by LBM Expo

Demo Zones

Best Practices

Demo Zone 1

Presented by Walt Tomala and Jason Pecoy

Wednesday, February 5

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Structural Assembly
From the sill plate to the ridge beam, every stick of framing lumber affects the long-term performance of a house. With the right design, and understanding of load paths, builders can create structures that can withstand most conditions. Join us as we discuss these different components, how they work together, and how the lumberyard’s guidance helps the builder achieve their goals.
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.Flashing Problems
We all know that moisture related challenges can be costly and often go undetected until they become a major problem. By using WRBs, flashing tapes, and proper installation, moisture can be managed in every scenario. In this session we’ll walk through how the lumberyard can create a simple, well thought out water management plan in 30mins or less.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.How Tight is Too Tight
When it comes to creating high performance homes that are super insulated, we run the risks of cutting off their air supply. Undersized and improperly vented equipment are the second largest challenge we’re faced with, but with the proper use of new technology such as ERVs and HRVs we’re able to bring continuous fresh air to our buildings.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.NYLE Annual Meeting 

Thursday, February 6

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Roofing Best Practices
Knowing what components make up a good roof is the key to success. With so many options, and manufacturer recommended systems to choose from, it’s important to understand how they actually work together so that you can make the right recommendations to your builder.
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Tips for Complex Roofing
It’s no longer form and function when it comes to a roof, it’s about design and expression. With so many different types of roofing products out there (asphalt, metal, stone coated, composite, slate) all having different installation requirements it takes a team to make these concepts work. Complex roofs require extra attention to framing and water proofing details as we don’t want to install a product that comes with a 50yr or lifetime warranty without ensuring the materials underneath will perform for just as long.
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Hangers, Straps, Tie-Downs, and Fasteners
Nailed it! I mean, screwed it! Oh wait, no I hangered it or was I supposed to lag it? Don’t they make a thingy for that? Knowing what to use is half the battle. After figuring out what to use, knowing what fasteners to use with them is half of the half of the battle. Putting all the right ones in is priceless, painless? Nope, neither, but it will ensure no callbacks.
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Exterior Insulation and Rainscreens Done Right
Rainscreens which make drainage planes and exterior insulation, which help create thermal breaks, are the unsung heroes of our building’s system. The key to a house’s durability is keeping it dry and temperature controlled, which is fairly easy to achieve on the inside with heat and AC, but in order to raise the bar to an “A” when it comes to a well-built house we need to include exterior insulation and rainscreens.
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.New High Performance Products

No More Callbacks

Demo Zone 2

Presented by Kevin Ireton and Matt Whitbeck

Wednesday, February 5

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Avoiding Water Leaks 
Modern products, such as flashing tapes, make it easier than ever to stop water intrusion, but they must be installed correctly. You can help your customers avoid lawsuits and lost profits by selling them the right product for the application and making sure they have the information to install it right.
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Water Barriers, Air Barriers, and Vapor Barriers
Roofing underlayments, housewraps, smart vapor retarders, plywood, drywall, and even paint can all help keep a house dry and therefore prevent mold and rot. But in order to work properly, these layers must be well understood and carefully detailed. You can help by selling customers the right product for the job.
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Why Air Sealing Matters So Much
If a tight house is less forgiving of air and water leaks, why not just build a leaky house like we’ve been doing for years? The answer is that for maximum comfort and minimum utility bills, tight is the way to go. But in order to stop air leaks, builders have to understand where they happen, and you have to help builders choose the right materials and products to stop those leaks.
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Drywall Pops, Cracks, and Callbacks
What can you do at the lumberyard to help your customers avoid drywall problems? Well, for one thing, you can sell your customers on the benefits of engineered studs. They may not be more expensive once you factor in the callbacks… And that’s just one thing you can do.

Thursday, February 6

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Common Framing Mistakes
Many framers are specialists who don’t see the big picture. You can win their loyalty (and their business) by helping them understand how the right product choices and the right installation will minimize drywall problems and ease cabinet and trim installation. That means more work and more money for everybody.
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Choosing and Using Insulation Correctly
A high-performance house is like a Yeti cooler—a super-insulated box that doesn’t care whether it’s keeping things hot or cold. Simple, right? But in practice, choosing the right type of insulation, the correct amount of insulation, and the best location is pretty tricky. We’ll help you guide your customers through the morass.
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.Options for Exterior Trim
Real wood, engineered wood, PVC, fiber cement, or something else? It’s all about costs: The cost to purchase, the cost to install, the cost to maintain, the cost to the installer’s health, and the cost to the environment. We’ll help you understand the pros and cons of various choices so you can steer your customers to the right product.
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Deck Framing Blunders
Despite advanced building codes, faulty ledger flashing, poor connections to the house, and wobbly newel posts are more common that you think. But specialty hardware, fasteners, and flashings are all on your shelves right now to make the job easier and to avoid that dreaded phone call.

Futuristic Demo Zone

Demo Zone 3

Presented by Eric Goranson

*More topics to be added as they become available. Keep checking the website for updates.

Time TBD AMAZON or David and Goliath? How to win.
The word Amazon can strike fear into retailers across the country. However, many times Amazon is not the low-price leader. Having it on the shelf TODAY and for a competitive price can get you the sale today and provide knowledge about the products that Amazon relies on the consumer to research. We will also talk about where I think Amazon will do business and what industries they won’t touch. Will Amazon head into the lumber business? We will talk about what the future holds.
Time TBD Be the Expert: Using Home Technology to Market Your Business to Builders and Remodelers
Home Centers and online retailers lack one common feature … They don’t understand the value of product knowledge. Retailers can have a lot to gain by better positioning themselves to upsell. Being the expert is just as important as marketing that you are the expert. Helping your builder consumers navigate connected home technology and using those products to make their homes stand apart from others, can develop a loyal builder that can’t afford to leave your business for a competitor.
Time TBD 2020: Using Technology and Design Trends to Increase Your Kitchen and Bath Sales
With new products and new technology, you have an everchanging retail atmosphere. Kitchen Design has changed in the last 10 years with everything from the Connected Kitchen to where you store or charge mobile devices and your virtual assistant. Where is this going in the next 10 years? You will want to find out.
Time TBD The Virtual Kitchen: How to Set Your Design Business Up for Success and Increased Margins
The Virtual showroom is about using all the available technology to save money, increase margins, and deliver more accurate kitchen and bath projects. Invest in technology and remove those outdated displays and start bringing profitability back to your business and happy consumers.
Time TBD Showroom Management: How to Partner with the Right Companies that Will Keep You on the Leading Edge
Part of being competitive in the Kitchen and Bath industry is partnering with the right vendors to supply you and your customers. Let’s talk about how to blow your consumers mind with your showroom while keeping it profitable and cutting edge.