Industry Plans to Attend Fenestration Day

February 16th, 2010 by Editor

Fenestration Day, to be held March 16 in Schaumburg, Ill., is already gaining the attention of window manufacturers who wish to attend a day of seminars targeted directly toward them. 

Nakul Chandwalker from Integrity Windows and Doors is just one of the attendees who has already pre-registered and says he is particularly interested in the environmental topics to be covered during the seminars. 

“With the plethora of product manufacturers/service providers and government bodies promoting and legislating green, it is easy to get lost in the hype and be unable to distinguish between what is green-washing versus what is a valid opportunity from a sustainability/recyclability/health benefit stand-point,” says Chandwalker. “It is hoped that Fenestration day will help in coming to a better understanding of drivers for green.” 

Of most interest to Chandwalker is the seminar “Specific Steps to Take Toward Being Green – Sponsored by Truseal.” 

“This may provide a case-study which could be a potential roadmap for how a company can transition to green their product/service,” he says. 

Other sessions include one by Marc LaFrance of the Department of Energy (DOE) who will outline the DOE’s latest activities, including integrated programs to transform the market to triple-pane (R5) windows to achieve zero-energy buildings in mixed and cold climates. PPG is sponsoring that session. 

“These are challenging times and it’s important for window makers to take advantage of every opportunity to improve their businesses through expanding their knowledge base,” says PPG’s Rob Struble. “If the projected recovery (modest or otherwise) arrives in 2011, companies can position themselves now to enjoy the fruits of any future growth.” 

Below is the list of sessions. 

CLICK HERE to register for the event. 

Specific Steps to Take Toward Being Green 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Everyone in the industry talks about green and environmental responsibility, but this panel discussion will offer specific examples of what some door and window manufacturers are doing toward this end. The speakers include representatives from the following companies who were both nominated in DWM magazine’s green awards as green manufacturers. 

Speaker: Northeast Building Products operations manager Eric Gerstenbacher. Northeast Building Products, based in Philadelphia, employs a variety of green initiatives and continually seeks more ways to be environmentally responsible. Gerstenbacher spearheaded the company’s green initiative and will share some elements of the company’s green journey from which other manufacturers can learn. 

Speaker: BF Rich, Wilmington, Del. BF Rich is another green nominee that is known for its quest toward environmental responsibility and a company representative will share details from its green journey as well. 

Speaker: Mike Gilkey, owner, Gilkey Window Co. 

DOE to Reveal Latest Updates 

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

Never before has energy played such a key role for door and window manufacturers. Hear the DOE’s latest activities as it pertains to DOE research as well as the latest updates regarding ENERGY STAR®, and the DOE’s integrated programs to transform the market to triple pane (R5) windows to achieve zero energy buildings in mixed and cold climates. Updates on the stimulus activity also will be provided. 

Speaker: Marc LaFrance, Department of Energy. 

Learn How the Lead Paint Regulations Will Affect You and Your Dealers – 

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 

The EPA’s new lead paint regulations mean major changes to door and window dealers. Manufacturers need to learn the facts of this program so when dealers ask questions you can be prepared to answer them. This session will give details of the program as well as tips for disseminating the information. 

Speaker: Tyson Schwartz, vice president of sales and marketing for Gorell Windows and Doors and Jim Lett, president of A.B.E. Windows and Doors. 

How Window Manufacturers Can Overcome the Challenges of Today’s Market  

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Be sure to attend this event to hear from a door and window industry expert for how manufacturers can survive in today’s competitive market with a special emphasis on the next 18 months. 

Speaker: Michael Collins, vice president of the Building Products Group at Jordan, Knauff and Co. 

Keynote: Learn How to Manage All Ages – From Youth to Golden Agers 

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

This session will educate attendees regarding the five age groups in the workplace, their traditional values and their differing views on the role of managers, employer/employee loyalty, etc. Learn ways of communicating that deliver the same message in ways that each group understands and responds to. Be sure to capitalize on this chance to help cultivate the employees you have by understanding what motivates them. 

Speaker: Marilyn Moats Kennedy of Career Strategies and author of Office Politics: Seizing Power/Wielding Clout. (CLICK HERE to view a recent interview with Kennedy.) 

Lobbying Your Legislators: What You Need to Know 

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

It’s always been important to get to know your elected officials, no matter what your profession, but never has that been as important for the fenestration industry as it is now. With energy issues taking a higher priority and manufacturers facing more and more challenges, it is important to know your elected officials. 

Speaker: DWM editor and publisher Tara Taffera will offer an overview of lobbying efforts and what manufacturers need to know, including how to get elected officials to visit your plant, how to schedule a congressional visit and other important issues. 

Speaker: Daryl Huber, president of the Northeast Window and Door Association, who also works for BF Rich in Wilmington, Del., will offer first-hand advice that will be helpful to manufacturers. The NWDA has hosted several successful Washington Fly-in events for its members. In fact, in 2009, NWDA members met with Sen. Olympia Snowe’s office concerning the .30/.30 requirements as outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 


The DOE's Marc LaFrance is one speaker who will address attendees at Fenestration Day.


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

With everyone throwing around words like green and recycled content, what many may not know is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is actually watching. Learn what you can and cannot say in your promotional materials. Learn valuable information as to what is and is not acceptable when it comes to promoting your company’s green attributes. 

Speaker: Steven Baker, director of the Midwest region of the FTC’s Division of Enforcement. 

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