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Important Notice: Buy your tickets now! Prices go up after Sept. 9! Curious to know who will be there? Click here to check out our attendee list.

Attention deck builders! NADRA's National Deck Competition is underway! Don't wait until the last minute, please submit your projects now. Want to learn more about the competition? Click here.

The BUZZ is back!
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There is so much going on within our industry, we couldn't fit everything in the Industry Brief! Here is a special edition of The BUZZ to help spread the word to all NADRA members and industry pros.

Within The BUZZ you will find:
  • Details to enter NADRA's National Deck Competition
  • Details to register for NADRA's main event at The Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday, Oct. 13.
  • NADRA's Official Hotel - Hard Rock Hotel - see rates and reservation portal below!
  • It's not too late to become a sponsor. We need your support!
  • Just for fun - we launched a "NADRA ROCKS!" Photo contest, see details below and how you could win a free Night at The Museum with NADRA!
  • Details and links for DeckExpo 2011.

The NADRA Rocks! photo contest is underway. Do you want a chance to win national marketing and a free ticket to NADRA's main event in Chicago? Click here to check out the photos from other industry pros.

Content ends Sept. 10!

NADRA NJ Chapter: "As you can plainly see, this is a motley crew of every level of the industry, from builders (competitors, no less) to lumber yard and manufacturers' reps, and various stragglers, all working toward and end. That's right: This is New Jersey's D4S crew on site in Monroe Township, N.J., on Aug. 18."

N.J. Members, Phoenix Manufacturing: "We have been able to network with some of the BEST in the industry due to being a part of NADRA. It has increased business and we feel confident with any NADRA builder using our products that they are installing and building decks and rails that are safe! Sienna and "Phoenix" (the puppy) enjoy being on a NADRA deck!"

NADRA's New England Chapter celebrates first Deck for a Soldier build!
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The ribbon cutting for the New England Chapter's very first D4S project is happening TODAY!

The ribbon cutting will take place at 1 p.m. at the soldier's home. The address is 6 Ruth Ave., Dracut, Mass. If any of the New England Chapter members could get there early, some extra help is needed picking up and getting last minute items in place.

We hope to report back to everyone with photos of the completed project and a list of volunteers and donated materials. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this great project. You know who you are!

NADRA Rocks!

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Lumberyards and deck safety
LBM Journal Editor and Publisher, Rick Schumacher    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
I live in Minnesota, and during this past winter (which delivered many extra helpings of snow), the deck at our cabin collapsed. On closer inspection, the ledger board had rotted, leaving the fasteners nothing to fasten. Fortunately, no one was there at the time. Like many decks, ours is many decades old. Deck safety is a real issue and, as I learned, deck collapses don't just happen to someone else.

As the publisher of LBM Journal (a national magazine serving lumberyards and building material dealers) and enthusiastic NADRA member and supporter, the idea came up of producing and distributing a poster on deck safety to our 34,000-plus subscribers—the vast majority of whom sell decking. The goal is for the nation's lumberyards and building material dealers to display the poster in their showrooms—ideally near their decking materials—to call attention to this important topic.

After getting the okay from the NADRA Board, we went to work finding sponsors to help make the poster happen. Three companies — Viance Wood Treatment Solutions, Simpson Strong-Tie and Fortress Iron Railing & Fence Systems — stepped forward with financial support. In addition, Simpson Strong-Tie managed the poster's design. The poster, and this important message, will be delivered with the September issue of LBM Journal to our entire circulation. This would not have happened without these sponsors. I want to publicly thank them here for supporting this effort. To further support NADRA's efforts, $3,000 of the sponsorship dollars will be passed through to NADRA. Plus, NADRA will receive 2,000 extra posters to distribute.

LBM Journal applauds Team NADRA for its contributions to the industry. We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to such a positive and energized organization.

Click here to view a proof of the poster before it hits stores!

With Ipe prices rising, contractors turn to Cumaru decking
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As with any commodity, a rise in worldwide demand and a constrained supply have led to wild upswings in the price of hardwoods like Ipe decking. Even the rush to construct buildings for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics in Brazil has led to Ipe decking becoming scarce and more expensive. In addition to supply and demand factors, fluctuating exchange rates and a weakening dollar have contributed to the increased cost of Ipe decking. Even domestic species have had similar price increases. More

Deck Safety: 12 injured in deck collapse
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One moment they were enjoying a Saturday afternoon barbecue. The next moment, 25 people were plummeting about 20 feet to the ground. "It didn't feel unstable at any time," said Sam King, victim. "It was just an instant where it was like - boom!" King was on a second floor deck at home in the Paradise Hills neighborhood just west of Lookout Mountain near Golden, Colo. More

How to get paid fast
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The construction and business used to be easy. All you had to do was design, bid, build and bill. Submitting bids that were clear, complete and competitive would get you more jobs. Doing high quality work, according to the plans and on-time, kept customers happy. And when you submitted bills in a timely manner, you always got paid. But what happened? More

The key to better decisions
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Every few years, common buzzwords seem to take hold in the construction-technology landscape. Right now, business-process automation is one of those key phrases generating discussion among construction professionals, as well as the technology-provider community, as a way to improve decision making across an entire project team. More

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Forest Service agrees to void timber contracts
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The U.S. Forest Service is offering to renegotiate timber sale contracts in an effort to save sawmills in the Rocky Mountain region that have been hit hard by bark beetle infestations, the recession and financially unviable agreements. Acting regional forester Jerome Thomas said that sawmills are needed more than ever to help cope with a bark beetle infestation that has ravaged an estimated 41 million acres in the West. More

Construction-less recovery not likely
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Recent news headlines have suggested that the economy will likely recover from "The Great Recession" without the construction sector. This is simply not possible. Unfortunately, the U.S. housing market continues to contract, with home sales declining and inventory offered each month increasing. A 2011 report by the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Research indicates, "Estimates of real estate valuation and debt-to-equity, suggest that U.S. residential property owners lost another $1.7 trillion in value in 2010, for a total of $9 trillion since the 2006 peak." More

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NADRA Highlights

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Don't forget to check out the NADRA Deck and Railing Product & Service Guide!

Important dates to remember

  • Oct. 3-4 - WPC Conference 2011: Decking & Outdoor Living Products in Charlotte, N.C. Click HERE for more details.
  • Oct. 12-15 - DeckExpo 2011: Exhibits on Oct. 13-15, and the Confernce is on Oct. 12-15, at the Lakeside Center, McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill. Click HERE for more details.
  • Oct. 13 - NADRA Main Event happening at and location to be announced soon! Stay tuned to learn more about NADRA's Annual Meeting, Dinner Party, Deck Competition and Awards Ceremony!

For more details on NADRA Events, email your questions to

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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