Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 23

Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly
inspired the name CertainTeed. Today,
CertainTeed® is a leading North American
brand of exterior and interior building
products, including roofing, siding,

fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation,
drywall and ceilings. A subsidiary of
Saint-Gobain, one of the world's largest
and oldest building products companies,
CertainTeed and its affiliates have more

than 6,300 employees and more than
60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The
group had total sales of approximately
$3.4 billion in 2016.

WESTECH SHOWCASES VARIEGATED
FENCE PROFILES AT FENCETECH 2018

Manager BradWest. "Westech's new colors,
Rustic Birch and Driftwood meet an increasing color demand in the market and will be
sure to complement our other offerings."
"Quality and innovation have always
been hallmarks of the Westech business.
It was important to our business to fully
research consumer needs and technologies
behind this technique in order to produce a
quality product offering," stated Joe Belden,
Westech national sales manager.
About Westech: Westech Building
Products, a Westlake company (NYSE: WLK),
is a leading producer of fence, deck, siding,

window and door profiles servicing North
America and export markets from headquarters in Houston. For more information, visit
westechbp.com. DISCLAIMER: All sales of
Westech fence, deck and railing products
are subject to Westech Building Products,
Inc.'s standard terms and conditions of sale
which are available upon request. Westech
Building Products, Inc. makes no other
warranty, express or implied, including but
not limited to any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose. Westech
and the Westech logo are registered trademarks of Westech Building Products, Inc.

Key January ABI highlights:
* Regional averages: West (56.2), South
(55.3), Midwest (54.8), Northeast (47.3)
* Sector index breakdown: multi-family
residential (56.0), commercial/industrial (53.3), institutional (52.5), mixed
practice (50.1)
* Project inquiries index: 61.1
* Design contracts index: 53.9
The regional and sector categories are calculated as a three-month moving average,
whereas the national index, design contracts
and inquiries are monthly numbers.
About the AIA Architecture Billings Index:
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market
Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to
12 month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity. The
diffusion indexes contained in the full report
are derived from a monthly "Work-on-theBoards" survey that is sent to a panel of AIA
member-owned firms. Participants are asked
whether their billings increased, decreased,
or stayed the same in the month that just
ended as compared to the prior month, and
the results are then compiled into the ABI.
These monthly results are also seasonally
adjusted to allow for comparison to prior

months. The monthly ABI index scores are
centered around 50, with scores above 50
indicating an aggregate increase in billings,
and scores below 50 indicating a decline.
The regional and sector data are formulated
using a three-month moving average. More
information on the ABI and the analysis
of its relationship to construction activity
can be found in the recently released White
Paper, Designing the Construction Future:
Reviewing the Performance and Extending
the Applications of the AIA's Architecture
Billings Index on the AIA website.
About The American Institute of
Architects: Founded in 1857, the American
Institute of Architects consistently works
to create more valuable, healthy, secure and
sustainable buildings, neighborhoods and
communities. Through nearly 300 state and
local chapters, the AIA advocates for public
policies that promote economic vitality and
public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code
of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest
professional standards. The AIA provides
members with tools and resources to assist
them in their careers and business as well as
engaging civic and government leaders and
the public to find solutions to pressing issues
facing our communities, institutions, nation
and world. Visit www.aia.org.

Westech Building Products, a Westlake
company, showcased its new variegated
fence profiles product line at FENCETECH
2018 industry conference.
With recent homeowner trends leaning toward wood tones and more natural
looks, Westech has been diligently working
to develop a quality color line of variegated
profiles. "We are pleased to announce a
natural extension for our product offering
and we are excited to bring to market our
first two colors," stated Westech General

ARCHITECTURE BILLINGS
CONTINUE GROWTH INTO 2018
2018 started on a strong note for architecture firms, as the Architecture Billings
Index (ABI) saw its highest January score
since 2007. The American Institute of
Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI
score was 54.7, up from a score of 52.8 in
the previous month. This score reflects
an increase in design services provided by
U.S. architecture firms (any score above 50
indicates an increase in billings). The new
projects inquiry index was 61.1, down from
a reading of 62.0 the previous month, while
the new design contracts index increased
slightly from 53.4 to 53.9.
"Healthy conditions continue across all
sectors and regions except the Northeast,
where firm billings softened for the second consecutive month," said AIA Chief
Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA,
PhD. "With strong billings and healthy
growth in new projects to start the
year, firms remain generally optimistic
about business conditions for the next
several months."
Every January the AIA research department updates the seasonal factors used to
calculate the ABI, resulting in a revision of
recent ABI values.

www.americanfenceassociation.com | 23 | March/April 2018


http://www.westechbp.com http://www.aia.org http://www.americanfenceassociation.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - March/April 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS | CHAPTER PRESIDENTS COMMITTEE
FENCELINES
IN MEMORIAM
FENCE PROFESSIONALS FLOCK TO PHOENIX FOR FENCETECH 2018
ON THE FENCE
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
CANINE CRIBS
SAFETY IN PARADISE
AFA BESTOWS TOP HONORS AT FENCETECH 2018
VMA
WORKPLACE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR
MEMBER SAVINGS PROGRAM
NEW MEMBERS
MEMBERS ON THE MOVE
CALENDAR
CHAPTER NEWS
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - Intro
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - cover1
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - cover2
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 3
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 4
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 5
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 6
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 7
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 8
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 9
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 10
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 11
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 12
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - EDITOR’S NOTE
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 14
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 16
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 18
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS | CHAPTER PRESIDENTS COMMITTEE
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - FENCELINES
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 21
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 22
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 23
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 24
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 25
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - IN MEMORIAM
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 27
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - FENCE PROFESSIONALS FLOCK TO PHOENIX FOR FENCETECH 2018
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 29
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - ON THE FENCE
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 31
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 32
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 33
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 34
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 35
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 37
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - CANINE CRIBS
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 39
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - SAFETY IN PARADISE
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 41
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 42
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 43
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 44
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 45
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - AFA BESTOWS TOP HONORS AT FENCETECH 2018
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 47
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 48
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 49
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 50
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 51
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 52
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - VMA
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - WORKPLACE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 55
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 56
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 57
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 58
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - MEMBER SAVINGS PROGRAM
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - NEW MEMBERS
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 61
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 62
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - CALENDAR
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - CHAPTER NEWS
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - 65
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - cover3
Fencepost - March/April 2018 - cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0318
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0218
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0118
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0617
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0517
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0417
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0317
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0217
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0117
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0616
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0516
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0416
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0316
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0216
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/FENS/FENS0116
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com