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reThink Wood Offers More Reasons to Choose Wood
Formed in 2011, reThink Wood is a coalition of interests representing North America’s wood products industry. Cees de Jager from reThink Wood’s founding organization, Binational Softwood Lumber Council, explains its purpose as: “The reThink Wood initiative looks to project a unified front and present a common message as it relates to wood performance, cost and sustainability, making it easier for the industry to speak with a combined voice and provide educational resources about the advantages of using wood in building.” Their website includes links to a number of tools to help those in the building industry gain a full understanding of the benefits of wood as a building material.

AIA Expands Documents-on-Demand Service
The American Institute of Architects has introduced eight new documents to its Documents-on-Demand service, bringing the total number of available documents to 106. The AIA developed the Documents-on- Demand service as a cost-effective alternative to AIA Contract Document software. Access to the service is free. Users, though, are charged $6.95 to $21.95 for each document downloaded. Documents downloaded are limited to a single use. According to the AIA, its contract documents are the most widely used standard form contracts among the building industry to support construction and design projects.

The National Association of Home Builders' 2012 Remodeling Show
This year’s National Association of Home Builders Remodeling Show will be held this October at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. The conference will run Oct. 9–12 and exhibits will run Oct. 10–12. According to the NAHB, the Remodeling Show is the only national remodeler-centric event bringing the entire remodeling industry face-to-face annually. Representing many sides of the remodeling community from kitchen and bath to home improvement and more, this event includes seminars, professional networking, classes for earning an NAHB educational designation, and booths with the latest products and tools. The Remodeling Show is a trade-only event and is not open to the general public.

LP® Building Products Releases LP® Solutions™ 4.0
LP® SolutionsTM 4.0, a whole-house CAD- based design program from LP Building Products, is now available to LP® SolidStart® Engineered Wood Products customers. The updated program includes a document browser, joist and beam optimization, 3D levels, updated beam options, improved roof framing tools, and an enhanced user interface with customizable toolbars. LP Solutions 4.0 is backed by training and technical support, as well as an online community forum for peer-to-peer sharing of ideas and information.

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