Letter from NADRA Codes and Standards Committee

July 16, 2010 | Dear Members and Industry:

Having now had some time to regroup after the IRC and IBC code hearings held in Dallas, Texas in May, I am going to share with you some thoughts on code development that affect each of us, whether we are builders, suppliers, or manufacturers.

One of the core reasons for the formation of NADRA in 2005 was to provide a voice for our industry. Since that time we have worked diligently to learn the ropes of the code development process, to participate in the making and changing of code for the benefit of our industry, and to form industry wide relationships and make alliances where possible.

While the term ”code development” has the power to make anyone start thinking about taking a nap, it is crucial that the deck and railing industry not nod-off. Instead, we must be thinking and planning for the future of our industry as relates to code.

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May Is Deck Safety Month

May 12, 2010 | Your deck is the perfect place to enjoy the warm weather with friends and loved ones. But an unsafe deck could possibly collapse, causing serious injuries to you and your guests.

The number of deck failures and resulting injuries has been increasing at an alarming rate. Between 2000 and 2008, there were at least 30 deaths reported as a direct result of deck collapses, and more than 75 percent of people on a deck when it collapses are injured or killed. With 40 million decks in the United States that are more than 20 years old, it’s important for homeowners to check their deck.

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NADRA NJ Chapter 2010 Deck Award Ceremony

The New Jersey Chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) hosted it’s second annual Deck Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn in Edison, NJ on March 18, 2010. With close to 100 people in attendance consisting of deck builders, manufacturers, distributors, lumberyards, and other guests, the room was building with excitement and anticipation as the dinner ended and the awards ceremony began. After the NJ Chapter Board of Directors welcomed the guests, a short presentation was shown highlighting NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® Program. The NJ Chapter honored a few of the key people that were instrumental in getting the deck and ramp built for a young soldier who lost both legs in Iraq. After the touching tribute, our platinum sponsor, Trex, spoke to the group. They spoke about new features on their site, new products and how excited they were to be a part of the NADRA Deck Awards.

The NADRA NJ Chapter Members were encouraged to submit photos of their previously completed deck projects and a panel of judges rated the decks based on certain criteria. There were six categories for the awards. Best Low Maintenance Deck Under 500 SF was awarded to Gary Daley of DeckBuilder Custom Decks & Railings. Best Low Maintenance Deck Over 500 SF was awarded to Gus de la Cruz of Barrett Decking. Best Natural Deck Under 500 SF was awarded to Sean McAleer of Deck Remodelers. Best Natural Deck Over 500 SF was awarded to Jeff Bader of Deck Pros. Best Deck Feature was an Outdoor Kitchen presented to Bill Lecorchick of Heritage Decks and lastly the Best Overall Deck was awarded to Sean McAleer of Deck Remodelers. Congratulations to all the winners!

After the awards were given out, the NJ leaders thanked the Awards Dinner sponsors: Trex, Myles F. Kelly, AZEK, Mid-State Lumber, and Boise Cascade, the guest judges, the Deck Awards committee, and the team at NADRA HQ for all of their help in making the night a tremendous successful. Part of what made this event so enjoyable was the camaraderie that is shared even among competitors in the industry through being a part of NADRA.

Jennifer Sheridan
Phoenix Manufacturing
NJ Chapter Board Secretary

You can view some photos from the event below…

New Jersey Builders Complete Deck For A Soldier

Union Beach, NJ – November 2009 | Members of the New Jersey chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) recently completed their 2nd annual “Deck for a Soldier®” (D4STM) charity project, continuing a national movement by the association to recognize those who have sacrificed for America. The deck project includes an extensive handicap ramp built for Army SSG Michael Minard. The NADRA chapter worked hand-in-hand with Homes For Our Troops, who are building a home to accommodate SSG Minard, his wife Lynda, and his two daughters, Kayla, 8, and Brooke, 2.

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NADRA Introduces New Email News Brief

NADRA HQ – February 2010 | With new technologies, new procedures and new operational strategies, the deck and railing building industry is continually evolving. To that end, the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) has launched the new NADRA Industry Update, an opt-in e-mail resource providing comprehensive weekly news briefings of the week’s top stories.

Each edition of the NADRA Industry Update contains articles gathered from an expansive list of sources such as The Associated Press, The New York Times, USA Today and other more industry-specific publications. Professionals from the field will also contribute timely news and information “just in time” for leaders to stay on the cutting edge of industry developments. Beginning this Wednesday, the NADRA Industry Update will be delivered to the inboxes of NADRA members and non-members alike, keeping deck and railing leaders abreast of topics that impact the daily operation of their businesses.

The NADRA Industry Update is a great way to keep informed. The electronic publication can be easily read in your office, home, or via your mobile phone or PDA.

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