Membrane System Reflects Sunlight to Reduce Impact of IR Rays

Kemperol Reflect 2K FR, a cold, liquid-applied reinforced cool roofing system that can improve building energy efficiency, was introduced by Kemper System America Inc.

Kemperol Reflect 2K FR, a cold, liquid-applied reinforced cool roofing system that can improve building energy efficiency, was introduced by Kemper System America Inc.

Kemperol Reflect 2K FR, a cold, liquid-applied reinforced cool roofing system that can improve building energy efficiency, was introduced by Kemper System America Inc.

The bright white surface helps reflect sunlight and reduce the impact of infrared (IR) rays that can tax building cooling systems.

The easy-to-apply, fully-reinforced membrane is applied the same way as Kemper System’s Kemperol 2K-PUR solvent- and odor-free system, but the liquid waterproofing pours out white and dries to a bright white finish. Because no topcoat is necessary, labor costs and installation time are reduced.

The cool roof resin membrane system consists of 70 percent renewable resources, is fire rated for Class-A assemblies, and is odor-free and low-VOC.

Kemperol Reflect 2K FR extends Kemper System’s efforts to support sustainable design. It works for exposed roofs where reflectivity can make a major impact on building energy demands, and it offers many of the same advantages as the Kemperol 2K-PUR system, popular for ‘Green Roofs’ and ‘Blue Roofs’.

The product was tested in Europe and proven valuable on ‘cool roofs’ (also known as ‘white roofs’) especially in warmer climates and areas with above average sunshine.

Both Kemperol systems are also both eligible for LEED credits under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.

Kemperol membrane systems fully adhere to substrates, and are self-flashing and self-terminating for easy installation and edge-to-edge protection. They can seal roof perimeters, multiple penetrations and virtually any architectural detail, with extended-warranty protection. They are fully reinforced with 165 polyester fleece which absorbs the resin and can achieve proper membrane thickness in a single layer.

GAF Completes Extensive Roof Replacement Project at Corporate Headquarters

GAF has completed an extensive roof replacement project at its new corporate headquarters at 1 Campus Drive in Parsippany, N.J. GAF has been relocating to the new property, which has been completely renovated with quality products in all areas—including, of course, the roof.

GAF worked closely with its Master Select Contractors to ensure the installation of an energy-efficient roofing system at 1 Campus Drive. The system included GAF’s RUBEROID HW 25 Smooth Membrane, EnergyGuard Polyiso Insulation (for high insulation value), and EnergyGuard HD Cover Board (which offers a high R-value and impact resistance). It also included GAF’s single-ply membrane, EverGuard Extreme Fleece-back TPO Membrane. GAF is proud of how EverGuard Extreme Fleece-back TPO Membrane outperforms competitive TPO membranes (based on heat-aging tests), and backs it with a commercial roofing guarantee.

As GAF prepared to move into its corporate headquarters, it was imperative to make sure they had a durable, energy-efficient and easy-to-install roofing system. The combination of GAF EverGuard Extreme Fleece-back TPO Membrane in 2-Part Roofing Adhesive over EnergyGuard HD Cover Board and EnergyGuard Polyiso Insulation set in Olybond, along with RUBEROID HW 25 Smooth Membrane was the perfect system to keep its building dry and comfortable for years to come.

When using EverGuard Extreme Fleece-Back TPO Membrane with Low-Rise Foam Adhesive (compared to EverGuard Extreme Smooth TPO Membrane), the fleece on the back of the membrane provides an added cushioning layer, especially for hail-prone areas. Also, when combining EverGuard Extreme TPO Accessories with EverGuard Extreme Fleece-Back TPO Membrane, it helps save labor (versus field fabrication)—and provides an overall cleaner-looking roof.

MCA Bestows Patrick R. Bush Award to Jeff Irwin of Metl-Span

Jeff Irwin, executive vice president and general manager of the Architectural Panel Division at Metl-Span, was the recipient of the 2015 Patrick R. Bush Award presented at the Metal Construction Association winter meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Patrick R. Bush Service Award recognizes one individual from a member company who has recently made significant volunteer contributions to the MCA.

Irwin is a 35-year veteran in the metal wall and roofing industry and has worked 24 years in the insulated metal panel industry. He currently serves as the chairman of the Insulated Metal Panel Council and has been deeply involved in MCA for two decades, serving on the board of directors and as president, vice president and secretary-treasurer. Irwin was cited for being “committed to the Insulated Metal Panel Council and a strong, consistent supporter of METALCON.”

ModSolar Moves Headquarters to Philadelphia

ModSolar, a creator of technology solutions for the solar professional, has moved its headquarters into Center City, Philadelphia.

ModSolar has moved into the fourth floor of the Belmont Building, at 211 North 13th Street in Philadelphia. The company will occupy the entire floor—9,500 square feet—which is more than five times as large as its previous offices in Ardmore (1,800 square feet).

“We’ve come a long way since the birth of ModSolar in early 2011 from an office in my home, then a small office in Malvern, Penn., to our office in Ardmore, Penn., and now our move into Center City, Philadelphia,” says Mike Dershowitz, founder and chief executive officer of ModSolar.

“Moving into Philadelphia amid the growing technology start-up scene is a direct result of our continuing growth in employees, customers and revenues during the past three years,” says Dershowitz. “We are looking to hire more people this year and being in Philadelphia will be a great advantage in finding new people to join our team.”

ModSolar’s software enables solar providers to produce solar proposals and contracts in less than five minutes, including the company’s patent-pending software that enables placement of panels on an image of the prospect’s roof, as well as the calculation of the return on the solar investment. ModSolar develops software that dramatically reduces the “soft costs” involved in solar sales, solar system design, production of high-quality solar proposals, and all the paperwork surrounding solar installations.

The job growth in the solar industry nationwide is more than 170,000 jobs in the past two years, and is expected to continue in the near term. ModSolar has grown from two employees in 2011 to more than two dozen as of Feb. 15. The company’s move into Center City, Philadelphia will enable ModSolar to add several more employees this year in Philadelphia, as well as support the company’s growth in international markets including England and Germany.

“Prior to 2014, we were doubling our revenue every year,” says Dershowitz. “Our revenue in 2014 was 200 percent of our revenue in 2013, and we are projecting the same percentage growth again in 2015. We are adding more products and services for our customers, and we are adding some new team members in other countries, as well, with increased opportunities to grow ModSolar’s reach in the U.S. and internationally as the solar industry continues to gain prominence. And we continue to grow without any outside financing. Pretty good for a company we started with a $3,500 cash advance on my credit card.”

Currently, close to $40 million per day in solar contracts are being generated through ModSolar’s software platform, representing an estimated 5 percent of the solar market in the U.S. Thousands of ModSolar users produce more than 3,000 solar proposals each week. ModSolar’s corporate clients are major players in the solar industry, including SunEdison, Enphase Energy, GAF, Kyocera and Astrum Solar.

NRCA Mourns Its Former President

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is saddened by the passing of Mike Promen after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Feb. 2 at the age of 72. Promen was former owner of Broadview, Ill.-based Clark Roofing Co. and served as NRCA president from 2001-02.

“His was a remarkable story: turning a small family business into an innovative company,” says NRCA Executive Vice President Bill Good. “More than that, Mike was a great leader who enjoyed life to the fullest.”

In addition to serving as NRCA’s president, Promen also chaired several committees and task forces during his NRCA tenure, including the Membership Committee; Insurance Board of Governors; Education Operating Committee; Public Relations Committee; Headquarters Building Task Force; Audit, Budget and Finance Committee; Convention Committee and Exhibitor Advisory Committee; Affiliate Relations Committee; Energy and Environment Task Force; and Factory Mutual Contractor Approval Standard Task Force.

He also was the 2010 recipient of the J.A. Piper Award, NRCA’s highest honor.

NRCA offers its condolences to his two daughters, Michele Hernandez (wife of NRCA Director Alex Hernandez) and Jennifer Nielsen; four grandchildren, Christopher, Kara, Patrick and Peter; and former wife Judy Promen.

NRCA Announces Officers and Directors at IRE

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced its 2015-16 slate of officers and directors at its 128th annual convention held Feb. 24-26 in New Orleans.

Lindy Ryan, senior vice president of Tecta America Southeast LLC, Sanford, Fla., has been elected NRCA president, and Dennis Conway, principal and vice president of Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas, was elected senior vice president. Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, Texas; Chad Collins, president of Bone Dry Roofing Co., Bogart, Ga.; and Robert Morgan, chief operating officer of Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y., were elected vice presidents.

Additionally, the following were elected NRCA directors:

All 2015-16 officers and directors will assume their roles on June 1, 2015.

Sustainable Home Features a Metal Roof for Durability and Energy Efficiency

A Metal Sales roof system has been chosen to top an ambitious Net-Zero building. Ronda and Nigel Farrar chose to work with Metal Sales on their 3,000-square-foot home in Escondido, Calif. The home overlooks Lake Hodges and was designed to be a model for green design by utilizing commercially available green building products.

The Farrar's dream of achieving a Net-Zero energy design was realized with help from Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.

The Farrar’s dream of achieving a Net-Zero energy design was realized with help from Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.

The Farrars are the owners of the new home and its surrounding sustainable farm. The home is one of San Diego County’s first LEED Platinum homes and is ENERGY STAR qualified. Their dream of achieving a Net-Zero energy design was realized with help from Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.

“We chose a metal roof for our home because it was a sustainable material with a long life expectancy,” explains homeowner Rhonda Farrar. “Compared to other non-metal roofing materials, a metal roof is more durable and lighter, resulting in structural savings when building. Metal roofing also makes our home safer in the event of an earthquake or fire. Due to the reflectivity and energy efficiency of the metal, the roof contributes to a comfortable, energy-efficient living space.”

The home features 5,000 square feet of 24 gauge Magna-Loc standing seam roof panels in Antique Patina from Metal Sales. More than 100 panel colors from Metal Sales are listed with ENERGY STAR and improve energy efficiency by reflecting sunlight. This provides an energy savings by reducing the amount of energy needed for cooling the home. The steel panels are also 100 percent recyclable and contain a high percentage of recycled material. Each of these factors contributes to the home’s LEED Platinum certification.

"We chose a metal roof for our home because it was a sustainable material with a long life expectancy," explains homeowner Rhonda Farrar. "Compared to other non-metal roofing materials, a metal roof is more durable and lighter, resulting in structural savings when building."

“We chose a metal roof for our home because it was a sustainable material with a long life expectancy,” explains homeowner Rhonda Farrar. “Compared to other non-metal roofing materials, a metal roof is more durable and lighter, resulting in structural savings when building.”

“The longevity, reflectivity and energy-efficient qualities of a metal roof make it an ideal choice for a sustainable home,” says Drew Hubbell, owner of Hubbell & Hubbell Architects. “The cool metal roof reflects heat, reducing cooling needs and allowed for easy installation of the photovoltaic panels without penetrating the roof. The standing seam roof also fit the architectural style of the home with an antique patina finish. The simple lines of the roof fit in with the modern design of the home and complements the home’s exterior.”

The project team consisted of homeowners Rhonda and Nigel Farrar; architect Hubbell & Hubbell Architects, San Diego; general contractor Gaitaud Construction, San Diego; and roofing contractor Victor Contracting & Roofing, Escondido. For more information about the Farrar Green Home and Sustainable Farm, visit the Farrar Green Home website.

Self-adhered Underlayment Reduces Installation Time and Costs

Firestone Building Products Co. introduced its CLAD-GARD SA-FR with CoreGard Technology.

Firestone Building Products Co. introduced its CLAD-GARD SA-FR with CoreGard Technology.

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC, a manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive “Roots to Rooftops” product portfolio, introduced its CLAD-GARD SA-FR with CoreGard Technology. The product is a self-adhered, waterproof, UL Class A underlayment and allows for substantial labor and materials savings. It has been strategically engineered to not only protect metal roofing systems from fire, but streamline the installation process.

UL Class A metal roofs protect rooftops, buildings and occupants from the spread of fire, which is key to safeguarding surrounding structures and communities. By offering the fire protection of UL Class A roofing materials in an underlayment, CoreGard Technology reduces installation time, labor costs and the overall number of materials for commercial roofing projects.

To achieve the same fire standard without CLAD-GARD SA-FR with CoreGard Technology, contractors would need to install a separate product, entirely, for their metal roofing systems. Up to six layers of total materials and installation stages would be necessary to accomplish this feat, which is accomplished in just four layers using CLAD-GARD SA-FR underlayment on a metal roofing system.

CLAD-GARD SA-FR with CoreGard Technology is safer, overall, for installers due to its skid-resistant top film. It is also ASTM 1970 approved and self-seals around nails or metal roofing fasteners. In addition, it provides a 120-day exposure. Primer is not required in temperatures of 40 F or higher, making the process a quick and easy one.

CLAD-GARD SA-FR with CoreGard Technology is covered by the Firestone Building Products Platinum Warranty for up to 30 years.

Petersen Aluminum Introduces a Marketing Tool for Construction Professionals

Petersen Aluminum's marketing tool is called Publicize Your Project.

Petersen Aluminum’s marketing tool is called Publicize Your Project.

For construction professionals who have wondered how to get their projects pictured in manufacturer advertisements, on manufacturer web sites, social media pages or published in industry magazines, Petersen Aluminum has built the tool to make it happen. The new marketing tool is called Publicize Your Project, and it’s simple, fast and free. The tool can be accessed on the Publicize Your Project Web page.

Construction professionals who have worked on a project completed in the past two years that includes Petersen Aluminum products are encouraged to submit their project for publicity. All that’s required to submit a project is basic details such as location, building type, products used, completion date plus contact information and at least one photo of the project. Project types can include commercial, educational, medical, office, public/government, retail, mixed-use or residential structures.

Photos of the structures can be amateur in style and taken with a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera. Professional photography also will be accepted. To upload photos and submit a project for consideration, visit http://www.pac-clad.com/publicizeyourproject. The Publicize Your Project page also can be accessed via the Petersen Aluminum home page by clicking on Gallery then Publicize Your Project.

SBS-modified Asphalt Shingle Offers Enhanced Weatherability

NorthGate, a designer asphalt roofing shingle offering manufactured by CertainTeed, boasts an SBS-polymer modifier for enhanced weatherability.

NorthGate, a designer asphalt roofing shingle offering manufactured by CertainTeed, boasts an SBS-polymer modifier for enhanced weatherability.

NorthGate, a designer asphalt roofing shingle offering manufactured by CertainTeed, boasts an SBS-polymer modifier for enhanced weatherability and a rich mixture of surface granules for added aesthetic depth and dimension.

Currently available in the Northwest region of the U.S., NorthGate is designed to endure harsh, cold-weather elements affronting the roof. The shingle’s SBS composition allows it to remain flexible at temperatures as low as 0 F, making it easier to install in cold climates. Plus, the two-piece laminated fiberglass-based shingle meets the requirements of UL 2218 Class 4 for impact resistance.

When tested against a standard asphalt shingle, NorthGate demonstrates a 40 percent improvement in tear strength, a 40 percent improvement in nail pull-through resistance and a 15 percent increase in granule retention.

In addition to its exceptional strength, NorthGate features a rich mixture of surface granules that deliver vibrant, maximum-definition curb appeal and create a dimensional appearance similar to that of natural wood. NorthGate is available in six classic Max Def colors: Burnt Sienna, Granite Gray, Heather Blend, Moire Black, Resawn Shake and Weathered Wood.

The 270 pound-per-square NorthGate comes with a comprehensive lifetime warranty, including a 15-year StreakFighter warranty, 10-year SureStart protection, and 15-year 110 mph wind-resistance warranty. A wind warranty upgrade to 130 mph is available when NorthGate is installed with its companion hip and ridge accessory, NorthGate Ridge and CertainTeed starter shingles.