SPRI Releases Retrofit Drain Standard and Plans to Canvass ANSI/SPRI IA-1

SPRI, the association representing sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry, announced that its ANSI/SPRI RD-1 “Performance Standard for Retrofit Drains” document has been revised and reaffirmed as an American National Standard. 

ANSI/SPRI RD-1 is a reference for those who design, specify or install retrofit roof drains, which are designed for installation in existing drain plumbing on existing roofs. This standard does not include consideration of all roof storm water drainage code requirements for specific building sites. 

SPRI developed the ANSI/SPRI RD-1 standard for use by architects, engineers, consultants, roofing contractors and property owners of low-slope roofing systems in 2004, and it was last revised and re-approved as an ANSI standard in 2014. The standard is now available for download at no cost at www.spri.org

In addition, SPRI announced that it is reviewing ANSI/SPRI IA-1 “Standard Field Test Procedure for Determining the Mechanical Uplift Resistance of Insulation Adhesives over Various Substrates” and plans to canvass the document for re-affirmation as an American National Standard in the coming months. 

This standard specifies a field-testing procedure to determine the mechanical uplift resistance of specific roof insulation/adhesive combinations. The testing procedure, which encompasses 

various types of adhesives, substrates and insulations, was first approved as a national standard in 2005 and again in 2010 and 2014. 

IA-1 is being re-canvassed as required by the American National Standards Institute’s policy that all National Standards must be re-evaluated every five years. Interested party may participate in the canvass process by e-mailing SPRI’s headquarters at info@spri.org or by calling 781-647-7026.

OMG Roofing Products Names Solar Business Manager

OMG Roofing Products has hired Kevin Kervick as solar products business manager, reporting to Adam Cincotta, director of the company’s Adhesives/Solar Business Unit.

In his new role, Kevin is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for the company’s solar business, as well as for managing solar sales, product development and profitability.

For the past four years, Kevin has been a sales and marketing consultant, most recently working with the Spencer Brewery, a start-up venture. Earlier he was owner and chief marketing officer for the Bassette Company, a commercial printing and marketing company based in Springfield, Mass. 

Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Babson College.

For more information, visit OMGRoofing.com.

Upgraded Flashing Offers Longer UV Protection

TAMKO Building Products LLC offers the newly-upgraded TW-105 Flashing Membrane, which features white polymer surface film technology that gives the product increased UV resistance. According to the manufacturer, this new generation of TW-105 increases the UV resistance from the original 60 days to an extended length of 180 days.

“We’re always looking for ways to provide contractors with the products they need and these improvements offer TAMKO contractors more flexibility in their project timelines,” said Stephen McNally, TAMKO’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

TW-105 Flashing is a self-adhering SBS-modified bitumen membrane used for balcony and breezeway details in conjunction with TAMKO’s TW-60 Self-Adhering Waterproofing Membrane, TWM-1 Mastic, and either TWP-1 Adhesive Primer, TWP-2 Water-Based Adhesive Primer or TWP-LV1 Low VOC Adhesive Primer – all part of TAMKO’s waterproofing product line. Additionally, TW-105 Flashing may be installed at wall/floor intersections and other transition locations. 

TW-105 Flashing is available in 12-inch by 40-foot rolls and each carton contains two 40-foot rolls for a total of 80 feet of length per carton. The product comes with a 5-year Limited Warranty and Arbitration Agreement. It is manufactured in Columbus, Kansas, and is available for shipping across the United States. 

For more information, visit www.TAMKOwaterproofing.com.

New Aluminum-Framed, Monumental Glass Skylight System

EXTECH/Exterior Technologies Inc. expands its skylight product offering with a new SKYGARD 2500 Series aluminum-framed, monumental glass skylight system. Available in pyramid, single slope and ridge configurations, EXTECH’s new skylight complements commercial, institutional and industrial building designs.

“Our skylight not only supports projects’ daylighting design strategies for occupant comfort and wellness, but also cost-effective fabrication, installation and maintenance. Most notably, the SKYGARD 2500 is engineered with separate gutters to control condensation and leakage,” said Jim Leslie, general manager of EXTECH.

All of EXTECH’s systems are manufactured at its facility in Pittsburgh. The SKYGARD 2500 skylight system accepts glass up to 1-5/16 inches thick, including monolithic or insulated glass units. Optional glass coatings and custom silk-screen patterns help to diffuse the direct top-lighting and to control unwanted solar heat gain.

EXTECH’s 2500 SKYGARD skylight is offered as a silicon butt-glazed system to accommodate both intermediate joints between glazing panels, and joints at the sills. Conventional aluminum cover caps also are available.

The new SKYGARD 25000 skylight system has passed industry-standard testing for air infiltration per ASTM E-283 to 12 psf and water infiltration per ASTM D-331 to 15 psf. Structural performance testing demonstrated the system can meet or exceed ASTM E-330 deflection of less than L/250 at 60 psf.

Contributing to project performance and sustainable design goals, the system uses recycled aluminum as standard in 3-, 5- and 8-inch framing depths to accommodate projects of all sizes. The aluminum framing can be thermally improved and finished in a durable anodize, baked enamel or high-performance PVDF fluoropolymer coatings. After its useful life as part of the skylight, the metal is 100 percent recyclable.

To order a sample and learn about EXTECH’s SKYGARD 2500, visit https://extechinc.com/skygard-2500-glass-skylight.

For more information, visit https://extechinc.com.

ARMA Releases 2019 Third Quarter Report on Asphalt Roofing Product Shipments

Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has released its Quarterly Product Shipment Report, covering asphalt roofing product shipments in the United States and Canada in the third quarter of 2019. The report includes year-to-date shipment information and a comparison with the prior year’s data.

“ARMA’s shipment report provides interested parties with direct insight into the asphalt roofing industry, and complimentary access is a valued ARMA member benefit,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock. “Companies that are not members of ARMA may examine the free quarterly summaries and those ineligible for ARMA membership can subscribe to the full, detailed report on the ARMA website.”

Roofing product shipment data is collected from participating manufacturers by an independent third party, Association Research Inc., and aggregated to create this report.

For more information, visit www.asphaltroofing.org.

Metl-Span Features Top Projects in 2020 Calendar

Metl-Span has compiled its annual list of Projects of the Month and is featuring them in its 2020 calendar. The Project of the Year, featured on the cover, is the 54 Middlesex office building renovation in Bedford, Massachusetts. Metl-Span provided approximately 16,000 square feet of 3-inch CF Architectural insulated metal panels in 24-inch and 36-inch widths. The IMPs, with a 22-gauge exterior skin and 26-gauge interior skin, were installed over an existing split-face masonry wall with a custom clip, to metal studs. Half of the panels were Regal Gray and half were Polar White. IMPs provided a fresh look to a dated office building which is now a source of pride for the employees and surrounding area.

“Architects and installers continue to use Metl-Span insulated metal panels to construct what turn out to be their signature projects, which rejuvenate communities,” said Amanda Storer, Director Brand Marketing at Metl-Span. “Insulated metal panels are becoming more and more popular in a variety of construction markets, from schools to offices to recreational facilities. Durability, aesthetic variety and performance are a few of the reasons IMP usage is growing.”

Other winning projects featured in the 2020 Metl-Span calendar include the EFI Inkjet office in Londonderry, New Hampshire; Home2Suites by Hilton in Chicago; Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley, Massachusetts; Zialena Winery in Geyserville, California; Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Amazon in Spokane, Washington; North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey; Sofidel America in Circleville, Ohio; Boston Medflight Hangar in Bedford, Massachusetts; High Point Climbing and Fitness in Memphis, Tennessee; and Atlantic Aviation PDK in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more detailed information on these projects, please visit www.metlspan.com.

BUILD Magazine Names NRCA Most Trusted Construction Trade Association

BUILD magazine has named the National Roofing Contractors Association the Most Trusted Construction Trade Association as part of its Construction & Engineering Awards 2019.

According to BUILD magazine, the Construction & Engineering Awards honor companies and organizations in the construction and engineering sector who form the backbone of the industry, working daily to build a better future for all.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Since 1886, NRCA has responded to its members’ needs and worked to improve the roofing industry for all stakeholders. For more than a century, we have built our reputation around the trust of those in the greatest industry in construction. Thank you, BUILD magazine, for this recognition.”

To learn more about the awards or to view BUILD magazine’s full winners list, click here.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

ARMA Announces New Deadline for 2020 Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has announced that submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program. ARMA invites all roofing contractors to submit their best steep and low-slope asphalt roofing projects from the past three years for consideration by December 1, 2019. 

“Our program keeps growing as roofing contractors continue executing some amazing and innovative projects they are proud to submit for recognition,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “Moving the application deadline up to December 1 gives our judges more time to consider what we anticipate will be an increased number of submissions over previous years.” 

In addition to the revised deadline, several small enhancements have been made that contractors should keep in mind when working on their program entries: 

  • New Judging Criteria – Projects will be judged on four categories: Reasons for Selecting Asphalt, Performance, Beauty, and Distinction. 
  • Expanded Scoring Range – Projects will now be scored on a scale of 1 (poor) through 10 (extraordinary) where previously the maximum score was 5. 

ARMA will present the winning companies with their awards on the trade show floor during the 2020 International Roofing Expo, which will be held February 4-6 in Dallas. Winners will receive a monetary prize (Gold – $2,000; Silver – $1,000; Bronze – $500), plus recognition in national trade media, local media, and on ARMA’s website and social media. There is no limit to the number of entries a company may submit as long as each project meets the program criteria. 

Contractors are encouraged to review ARMA’s submission tips, and the What’s New one-pager to help navigate the application process. Visit the ARMA website to learn more, and to apply by December 1. 

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is the North American trade association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of bituminous-based residential and commercial fiberglass roofing products, roll roofing, built-up (BUR) roofing systems and modified bitumen roofing systems.

For more information, please visit www.asphaltroofing.org.

Heated Apparel Designed to Help Workers Cope With Winter Conditions

Gobi Heat apparel launches the company’s new Duck Cotton Workwear jacket and vest. The jacket and vest are heated using a compact battery that is both comfortable and discreet, offering up to 9 hours of battery life. There are three heat settings: low, medium, and high.

The jacket is made from 13.4 oz. Duck Cotton Material and features built-in shoulder gussets for maximum flexibility, nylon interior, elastic cuffs, and a removable hood. The company also offers heated beanies, which are made of cotton/acrylic fiber blend material, offer up to 7.5 hours of battery life, and have heat zones over each ear.

For more information, visit www.gobiheat.com.

U.S. Department of Labor Approves New Respirator Fit Testing Protocols to Protect Workers from Airborne Contaminants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that provides employers with two new fit testing protocols for ensuring that employees’ respirators fit properly.

The new protocols are the modified ambient aerosol condensation nuclei counter (CNC) quantitative fit testing protocol for full-facepiece and half-mask elastomeric respirators, and the modified ambient aerosol CNC quantitative fit testing protocol for filtering facepiece respirators.  Both protocols are variations of the original OSHA-approved ambient aerosol CNC protocol, but have fewer test exercises, shorter exercise duration, and a more streamlined sampling sequence.

These two quantitative methods add to the four existing in Appendix A of OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard, which contains mandatory respirator fit-testing protocols that employers must choose from to protect employees from hazardous airborne contaminants. The rule does not require employers in general industries, shipyard employment, and construction to update or replace their current fit testing methods, and does not impose additional costs.

The rule becomes effective September 26, 2019.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.