Educational sessions at the JLC Live conference scheduled for March 21 - 23 in Providence, R.I., will cover a wide range of business and technical topics — including matters of special interest to coastal builders and remodelers.

Weather performance is a critical quality issue in coastal construction, where wind-driven rain is a frequent threat. Thursday, March 21, from 1:30 to 4:30, Carl Hagstrom teaches about flashing techniques for windows, doors, walls, and decks. On Friday, March 22, from 10 to 11:30, Hagstrom is back with a session on wood and moisture. Saturday, March 23, at 7 AM, Connecticut builder Mike Guertin offers instruction about decorative wood shingling for sidewalls. And contractors who have experienced this winter’s storms might want to attend Matthew Jancek’s 9 AM Saturday morning session, “Ice Dams are Easy,” covering “how to identify and eliminate common causes of ice dams and related roof leaks, how to find solutions for complex roofs, what to do and what not to do when responding to an ice dam ‘emergency,’ and how to use ice dam repair and warranty as a marketing tool to get more business.”

That’s just the tip of the educational iceberg. A searchable list of all the conference sessions is at this link (“Search Conference Sessions for JLC LIVE New England”). JLC Live also includes an exhibit hall loaded with product presentations and hands-on demonstrations of tools and materials: a searchable list of exhibitors is found at this link (“Search Exhibitors for JLC LIVE New England 2013”). There’s still time to get low early-bird rates for the show and conference: learn more at this link (“Registration Overview for JLC LIVE New England”).