Wood Flooring Symposium
 
Tuesday, August 23rd from 8:30am – 4:30pm


 
Symposium Code: FLO

Location: B303 (located in Building B - Level 3)

Presented by: National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA)

Speakers: - Randy Lenz, Senior Product Specialist: Aprilaire
- Janis Rozenbergs, Humidification, Dehumidification Product Marketing Manager: Aprilaire
- Brett Miller, Vice President of Certification and Education: National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA)

IWF, the industry’s largest and most important conference and trade show in 2016 is partnering with National Wood Flooring Association to present the first ever Wood Flooring Symposium. The morning session will focus on the water/wood relationships and how environmental conditions affect wood flooring performance. The afternoon sessions will focus on a number of topics applicable to the wood flooring industry. All three afternoon sessions are approved for architect and designers to receive LU/CEU credit from AIA and IDCEC.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

• 7:30-8:15 – Coffee & Carbs
• 8:15-8:30 - Welcome – Brett Miller
• 8:30-12:00 - Session 1 – Environmental Effects on Wood Floors
                    - This session is a comprehensive course taught by wood flooring experts who explain the water/wood relationships and how environmental conditions affect performance of wood flooring. This ties nicely together with HVAC industry experts form AprilAire who discuss the relationship of temperature and humidity, humidification/dehumidification systems, and ultimately how all of this affects the finished wood products within the home.

• Noon-1:30 – Networking Luncheon

• 1:30-2:30 – Session 2 – Specifying the Right Wood Floor for the Job
                   -  This session will focus on how to specify the right wood flooring for a successful installation. Architect and design professionals will become more familiar with wood and its use as a flooring material in an effort to properly specify the product for their client projects.

• 2:30-3:30 – Session 3 – Wood Flooring Grades
                    - This session will focus on how wood flooring is graded and identify current wood flooring grades. Architect and design professionals will become familiar with the NWFA/NOFMA grade program in an effort to properly specify wood flooring for their client projects.

• 3:30-4:30 – Session 4 – North American Hardwoods & their Role in Carbon Neutral Design
                   - This session will focus on North American hardwoods as a carbon neutral building option. Architect and design professionals will become familiar with the carbon footprint of hardwood in an effort to properly specify hardwood flooring for their client projects.

TOPICS:

• Why relative humidity is critical to wood flooring
• Relative humidity as applied to different climate regions
• How HVAC systems are needed to create a desirable environment for wood flooring
• Why wood floors react to their environment
• How wood differs from other flooring options
• Different types of wood flooring available
• How each type of wood flooring will perform based on where it is installed
• The impact of radiant heat systems and other extreme conditions on wood flooring
• What different wood flooring grades mean
• How wood flooring grades affect appearance
• NWFA/NOFMA flooring grades for wood flooring
• Effect of wood flooring on carbon emissions
• Wood as an environmentally friendly flooring option
• Wood flooring in green building programs


About the Speakers:

 

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Randy Lenz is a Senior Product Specialist with Aprilaire in Madison, Wisconsin. Randy combines a background in home wood furnishings with 11 years as a humidification expert. He teaches partner contractors and sales people the technical side, as well as a common sense approach to the application of humidification. Randy works to develop innovative products to improve the application of humidification and dehumidification, and the control of both. Randy’s conversations with contractors and the feedback provided have directly impacted continuous improvement of
humidification practices worldwide.  

 

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Janis Rozenbergs is the Humidification, Dehumidification Product Marketing Manager with AprilAire. He is responsible for the P & L, marketing plans, and product development. Janis has over 30 years experience in product development with Trane Company, McQuay International-Daikin, and Titus HVAC.


 

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Brett Miller is the VP of Education & Certification with the NWFA in St. Louis, MO. He is responsible for the development, coordination, implementation and presentation of the NWFA’s technical training schools, workshops, and on-line training, as well as the NWFA’s certification program. Brett has earned NWFA Craftsman and Vanguard degrees, and is an NWFACP Certified Installer, Sand & Finisher, and Inspector.