So here’s the annual calendar of some of the major industry events. I’ll be at many of these, starting with Surfaces, so come say hi and give me a few topics for future blogs.
- The NAHB International Builders’ Show is back to Las Vegas, Jan 21-23. https://www.buildersshow.com/
- This is followed the next week by Surfaces, Jan 27-30 in Las Vegas: https://www.intlsurfaceevent.com/en/home.html
- Domotex is all over! We have three big events (plus smaller ones in other markets too):
- Hannover, just wrapping up! See who was there at: https://www.domotex.de/home
- They’ll be in Atlanta right after Surfaces, Feb 5-7. https://domotexusa.com/
- Then it’s Shanghai, March 24-26: http://www.domotexasiachinafloor.com/
- The IWPA will meet April 1-3 in Savannah, Georgia. The convention schedule is firming up–watch for updates and make your reservations here: https://www.iwpawood.org/mpage/homepage.
- The NWFA is Milwaukee, April 28 – 30. Check out https://www.nwfaexpo.org/NWFA2020/Public/Enter.aspx for more info.
- The IWF, The International Woodworking Fair is back as they are every other year to Atlanta. https://www.iwfatlanta.com/The%20Show/ShowInfo August 21-25. Come early and attend a few due care classes: https://www.iwpawood.org/page/DueDiligenceTrain
- The NHLA will be September 23-25 in Louisville, KY. I have to warn you that their website, at least as of this posting, autoplays a video from last year’s convention with music, so you might get some strange looks from officemates if you click through now: https://www.nhla.com/nhla-convention/
Then we have this on building:
- The Green Building Initiative is hosting a summit this Jan in Denver: https://www.thegbi.org/GreenGlobesUserSummit and then another program in Norfolk, VA in June, plus another workshop in San Diego—check back for various opportunities.
- An earlier than usual, May 14-16, it’s the AIA’s Architecture Expo, in Los Angeles: https://conferenceonarchitecture.com/
- Green Build is apparently still figuring out when and where for 2020. Sign up for updates here: https://www.greenbuildexpo.com/en/home.html
- Build Expo does multiple regional events: http://buildexpousa.com/
- And GreenBiz has several conventions on sustainability: https://www.greenbiz.com/events
And if you want a pretty comprehensive listing of wood-related shows, all around the world, from Nepal to Uzbekistan to Quebec, check out this site:
https://www.eventseye.com/fairs/zst1_trade-shows_europe_wood-working-industries.html (click on the zone map to change regions)
Finally, I’ll remind everyone again that the IWPA’s doing due care training in Nashville next month and several additional classes at the IWF in Atlanta. Make sure you do your compliance training this year!
Elizabeth Baldwin is Environmental Compliance Officer for Metropolitan Hardwood Floors. In her 25 plus year career in the wood industry has visited over 70 countries and hundreds of facilities of all sizes and types. She describes herself as a “jack of all wood trades.” Familiar with jungles of all sorts–having camped out along the Amazon and walked the halls of Congress–she blogs for the NWFA on both environmental and regulatory issues for educational and informational purposes only. Her blog is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. Persons seeking legal advice on compliance with CARB, TSCA, the U.S. Lacey Act or any other law, regulation, or compliance requirement/claim should consult with the regulatory agency directly and/or a qualified legal professional.