Event to Highlight Benefits and Innovations in Building Products

North American Wood Window and Door Symposium to be held April 18th-19th


(MPLS, MN) - The North American Wood Window and Door Symposium will be held April 18th-19th at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville, Minn. Industry professionals, architects, contractors, designers, researchers, and policy makers who influence construction materials selection are encouraged to register. The regional chapter of the Forest Products Society (FPS), in conjunction with FPS International, is organizing the symposium to educate attendees of the benefits of wood fenestration as well as instruction in optimal performance of these products.


Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, will speak at the event and address the topic of sustainable forestry during the morning session on April 19th. Kathryn is a forester and experienced forest certification auditor who has inspected forest management practices throughout the United States. Dovetail Partners is a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization that provides environmental information.


"Whether being made into windows, doors, or other products, it is good to know wood is coming from forests that are being cared for in a meaningful way, by thoughtful professionals using the best available science and public input," says Fernholz.


In many regions, wood is a locally available resource that appeals esthetically, environmentally, and economically. This symposium will highlight new wood technologies and applications from global leaders in fenestration, which pertains to the design of windows and other exterior openings of a building.


“We are anticipating high level presentations and discussion on life cycle analysis and environmental product declarations,” said Patrick Donahue, program director at the Natural Resources Research Institute, one of the top sponsors of the event. “There are exciting new designs and market opportunities to explore and wood should be a major player in this arena.”


Participants can register for this event at www.forestprod.org, under the “Events” tab. For more information contact Megan Cuccia, megan@forestprod.org, 608-231-1361 ext. 216 or Patrick Donahue, pdonahue@d.umn.edu, 218-390-4780.


To learn more about the symposium program, registration and location visithttp://www.forestprod.org/wooddoorsymposium.




About Dovetail Partners

Dovetail Partners provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives. Dovetail is a highly skilled team that fosters sustainability and responsible behaviors by collaborating to develop unique concepts, systems, models and programs. Dovetail Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.


About the Forest Products Society

The Forest Products Society is an international not-for-profit technical association founded in 1947 to provide an information network for all segments of the forest products industry. The Forest Products Society contributes to global stewardship by encouraging the social, economic and environmentally sustainable use of wood and other renewable cellulosic materials.