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This year’s Walls & Ceilings Convention Companion lists an expanding roster of trade shows serving our industry. As usual, each of these shows will present its own unique display of exhibitions, seminars, workshops and award ceremonies. Whether you are looking for the latest in products, technology, construction code updates, or education and training, each event offers plenty of value, networking and even some entertainment.


March 25-26, Nashville Convention Center, Nashville

The EIMA Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the AWCI Conference in 2009 at the Nashville Convention Center. To reserve your room, go towww.awci.organd follow the links.

All of the EIMA meetings will be on Wednesday, March 25 except the EIFS Curriculum & Examination Committee that will be on Thursday, March 26 and is by invitation only.

Registration will be through AWCI and will include both meetings. Please contact Linda Widzowski directly if you plan to only attend the EIMA part of the meeting.

EIMA Tentative Schedule:

Wednesday, March 25

8:00-9:00 a.m. Steering Committee

9:00-11:00 a.m. Communications Committee

10:30-11:30 a.m. EIFS & Related Products Combined Technical Meeting

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting (Invitation Only)

1:00-5:00 p.m. General Session

5:00-7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

Thursday, March 26

8:00-10:00 a.m. EIFS Curriculum & Examination Committee (Invitation Only)

Contact: Linda Widzowski at (800) 294-3462 or go to the AWCI website atwww.awci.orgfor complete AWCI/EIMA meeting information.

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CISCA Annual Convention

March 25-28, Hilton Nashville Downtown, Nashville

Attendees at the annual Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association Convention will have the opportunity to network in a social environment in Nashville, March 25-28, 2009.

CISCA is an association dedicated to serving the specialty acoustical ceilings and interior systems industry. Members are specialty contractors, distributors, manufacturers and independent manufacturer reps. CISCA promotes the supports the industry by providing a network of opportunities with all industry leaders through education and a forum to allow the interior construction industry to interact, evolve and prosper.

The convention begins with a welcome reception on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Nashville. On Thursday, March 26, the annual joint AWCI/CISCA President’s Reception will be held at the Renaissance Hotel at 7:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to network and socialize with industry peers before the main event.

Another annual event, the President’s Dinner, will be held on Friday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nashville Hilton. This year’s theme, which is unique to the area, is the Songwriter’s Showcase featuring three of the top songwriters of hits on the radio today. Hear about the events and experiences that inspired these hits while being entertained by their musical talents. During the President’s Dinner, CISCA will also present its highest honor, the De Gelleke Award, to an individual who has made a significant and noteworthy contribution to the industry.

A highlight for convention attendees is the presentation of the Construction Excellence Awards at the Awards & Keynote Breakfast on Friday, March 27. The year’s most outstanding commercial interior construction projects by CISCA members are recognized in a multi-media presentation.

After the awards presentation, CISCA members will be presented with the keynote address, “If Business Is Down-Up Yours!” Keynote speaker Dale Henry believes while everyone else is distracted, you have the chance to excel. Success is a lot more than money-it’s about laughter, joy, fun, life and relationships. This hilarious session will enable you to invest in yourself and your self-worth through proven effectiveness techniques.


As in the past, education will be a key part of CISCA’s annual convention. Education sessions include: attorney Don Gregory’s legal forum on current interior construction topics followed by an open question and answer session; Dr. Peter Hammett of The Center for Creative Leadership on “Navigating Complex Challenges Through Innovation and Collaborative Leadership; McGraw-Hill Construction Senior Architectural Consultant Robert Boettcher on BIM: Transforming Design and Construction; Safety Expert and President Joe O’Connor of INTEC on Safety Pays: Cost-effective Solutions for Compliance and Profitability; and LEED Accredited Professional Helen Kessler of HJKessler Associates Inc. will continue her LEED education series “LEED Is Here To Stay: What’s In It For Me?” that include the many changes to LEED in 2009.

CISCA will present the commercial interior construction industry’s annual Economic Forecast by one of the nation’s leading economists and financial advisors, Dr. Robert Genetski on Saturday, March 28. Dr. Genetski will address the current and long-term forecast and opportunities for the industry.

For the fourth year, CISCA is joining with AWCI to present the INTEX Expo, the largest trade show offered to the ceiling and wall industry. INTEX 09 will be held March 27-28 at the Nashville Convention Center. Nearly 150 companies (at more than 275 booths) will be on hand to discuss their products and services. For additional information on the CISCA convention, or call (630) 584-1919.

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March 27-28, Nashville Convention Center, Nashville

The annual convention of the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry, March 24–28 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., will offer quality education sessions, networking opportunities and many chances to enjoy Music City USA.

Education sessions led by expert speakers will cover such topics as Building Information Modeling, insurance, firestop systems, steel framing, generational differences on the job site, the impact of LEED on our industry, and acoustical ceilings.

Building Information Modeling for AWCI Members: Fact or Fiction?What about the wall and ceiling contractor? From our perspective the current state of BIM implementation is all about MEPs. This session will cover the fragmented state of BIM implementation as seen from the eyes of the carpenters. Why haven’t we been fully invited to the party? Who closes in the duct, electrical and plumbing work? The carpenters! Until all the major trades participate in the modeling and design assist role using BIM software and collaboration tools, it still will be perceived as a “means of separation,” and only the perceived “sophisticated” subs will be on board. We will cover in this session how the use of BIM tools can increase your company’s “value” in the construction chain life cycle. We’ll show real world examples of projects using BIM software and collaboration tools where wall/ceiling contractors are at the forefront of this emerging technology.

Responding to the Insurance Needs of AWCI’s Wall & Ceiling Contractors.Each day wall and ceiling contractors face risks and potential for losses that are different from most business. This session will explain the uniqueness of the AWCI insurance program and its dedication to serving the insurance needs of its members.

Firestop Systems.Firestop systems are an important part of effective compartmentation. These products become systems when tested and listed, and classified by an ASTM-approved laboratory. How products become systems is after installation in the field. Zero Tolerance Firestopping Quality is essential to fire and life safety. Learn about FM and UL Firestopping Contractor Quality Standards, ASTM Firestop Inspection Standards and maintenance in this fast moving program.

Steel: What Architects and Code Officials Are Being Told.Steel framing has been getting lots of attention in the areas of specification, design and code compliance. Many different user and manufacturing groups, as well as specific product manufacturers, have developed material specifically targeted at architects, engineers and code officials. Most of this information is true and accurate, but some of it is skewed to favor specific types of materials, and some is purposefully misleading. This session will clarify some of the issues and give guidance on what certain specification language may mean and how it is interpreted by contractors, code officials and others. Issues such as recycled content, code compliance, coatings, span and load tables, fire tests and component assemblies will be discussed.

Mastering the Mix: Managing Four Generations in the Workplace.For the first time in the American workplace there are four generations working together. Each generation brings its own unique set of values, beliefs and work ethic to the workplace creating a truly dynamic, vigorous and perplexing work environment. Managers are being challenged as never before. This enlightening, entertaining program will show you what makes each generation tick, their turn-ons and turn-offs, and how to manage and motivate all of them to work together as a well-oiled team.

LEED: What’s the Impact on Our Industry?This session will provide a brief overview of LEED from our industry’s perspective and delve into the requirements of LEED. Other questions such as “What’s the sequencing of a LEED-certified project?” will be answered as well. You also will learn how to become a LEED Accredited Professional.

Highlights of Acoustical Ceilings-Doing It Right.This session provides an overview of AWCI’s new seminar, Acoustical Ceilings-Doing It Right, which covers the proper installation of suspended ceilings, types of surfaces, moldings and accessories, codes and standards, engineering and design considerations, material handling, specialty tools, estimating and project management/quality control. Industry committee meetings will take place March 25–26, along with a half-day meeting of the Safety Directors Forum on the 26th.

On March 26, join your colleagues for the Annual Foundation Golf Tournament at the Gaylord Springs Golf Links. In addition, there are receptions and networking opportunities. For example, the AWCI Opening Session and Awards presentation Brunch will honor the best and the brightest people and projects in the industry on March 27. Later that evening, the AWCI

Celebration Night Dinner
& Foundation Auction features a sit-down dinner followed by music and dancing. Adding to the fun will be a silent auction and a raffle to help support the programs of the Foundation of the Wall and Ceiling Industry.

Hospitality activities include a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Historic RCA Studio B, once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold and the Everly Brothers; a tour of the historic Hermitage Hotel; and a night at the Grand Ole Opry.

For registration information, call (703) 538-1600 or


March 27-28, Nashville Convention Center, Nashville

In conjunction with the annual conventions of AWCI and CISCA, the INTEX Expo, the largest trade show offered for the interior and exterior construction industry, will be held at the Nashville Convention Center, March 27-28.

Attendees will be able to learn about the latest and most innovative products for the industry available. Nearly 150 companies (at more than 275 booths) will be on hand to discuss their products and services. As an exhibitor at the expo, attendees will meet face-to-face with top decision makers and establish lasting relationships.

AWCI and CISCA are again co-sponsoring the event.

The annual conventions and meetings of both AWCI and CISCA will be held at the Nashville Convention Center, Renaissance Nashville Hotel, and the Hilton Nashville Downtown, during the same time period as INTEX. While attendance at the expo is not limited to members of AWCI or CISCA, members of these organizations do receive a discount on convention full registration costs.

For registration and exhibitor information, call (703) 538-1600 or

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Green East/West Expo

Green East, Pier 92, New York, March 26-28 Green West, Southern California, Fall 2009

Green East will run March 26-28, 2009 at Pier 92 in New York. Joining the show this year will be The Architectural Digest Home Design Show running one additional day, March 26-29 at the same location.

“There is a natural synergy between our two events, and co-locating with The Architectural Digest Home Design Show offers tremendous additional value for Green East exhibitors and visitors,” said Diane O’Connor, president of Green Media Enterprises.

Visitors to Green East will be cross-badged to attend The Architectural Digest Home Design Show and vice versa.

Exhibitors and attendees will benefit greatly by being able to interact with the exhibitors and attendees of Green East. With a wide array of green products and services and innovative installations like Sustainable Living Spaces Inspired by Eric Lloyd Wright, Green East is an ideal complement to the sustainable furnishings component of The Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

For more information on Green East and Green West, please contact Suzanna Rosemont, vice president of marketing at (310) 984-6903 orSRosemont@GreenMediaEnterprises.

Information is still in development for the Green West Expo. Originally, the show was scheduled for June 2-4 in Los Angeles. The latest information on the show’s Web site is that Green West will take place this fall somewhere in Southern California.

This show will be the second for Green West. The show is designed to bring together the entire spectrum of green products and services, targeting business, government and individual interests alike. The conference will present a multi-faceted program, including key note addresses; sector specific sessions focusing on the latest green advances in building design, materials, transportation, energy, manufacturing, facilities management, packaging, consumer products and other areas.

For developing information, visitwww.greenwestexpo.comor call (310) 984-6919.

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AIA National Convention and Design Exposition

April 30-May 2, Moscone Center, San Francisco

T he American Institute of Architects 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition will be held April 30-May 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This year’s theme, The Power of Diversity: Practice in a Complex World, will explore the adaptation of the architecture profession as we face a world that has become increasingly more complex and diverse.

The AIA National Convention and Design Exposition is the premier event for architects and building industry professionals. This year in San Francisco, learn how the architecture profession is adapting to rapid changes-from new building products to innovations in design practice. With more than 500 program offerings-workshops, seminars, tours, and expo education-you can earn all the learning units you need for 2009 in just four days.

This year’s show offers visitors a chance to meet with more than 800 exhibitors to discover new products and technologies you can use in future projects. Five concentrated product pavilions offer everything you need to improve the efficiency and earning of your practice.


The education experience also extends beyond the parameters of the convention hall. You can choose from more than 70 educational tours that allow you to earn learning units while visiting the many historic and contemporary landmarks found in the San Francisco area.

A wide variety of special events offer plenty of opportunities to network, relax with colleagues, and take time out from the business of the convention.

Whether you come for the education, the experience, or the opportunity to connect with colleagues, your participation in the AIA 2009 National Convention will be a memorable highlight of your professional year.

For the most up-to-date convention information and to register online, For more information about the American Institute of Architects, please call AIA Information Central at (800) 242-3837.

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Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau's Annual Convention & Trade Show

May 7-9, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta, Canada

T he Northwest Wall and Ceiling Industries Annual Convention & Trade Show will be held May 7-9 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The theme of this year’s event is “Blazing New Trails!”

The attendees will enjoy educational programs, informative exhibits, important industry meetings, great tours and golf while experiencing a world-class vacation destination. The delegates can expect to learn the latest on management and technical topics-including interior, exterior and acoustical ceiling construction. Top-notch industry organizations, such as the Gypsum Association and the EIFS Council of Canada, will be presenting programs. Special activities will also be offered to spouses attending the convention.

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, nicknamed the “Castle in the Rockies” is located 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Calgary in the Banff National Park. The resort town of Banff is one of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring settings anywhere. It is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with a multitude of options such as skiing, hiking, biking, horseback riding and more. The convention delegates can access Banff via Calgary International Airport.

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, originally built in 1888 and modeled after stately Scottish castles, rises from the foothills. It is a world renowned luxury hotel featuring charming guest rooms and suites, 10 dining rooms and lounges, a posh spa, state-of-the-art workout facilities and world-class shopping. The town-with quick, easy access either by car or foot-adds to the shopping and dining options.


The convention starts off Thursday morning with a golf tournament on the Banff Springs Golf Course. In addition to golf, delegates can head out either on a horseback riding tour, hike-and-bike excursion or a scenic gondola tour up the mountain.

The official convention agenda begins later Thursday afternoon with the opening ceremonies and the 2009 Outstanding Project of the Year Awards showcase. The trade show begins immediately following the opening session with the President’s Welcoming Party.

Friday morning starts with Industry Caucus Meetings for the delegates. The exhibit hall will host a breakfast event, after which there will a host of educational programs with subject matter varying from general interest topics to technical and management issues.

While the seminars continue to early afternoon, the delegates will have time to explore the area, get in a round of golf or relax at the spa. The day will close with a lively manufacturer- and dealer-sponsored Western dinner and dance party.

The NWCB’s Annual Meeting will take place Saturday morning. Afterwards, the attendees will come together to the trade show for one final opportunity to see the exhibits and to make and renew vital industry contacts. After breakfast in the exhibit hall, the attendees will have an opportunity to attend their choice of educational sessions.

The convention concludes with the final banquet-a dinner event with entertainment, the anticipated announcement of the Industry Person of the Year and the introduction of the association’s incoming president.

The convention is built around an informative trade show, where all the latest products, tools, systems and services are displayed. The exhibitors and delegates get an opportunity to meet face to face during the effective exhibit hours, with no competing events on the schedule. NWCB is currently accepting reservations for booths.

For more information on the convention, call NWCB at (800) 524-4215 or Registration forms and on-line registration for attendees and exhibit space are available on the association web site. Guest room reservations should be made directly with the resort by April 9. Call Fairmont’s reservations at (800) 441-1414 or go

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NDR Expo

June 17-18, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans

Imago Trade Shows and BNP Media have joined to launch a new trade show serving the Disaster Reconstruction Industry. The National Disaster Reconstruction Expo is scheduled to launch June 17-18, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NDR Expo was developed to unite the numerous vertical markets associated with disaster reconstruction preparation, response, recovery and rebuilding.

From Financial Loss Mitigation and Business Continuity to Disaster Restoration & Remediation and Community Rebuilding & Construction, the Disaster Reconstruction Industry encompasses over 50 industry segments represented by more than 75 associations and organizations. The majority of these vertical markets work together to rebuild communities that have suffered catastrophic losses and are served by the same manufacturers, distributors and service providers.

The NDR Expo will be the first event to consolidate the Disaster Reconstruction Industry. NDR Expo offers disaster management professionals the opportunity to explore each other’s capabilities and challenges with the goal of minimizing the loss of life and property resulting from the inevitable next catastrophic event.

“We are proud to partner with Imago on creating this unique event,” said Evan Kessler, publisher of Restoration & Remediation Magazine, a BNP Media publication. “We look forward to bringing these different groups together and providing the opportunity for them to learn from and support each other.”

“We surveyed the industry and were astounded by the results,” said Jimmy Mouton, president of Imago Trade Shows. “More than 83 percent of those surveyed indicated a consolidated event was needed. In addition, we learned what industry segments these professionals would like to see in one setting. Our goal is to create opportunities for those who work diligently to ensure our communities recover from catastrophic events; a forum that can bring greater cohesiveness to such response and recovery efforts.”

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June 16-19, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

CONSTRUCT2009, in conjunction with the 53rd CSI Annual Convention, is now co-located with The TFM Show, a senior executive facility manager event in its twelfth year. The two shows will be held side-by-side on one exhibit hall floor as the key event for the industrial, commercial and institutional building industry and the networking hub for thousands of professionals who design, specify, build, renovate, operate and procure for successful project management. Held June 16-19 in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center, the show hosts the latest in industry technology, the newest products and most up-to-date solutions partnered with substantial accredited educational programming.

With 50,000 square feet of shared exhibit space, the event expects to draw thousands of architects, designers, engineers, specifiers, general contractors, manufacturers’ reps, building owners, commercial developers, senior facilities managers, and more. These industry professionals represent decision-makers and those having decision-making influence to specify and buy billions of dollars a year in products and services. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore hundreds of relevant products and problem-solving solutions as well as the latest trends in the New Product Pavilion and sustainable solutions in the Green Pavilion. Event participants can experience the value of networking and relationship building as a broad spectrum of industry professionals convene in one place to attend the CSI Annual Convention, participate in CSI special programs, earn learning credits in two separate conference programs, continue current vendor relationships and find new business partnerships. Student competition, a spouse program, technical tours and group activities including golf at the Brickyard and an Indians Ballgame round out the extensive offerings over the four-day event.

The CONSTRUCT2009 four-day conference schedule, with more than 90 sessions, offers comprehensive, interactive, expert-led instructive programs and on-floor “how-to” training sessions focusing on sustainability, performance, emerging technology, process, practice, leadership and standards. More than 75 percent of the conference sessions provide continuing education credits for CSI CEUs, AIA LUs and PDH.

The TFM Show’s Conference Program is a wide-ranging educational program for the facility management professional. More than 35 sessions in seven core tracks are designed specifically to assist the FM in attaining and maintaining certification as well as provide solid solutions to successful facility management. Both conference schedules allow plenty of time to explore the exhibit floor with non-conflicting time to attend the comprehensive educational programs. In addition, the on-floor education and technical tours combine with the education programs to offer the credits one needs for an entire year.

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PCBC Conference & Trade Show

June 17-19, Moscone Center, San Francisco

O nline registration is now under way for the 50th PCBC homebuilder conference and trade show, which will take place June 17-19 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

This year PCBC has retooled itself to be an essential resource for builders, architects, trade contractors and other industry leaders.

“PCBC has a well-deserved reputation for innovation and providing new perspectives, but this year in particular we wanted to really hone in on the big questions the leaders of our industry are struggling with” says Linda Baysari, the senior vice president for conventions and meetings for the show. “To that end, we will have some of the industry’s brightest thinkers on hand to give builders and developers strategic insights to help them navigate their companies through these challenging times.”

For 2009, PCBC has reinvented itself in numerous ways. To begin with the show is now called PCBC-Advancing the Art + Science of Community Building, to reflect the Show’s growing emphasis on building community. In addition, conference programs have been retooled and streamlined into the new PCBC Executive Conference, which is a two-day idea marketplace where the best and brightest in the business meet. Also refocused are the two other conferences presented by PCBC during the week of the Show-the Builder to Builder Green Forum and the Multifamily Trends Conference.

As always, the Show floor will feature the products and services of hundreds of the industry’s leading suppliers.

As this is PCBC’s golden anniversary, the Show has a couple of presents for the conference and exhibit attendees. Topping the list is the 50/50 pricing-each person who purchases an Executive Conference registration also receives a second conference pass as a gift. For exhibit-only attendees, the price of the three-day pass has been rolled back from $95 last year to $50.

For more information, visitwww.pcbc.comor call (800) 956-7469.

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FWCCA Annual Convention

July 22-26, The Renaissance Resort World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla.

Each year, the Florida Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association Convention and Trade Show grows bigger. There are more than 100 booths in the St. Augustine show along with great social and educational events. The cost of the FWCCA convention continues to remain affordable for even the smallest contractors. The association says its growth is attributable to its sponsors.

The convention will kick off on Thursday, July 23 with a Board of Directors Meeting, followed by the invitation-only President’s Reception.

Friday will begin with the annual Golf Tournament at The King & Bear Golf Course with breakfast and lunch included. An in-depth Stucco Seminar in the afternoon will provide information on using stucco and the stucco application process, ASTM standards, and how to apply the standards that are in the Code. The Exhibit Hall will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. with snacks and a cash bar.

Saturday morning will include the General Session, Annual Awards presentation, Installation of New Board Members, and an annual report on the affairs of the Association. The Exhibit Hall will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch included, followed by afternoon workshops. The day will end with a Casino Night Theme Party Dinner and Entertainment.

For more information, call (407) 260-1313 or

TLPCA Annual Convention

June 10-13, La Torretta Del Lago Resort, Montgomery, Texas

The 57th Annual Texas Lathing and Plastering Contractors Association 2009 Convention & Trade Show will be held June 10-13. This year’s show will be located at La Torretta Del Lago Resort, in Montgomery, Texas.

As of press time, no further information was available. Please call (817) 461-0676 or visitwww.tlpca.orgfor more information.

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ICFA Conference & Expo

September 28-29, Orlando Hilton Hotel, Orlando, Fla.

The 2009 ICFA Conference in Orlando, Fla., is in the newly constructed Orlando Hilton Hotel expected to draw a greater attendance than ever. This year’s ICFA conference topic “Fortified Green with ICFs” will address practical solutions using insulating concrete form construction. Pre-conference events are set for Sunday, September 27, with the full conference on Sept. 28-29, concluding with the Awards Banquet on Tuesday night.

In recognition of the many audiences served by the ICFA, the 2009 conference program has been fine-tuned to allow for dedicated allotments of time for each group. Pre-conference events for contractors on Sunday will include the NAHB’s “Building with ICFs,” as well as the new ICFA “Building Science with ICFs” program. Monday is the designated “contractor day” with courses for new ICF installers, live demonstrations of product applications, and sufficient time to meet with vendors at the Expo Hall. Advanced seminars will cover sustainable best practices, and fortified green construction. Experienced contractors will be encouraged to participate in industry round-tables to advance the professionalism and the skill level within the trade. The outreach effort will also extend to local architects, featuring ICFA’s own AIA/CES introductory course, as well access to the Expo Hall.

Market development tools will be the focus of Tuesday, covering very timely issues such as carbon trading, insurance solutions, and durable construction. The expo will be open for two full afternoons and evening receptions. Association business, including committee meetings and the general session will be covered on the opening Monday morning. The 2009 Conference and Expo will conclude with the Tuesday evening ICFA Awards Banquet, with a program dedicated to the many exceptional projects and individuals which have shown leadership in the industry.

This conference is open to both members and not-yet-members, including ICF distributors, installers and professionals interested in learning about ICFs. Further information will be posted on an ongoing basis at the ICFA Web

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ICAA Annual Convention and Trade Show

October 1-3, El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, Tucson, Ariz.

The ICAA Convention and Trade Show is the only national meeting for insulators, and annual attendance is a pivotal business decision for suppliers and contractors across the country.

ICAA President Mike Hobson (West Chester Insulation, West Chester, Pa.) says, “The ICAA Convention gives insulation contractors a chance to catch up on the state of the industry and meet face-to-face with the manufacturers and suppliers who influence their businesses.”

Exhibitors at the Trade Show represent all the leading insulation manufacturers and suppliers as well as those businesses that complement insulation contracting such as closet shelving, computer software and trucks.

The ICAA Golf Tournament has become a Convention tradition, and will be held at the El Conquistador championship course.

This is ICAA’s 31st Convention and Trade Show.

“ICAA has remained a leader in the insulation industry over the years,” says Executive Director Michael Kwart. “The Annual ICAA Convention and Trade Show is a time for insulators to get a handle on the latest products and technologies, network with colleagues, and attend educational sessions on key industry issues and good business practices.”

Visitwww.insulate.orgor call (703) 739-0357 for more information.

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METALCON International

October 6-8, Tampa Bay Convention Center, Tampa, Fla.

METALCON International returns to the Tampa Bay Convention Center from Tuesday, October 6 through Thursday, October 8. This is the third time the show has been held in Tampa, where it previously enjoyed record attendance.

Each year METALCON brings together nearly 8,000 architects, builders, specifiers, developers, building owners, government officials and manufacturers from 50 different countries. The 2009 event will feature 300 exhibiting companies, a 47-session education program and three days of new, exiting live-action demos of application techniques.


METALCON continues to offer new and innovative features in each area of the event. New topics are consistently added to the education program while the popular basics return to serve the needs of those new to the industry.

The track of green building topics will expand again this year to serve the growing interest in metal’s key role in improving energy efficiency in the building envelope. The business management program, which received record attendance again last year, will offer additional topics.

In addition, the 2009 conference features an expanded program about metal roofing and wall applications, sessions on new techniques, retrofit, metal interiors, and effective rain screen techniques.

Codes, insulation, fasteners, steel framing, and onsite and factory fabrication are the focus of several special programs, which are offered by various industry groups.


The Gutter Pavilion, a show within a show introduced at the 2008 show, will expand for 2009, as will the Product Harbor, which features products introduced since the previous METALCON. For the fifth consecutive year, metal’s role in the green building movement is highlighted by Green Island, a special area of the exhibit floor featuring metal-related products used in building energy-saving structures.

Since it began in 1991, METALCON has been a leading force in bringing new products and techniques to the growing metal construction market. The event has enjoyed very high exhibitor satisfaction with more than 85 percent of the companies returning each year. At the same time, the show attracts a high percentage of new exhibitors each year, with at least 15 percent new companies joining in each year.


Each year since 1994 a steel-framed structure has been built inside the exhibit hall to show the benefits of steel framing. Industry associations and exhibitors donate time, resources, and materials to METALCON’s steel framed home. After the show, materials from the structure have been donated to a non-profit or educational organization.

For the fourth consecutive year the structure is designed as an ADA-compliant home to be donated to Taunton, Mass.-based Homes for Our Troops. This non-profit organization will reconstruct the home in the Tampa area for an injured veteran who now requires accessible housing.


Products and ideas come alive in a series of moderated, live-action demonstrations at METALCON. The programs are created by members of the Metal Construction Association councils and supported by exhibiting companies who donate time, personnel and materials to make them happen. The demos cover new products and techniques for residential and commercial roofing as well as wall panels.

This program again includes an interactive Tool Day where attendees can test their skills on the latest tools for drilling, driving, swinging, bending, cutting and fastening for all types of metal applications.


METALCON International is sponsored by the Metal Construction Association, headquartered in Glenview, Ill. In addition, 60 participating associations representing various industry segments and 25 industry publications support METALCON through their promotional efforts.

For more information about the show, call (800) 357-7765 or

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The Remodeling Show

October 27-30, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

The Remodeling Show co-locates with DeckExpo beginning in October. Both exhibitions will be held at the Indiana Convention Center, October 28-30 with conferences scheduled to begin October 27.

The decision to co-locate DeckExpo with the Remodeling Show was a natural progression for both shows. The Remodeling Show was looking to add new product segments to excite attendees on the show floor and in the conference and since its acquisition in 2006, DeckExpo has experienced considerable growth in both terms of square feet and product offerings.

While the two events will have separate entrances into the exhibit halls, attendees will be able to flow freely between exhibits for both events once inside. Some of the dual event features benefiting all attendees will include: Tool Alley, a Business Clinic, the New Products Pavilion, an all-new Green Products Pavilion and Installation Clinics. The Remodeling Show will also feature its exclusive Kitchen & Bath Showcase and DeckExpo will host the second annual Deck Design Competition as well as an onsite deck workshop.

“These two events are a natural fit,” says Amy Allen, associate show director for both the Remodeling Show and DeckExpo. “Both the remodeler and deck builder are craftsmen who are constantly looking for education to stay ahead of their customers and to grow their businesses. Additionally, deck builders are essentially remodeling the outdoor areas of the home. The co-location will allow both groups access to a much larger array of manufacturers, products, education and networking opportunities.”

The Remodeling Show and DeckExpo will offer side-by-side conference programs. Together, the Remodeling Show and DeckExpo will offer over 75 sessions in seven unique tracks and on four instruction levels. Courses are available for purchase a la carte, through a Full Conference Package (on a per show basis) or an All-Access Pass which gives conference attendees full reign of the entire education program.

Registration for both events is scheduled to open in June 2009. For more information on either show or to be added to the event mailing list, visit the re-designed Web sites

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STAFDA Annual Convention & Trade Show

November 8-10, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta

STAFDA’s 33rd Annual Convention & Trade Show will take place November 8-10 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The Omni CNN Center Hotel will be the headquarter hotel in addition to STAFDA room blocks at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, Downtown Atlanta Marriott, Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn.

The education components to STAFDA’s meeting are still in the planning stage; however, for its Opening Party, the Association has rented out the Georgia Aquarium on Sunday night, November 8. With more than 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water, STAFDA attendees will experience everything from whale sharks to beluga whales and every sea creature in between. The three hour extravaganza will include strolling entertainment, music and plenty to eat and drink.

During STAFDA’s General Session on Monday, November 9, the Associate State of the Industry speaker will be Les Ireland, President, commercial operations-industrial products group Power Tools & Accessories, Black & Decker, Towson, Md. Ireland has spent the past few years overseas with B&D before returning stateside. He should provide the audience with a global perspective of the power tool industry. STAFDA’s President, Hal Look, ORCO Construction Supply, Livermore, Calif., will deliver the Distributor State of the Industry address.

The crown jewel of the three-day meeting is STAFDA’s Trade Show. The 2008 Denver Show featured 881 booths demonstrating new products or upgrades to existing tools. An equally strong turnout is expected this November.

The STAFDA Convention and Trade Show is only open to members. Atlanta registration materials will mail to members on June 26, with online registration from the members-only section of its Web site beginning June 29. For membership or Atlanta information, please visitwww.stafda.orgor call (800) 352-2981.

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USGBC's Greenbuild

November 11-13, Phoenix

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will take place November 11-13 in Phoenix. The theme will be “Main Street Green: Connect to the Conversation.” The USGBC Greenbuild event had more than 28,000 attendees in 2008 and the council expects to exceed 30,000 this year. Last year, 807 exhibitors were on display and the USGBC expects growth on this number. Greenbuild 2009 will feature a number of special events designed to showcase the best of what Phoenix and the green building movement have to offer. Greenbuild is a perfect opportunity to meet with peers and colleagues from throughout the green building industry and around the world.

The show will continue to feature several days of extensive green building educational sessions and workshops, a vast exhibition fl oor, and numerous networking events. As many as 12,000 professionals from every sector of the industry are expected to at tend, coming from around the world and include architects, engineers, facility managers, developers, contractors, builders, interior designers, product manufacturers and government representatives.

The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo has experienced tremendous growth since its inception in 2002. Greenbuild includes more than 100 educational sessions featuring world reknown speakers, LEED workshops, off-site educational sessions and Green Building tours of local sites. CEUs are available for all educational sessions, LEED workshops, green building tours and post conference seminars.

More information about Greenbuild 2009 and Phoenix will be available in April. For more information, please or contact the USGBC at (800) 795-1747.

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