA's Technical Advisor, Glenn Mathewson ... ask code questions. If you are a manufacturer, distributor, supplier, industry service provider, learn how to connect with NADRA Facebook fans by offering special promotions to NADRA fans. Contact NADRA by emailing with "FaceBook" in the subject line and we will contact you to tell you more! Is there a NADRA chapter in your area? Check out these local NADRA Chapter fan pages:

NADRA National
NADRA New Jersey Chapter
NADRA Minnesota Chapter
NADRA Atlanta Chapter

"Like" them today!

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Looking for a career in the decking industry? Are you hiring? NADRA's Industry Update is a great spot to post your resume or the position available within your company! Send your information to and we will include it in NADRA's Career Board!

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Composite manufacturers roll out new decking    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As deck season approaches, manufacturers of composite deck boards are introducing new products — or expanding and improving old ones. Advanced Environmental Technologies Inc. is the proud parent of NanoShield, the first composite deck board to incorporate nanotechnology. The Springdale, Ark., company developed the new product in partnership with NanoMech, Fayetteville, Ark. The process bonds inorganic nanoparticles to treated wood particles to form a durable shell of similar composition. More

New decking line enters Lowe's
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The Empire Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of New Zealand-based Tenon, has been selected as the exclusive distribution partner for Eastman Chemical Company's new Perennial Wood decking product into Lowe's stores. Eastman is a Fortune 500 company with more than 80 years of history in acetylating wood pulp, according to the announcement. More

Prepare now for a dream summer outdoor living space
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Beat the winter blues by taking the first steps to create a summer backyard oasis. By preparing now, you'll be ready to install — and enjoy — a dream deck once warmer weather arrives. The outdoor living experts at Trex recommend checking these outdoor projects off your to-do list early in the year. More

A nest to perch in on your patio
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The new Saga collection of outdoor furniture from Roche Bobois is intended to bring a sense of the forest to the most urban patio. Created by the Parisian furniture designer Christophe Delcourt, the sofas and chairs are surrounded by a frame of wooden slats — a kind of abstract representation of twigs and sticks. More

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How to organize a 'social media war room' and rule the Internet for a day
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The concept of a social media war room is simple: You get 10 to 20 of your friends, arm them with laptops and have them blast your message to as many Internet and media influencers as possible: The twitterati, the blogerati and the linkerati. The Seattle startup Giant Thinkwell used social media war room tactics to promote their "Mix-and-Match" Facebook game, featuring rap legend Sir Mix-A-Lot to great success. In fact, with just a day and some 20 people, they managed to get 9 percent of all Twitter users to receive at least one tweet or message about Sir Mix-A-Lot and his game. More

Why the front row sucks — the value of taking a seat in the back
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Sure, it's close to the action ... but is it the best seat in the house? Why else would the front-row seats to anything be more expensive ... You can see the artist better ... but can you see the show? In almost every business, once we get too close, we lose big-picture perspective. And when we lose that perspective, we risk falling out of touch. No matter what vocation you have chosen, and no matter how passionate you are, when you lose touch with the client, consumer, fan, voter or any other passerby who might have been a potential customer — your business is doomed to fail. Watch from the front row and that is exactly what you are risking. More

Why we're all suddenly obsessed with Pinterest
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It's addictive, fun, visually appealing and easy, so it's no wonder Pinterest, the popular visual bookmarking site, has hooked millions of users. That said, the site's growth was fairly flat from its launch in early 2010 until September 2011. But since then, it's simply been going gangbusters, begging the question — why now? Here are three reasons why Fast Company think it's become so attractive. More

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