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FREE Build Better Training Series 2018-19

Training locations in Lake Placid and Malone

Our winter training program was started as an opportunity for local contractors, designers and code officers to learn best practices, together.

After good a turn out last year we will be putting on FREE trainings again this year, covering a range of different topics.

AIA Credits Available

Call or email Mollie with any questions at (518) 946-2210 x 121 or mward@wardlumber.com

Please register ahead of time with the link below!

Save the Dates

Tues. 1/15 8-12pm Lake Placid - Olympic Conference Center, 2634 Main St. Lake Placid NY

Wed. 1/16 8-12pm Malone - Malone Call Firemen Station, 37 Finney Blvd. Malone NY

Tues. 2/12 8-2pm lunch included

Lake Placid - Olympic Conference Center, 2634 Main St. Lake Placid NY

Wed. 2/13 8-2pm lunch included

Malone - Malone Call Firemen Station, 37 Finney Blvd. Malone NY

Wed 3/6 8-3pm Northern NY Code Conference - Crowne Plaza Hotel, 101 Olympic Dr. Lake Placid NY

Tues. 4/2 8-12pm Lake Placid - Olympic Conference Center, 2634 Main St. Lake Placid NY
Wed. 4/3 8-12pm Malone - Malone Call Firemen Station, 37 Finney Blvd. Malone NY

Our Presenters

Fran Gloekler

Technology Changes to Improve your Building Construction- Fran Gloekler

Sustainability in Product Technologies

  • Carbon Reduction in Wallboard
  • LED Changes in Lighting
  • Recycled Content in Sourcing Products

Air Barrier Technologies

  • Purposes and Design
  • Types
  • Vapor Barrier and Insulation considerations

High Performance Substrates for Improved Reliability

  • Mold Resistance
  • Abuse Resistance
  • Tile and Stone Substrates
Fran Gloekler of USG Corporation has over 30 years in the construction industry.
His experience has involved training in Wall and Ceiling technologies from Owens Corning Corp and USG Corporation. Certified AIA trainer. Comprehensive training in Air Barrier technology, products and application. Training in Sound and Construction practice installation for Gypsum board and Finishing. Contractor training specialist for Engineered panels for floors, walls and sheathings
He has hands on building experience including 4 years of complete project management of home construction, extensive remodeling construction experience.
Graduated with a Master of Arts in Business Management SUNY UB.

Benefits of Blown Insulation & Air Sealing Homes- Craig Marden

  • ProCat Machine for blown insulation in attics and walls
  • Faster product installs
  • Dealing with air leakage
Craig Marden is a Sr. Field Application Specialist in the Building Science group at Owens Corning.  Twenty years experience in construction, weatherization and energy efficient construction and retrofit, conducting thousands of blower door tests on residential buildings.  Professional experience include: Adjunct Faculty: Building and Construction Technology Program-UMass Amherst, Construction Management, Carpenter, HERS Rater, LEED Rater, Energy Auditor, Heating system installer, Solar thermal installer, Air sealing technician. Craig holds a Massachusetts Construction Supervisors License and is a Certified Passive House Consultant.

Vinyl Windows for High Performance Homes- Matt Sullivan

   • Understand the material characteristics of vinyl, especially as they relate to fenestration products

   • Realize the design flexibility and sustainable attributes of vinyl in both residential and commercial applications

   • Discover how vinyl achieves optimal thermal and physical performance for fenestration products

Treated Engineered Wood Siding- Jason Hanna

Jason Hannah
  • Review current siding category offerings
  • History of engineered wood siding
  • Full spectrum design capabilities in one product line
Born and raised in Saratoga County, Jason was formally educated at Paul Smith’s College (Pre-Prof. Forestry) and SUNY ESF (Wood Products Engineering) with a good dose of independent lumber and building materials dealers and carpentry along the way.  After finishing school, he worked for an engineered Wood Manufacturer (LP or Louisiana Pacific in 2003/2004 and 2016-present), a distributor (Parksite/ DuPont Tyvek 2004-2011) and an independent LBM Dealer (Curtis 2011-2016).  My strengths are in building science, real-world assemblies and installations, engineered wood performance and carpentry.  

Stone Wool (Mineral Wool) in Interior & Exterior Applications- Timothy Wester

Timothy Wester
  • Define and explain what stone wool insulation is and how it is manufactured.
  • Identify the differences between stone wool, glass fiber, and foam insulations.
  • Explain the key features and value added benefits of stone wool.
  • Discuss the ecologically sustainable aspects of stone wool.
Tim is a resident of Syracuse, NY, born and raised. He's been with ROCKWOOL for approx. 2 years covering all of Upstate NY and Vermont. He spends his time educating people in NY and VT about the importance of a vapor open but air tight systems in a wall assembly. Building Science has become a strong passion of his, along with skiing, boating and golfing.

Importance of Vapor Permeable Exterior Insulation and Window Detailing- Dan Edelman

  • ‍Examine the environmental forces put on a residential building and explain how to make it an energy efficient dwelling.
  • ‍Identify the importance of vapor permeable exterior insulation and name at least two benefits of different insulations.
  • ‍Explain the features and benefits of GPS foam in the context of building science.
  • Name two ways to insulate the weaker points, windows and doors, of a wall assembly.
Presented by Director of Sales, BRINC BP, Inc. Dan Edelman. Dan is a high-performance building material specialist, with more than two decades of experience in energy-efficient and green building practices, with an emphasis on moisture management in wall assemblies. His knowledge base includes passive house and net-zero energy design principles.  

Designing and Specifying Custom Windows for Luxury Residences- Tim Whitelaw

  • Understand the design considerations for selecting windows for custom luxury homes.
  • Review the variety of window materials, operating hardware, and home automation options available for luxury homes.
  • Understand the installation issues common to luxury residential projects.
Tim Whitelaw has been a construction industry professional for over thirty years. His experience includes working as a project manager for a general contracting firm, as well as working as a sales manager for a retail lumberyard.
Tim joined Crawford Door and Window Sales, supplier of Pella Window and Door products in 1989. He has help various positions within the company working as both and inside and outside sales representative and has held his current position as Commercial Division Manager since 1991.

Inspecting Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses  - Gunnar Isaacson

  • Truss install
  • Troubleshooting
  • How to's and what to avoid
Gunnar Isaacson has been involved with the roof truss industry for over 35 years. After working for over 10 years for truss fabricators, mostly as a truss designer, Gunnar joined MiTek in 1992 and has for the last 10 years been MiTek’s sales manager for New York, New England and New Jersey .

Building a Better Deck and Rail- Andrew Furjanic

Andrew Furjanic
  • Identify characteristics to consider when selecting decking or railing
  • Identify market and installation trends for decking and railing projects
  • Most notable code listing agencies related to decking and railing
  • installation criteria as it relates to composite decking and railing
Andrew has 12+ years as a Territory Sales Manager with AZEK Building Products and 29 years of related industry experience previously with GE Equipment Services and Armstrong World Industries. 
Graduate of Penn State University.  6 years of active duty in the US Navy in the field of aviation.

Code Compliant Exterior Systems for Wood-framed Buildings- Mike Duval

Mike Duval
  • Latest code and design standards for wood framed exterior wall assemblies
  • Various product approaches to air barrier and water-resistive barriers (WRBs)      
  • Differences between multi-product solutions and single product solutions
  • Benefits of continuous insulation added to exterior sheathing
Michael is the Regional Sales Manager for Huber Engineered Woods and covers the Upstate NY market. 
Michael is very dedicated to the LBM industry. He is a board member of the Eastern NY Lumber Dealers Association and is the immediate past President of the North Eastern Young Lumber Execs (NYLE). Michael Serves on the NYS Builders Association’s Research and Education Foundation. Michael is also involved with the Capital Region Home Builders & Remodelers Association. He is a member of their Code Council. Michael is also involved with the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) and belongs to the Rochester and Eastern NY Chapters. Michael was recently recognized by the Rochester chapter of CSI with the 2018 Ontario Award. This award is given for strong commitment to providing the Rochester construction community with the right 

Introduction to Ventilation- Gary Church-Smith

Gary Church-Smith
  • Understanding the necessity of ventilation
  • Compute the proper size of a ventilation system given square footage and number of residents
  • Evaluate the differences in exhaust, balanced and supply ventilation options to meet ASHRAE standards.
Gary Church-Smith, has 39 years’ experience in the Wholesale Sales/Construction Industry. Gary has been in ventilation sales and instruction for 26 year, providing ventilation solutions by selling high-end ventilation products through the wholesale distribution channel. Prior to his employment at Panasonic, his experience included sales and technical support for a wholesale distributor of ventilation products, Contractor sales in a major lumber retailer, and owner of a contracting and remodeling company.
His first hand background and general knowledge of US local building codes and future trends gives him the ability to educate best practice and preferred method of installation to distribution, installers, architects, designers, engineers and builders. 

 Code Required Lateral Deck Attachment- Mark Guthrie

Proper Use of Metal Hangers in Residential Framing & the Do's and Don'ts of Roof Truss Systems-         Tim Lynch

Tim is currently Northeast Business Development Manager for Prime Source Building Products. He has over 20 years experience in building materials sales including 18 years in Engineered Wood Products and Truss Design. In addition Tim spent 10 years as Regional Product Manager for Engineered Wood Products for 84 Lumber.

Designing Floor Systems with Engineered Wood Joists - Bill Sweeney

  • Factors for consideration when designing floor systems
  • Appropriate design strategies for code requirements and client satisfaction
  • Types of engineered floor components, their capabilities and limitations
  • Engineering, design and support available from manufacturers
Bill worked for Georgia Pacific for 18 years, in various positions throughout the Northeast including Sales Manager, Commodity Trader, Engineered Wood Specialist & purchaser and Outside Sales Rep.
Sales Manager at Coastal Forest Products (14 years). Started Engineered Wood Products program at Coastal Forest Products 14 years ago. Member of several boards including NAWLA (North American Wholesale Lumber Assoc) Education & Marketing Boards

Weather Resistant Barriers in Vertical Exterior Wall Construction - Jeff Calabrese

Jeff Calabrese
  • The issues addressed by weather resistant barriers
  • How to specify weather resistant barriers based on performance criteria
  • Installation and specifications to consider, how to choose the best option for your job
Jeff Calabrese is co-owner of  Preferred Marketing Associates, Inc.    A professional sales agency representing manufacturers in the building  material and millwork industries.
For the past 33 years Jeff has become  an excellent resource for his customers, architect, builders and  consultants.  Jeff and his agency’s  expertise are well recognized in the fields of daylighting, building envelope  moisture management, acoustical performance in walls and floors, doors  millwork, and wood.
  Jeff has done hundreds of AIA Continuing education classes for the design community.  

Fox Blocks (ICF) Installer Training- Jefrey Martusewicz

Jef Martusewicz
  • Understanding Insulated concrete forms.
  • Estimating your job.
  • Crew sizing for your job.
  • Basic installation of Fox Block line-up
Jef brings over 25 years of experience of training, installing and designing with ICF. He has put well over 2000 Contractors, Designers, Engineers and installers through trainings. Jef has been involved in tens of thousands of projects from basements, complete homes and commercial projects. He brings real life experience to the training to guide you through your future builds and designs.
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