Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Reduces Embodied Carbon

On January 1, 2021, Canada and several U.S. states enacted stringent new environmental regulations to address concerns about high-Global Warming Potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blowing agents. With this change, sustainability and smart material performance are coming together in FOAMULAR NGX (Next Generation Extruded) insulation. Developed by Owens Corning, the latest innovation in extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation contains a proprietary blowing agent that completely eliminates HFC 134a. FOAMULAR NGX delivers a 90 percent reduction in blowing agent GWP compared to legacy FOAMULAR insulation and is optimized to demonstrate a greater than 80 percent reduction in embodied carbon. 

Owens Corning’s efforts to achieve a higher level of sustainability in rigid foam building materials predate this latest regulatory moment. More than six years of research and development and the evaluation of over 100 blowing agent formulations support the introduction of FOAMULAR NGX. In developing the new insulation, research and development teams sought to reduce the blowing agent’s GWP without sacrificing the material’s many performance attributes including high R-value per inch, a wide range of compressive strengths, superior moisture resistance and durability. 

Manufactured with patented Hydrovac technology, FOAMULAR NGX is highly resistant to moisture and retains its high R-value even after prolonged exposure to moisture and freeze/thaw cycling. The product is available in many compressive strengths, up to 100 psi, and is well suited to applications across the enclosure, from load-bearing vegetative roofs and foundational supports to wall assemblies. And as a further measure of confidence, FOAMULAR NGX offers a limited lifetime warranty guaranteeing a minimum 90 percent of R-value for the life of the product.

The sustainability profile of FOAMULAR NGX is validated by a third-party verified Environmental Product Declaration and Optimization Report. A greater than 80 percent reduction in GWP qualifies FOAMULAR NGX as 1.5 products towards LEED 4.1 points for Options 1 and 2 under the Materials and Resources: Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). As a widely recognized standard of sustainability, the EPD can provide even more incentives to integrate sustainability features into the commercial enclosure, such as vegetative roof assemblies or below-grade use. Specifying and installing FOAMULAR NGX can help builders achieve U.S. green building program certifications including LEED, the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR, and the National Home Builders’ National Green Building Standard ICC 700-2008. 

The manufacturing process and material content of FOAMULAR NGX also support sustainability. Manufactured with 100 percent wind electricity, the product is GREENGUARD Gold certified, reusable, and certified by Scientific Certification Systems to contain a minimum of 20 percent recycled polystyrene. 

The potential for this innovation to reduce environmental pressure on the planet can be more fully appreciated when viewed through the lens of more commonly discussed energy metrics. 
Owens Corning’s sustainability team used an environmental calculator to evaluate how switching from a competitive XPS product could reduce GWP. The reduction potential is dramatic. For every 1 million board feet (BFT) of FOAMULAR NGX consumed versus the leading competitor, CO2 levels are reduced by 6,966 metric tons on average. To put the savings in context, that’s like taking 1,500 cars off the road for a year. (EPA. March 2020. Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator.) 

FOAMULAR NGX is Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Listed and Factory Mutual (FM) approved. Retaining its same, iconic Pink color, FOAMULAR NGX is now available to order in all U.S. states and Canada.

More information and an interactive map that tracks state-by-state environmental regulations to lower the GWP levels of blowing agents is available on the Owens Corning FOAMULAR® NGX™ resource page.

For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com.

Roofing Alliance Funds Mississippi State Virtual Reality Safety Research

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) celebrating its 25th year, is funding a research program through Mississippi State University (MSU) for virtual reality and safety research. A team from MSU is working with a Roofing Alliance task force to develop a virtual reality training module that will help the roofing industry focus on ladder safety and overall assessment of rooftop safety.

Roofing Alliance task force members have been holding virtual meetings with the Mississippi State University team as the project progresses. The first steps were to identify topics for the virtual reality module(s) being developed. Two main areas were selected: ladder safety and an overall assessment of rooftop safety. The programs are aimed at new hires and entry-level workers with no prior experience. Participants using VR will experience what it feels like to climb a relatively tall ladder and understand some of the key concepts of ladder safety. The task team has also worked with MSU to develop a BIM model strategy for the research and deliverables.

“It’s intended to be part of a new hire’s onboard training before they actually go up on the roof,” stated Josh Kelly, task force chair. “We provided faculty with some elements that are to be included such as assessing the jobsite for best ladder location, selecting which ladder to use based on building height and weight rating, inspecting the ladder, setting it up and securing it.”

The funding request was submitted by Dr. Saeed Rokooei, an assistant professor at Mississippi State University. The proposal named “Evaluating the Efficacy of Virtual Reality Technology for Improving the Roofing Construction Workers’ Safety” was approved for funding in April of 2020.

For more information on how to submit funding requests, current funding projects or the Roofing Alliance 25th Anniversary contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net or visit www.roofingalliance.net.

MetalForming Hires New President and COO

MetalForming Inc. (MFI) has chosen Dr. William Drury, an engineer and entrepreneur with an award-winning record of outstanding customer service, as the company’s new president and chief operating officer. Company founder Geoff Stone will continue as MetalForming’s CEO.

MetalForming is the largest distributor of metal folding machines in the world and the largest supplier of high-end architectural sheet metal machines in North America. The company also provides software, communications, training and consulting services.

Dr. Drury, 57, has a significant history as an entrepreneur and brings to his new job a wealth of experience managing and leading a private company through all phases of growth and development.

In 1993, while pursuing his doctorate at Georgia Tech in materials science, Drury and a fellow student started a company, Custom Molded Products, LLC in their dorm room. They started with one simple idea: “Take care of our customers and they will take care of us.” CMP since then has become the largest supplier of spa industry components in the world and an award-winning pool products supplier. The company now employs more than 700 employees, operates in multiple countries and has been recognized time and again for its customer service. 

Dr. Drury sold most of his interest in CMP to private equity in 2013, but he continued as CEO until a couple of years ago. He largely retired then but still has a role as chairman.

Geoff Stone said his daughter, Abigail Stone, MFI’s vice president of customer relations, was the person who brought Drury to his attention, having worked for him previously. He said Dr. Drury became a member of MetalForming’s board of directors just under two years ago, which gave him a jump start on getting to know the company. Dr. Drury said he became a big fan of “the outstanding team” at MFI and thought the company represented a good match for his skill set. After discussions with Stone and the board during the summer, he took on the role as president and COO on September 1, 2020.  

“He has a huge intellectual curiosity,” Stone said. “He brings both entrepreneurial interest and organizational skills, and he really loves our family orientation.” For Stone, the definition of family extends to include MFI employees and its vendors.

Quality customer service has always been a key element of MetalForming’s DNA. The company focuses on helping customers optimize both job site and factory operations in ways that reduce waste, increase revenue and efficiently position them to meet the “just-in-time” needs of today’s metal fabricating businesses.

MetalForming also has grown rapidly in recent years, and Dr. Drury’s hiring reflects its commitment to making sure that the personalized customer support it is known for keeps pace with that growth.

“MFI is the acknowledged leader in terms of technology and equipment for the metalforming equipment manufacturers they represent,” said Dr. Drury. “My area is to take a company that is already successful and standardize the processes. Make it more consistent and efficient. 

“As a company grows, you need to evolve. We want to install processes that are suitable not only for a company that is MFI’s current scale but also for the scale we hope to achieve in the not too distant future.”

Ultimately, he said, “What we are after is the best of both worlds. We want to maintain the personal relationships and the personal touch. At the same time, behind the scenes, we want the operations to run smoothly and efficiently. I hope customers will start to see the impact of more rigorous process management by early next year.” 

Dr. Drury noted that although he spent a lot of his career working in the plastic industry, his master’s degree is in metallurgical engineering, and so coming back to metals is a nice way “to close the loop” on his career interests. 

Stone, who is 71, said Dr. Drury’s hiring is part of a leadership transition process, but he anticipates continuing with MetalForming for years to come, focusing more on sales as Dr. Drury digs into operations.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Stone said, “to have a person of Bill’s caliber on board, who also shares our cultural values. It’s an amazing fit.”

For more information, visit https://www.metalforming-usa.com

MCA Winter Meeting To Be Held Virtually, February 2-4

The Metal Construction Association’s 2021 Winter Meeting will be virtual this year on February 2- 4. The meeting is one of the metal industry’s most valuable opportunities to network with leaders in metal construction and obtain important industry and technical updates. The event is sponsored by ATAS International, Inc., Roof Hugger, Triangle Fastener and Tuschall Engineering. GSSI Sealants is sponsoring the meeting’s general session.

Key sessions at the conference include an opening general session, with a panel discussion on the state of the economy and industry expectations for the coming year. Other sessions include: the fundamentals of rainscreen design, with a Q&A session on the growing use of rainscreens across the metal industry; the annual awards presentation, where member companies are recognized for projects exhibiting excellence and achievement for the industry; and the NFPA 285 engineering judgments, where changes to the flame-propagation test for exterior wall assemblies will be examined, and what those changes mean to businesses and the industry as a whole. Along with additional council meetings and other presentations, MCA has included time in the schedule to network with other industry professionals. 

“Our members know the value of our meetings,” said Jeff Henry, MCA’s executive director. “The success of our previous virtual meeting answered the question, ‘Can we make the virtual format work?’ Now we’ve asked ourselves, ‘How do we make the Winter Meeting even better?’ To achieve that, we’ve built more time into discussions in council and committee meetings, so members have the opportunity to play an active role in the decision making and advocacy efforts that can benefit their company.”

 The meeting is open to all industry professionals. This is an opportunity for non-members to take part in the discussions and learn about news and emerging trends in the industry and recognize the benefits of joining MCA.

For more information and the complete schedule of events, visit https://www.metalconstruction.org/winter-meeting-2021.

GAF Energy Continues Leadership Team Expansion with New Executive Hire

GAF Energy, a provider of roof-integrated solar solutions in North America, announced that solar industry veteran Ralph Robinett has joined the leadership team as Vice President of Manufacturing and Deployment.Earlier this year, the company announced three promotions as part of its strategic leadership team expansion to achieve its 2021 growth goals within the rooftop and commercial solar sectors. 

“Ralph is a proven leader in solar, electronics, and semiconductor manufacturing and brings incredible expertise to the company’s innovation efforts,” said Martin DeBono, President of GAF Energy. “I look forward to working closely with him to continue the company’s success.”

 “GAF Energy has changed the way rooftop solar and roofing intersect to bring a high-quality and attractive product to a broad consumer base across the U.S.,” said Robinett. “The decision to join the team was an easy one. I am thrilled to enter the new year with the company and continue to advance the deployment of our industry-leading solar roof system, particularly with an emphasis on U.S.-based manufacturing.”

Before joining GAF Energy, Robinett held senior leadership positions in global operations, manufacturing, engineering, and quality in the solar, electronics, and semiconductor industries. Most recently, Robinett was Vice President of Operations at Celestica. He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin.

The hire is the latest expansion for the growing company. In the last year, GAF Energy has announced several innovations in their industry-leading roof-integrated solar, including ultra-high efficiency panelsflexible size configurations, and partnerships with some of the largest roofers in the country. 

For more information, visit www.gaf.energy

ICP Building Solutions Group Acquires Gardner-Gibson

Innovative Chemical Products (ICP), a manufacturer and distributor of specialty coatings, adhesives and building envelope solutions, announced today that it has acquired Gardner-Gibson and Sun Coatings, a manufacturer of liquid-applied roof coatings, roofing products, driveway sealers and specialty paints primarily serving professional contractors for commercial and residential applications. The acquisition builds upon ICP Group’s extensive line of building solutions and global distribution network and creates one of the largest privately held coatings and adhesives companies in North America.

“The Gardner-Gibson acquisition and combination with ICP Group will strengthen the product offerings and distribution network for both companies,” said Doug Mattscheck, CEO, ICP Group. “We were strong individually and will be even stronger together as we enhance our portfolio of coatings, adhesives and building envelope solutions. ICP Group welcomes the Gardner-Gibson employees to the ICP family and looks forward to supporting the continued growth of the combined businesses.”

Based in Tampa, Florida, Gardner-Gibson is a provider of liquid-applied roof coatings, roofing products, driveway sealers and specialty paint, and is recognized for its industry-leading brands. With manufacturing and distribution facilities across the United States and Canada, Gardner-Gibson’s products are sold in leading retailers and building supply distributors under the Gardner, Black Jack, APOC and Dyco brands.

The integration of Gardner-Gibson into ICP’s Building Solutions Group unites premier brands to offer a wide range of products for roofing, building envelope and flooring applications primarily serving commercial facilities and repair and maintenance applications.

“ICP Group has the infrastructure, networks and experience to take Gardner-Gibson to new levels of success,” said Sean Hyer, CEO, Gardner-Gibson. “We’re looking forward to working together and delivering more value to our customers, retail partners and distributors for years to come. It’s an exciting time to be at Gardner-Gibson as we enter this new era of innovation and product expansion with ICP.”

Lazard Middle Market served as financial advisor and Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal counsel to Gardner-Gibson on the transaction. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to ICP Group on the transaction, and J.P. Morgan, BMO, Antares Capital and Goldman Sachs provided the financing.

For more information about ICP, visit www.icpgroup.com.

NRCA Releases Updated Roof Coatings Guide

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released NRCA Guidelines for the Application of Roof Coatings. The new guide updates the 2015 guide and serves as a reference for roof coating designers and installers.

The guide provides technical information about the application of various types of roof coating systems, preparations necessary for their successful performance and quality control guidelines for on-site evaluation. Also included are best practice guidelines for the application of common roof coatings to various types of roof surfaces, such as membrane roof systems or existing coating systems.

 The guide has been reorganized to more closely follow the chronological order of events surrounding the roof coating process, and terms and definitions have been modified, added or removed to better capture the wide range of applications currently available for roof coatings. Step-by-step guidance on some quality control and quality assurance procedures also have been added.

 Hard copies of NRCA Guidelines for the Application of Roof Coatings are available at nrca.net/shop. NRCA members can download the guide for free in electronic format.

LafargeHolcim to Acquire Firestone Building Products from Bridgestone Americas

LafargeHolcim has signed an agreement to acquire Firestone Building Products (FSBP). LafargeHolcim is a global building materials and solutions provider based in Switzerland.

Jan Jenisch, LafargeHolcim CEO, said, “I am excited to be entering the highly attractive roofing business. With Firestone Building Products we are strengthening our biggest market, the U.S., while also building a global growth and innovation platform for the company. Today’s milestone is a strategic leap on our journey to become the global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, to build a world that works for people and the planet. I have great respect for the high-caliber leadership and expertise of the Firestone Building Products’ team and look forward to welcoming them into the LafargeHolcim family.”

Paolo Ferrari, Bridgestone Americas President, CEO and COO, said, “This transaction will create new growth opportunities for Firestone Building Products and allow Bridgestone to focus its resources to further invest in the company’s tire business and rapidly growing mobility solutions business. Like Bridgestone, LafargeHolcim is a global company with a strong financial position and thriving culture. We know they will take great care of our Firestone Building Products employees and customers, and ensure the business enjoys growth and success for many years to come.” 

Taylor Cole, Firestone Building Products President, said, “Today is a big moment for the Firestone Building Products team as we look forward to becoming part of the global leader in building materials and solutions. Together, we are in a prime position to accelerate our growth by combining Firestone Building Products’ advanced technologies and know-how with LafargeHolcim’s global scale and reach.”

Founded in 1980, Firestone Building Products (FSBP) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas and part of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader providing tires and sustainable mobility solutions that create social and customer value. The acquisition of FSBP will strengthen LafargeHolcim’s biggest market, the United States, establishing a new growth profile, reaching $6 billion in annual net sales. Building on FSBP’s strong organic growth, LafargeHolcim expects to accelerate its leadership through cross-selling opportunities and further bolt-on acquisitions. LafargeHolcim also aims to swiftly globalize the business, leveraging its European and Latin American footprint. 

With up to 60 percent of buildings’ energy lost through roofs, FSBP plays an instrumental role in mitigating this process with its industry-leading technologies, including cool roofs, insulation and waterproofing systems. In addition, its green roofs contribute to more sustainable urban environments. These technologies complement LafargeHolcim’s sustainable building solutions, from its ECOPact green concrete to its EcoLabel range, accelerating the company’s net zero commitment. With this acquisition, LafargeHolcim will add 15 manufacturing facilities, 1,800 distribution points, and three R&D laboratories to its network. Upon completion of the sale, FSBP will continue to be headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and all 1,900 FSBP employees will transition to LafargeHolcim.

For more information, visit www.lafargeholcim.com

Premium Coverboard For FM Global’s Very Severe Hail Standard

Georgia-Pacific launches DensDeck StormX Prime Roof Board, the first high-performance gypsum roof coverboard designed to help prepare commercial rooftops to hold tough under the dangers of impact and puncture caused by very severe hail conditions. The product, which is classified for use in approved assemblies meeting FM Global’s Very Severe Hail Standard set in 2019, is available nationwide. 

“DensDeck StormX Prime Roof Board is the premium choice in our product portfolio and the latest advancement in roof assembly preservation from Georgia-Pacific,” said Mikael Kuronon, director of product management, roofs, at Georgia-Pacific Building Products. “If your building is in a very severe hail zone or is frequently confronted by the intense moisture of hurricanes, you need a roof board that stands up to attack. This new option is classified for use in approved assemblies meeting the FM Global Standard for withstanding very severe hail, making it a stronger, more durable, premium roof board. DensDeck StormX Prime Roof Board is your roof risk mitigator.”

Over the past eight decades, multiple factors have combined to raise the risk of experiencing a severe storm. More people and property are in the path of severe weather than ever before, with an estimated 75 percent of American cities experiencing a hail storm annually. Since 1960, there has been a 400 percent increase in weather-related disaster losses. 

Through the benefits integration of DensDecK Prime with EONIC Technology and innovative product development, the use of DensDeck StormX Prime Roof Board helps enable structures to meet the FM Global Very Severe Hail Standard while simultaneously enhancing assembly protection. (See release notes for additional information.) DensDeck StormX Prime Roof Board is the market standard for ultimate hail defense, the preeminent choice against impact resistance and increased moisture resistance. 

“The unique combination of the GP legacy, plus the FM Global classification for Very Severe Hail, plus the extensive use applications combine to create a unique, premium, product choice,” continued Kuronon. 

DensDeck StormX Prime Roof Board is the perfect solution for structures within the Very Severe Hail zone, located across Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska. New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. 

Proprietary engineering enables DensDeck StormX Prime Roof Board to not only prepare a roof to adapt to severe weather events, but to recover from them.

A dedication to advancement by Georgia-Pacific continues to bring new innovations to a product line with a noble history. Since its invention in 1987, DensDeck® Roof Board has set new performance standards for roof assemblies. A dedication to advancement continues to bring new innovations to a product line with a noble history.

DensDeck StormX Prime Roof Board builds on this legacy by innovating on impact resistance. DensDeck StormX Prime Roof Board joins DensDeck Prime with EONIC Technology as the only gypsum roof board with manufacturing specifications that include five percent total water resistance by weight and one gram surface water absorption performance on both sides of the board. 

For complete information on DensDeck StormX Prime Roof Board, to include technical specifications, https://buildgp.com/densdeck/solutions/densdeck-stormx/

For more information about the company, visit www.buildgp.com

Solar Systems Designed for Integration With Asphalt Shingle and Concrete Tile Roofs

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CertainTeed offers Apollo II and Apollo Tile II solar roofing. Both the Apollo II (asphalt shingle-integrated) and Apollo Tile II (concrete tile-integrated) solar roofing systems are engineered for seamless integration with new or existing roof systems. Each all-black solar module offers 63 watts of rated power. Once installed, these solar roofing systems provide a sleek, low-profile aesthetic. Modules are fastened directly to roof sheathing using standard deck screws. Additional installer-friendly features include simple flashing, plug-and-play connectors and built-in wire management. Apollo II systems are durable — rated to withstand loading of up to 250 pounds per square foot — and are certified for both roofing safety (UL1703) and solar performance (IEC61215). They are also backed by product and installation workmanship warranties of up to 25 years when installed by a CertainTeed-credentialed installer. With the highest wind rating available for roofing systems, they can be installed in any wind zone in the country, including Florida’s high-velocity hurricane zones. Water management features are built into the modules to enhance protection against water intrusion.

For more information, visit https://www.certainteed.com/solar.