DEMO ZONES
Demo Zone 1

Best Practices

High-Performance Homes: If you don’t understand best practices, you can’t help your customers choose the right products.

High-performance homes are durable, efficient, comfortable and healthy. Building them requires the careful assembly of a dizzying number of products. Each of those products is a very deliberate choice made at the lumberyard. In the end, good building means good choices, both for the yard and for their customers. Join us for a series of hands-on demos and lively discussions that
will help you guide your builders to best practices and drive margins for both of you.

Demo Zone 2

No More Callbacks

No More Callbacks: Help your customers avoid their worst nightmare.

Avoiding the most common (and costly) construction mistakes should be a priority for both you and your builder customer. That often means choosing a product with a higher upfront cost, something builders may be reluctant to do. You need to help them understand that at times choosing a more expensive product may, in fact, save them expensive callbacks. We will show you how to do that.

Demo Zone 3

The Futuristic Zone

Experience the future at your fingertips today.

As building and design trends change in real-time, it’s important for retailers-and their suppliers-to be forward thinking. That’s why Demo Zone #3 is dedicated to showing you the future of the LBM industry. From virtual
kitchen and bath showrooms to trainings on forklift simulators, Demo Zone #3 will give you the tools to keep you ahead of the competition.

    

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday
2019-02-06
Hynes Convention Center
Demo Zone #2
Demo Zone #1
Thursday
2019-02-07
Hynes Convention Center
Demo Zone #2
Demo Zone #1
Friday
2019-02-08
Hynes Convention Center
Hynes Convention Center
Demo Zone #2
Demo Zone #1
Hynes Convention Center
Demo Zone #2
Demo Zone #1
Hynes Convention Center
10:30 - 11:30
LBM Launch – Opening Session

New this year, LBM Expo will kick-off with an opening session designed to educate retailers and exhibitors on a topic of relevance for everyone.

Our late-morning kick-off event – 125 years in the making – will bring together retailers and exhibitors, providing insight on the future of our industry. At the event, you’ll hear from amazing speakers, and learn what’s new at LBM Expo, and some tips to get the most value from the show. Learn more about Building Retail 2025

NRLA
Event Sponsor
11:30 - 13:00
Lunch on the Floor

Join us as the floor opens for lunch with retailers and exhibitors on the show floor.

12:00 - 17:00
Futuristic Demo Zone

As building and design trends change in real-time, it’s important for retailers-and their suppliers-to be forward thinking. That’s why Demo Zone #3 is dedicated to showing you the future of the LBM industry. From virtual kitchen and bath showrooms to trainings on forklift simulators, Demo Zone #3 will give you the tools to keep you ahead of the competition.

Eric Goranson
Certified Kitchen Designer
12:00 - 17:00
Show Floor Open

The LBM Expo 2019 Show Floor is open. Come and meet with more than 200 exhibiting companies, explore our demo zones, and find new products to make your business more profitable.

12:30 - 13:00
Basic Framing 101

Strength and durability are the goals, but not at the expense of comfort and low energy bills. Read more…

13:15 - 13:45
Deck Building Blunders 101

How not to have the deck you sold end up on the 6:00 news.

Despite advanced building codes, faulty ledger flashing, poor connections to the house, and wobbly newel posts are move 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. Read more…

14:00 - 14:30
The Perfect Wall 201

Experts agree on the importance of super-insulated walls, but not on how to build them.  It’s not a simple wall anymore, it’s one component in a whole-house system.  Is a perfect wall achievable? Learn more about this session

14:45 - 15:15
Water Leaks 101

Avoiding the #1 Reason for Construction Litigation.

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. Learn more about this session

Matt Whitbeck
Co-Owner of Whitbeck Construction, LLC
15:30 - 16:00
Basic Roof Framing 101

Without the right design, components and assembly, your builder will lose the battle against rain, cold air and ice dams. Learn more about this session

Walt Tomala
President of TNT General Contracting
Jason Pecoy
Owner and President of LAKA Y Building & Remodeling Inc.
16:00 - 17:00
Happy Hour

Cheers! Come on down to the show floor and have a drink with your fellow retailers and exhibitors.

NRLA
Event Sponsor
16:15 - 16:45
Drywall Pops, Cracks & Callbacks

What can you do at the lumberyard to help your customers avoid drywall problems? Well, for one thing, you help your customers understand 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. Join us for this lively discussion that dives into other ways to solve this problem. Learn more about this session

07:30 - 09:00
Business Connect

We know you are early risers, that’s why we are bringing back Business Connect before the show floor opens. This event brings retailers and exhibitors together for one-on-one discussions and received excellent reviews last year.

How productive could you be if you were able to meet with exhibitors before the show floor opened? In the NRLA’s version of “speed dating” you’ll be matched with exhibitors for a chance to meet quickly and hear what they have to offer before you do business with them on the show floor.

We bring the exhibitors to you

LBM Expo Business Connect is an innovative appointment style event designed to bring retail attendees together with exhibitors before the show floor opens. Exhibitors will meet with you to discuss your needs and spark your interest, maximizing your valuable time and resources.

 

09:00 - 17:00
Futuristic Demo Zone

As building and design trends change in real-time, it’s important for retailers-and their suppliers-to be forward thinking. That’s why Demo Zone #3 is dedicated to showing you the future of the LBM industry. From virtual kitchen and bath showrooms to trainings on forklift simulators, Demo Zone #3 will give you the tools to keep you ahead of the competition.

Eric Goranson
Certified Kitchen Designer
09:00 - 17:00
Show Floor Open

The LBM Expo 2019 Show Floor is open. Come and meet with more than 200 exhibiting companies, explore our demo zones, and find new products to make your business more profitable.

09:30 - 10:00
When Framing Gets Tricky 201

Installing headers, beams and structural ridges means understanding the load path. Many builders look to their lumberyards for basic engineering services. Learn more about this session

10:15 - 10:45
Common Framing Mistakes

The majority of callbacks can be traced to framing issues.

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.

Matt Whitbeck
Co-Owner of Whitbeck Construction, LLC
11:00 - 11:30
Installing Weather Resistant Barriers 101

Protecting a house from the weather and making it airtight are two different things.

In the old days, you just covered the walls and roof with heavy felt paper, today it’s more complicated.  You need to help builders choose the right system for their project and make sure they understand the installation details that lead to long-term durability.  And no, they can’t just use whatever tape is the cheapest. Learn more about this session

11:45 - 12:15
High-Performance Flashing Problems 201

Airtight, super-insulated walls improve performance but complicate flashing.

Airtight walls with lots of insulation are the way of the future for high-performance homes. But many builders can’t get the flashing right in a simple wall, so now they really need your help. In this demo, we’ll go over window and door installations, pipe and vent penetrations, as well as electrical boxes; detailing the do’s and don’ts. Learn more about this session

Matt Whitbeck
Co-Owner of Whitbeck Construction, LLC
12:30 - 13:00
Exterior Insulation and Rainscreens Done Right

Why keeping the sheathing warm and dry on a house is not just preferred – it’s necessary.

The key to a house’s durability is keeping it dry and temperature controlled.  It’s like putting a windbreaker over a wool sweater – it makes sense.  While this is fairly easy to achieve on the inside with heat and AC, what about on the outside?  In this session we will discuss the components necessary to achieve this goal. You can help builders understand why it’s worth it (more referrals, fewer callbacks) and which products will be work best for them. Learn more about this session

13:15 - 13:45
Floors that Squeak, Sag, & Bounce

The builder always blames the lumber, and the lumberyard always blames the builder. But all of the issues are easily avoided if the builder and the lumberyard work together to choose the right products and make sure they’re installed correctly Learn more about this session

14:00 - 14:30
Roofing Best Practices 201

With the variety of underlayments, shingles and flashings available, builders need your help making the right choices and understanding the critical details. Learn more about this session

14:45 - 15:15
Advanced Deck Building Blunders 201

They may be simple structures, but there’s a lot that can go wrong.

For builders, the first hurdle is finding the right products to do the job, whether it’s a specialty hanger or a form for the piers. If you the right stuff on your shelves, that helps, but installing these things correctly is no guarantee. You also need to arm your customers with the most important tool: good information. Learn more about this session

16:00 - 17:00
NYLE Annual Meeting

Come to the NYLE Annual Meeting! Meet the new officers of the Northeastern Young Lumber Execs (NYLE), review the past year, and plan for the future.

The CHIPs award will be presented to an individual who has been instrumental in promoting the professional and/or personal development of young people involved in the lumber and building material industry.

 

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18:30
125th Anniversary Celebration with Jay Leno

We’re celebrating our 125th Anniversary so of course, we needed a big name headliner. Join the LBM industry in celebrating 125 years of the NRLA and enjoy an evening of dinner, and a show by the legendary comedian Jay Leno. Learn more about the NRLA’s 125th Anniversary Celebration!

08:00 - 10:00
Eggs and Education

On Friday morning, retailers and exhibitors will have one more chance to experience world-class education, gather with friends and those they met during the show, and have an excellent breakfast.

 

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