Alliance Awards $55,000 in Scholarships Through Melvin Kruger Scholarship Program 

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the recipients of its 2017 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, which include five new recipients and the renewal of six scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Alliance awarded two new general scholarships to Nicolas Calvert, son of Edward Calvert, senior engineer, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Wheeling, W.Va., and Sophia McGuire, daughter of Mark McGuire, project manager, AAA Roofing Co., Indianapolis.

In addition, a new Firestone Scholarship has been awarded to Alyssa Merna, sales coordinator, Bloom Roofing System Inc., Brighton, Mich.

A new Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship has also been awarded to Salvador Flores Garcia, son of Jose Flores Estrada, roofer, Alcal Arcade Contracting, Fremont, Calif.

A new OMG Roofing Products Inc. Scholarship has been awarded to Lillian McKenzie, daughter of Christopher McKenzie, salesman, Watts & Associates Roofing, Columbia, S.C.

The Alliance also renewed six Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, including three general scholarships to Jonah Manson, Solon, Iowa, attending Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; Dannelly McKenzie, Columbia, S.C., attending Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.; and Drury Poston, Thomson, Ga., attending Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga.

In addition, a Firestone Scholarship was renewed for Jaclyn Harris, Mooresville, Ind., attending Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

A Dan Cohen Scholarship was renewed for Christian Cole, attending Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga.

A Fred Good Scholarship also was renewed for Ivy Rivas, Tujunga, Calif., attending University of California Davis, Davis, Calif.

Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).

A total of $55,000 in scholarships was awarded for the 2017-18 school year—$30,000 for renewals and $25,000 for new recipients. To date, 122 students have received $735,000 in scholarship awards.

ARMA Completes EPDs for Five Types of Asphalt Roofing

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has completed a multi-year effort to develop Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for asphalt roofing systems. These five new documents provide information that building and construction professionals can use both to support environmental aspects of roof systems as part of sustainable building projects and to better understand their impact over time. EPDs are now available for asphalt shingle roofing systems, SBS and APP modified bitumen systems, and built-up roofing systems. 

When architects and specifiers embark on new green building initiatives, they need to validate the environmental aspects of the building materials they use. EPDs are used to provide this information and to support the credibility of environmental claims.  ARMA worked with thinkstep, a sustainability consulting company, and with UL Environment to validate the EPDs.  These comprehensive documents outline the environmental attributes associated with the manufacturing of various asphalt-related roofing materials. 
ARMA’s development of these five EPDs reflects the continued use and advancement of asphalt roofing materials. In some cases, these documents are needed to fulfill requirements for green building rating systems and initiatives such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Globes, and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

“As the worldwide building and construction community continues to expand the focus on creating environmentally responsible and resource-efficient building projects, asphalt roofing has a critical role to play,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “ARMA is committed to supporting sustainable building initiatives, and we are proud to provide the industry with this important environmental information.”

“These EPDs will help architects and engineers make sustainable choices in roof design,” said Amy Ferryman, chair of ARMA’s Sustainability Task Force. “Our work to develop these resources helps ensure that the asphalt roofing industry can fully participate in increasingly important green building practices.”
The five EPDs from ARMA are now publically available and can be accessed on ARMA’s website.

SPFA Speaks Out Against California DTSC Decision on Spray Polyurethane Foam

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, released a statement opposing the recent proposal by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to designate spray polyurethane foam products containing unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDI) as a listed Priority Product under the department’s controversial Safer Consumer Products Program.
 
“We are extremely disappointed with this decision to progress to the next stage of this regulatory debacle,” said Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the SPFA. ““We know the DTSC’s spotlight on our product has been problematic from the start. The department initially based its position on numerous, unsubstantiated inaccuracies about the product without consulting or verifying those details with our industry’s leaders and through verifiable and adequate research. That resulted in a protracted, multi-year process marred by DTSC inconsistency, confusion, errors, faulty research and false application of interpretations gleaned from other technologies then applied to SPF. DTSC has failed to satisfy its own published regulatory requirements for listing under the SCP program, and failed at every stage to progress per published timelines, stretching this experimental process out years beyond their original vision.”
 
“Furthermore,” Riesenberg continued “MDI use in SPF has already been reviewed thoroughly by federal agencies that specifically address worker and public health including OSHA, NIOSH and EPA. We ultimately believe this product assessment and listing process is not only riddled with problems, but is redundant and misusing critical taxpayer dollars that are approaching a dangerous shortfall as demonstrated by the California state budget.”
 
The SPFA has long opposed the DTSC’s targeting of spray polyurethane foam. The DTSC initially identified the product in early 2014 as an initial Priority Product listing without notifying and consulting leaders within the industry for fact gathering and collaboration. This led to inaccurate information about the product being published, damaging the industry’s reputation, the SPF market in California and nationally, and threatening years of coordination and progress between industry and the California Energy Commission (CEC) Title 24 energy efficiency provisions. The DTSC, in September 2014, made corrections to many of those published inaccuracies, but continued with its product assessment process knowing that the agencies whose mission is to ensure the safety of the public and workers had already properly assessed and handled questions about methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDI).
 
According to the SPFA, spray polyurethane foam is a high-performance insulation material providing the highest energy efficiency performance available in the construction marketplace today. When installed in a home or commercial structure, it can reduce the energy demands of that building up to, or more than, 40 percent, which in turn dramatically decreases dependence on the use of fossil fuels for electricity (i.e. for heating and cooling homes and structures). This energy efficiency performance directly contributes to Spray Polyurethane Foam’s wide-recognition as an ideal product for use in Net Zero Energy construction and buildings. 
 
“The energy benefits of spray polyurethane foam are far reaching, positively influencing the environment and energy cost savings, while generating un-exportable highly skilled US jobs and stimulating the economy within the state of California,” added Riesenberg. “Not only that, but the state is aiming for all new residential structures to be Net Zero Energy by 2020, and all new commercial structures to be Net Zero Energy by 2030. The ability of the state to achieve these aggressive energy goals is highly dependent on builders’ access to high performing energy efficient building materials such as Spray Polyurethane Foam. Thus, the DTSC’s listing of a common component of the material as a Priority Product, directly undermines the state’s ability to achieve its own sustainability goals.”
 
“SPFA stands ready to continue discussions with DTSC and other California state agencies around productive topics of product stewardship, health, safety, performance, installer certification or other topics beneficial to California and its constituents,” said Riesenberg. “But instead we are faced with an advancing failed regulatory process, very significant associated costs to be forced upon the industry to support a long ill-defined alternative assessment process, and continued confusion throughout the state government agencies extending to customers that are relying upon the product’s performance to hit California energy and climate targets.”
 
“If the DTSC had done its homework in 2013 and 2014 instead of being unduly influenced in the background by special interest groups and SPF industry detractors that have no true interest or concern in California’s energy, climate, economic and employment landscape, I do not believe we would be having any of these conversations,” concluded Riesenberg. “Instead we could be working together to find productive ways to make California stronger, more energy efficient, and more economically robust, while keeping consumers more comfortable in higher-performing homes and buildings with lower energy bills. I still fail to see how DTSC has any option other than to accept their lessons-learned throughout this new regulatory guinea-pig process, drop the proposed listing of SPF, and begin focusing instead upon other actually-documented, high-profile, ubiquitous chemical-product combinations well-known to cause widespread adverse health impacts.”

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Partners With Ronald McDonald House

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced its formal partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to provide regular roof system inspections, repair and replacement for the 184 Ronald McDonald House locations in the United States. The Alliance also will provide a monetary donation to RMHC Global to help fund program services and infrastructure.

RMHC helps families with sick children stay together and close to the medical care and resources their children need, when they need it most. The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress will provide support to the Ronald McDonald House program that offers much more than a place to stay. The Houses provide meals and the support and resources families need when their child is hospitalized or being treated at a hospital far from home. The House program allows families to focus solely on their child’s health and treatment, while RMHC takes care of the family. 

“This collaboration will ensure the families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses will have a comfortable place to stay while their children are receiving the critical care that they need,” said Bennett Judson, executive director of The Alliance.

This partnership is also a strategic fit with the Charity’s commitment to environmental sustainability and the work they have done to ensure effective management of their Houses. 
One or more members of The Alliance or National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will be identified to partner with local RMHC Chapters to provide needed roof system services at each location. Roof system replacements will be managed as individual projects, and, if necessary, several roofing contractors and manufacturers may be asked to contribute.
The partnership between the two organizations became official April 2017 during The Alliance’s member meeting in Coronado, Calif.

With work already begun with Chicago and Philadelphia area locations, The Alliance is looking forward to providing this critical piece of support to the RMHC System nationwide.

To learn more about this partnership or to connect with local Ronald McDonald Houses, please contact Bennett Judson at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513, or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

RCMA Recognizes OSHA Inaugural Safe and Sound Week

To show its commitment to safety and health programs, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) recognizes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) inaugural Safe + Sound Week.
 
OSHA Safe and Sound Week takes place June 12-18, 2017, and encourages organizations to hold events that center around three core elements: Management Leadership, Worker Participation, and Finding and Fixing Hazards. Safe and sound events have been scheduled across the country by a variety of different organizations.
 
Safety and Health programs are essential because they can prevent workplace hazards. Identifying potential sources of injuries or illnesses and establishing procedures to fix them helps ensure the safety and health of workers and improves sustainability in the workplace.
 
It is important to engage workers across all levels of the workplace in order to increase the flow of knowledge and communication across management sectors.
 
“Sound Week represents a nationwide effort to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, encourage worker participation, and employ a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in the workplace before someone is injured,” says RCMA Executive Director Matt Coffindaffer. “RCMA and its members value workforce safety and welcome this opportunity to collaborate with OSHA and the other sponsors of Safe + Sound Week.”
 
All participants can promote their commitment by using the hashtag #SafeAndSound on social media. Participants are also encouraged to share photos from Safe + Sound events, certificates of recognition, or their own injury and hazard prevention efforts.
 
For a list of Safe + Sound Week events around the country and to learn more about OSHA’s commitment to a safe workplace and sound business, please visit here.

RoofersCoffeeShop Announces 2017 Influencers

RoofersCoffeeShop.com (RCS), the place where the industry meets for technology, information and business announces the 2017 RCS Influencers.

“We are honored to announce the RCS 2017 Influencers,” states Vickie Sharples of RoofersCoffeeShop.com. “The knowledge, experience and forward thinking that the RCS Influencers bring to the industry is great. We are compelled to share their expertise and they are generous enough to share back with the industry through posts and media on RoofersCoffeeShop.com.”

RCS Influencers will be able to contribute thoughts and wisdom monthly through interviews and blogs on RoofersCoffeeShop.com concerning pertinent industry and roofing topics. The blog posts will be recognized on a featured section of the webpage called RCS Influencers.

“The RoofersCoffeeShop has never been an editorial type of media, what we did over the years was provide a means for the contractors to communicate with each other. In the past, a few have said that the RoofersCoffeeshop.com (Roofers Exchange before it), was a voice of the roofing industry, but it was always the contractors voice you were hearing. This is an opportunity for us to share voices from many facets of the industry. We are taking all of the advice, articles and editorials out there and magnifying it,” concludes Sharples.

We are proud to announce the following 2017 RCS Influencers:

Registration Is Open for Construct 2017

Registration is now open for CONSTRUCT, a national event designed to provide the commercial building team with products and education solutions. This year’s event is taking place Sept. 13-15, 2017, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I.  Online registration is available here.
 
CONSTRUCT Education Advisory Council Member, Nina Giglio, FCSI, CCS of Perkins and Eastman says, “This is an event that you won’t want to miss.  What an opportunity to visit and explore Providence, R.I., a city with architectural interest, restaurants and charm.  At the same time, CONSTRUCT also will feature a revamped education program with presentations that you can’t get just anywhere, not to mention the ability to achieve learning units for AIA, CSI, GBCI, and this year BOMI and ICC, and of course live product demonstrations in the Learning Pavilion, and networking events like the Newcomer Reception and the CSI Honor and Awards.”
 
Covering everything from air barriers to fire protection systems, coatings to architectural hardware, and much more, the Exhibit Hall will be packed with 200+ exhibitors spanning over 28,000+ net square feet. Exhibiting companies will showcase products, services and technologies for commercial building industry professionals who design, build, renovate or operate in the built environment.  
 
In addition to the manufacturer and supplier booths, participants can earn over a year’s worth of CEUs, including 18.5 AIA LUs/HSW, 17 BOMI CPDs, and .18 ICC CEUs.  GBCI credits are also available and all sessions qualify for CSI continuing education.  CONSTRUCT offers a solutions-based education program featuring 40+ new sessions, led by over 55 speakers.  Defined into tracks for architects/designers, specifiers, contractors, building owners/managers, project managers, engineers, product reps, young professionals and students.
 
A few notable sessions:

     

  • Keynote: Multiple Agendas with Thom Mayne, FAIA
  • Specifications in the Age of Smart Cities – How Specs Are Changing the World with Paul Doherty, AIA
  • What is a Building Enclosure? with Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow
  • Hands-On Demo of Detailing for a Continuous Air, Water, & Thermal Assembly with Tiffany Coppock, AIA, NCARB, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, ASTM, RCI, EDAC
  • Let’s Fix Construction: An Interactive Luncheon with Cherise Lakeside, CSI, CDT & Eric D. Lussier CSI, CDT
  • Specifying Target Value Delivery with Beth Stroshane, CSI, CCS, LEED AP
  • Understanding & Ending Moisture-Related Flooring Problems with Peter Craig, FACI, FICRI, CCSMTT and Scott Tarr, PE, FACI, CCSMTT
  • TCNA & ANSI: Specifying Successful Tile & Stone Systems by the Book with Jim Whitfield, FCSI, CCPR, LEED AP
  • AIA Contract Documents 2017 with Lane J. Beougher, FAIA, FCSI, NCARB, Assoc. DBIA, LEED BD+C, GGP and Salvatore Verrastro, CSI, CCS, CCCA
  • Selling with Guide Specifications with Michael Chambers, FAIA, FCSI

 
Attendees can also earn credits in the learning lounges and learning pavilion on the expo floor and via off-site technical tours.  
 
CONSTRUCT also offers a variety of options for young professionals (35 and younger) and students who are looking to learn more about the industry, network, and have fun with their peers.  
 
In addition, CONSTRUCT 2017 is the place to get connected with old friends and make new ones with available networking options including: Newcomer Reception, CSI Welcome Reception, CSI Young Professionals Mixer, and CSI Night Out.
 
Those interested in attending can register online to save time and money.
 
The Full Education Package includes access to the education program, the Exhibit Hall, Show Floor Happy Hours, the General Session/Keynote, $28 in Concession Cash and CSI Night Out. 
 
The Exhibit Hall Only option includes access to the Exhibit Hall, Show Floor Happy Hours and the General Session/Keynote.  
 
Individual session pricing and options for students and young professionals are also available.
 
To register or for more information, visit the website or call (866) 475-6707. 

Registration Now Available for National Slate Association Conference

Registration is now open for the National Slate Association’s 2017 Annual Conference, which will be held Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Ithaca, N.Y. The NSA conference offers attendees the opportunity to connect with the association’s member network and learn from industry experts, all while surrounded by the beauty of Ithaca in the fall. Located at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, the city features historic slate roof buildings surrounded by steep hills, vineyards, apple orchards, and waterfalls.

Highlights of the conference include informative presentations by:

  • Victor Cardenes, geology researcher focused on roofing slate: “All You Need to Know About Slate”
  • John Chan, NSA president and president of Durable Slate Company: “Natural Slate vs. Synthetics”
  • Jeffrey Chusid, interim chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University: “Importance of Historic Preservation”
  • Gary Traver, assistant director of educational services for NYS Division of Code Enforcement: “Code as it Relates to Steep-Slope Roofing”
  • Tim Underhill, Delta Slate Company: “Industry Roundtable”
  • James Walas, Revere Copper Architectural Services: “Copper Details and Updates”
  • Ron Williams, OSHA Area Director: “New Silica Standard”
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    For more information about the conference and optional tours, visit the NSA website.

    ARMA Hires New Director of Technical Services

    The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has named Tim McQuillen as director of technical services. McQuillen now serves as the staff liaison for ARMA’s Technical Resource Group as well as ARMA’s Codes Steering Group in a staff support role. He has been a member of the building products industry for 25 years.

    In his new role, McQuillen will function as the technical voice of ARMA, leading the efforts on ARMA’s technical publications and communications while also responding to technical inquiries on asphalt roofing products and applications.

    “ARMA is an association committed to educating and informing consumers and professionals through technical research and publications,” said McQuillen. “I look forward to contributing to these initiatives and more as we establish ARMA as the leading resource for asphalt roofing product applications.”

    Prior to joining ARMA, McQuillen served as the technical manager of codes for Firestone Building Products Company, where he coordinated and executed product testing programs to obtain and document building code compliance.

    McQuillen graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. McQuillen is also a member of ASTM International and serves on the Technical Committee for the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). He resides with his family in Westfield, Ind. 

    “Tim’s wealth of technical knowledge in the field of building products will make him an invaluable asset to ARMA,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “We’re excited to add another strong member to the ARMA team who provides a new level of expertise to our association and the roofing industry as a whole.”

    Tim McQuillen

    Tim McQuillen

    NRCA Urges Participation in National Roofing Week

    To increase recognition of the significance of roofs, stress the value of professional roofing contractors, bring attention to the value of a career in roofing and promote the good deeds of the industry, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is urging communities throughout the U.S. to recognize National Roofing Week taking place June 4-10.

    The roof is one of the components of a structure, yet it often is taken for granted until it falls into disrepair. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

    Most roof systems last more than 20 years; however, routine evaluation and maintenance is necessary to extend its life and keep overall costs down. NRCA urges consumers to observe National Roofing Week by paying attention to wear and tear on their roof systems and to make informed decisions about roof system maintenance and replacement.

    “Professional roofing contractors play a role in every community, and National Roofing Week provides the roofing industry the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the work we do,” says NRCA Chairman of the Board Dennis Conway. “I look forward to sharing the roofing industry’s stories of professional excellence and charitable giving during National Roofing Week.”

    NRCA will recognize National Roofing Week by highlighting the work, training and good deeds of its members and their employees on its various social media outlets. The winners of NRCA’s fourth annual children’s art contest will also be announced. Children in grades 1-8, who are relatives of NRCA members and their employees submitted artwork depicting the importance of roofs and the professional roofing contractor.

    Contest winners will have their artwork featured on all National Roofing Week material and additional promotional material to be displayed at industry events throughout the year, including the 2018 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 131th Annual Convention in New Orleans.

    Additional information about National Roofing Week can be found here.