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

CONSTRUCTRegistration 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.

    ARMA Presents Public Partnership Award

    The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has announced that the Miami-Dade Regulatory and Economic Resources Department is the recipient of the 2017 ARMA Public Partnership Award. 

    The award, given only for the recognition of partnerships formed with ARMA, recognizes the collaboration between Miami-Dade and ARMA to update the Florida Building Code requirements in high wind zones. Aaron R. Phillips, corporate director of Technical Services at TAMKO Building Products Inc. and chair of the ARMA Codes Steering Group, presented the award to Michael Goolsby, Miami-Dade Board and Code Administration Division director. In addition, ARMA presented the staff members who worked on the project with individual certificates.

    Over the past two years, Miami-Dade staff and ARMA representatives worked on updates to the roofing requirements for the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ), during numerous meetings and conference calls to review the current provisions, develop code proposals and manage the Florida Building Commission process.

    The collaboration spanned hundreds of hours to remove outdated references and coordinate the HVHZ protocols with national testing requirements. Revisions approved as a result of this effort will streamline the certification process for roofing manufacturers when launching new products or renewing existing approvals and help Miami-Dade staff manage their product approval review process.

    “Miami-Dade staff members are grateful for ARMA’s recognition of our joint effort,” says Goolsby. “It was only through our shared goal that we were able to get it done.”

    ARMA and Miami-Dade representatives attended the Florida Building Commission’s Rule Development Workshop in Ocala as the Commission approved the final changes. The 2017 Florida Building Code, scheduled for launch on January 1, 2018, will include every one of the dozens of proposals and public comments jointly submitted by ARMA and Miami-Dade.

    “This kind of cooperation between a public regulator and a private trade association is rare enough,” says ARMA’s vice president of Code and Regulatory Compliance, Michael Fischer. “The positive results are unprecedented.”   
     
    Phillips noted that the efforts aren’t necessarily over. “We hope to build on this partnership and continue to improve the product approval process during future Florida code updates,” he says.
     
    ARMA’s efforts in the codes, standards, and technical arenas translate to effective minimum code requirements, useful material standards, and educational resources for the industry.  Technical manuals, installation guides, Fast Facts, and technical bulletins are available on ARMA’s website and provide best practices for a variety of roofing topics.  Visit the website for access to all of these materials and more.

    RCMA to Recognize the Roofing Industry During National Roofing Week

    To increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business, stress the value of professional roofing contractors, and promote the good deeds of the industry, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) will recognize National Roofing Week taking place June 4-10.
     
    The roof is one of the most important components of a building structure, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair. Organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), National Roofing Week enables the roofing industry to engage stakeholders and inform the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.
     
    “RCMA’s members are committed to providing advanced solutions to the commercial buildings market,” said Matt Coffindaffer, RCMA Executive Director. “National Roofing Week is an excellent time for manufacturers, contractors, building owners, and other shareholders to recognize the numerous advantages that roof coatings possess including their proven performance lives, cost-effectiveness, and ease of use.”
     
    Roof coatings serve to protect roofs against water, chemicals, and physical damage, extending the life of the roof system. This can reduce building-owner maintenance costs and avert landfill waste from re-roofing tear-offs. Roof coatings also have numerous benefits to energy use and the environment. Certain roof coatings are capable of reflecting visible light and infrared and ultraviolet radiation, leading to lower roof and interior temperatures. Lower roof temperatures in turn help reduce electrical cooling costs, decreasing the carbon footprint from buildings. Lower roofing surface temperatures also help diminish the Urban Heat Island Effect.
     
    The roofing community can use the hashtag #NationalRoofingWeek on social media to celebrate the good deeds of the industry; raise awareness about roofing maintenance and application best practices; and highlight the importance of workplace safety and the value of roofing professionals. 

    Design Billings Increasing Entering Height of Construction Season

    After beginning the year with a marginal decline, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has posted three consecutive months of growth in design revenue at architecture firms. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 50.9, down from a score of 54.3 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 59.8 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased from 52.3 to 53.2.

    “Probably even better news for the construction outlook is that new project work coming into architecture firms has seen exceptionally strong growth so far this year,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “In fact, new project activity has pushed up project backlogs at architecture firm to their highest level since the design
     market began its recovery earlier this decade.”  

    Key April ABI highlights include:

  • Regional averages: South (55.3), Midwest (53.3), West (50.9), Northeast (50.7)
  • Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.0), mixed practice (53.4), commercial/industrial (52.4), multi-family residential (49.9)
  • Project inquiries index: 60.2
  • Design contracts index: 53.2
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    The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.
     

     

    Graduates of NRCA University’s Future Executives Institute Are Announced

    The NRCA University’s Future Executives Institute (FEI) has announced its graduates for 2017. Graduates were recognized during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

    FEI is a three-year program taught by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management professors, industry leaders and field experts. It offers a look at business theory and practice. Those who attend benefit from industry networking opportunities while developing their understanding of skills in leading, managing and communicating.

    FEI’s 2017 graduates:

    For more information about FEI or to apply for the program, visit here.