“Now 15 percent of the load-bearing, exterior elements on apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected every six years. Elements that must be inspected include balconies, decks, porches, stairs, walkways and entryways.”
Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a bill requiring inspections of apartment balconies, decks, outdoor stairs and elevated walkways to hopefully avoid deaths from collapses like the one in Berkeley in 2015.
At a birthday party in June 2015, six young people died when a fifth-story balcony collapsed, according to the office of state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, who co-authored the bill, Senate Bill 721.
An investigation revealed the balcony had been poorly sealed and became infested with dry rot and the builder had a history of lawsuits related to construction defects, Hill’s office said.
Now 15 percent of the load-bearing, exterior elements on apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected every six years.
Elements that must be inspected include balconies, decks, porches, stairs, walkways and entryways.
Those elements must be inspected if they extend beyond the building’s exterior walls and are six or more feet above the ground and get stability and support from wood or wood-based products.
State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, was the other author of the bill.
Kansas City, MO – ASHI Chapter Annual Fall Seminar.
WHEN: September 21, 2018 7:00 AM to September 22, 2018 4:00 PM
Jim Mailey- North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) Deck Evaluation Class. This is the same class taught in preparation for taking the NADRA Certification Exam. The test can be done at the Great Plains Fall Seminar or taken online with 30 days after the class. There is an additional fee for a one year membership and certification test. Deck inspection education is valuable even if you choose not to take the test and become certified.
Baltimore, MD –NADRA offers specific industry courses at the show, which gives you the option to receive your certifications. You can add these sessions onto your registration during the online registration process.
WHEN: Tuesday October 9th, 2018
Deck Evaluation / Inspection Program:Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 8am. Instructor: Jim Mailey.This program will allow Inspectors the opportunity to evaluate a deck using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to assess the safety issues of a deck properly.
Down The Load Path:Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 1pm.Instructor: Glenn Mathewson.This program will allow industry professionals the opportunity to learn about the new 2018 IRC provisions; this course completes the load path started in course 2, Ledgers and Lateral Loads. Decking, joists, beams, posts, foundations, and properties of the earth covered so that the entire structural system and related codes can be understood.
WHEN: Sunday, January 20th 8am – 12pm (4 ASHI CEs)
NADRA Deck Inspection Certification Class: This program will allow the home inspector the opportunity to employ the ability to safely inspect a deck using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for home inspectors as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck. After the program the home inspector will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more:
Footings and Posts
Handrail Assemblies and Guards
Recognize proper and improper fasteners
Assess hardware or material corrosion
Review of the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures.
DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), an industry-leading home and security products company, today announced it completed the acquisition of Fiberon, LLC, a leading manufacturer of outdoor performance materials used in decking, railing and fencing products. Fortune Brands announced an agreement to acquire Fiberon on August 23, 2018. Fiberon is now part of Fortune Brands’ Doors & Security segment.
The Company completed the acquisition for a purchase price of approximately $470 million, which was funded with cash on hand and borrowings under its revolving credit and term loan facilities. In 2017, Fiberon had approximately $200 million in annual sales. Fiberon has approximately 475 associates with offices and operations in Meridian, Idaho and New London, North Carolina. Fortune Brands expects to maintain Fiberon’s current operations and locations.
About Fortune Brands
Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., creates products and services that fulfill the dreams of homeowners and help people feel more secure. The Company’s operating segments are Plumbing, Cabinets and Doors & Security. Its trusted brands include Moen, Perrin & Rowe, Riobel, Rohl, Shaws and Victoria + Albert under the Global Plumbing Group (GPG); more than a dozen core brands under MasterBrand Cabinets; Therma-Tru entry door systems, Fiberon outdoor performance materials, and Master Lock and SentrySafe security products. Fortune Brands holds market leadership positions in all of its segments. Fortune Brands is part of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, please visit www.FBHS.com.
Authorities say a man and woman were injured when their elevated deck collapsed at their home in northeast Des Moines while they were grilling food.
The Des Moines Register reports the incident occurred just after 5 p.m. Monday. Des Moines Police Sgt. Tina Kalar says rotted wood may have allowed the deck to fall away from the house.
The 72-year-old woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of burns from the grill’s contents. Her 69-year-old husband was treated at an urgent care center.
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Read the original article here.
NADRA reminds homeowners to Check Your Deck®
“Your roof has a life expectancy. Your windows have a life expectancy. What about your deck?” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. Just like other products exposed to the environment, over time your deck will need to be replaced. Asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of about 20 years*. Aluminum and vinyl windows are expected to last 15-20 years*. Beaudry continues… “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.” It’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.
NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Homeowners can search for qualified inspectors at www.NADRA.org.
ATLANTA, Aug. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Professional Builder has selected MoistureShield’s CoolDeck Technology from Oldcastle Composites as one of its 2018 Top 100 Products. Based on reader inquiries, the list is now in its sixth year, helping keep readers up to date on the latest and greatest products from the past year.
Available in select MoistureShield product lines, CoolDeck has addressed a major issue for capped composite decks, docks, and marinas: heat absorption. The technology can reduce heat absorption by up to 35 percent compared to traditional capped composites.
Pro Builder’s annual Top 100 Products does not require a formal entry and there are no judges to choose the winning products, it is completely based on reader interest over the past 12 months. The products are then grouped into 10 categories for reader convenience.
“With concerns in recent years about heat build-up in composite decking, we are extremely gratified that our CoolDeck technology has been recognized by Pro Builder’s readers,” said Josh Landis, Senior Marketing Manager, Oldcastle APG. “With the integration of our global R&D resources, we will continue to innovate to deliver both aesthetic and performance solutions to our contractors and homeowner customers.”
About Composite Decking at Oldcastle APG: Oldcastle APG, a CRH company, proudly manufactures composite deck boards and related products serving a range of retail and distribution customers across North America and several international markets. ChoiceDek and MoistureShield are brands within the composite decking category. The development of new technologies and patents has enabled Oldcastle to manufacture superior composite products from recycled wood fiber and recycled polyethylene plastic for the building and construction markets.
Atlanta, August 25, 2018 – dasso officiated its 8th factory today at Zixi County, Jiangxi. The new factory is a replacement of the existing factory which had to be relocated due to city boundary expansion. The new factory has a design capacity of 10 million sq.ft per annual (1 million m2/year) of dassoXTR Fused Bamboo, an increase of production capacity by 4 times its original capacity. The new factory, named after its original name – Jiangxi Zhushang Bamboo Industrial Co., Ltd is built with state of art production equipment and machineries which could produce both Classic and Epic Fused Bamboo (https://dassoxtr.com/Fused-Bamboo-Principles-Technology.aspx). This new facility occupies an area of 20 acres of land with sufficient space for future expansion.
dasso Group thanked all its customers, suppliers and employees for theirs continued support and dedication in making this relocation a success. The rebuilding of Jiangxi Zhushang factory was first announced on June 26, 2017. It only took dasso 13 months and 29 days to reconstruct the facilities and reinstall all the new production equipment, one day shy of 14 months. The project started from “greenfield” to “first board production” in an astonishingly short period of time. Four (4) months for earthwork, and ten (10) months for civil work couple with equipment erection within 6 months.
dasso will be launching its Epic dassoXTR Fused Bamboo with production form Jiangxi Zhushang Bamboo Industrial Co., Ltd.For further reference on this project, please follow this link: http://blog.dassousa.com/dasso-continues-expansion-project-185000-sqft-factory/
DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), an industry-leading home and security products company, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Fiberon, LLC, a leading manufacturer of outdoor performance materials used primarily in decking, railing and fencing products. Fiberon will join Fortune Brands’ new Doors & Security segment on closing and has agreed to be acquired for approximately $470 million.
“The acquisition of Fiberon provides exciting category expansion and product extension opportunities for our Doors & Security segment into the outdoor living space— one of the fastest growing areas of the home,” said Chris Klein, chief executive officer, Fortune Brands. “Fiberon brings leadership in performance materials sustainably made in the U.S.A. from recycled materials. Similar to Therma-Tru’s leadership in advanced material doors, Fiberon has built its business in the most attractive segment of the decking category– non-wood, capped composites.”
The $2.5 billion decking market is a critical part of outdoor living spaces with growing conversion to non-wood materials. Capped composite non-wood products where Fiberon has focused its business are growing at nearly 10% annually and now represent approximately one quarter of the decking market. This exceptional growth is driven by demand for innovations in finishes, textures, colors and styles coupled with low maintenance and lasting durability versus traditional wood.
“Our Doors & Security platform has the scale and capabilities to further Fiberon’s penetration of the market across our existing customers and distribution channels in this growing market segment,” said Klein. “Our execution and momentum within our Therma-Tru door brand coupled with Fiberon’s successful business model and product line create an exciting opportunity to accelerate growth and value creation. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings by approximately 5-6 cents in 2019 and approximately 9-10 cents in 2020.”
“Fortune Brands’ strong distribution, commitment to brands, innovation and design, and superior execution are a powerful combination to drive sales and profit growth,” said Doug Mancosh, chief executive officer and president, Fiberon. “We are excited to join Fortune Brands and create new opportunities for Fiberon to thrive.”
In 2017, Fiberon had approximately $200 million in annual sales. Fiberon has approximately 475 associates with offices and operations in Meridian, Idaho and New London, North Carolina. The Company plans for Fiberon to operate as a part of the Doors & Security segment.
The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to occur within the next 30 days.
About Fortune Brands
Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., creates products and services that fulfill the dreams of homeowners and help people feel more secure. The Company’s operating segments are Plumbing, Cabinets and Doors & Security. Its trusted brands include Moen, Perrin & Rowe, Riobel, Rohl, Shaws and Victoria + Albert under the Global Plumbing Group (GPG); more than a dozen core brands under MasterBrand Cabinets; Therma-Tru entry door systems; and Master Lock and SentrySafe security products under The Master Lock Company. Fortune Brands holds market leadership positions in all of its segments. Fortune Brands is part of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, please visit www.FBHS.com.
This release contains certain “forward-looking statements” regarding future financial performance and the effects of the Fiberon acquisition. Where, in any forward-looking statement, we express an expectation or belief as to future results or events, such expectation or belief is based on the current plans and expectations of our management. Although we believe that these statements are based on reasonable assumptions, they are subject to numerous factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those indicated in such statements including the factors discussed in Item 1A of the Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, this release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties associated with the acquisition. These include: the satisfaction of closing conditions for the transaction, market conditions and the impact of any failure to complete the transaction. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof, and except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statements to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date hereof.
During the four months of 2018, Spectrum Consulting conducted research with the objective of providing clients with an extensive research report and overview of the composite decking and railing industry. The information provided in the report details industry research from a variety of sources including in-depth interviews with leading distributors, suppliers and dealers.
Marketplace overview: Size and growth of the market 2017/2016 2018 forecast Consumer trends Decking overview Market Segments in dollars sales Estimated industry sales by region Railing overview (product types and trends) Growth of the composite market in relation to Treated Lumber Treated Lumber code change overview
Industry Supplier overview Market share estimates by supplier Market place profile of the top three suppliers Overview of second tier suppliers The marketplace impact of contractor loyalty programs, distributor and dealer rebates Challenges and opportunities for suppliers not among the top three
Status of the two-step distributor marketplace Key issue results from major distributor interviews Distributor views of the decking and railing product category Dealer brand loyalty Distributor consolidation
The home center marketplace and its impact on the industry Home center overview (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards) The impact and implications of Home Center online sales and home site deliveries The potential for Home Centers to grow sales at the expense of traditional lumberyards
Press contact: Chris Camfferman Director of Category Marketing – Outdoor Living, Home and Décor 616-365-1554 616-304-9400 firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release
Deckorators® Introduces Fastendry to Pool and Spa Market
Innovative new deck water management system features fastening capability
Grand Rapids, Mich., August 1, 2018 – Deckorators®, a leading brand of Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI), has introduced Deckorators® FastendryTM to the pool and spa market. The exclusive system combines water management and deck board fastening capability in one solution. The product enables contractors to create valuable under-deck dry storage while saving up to 50 percent on installation time and 25 percent on installation cost versus competitive water management products.
Fastendry fits in the slotted edges of Deckorators composite decking, forming a tight seal that prevents water from passing through the spaces between boards. This keeps the understructure dry for longer understructure life, while making dry space for storage of pool toys, supplies and more. The polymer insert has a rigid base plate that fastens decking to joists with a nail gun, allowing for efficient deck board fastening during system installation.
In pool and spa applications, Fastendry perfectly complements Deckorators VaultTM composite decking, which was named one of the Top 100 Best New Home Products of 2016 by This Old House magazine.
Made with polypropylene and mineral filler in the exclusive EovationsTM process, Vault decking absorbs virtually no moisture because it contains no organic material. Decking with EovationsTM technology significantly outperformed leading competitive wood-plastic composite decking in recent water absorption testing. Eovations technology also gives Vault unmatched stability: Vault has the lowest thermal expansion/contraction of any competitive deck board.
Vault is backed by a 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and-fade and 25-year removal-and-replacement warranty, which states that the boards “may be installed in contact with the ground or submersion in water.” Deckorators is one of the only brands in the industry to stand behind installations in, or in contact with, water or ground.
“The technology combination of Vault and Fastendry is unlike anything available in the pool and spa market today,” said Chris Camfferman, director of category marketing for Deckorators, the leading brand in composite decking, railings, balusters, post caps and other products. “With Vault and Fastendry, contractors can create beautiful, water-resistant decks with extra storage around pools, spas and hot tubs. And they can do so while realizing significant labor and cost savings.”
Fastendry is available in black 12-, 16- and 20-foot lengths. It is covered by a 25-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects.
Deckorators, the first name in deck railing and accessories and the originator of the round aluminum baluster, is a brand of Universal Consumer Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. Deckorators started the low-maintenance aluminum balusters category with the Classic Series and has since led the industry with many new and innovative deck railing accessory products. Its approach to developing exciting and distinct deck products allows both DIYers and builders the opportunity to express personal creativity on their deck, as they do in their homes.
To learn more about Deckorators railing and railing accessories, visit www.deckorators.com or call 800-332-5724.
Universal Forest Products, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries and operations around the world that supply three markets: retail, construction and industrial. Founded in 1955, the Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more information about Universal Forest Products, Inc., or its affiliated operations, go to www.ufpi.com.
BUILDERS. MANUFACTURERS. SALES REPRESENTATIVES. LUMBERYARDS & DEALERS. THIS IS FOR YOU.
The National+ Deck Competition has evolved over the years. As the association board of directors thought about the 9th annual Deck Competition, they reviewed the competition categories & with consideration to all membership categories, developed a few NEW project categories for members. Here is what you should know:
DEADLINE TO ENTER: SEPTEMBER 10T, 2018 11:59PM EDT
EARLY BIRD RATE: ENDS AUGUST 27, 2018 11:59PM EDT
MANUFACTURERS: Must be a current member of NADRA
Manufacturer Category: Manufacturer members of wood and alternative decking materials, railing, fasteners, lighting, accessories, etc. The manufacturer member must enter the competition, not the builder. The builder must be a current member of NADRA. Projects may include residential or commercial projects. No price limit.
Associated fees: $150 before 8/28/18 / $200 after 8/27/18
*Become a Sponsor of the 2018 National+ Deck Competition before September 1st. Learn more here
DEALERS / LUMBERYARDS: Must be a current member of NADRA
The Greatest Showroom: The Greatest Showroom is intended for lumberyards and dealers. This is an opportunity to showcase your over and under 3,000 sqft showroom displaying outdoor living products. Must include materials in the outdoor living industry, including decking or docks.
Associated fees: $100 before 8/28/18 / $150 after 8/27/18
BUILDERS / ARCHITECTS: Must be a current member of NADRA
Wood Deck Under $25k: includes: Pressure Treated, Cedar, Redwood, Southern Pine, Ipe, Hardwoods, etc.
Alternative Deck Under $25k: includes: includes: cap-stock, composite, PVC, plastic, aluminum, vinyl, etc
Limitless Creation Under $25k: Any outdoor living project. Open to all materials. *If you have a spectacular project that has outstanding qualities that includes multiple categories, consider entering it into this category.
Wood Deck $25k – $50k
Alternative Deck $25k – $50k
Limitless Creation $25k – $50k
Wood Deck $50k – $100k
Alternative Deck $50k – $100k
Limitless Creation $50k – $100k
Wood Deck Over $100k
Alternative Deck Over $100k
Limitless Creation Over $100k
Open Porch: An open room attached to the outside of a house / building.
Closed Porch: An enclosed room attached to the outside of a house / building.
Dock: A structure extending alongshore or out from the shore into a body of water. Unique Feature: includes: fire pit, fireplace, pergola, pavilion, freestanding structure, underdecking, outdoor kitchen / bar, water feature, outdoor shower, etc.
Illumination: Projects that show the use of outdoor illumination of private gardens and public landscapes; for the enhancement and purposes of safety, nighttime aesthetics, accessibility, security, recreation and more.
Commercial Outdoor Living Project, to include a deck: Must be a commercial address such as a restaurant, boardwalk, Doctor’s Office, etc. * For builders only, not a category for Manufacturers.
Refurbished / Refinished Deck: Most of the existing framing, and the basic layout must be retained Staining of existing boards or new decking Before photo must be included as one of the photos uploaded
Associated fees: $75 before 8/28/18 / $125 after 8/27/18
NEW FOR 2018 – PROJECT PARTNERS:
The idea behind this new category is to build camaraderie & support between all levels in the industry. If the “partners” agree to enter the project with you, they will pay their entry fee separately, and if it’s a winning project, during the awards ceremony – the entire team can walk up and each receive an award and recognition alongside you.
A partner is defined as any NADRA member that was instrumental in a project entered into the 2018 National Deck Competition.
A partner may be:
A Manufacturer of: lighting, screws, framing, railing, footings, decking, underdecking, etc.
Architect / Builder / Designer
Upon entering the competition, a partner will select the “Partner Registration” category.
The Builder must enter the National Deck Competition and provide partners with their “Project Name”.
Upon entering the competition, a partner will include the “Project Name” that they are associated with. The entrant will be responsible for providing partners with their project name. This is a critical component of your entry. This is how NADRA HQ will identify your team.
If the project wins a national award, the partners who entered alongside the entrant may walk up to receive their award and recognition during the awards dinner.
All official partners will be recognized in NADRA news, blog, website, social media and various industry print and digital publications.
Become a Sponsor of the 2018 National+ Deck Competition before September 1st. Learn more here