North American Wood Window and Door Symposium - September 23-25, 2015, Madison, WI, USA

REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR the 2nd North American Wood Window and Door Symposium

To be held at the Forest Products laboratory

The North American wood window and door symposium will focus on the use of wood and wood-based materials in wood window and door manufacturing. In this new era of green technology, consumers are looking for products with outstanding performance with minimal impacts to the environment. From a materials standpoint, wood is perfectly suited to fill such a need. It is renewable, environmentally-friendly, and, with proper maintenance, can outlast comparable materials.

The purpose of this conference is to ensure that wood remains a viable option for windows and doors and to educate attendees of the benefits of wooden fenestration, as well provide instruction that will ensure optimal performance of these products. The target audience will consist of manufacturers, architects, contractors, designers, researchers, and policy makers who influence selection of materials for residential and commercial construction.


Joe Lstiburek, Building Science Corporation

“The dean of North American building science” The Wall Street Journal

Joseph Lstiburek is the founding principal of Building Science Corporation. Dr. Lstiburek’s work at BSC ranges widely, from providing expert witness testimony to overseeing research and development projects, to writing for A building science pioneer, particularly in the areas of air barriers, vapor barriers, and vented and unvented assemblies, he has had a lasting impact on building codes and practices throughout the world. For example, his work with industry partners through the Building America program led to significant research into the wetting and drying of walls and ultimately to a major code change relaxing the requirement for vapor barriers in the International Residential Code. Dr. Lstiburek is also a noted educator who has taught hundreds of professionals over the past three decades and written countless papers as well as the best-selling Builder Guides. Fittingly, the Wall Street Journal has described him as "the dean of North American building science." He has been known to have a fondness for single malt scotch and red wine coupled with a joy for telling tall tales to his protégés and audiences.
Dr. Lstiburek holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) in Civil Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Building Science. While still an undergrad, Dr. Lstiburek worked as a residential construction manager; during his Master’s degree, he developed the Air Drywall Approach to air barriers. Other formative experiences include working on the Canada-wide Super Energy Efficient Housing R-2000 program and serving as senior engineer on commercial construction projects for Trow in Toronto. Dr. Lstiburek founded BSC in 1990, and has been a key figure in establishing it as one of the most influential, innovative, and respected building science firms in North America.

Rolf Weberg, Director, UMD Natural Resources Research Institute

As Director, Dr. Rolf Weberg is responsible for overall management of the applied research institute and its three centers: Applied Research and Technology Development, Water and the Environment, and the Center for Economic Development. His leadership guides and builds the Institute into a recognized model for interfacing the university with industry and the business community for economic development, while ensuring attention to important environmental concerns. Dr. Weberg oversees the Institute’s annual operating budget of approximately $15 million. He works to build and maintain relationships with key Institute constituents, business leaders and agency partners. Dr. Weberg started his position at NRRI in March, 2014. His previous career was with DuPont, starting there in 1990 and leaving in 2014 as Global R&D Manager in DuPont’s Building Innovations; Surfaces Division in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Weberg has a PhD in Synthetic & Mechanistic Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in Chemistry. Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1986, B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Duluth, 1982.

Karl Frey, Routech Product Manager, SCM Group North America

Karl Frey is the Routech Product Manager for SCM Group North America. Since 1996, he has managed multiple installations of CNC equipment to small, medium and large door and window manufacturers. This includes stile and rail doors, flush doors and windows, as well as American and European window styles. Karl has hosted many seminars in the Duluth showroom and European technology tours on windows and doors.

Bronwyn Barry, Consultant, One Sky Homes

Bronwyn has worked in the green building industry for over 20 years. After earning her bachelor's degree in South Africa, she moved to the US where she apprenticed at various architecture firms. She founded her own residential design practice in 2000 which she ran for 8 years. Her projects were selected for early Built It Green Home Tours and won multiple awards. During this time, she helped found the Green Remodeler's Guild, now called the Green Building Professionals Guild, run by Build It Green. Prior to this, she trained and led California's first All-Women Construction Crew at Mt Diablo Habitat for Humanity, where she integrated green building concepts into all chapter projects. In early 2008 a trip to Germany convinced her of the elegant simplicity of the Passive House Standard, which she has been promoting ever since. Her presentations on high performance windows, specifically for Passive House, have become 'go to' reference documents for those working in this field. Bronwyn has presented on Passive House at regional, national and international conferences and was most recently invited to present at the 16th International Passive House Conference in Germany, 2012. Bronwyn joined One Sky Homes in 2011 as Director of Design and Sales. She collaborates with Allen as the lead designer on new projects and oversees Sales and Marketing. She is an internationally Certified Passive House Designer, an Associate AIA member and serves as a current and founding Board member of Passive House California.

Darrell Zastrow, WI Dept. of Natural Resources

Darrell Zastrow is the deputy administrator for the Division of Forestry in the WI Department of Natural Resources. He has worked as deputy administrator for 6 years. He is a graduate of University of WI-Stephen’s Point in Forest Management.


"It is an exciting time to bring together the building and forest products indus- tries in order to benefit the economy and environment while utilizing one of our most important renewable and sustainable resources—our forests." ~ The organizing committee

Tuesday, September 22

Pre-symposium events (to be held at Madison Area Technical College, Truax Campus)

Passive House Window Certification Workshop - Design Principles and Certification Criteria

Bronwyn Barry, Co-President, North American Passive House Network
Adrian Muskatewitz, Transparent Component Certifier, Passive House Institute
(Additional registration fee and this event must be registered for separately on the Workshop Website. Workshop sponsored by Rangate)


Rangate Open House: Demonstration on How to Make High Performance Window
Patrick Molzahn, Program Director, Cabinetmaking and Millwork, Madison Area Technical College
Bob Bein, Finishing Specialist, Gemini Coatings - Advanced Finishing Techniques for Wood and Wood Based Millwork
(This workshop is complimentary and follows the Passive House Workshop. this event must be registered for separately on the Open House Website. Workshop sponsored by Rangate))

Wednesday, September 23


Tours of Cardinal Glass- Float Glass Plant and Intertek (Additional Registration Fee)
Tour Description: Join us as we experience glass production at Cardinal Glass' float glass plant in Portage, WI. Transportation will be provided from the symposium hotel (Best Western Inntowner) to the plant. The tour of Cardinal glass will include the history of the plant, the process of glass making, and a rare opportunity to look into the glass furnace and experience the production of plate glass. Note that closed toed shoes and long pants are required. We will then journey to Intertek's testing facility in Middleton where we will tour their Fenestration lab, which focuses on air infiltration, water penetration, structural performance of windows and doors. Time permitting, will also visit their Fire Resistance lab and Hardware department. Attendees will arrive back in Madison in time for lunch (on your own) prior to the start the symposium.

Marquee Keynote Presentation
Wood is Good, but Don't Do Stupid Things

Joe Lstiburek, Consultant, Building Science Corp.

Session 1: Building Science

Session Keynote: “Challenges in Wood Utilization and Sustainable Design”

Rolf Weberg, Director, UMD-NRRI Duluth, MN

“Performance assessment of stucco clad wood frame wall assemblies incorporating drainage components”
Michael Lacasse, Senior Research Officer, National Research Council Canada

"The Integration of Windows and Doors with Emerging Wall Systems"
James Katsaros, Dupont Building Innovations

"Water Intrusion at the Window-Wall Interface: What Have We Learned from Laboratory Measurements"
Sam Glass, USDA-FPL

"Treating New or In-service Wood Windows and Doors with Fused Boron Rods"
James Renfroe, Wood Care Systems

Thursday, September 24


Session 2: Process

Session Keynote: “On the cutting edge: Advances in woodworking automation”
Karl Frey, SCM

"Introduction to Wooden Window and Door Knock-Down System: Planning and Executing for Higher Volume Production"
Jaroslav Soukup, Soukup s.r.o.

"Accelerate Higher Performance Wood Window and Door Manufacturing Through Knowledge and Collaboration"
Cristian Zuani, Zuani, s.r.l.

"European Trends and their Impact on the North American Market"
Cesare Magnani, Biesse America

"Wood Plastic Composites in Windows and Doors and An Introduction to New Windows Made of Engineering WPCs"
Yousoo Han, University of Maine



Session 3: Testing

Session Keynote:"High Performance Sells: How and Why We Need to Change Our Current Window Design for Comfort, Health and Profit"
Bronwyn Barry, One Sky Homes

"Performance of Exterior Wood Windows and Doors Made from Acetylated Wood"
Randy Clark, Accsys Technology

“CPA Particleboard Door Core (LD) Certification”
Edgar Deomano, CPA

"Long-Term Durability Testing for Fenestration"
Scott Zimmerman, Atlas Material Testing Technology, LLC

"Wood Facades and Wood Framed Windows in High-Rise Buildings – Is It Possible?"
David Barber, Arup

"The Biotron: Controlled Environment Testing and Research for Materials Science"
Isabelle Girard, UW-Madison Biotron Laboratory

Friday, September 25


Session 4: Marketing and Sustainability

Session Keynote: "Overview of Sustainable Forestry in WI"
Darrell Zastrow, WI Dept. of Natural Resources

“Introduction, Overview and Target Markets of WTS Paradigm”
Lyn Hartl, WTS Paradigm

"The Return of the Wood Window-An Update on Modern Window Technology"
Martin Kenntner, Leitz Tooling Sys.

"Sustainable Forestry: The Menominee Experience"
Marshall Pecore, Menominee Tribal Forestry

Wrap-Up Roundtable Discussion


Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, USA


Forest Products Laboratory

Forest Products Laboratory

One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


Best Western PLUS InnTowner and The Highland Club
Location: 2424 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53726
Phone Number: 608-233-8778

Reservations: 608-233-8778; mention FPS to receive group rate
Reservation Cut-Off Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

FPS Contracted Room Rate: $129/night ($111 with Federal ID)
Room Rate includes: complimentary hot breakfast buffet, hotel shuttle, high speed internet access, and parking

Travel To Hotel:
Directions to hotel from Madison Airport, as well as other locations: Link to InnTowner Maps & Directions Page
The hotel provides a free shuttle from Madison's airport. Please call the hotel when you arrive to arrange for shuttle pick-up.

Walking Directions to Meeting Location from Hotel:
The 2015 WWDS meeting will be held at the Forest Products Laboratory (1 Gifford Pinchot Dr, Madison, WI)
Turn left out of the hotel onto University Ave.
Walk one block and turn left on Walnut Street.
Cross over Campus Drive
Turn Left onto Gifford Pinchot Dr and arrive at Forest Products Laboratory building

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Madison, Wisconsin

City between the Lakes

Capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin, Madison is a vibrant city of 230,000 built on an isthmus between two lakes of the Yahara River: Lake Monona and Lake Mendota. The heart of the city is surrounded by natural beauty and crowned by the Wisconsin State Capitol dome, an architectural jewel modeled after the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The Wisconsin Capitol forms the epicenter of the city and is visible throughout the Madison area because of its position on the highest point of the isthmus. Radiating out from Capitol Square is a lively and pedestrian-friendly downtown with a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and museums that lend the city a festive atmosphere of music, arts and entertainment. State Street, a mile-long pedestrian mall, connects Capitol Square with the University of Wisconsin and adds to the overall sense of vitality and movement at the urban core, as well as the culture of education and learning present throughout the city. Madison has one of the most extensive bike trail systems in the U.S., and cycling is an important pastime for residents and visitors alike, along with other forms of outdoor recreation. On Saturdays during the summer months, the nation's largest farmers market is held around Capitol Square, with countless vendors offering local produce, meats and cheeses among other products.


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KEY DATES: Early registration ends on 7/15/2015.
Regular registration starts on 7/16/2015 and ends on 8/31/2015.
Late registration starts on 8/31/2015.
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Fee Type Member Fee Non-Member Fee
 Full Registration
Early: $325.00 $480.00
Regular: $350.00 $505.00
Late: $400.00 $555.00
 Group Rate (3+ attendees from the same company)
Early: $299.00 $454.00
Regular: $299.00 $454.00
Late: $325.00 $480.00
 Speaker Registration
Early: $289.00 $289.00
Regular: $289.00 $289.00
Late: $289.00 $289.00
 Student Registration
Early: $100.00 $125.00
Regular: $100.00 $125.00
Late: $100.00 $125.00

Please note that the non-member registration rates do include a one year membership to the Forest Products Society. Save by registering early.

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