The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced two new speakers and sessions for its Annual Technical Conference, to be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel from Tuesday, June 17, to Thursday, June 19, 2014.

One of the new sessions, “Understanding ASCE 7-10 Wind Design for Building Code Compliance & Using the 0.6 Multiplier,” will be led by Eric Stafford, PE, principal for T.E. Stafford & Associates. The seminar will focus on changing wind design criteria for doors, windows and skylights and understanding and applying those changes in product design and labeling.

The second announced session is “Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Paint Rule – What’s Happening Now and What’s to Come,” led by Mike Wilson, environmental protection specialist, EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics & EPA’s Lead Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program. Wilson will discuss the controversial issues surrounding EPA’s lead paint regulations covering replacement fenestration, as well as EPA’s expected expansion of the rule to cover all commercial and public buildings as well.

The program comprises of two-and-a-half days of technical sessions, table-top exhibits and networking. Other sessions will include reporting on current industry research, trends in manufacturing processes, procedures and emerging product technologies. Breakout sessions will focus on topics relevant to WDMA membership and the door and window industry. Also, there will be an off-site tour of some of the area’s major manufacturing facilities.
In addition to the conference sessions attendees are invited to join WDMA for an opening welcome event at PNC Park—the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, when they play against the Cincinnati Reds—at no additional cost. Tickets are limited, and early bird discount registration has been extended until Friday.

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