IIBEC Joins U.S. Department of Energy Building Envelope Campaign as Supporter

IIBEC has joined with other industry leaders including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) as an organizing partner of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Envelope Campaign. The goals of the Building Envelope Campaign are to:

  • Motivate action and increase awareness of the value of investing in high-performance building enclosure technologies for both new and existing commercial buildings.
  • Recognize leaders adopting and achieving high performing building enclosure systems.
  • Demonstrate and document energy and cost savings with integrated design, construction, commissioning, and maintenance from implementation of high performing enclosure systems.

IIBEC members are encouraged to participate in the Building Envelope Campaign by entering basic enclosure design criteria about projects (new construction or retrofit) into an ORNL-developed online tool. Enclosure improvements that show certain percentages of reduced energy performance are eligible for awards and recognition.

A detailed explanation of the program is available here: https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/webinars/unsealed-building-envelope-campaign

More information can be found at https://ec.ornl.gov. Please contact Emily Lorenz, IIBEC senior director of technical services, at elorenz@iibec.org to learn how to get involved.

For more information, visit https://iibec.org

U.S. Green Building Council Announces the 2020 Leadership Award Recipients

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced 10 inspiring individuals, companies, organizations and projects have been named 2020 Leadership Award recipients. The honorees are at the forefront of green building and working to advance healthy, resilient and equitable buildings and communities. USGBC will be honoring this year’s recipients on Thursday, November 12 at 5 p.m. EST during the closing event at the Greenbuild Virtual conference.

“Our 2020 Leadership Award recipients understand that by investing in healthy, green buildings and communities we are not only improving quality of life for people, but we are also taking  steps to strengthen our businesses and economy,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). “These recipients are an inspiration and celebrating their achievements is a bright spot during a year that has challenged us all. Their work reminds us to be hopeful and stay the course, because a commitment to green building will be a key part of rebuilding a better world.”

The recipients represent public and private sector leaders who have shown a commitment to LEED, as well as improving Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance, enhancing citywide sustainability and resilience, and introducing innovative waste management solutions. This year’s honorees include:

Inspiring Individuals Leading the Way

Chris Castro, director of sustainability and resilience, City of Orlando started as a USGBC student at the University of Central Florida, then became an Emerging Professional, and today is a recognized advocate for sustainability nationally. His consistent leadership helped Orlando become a LEED Gold city. His priorities include decreasing the city’s carbon emissions by expanding building energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric vehicles; implementing green building policies; championing infrastructure projects that prioritize pedestrians and bicyclists; advancing zero-waste programs for recycling and food waste diversion; and increasing opportunities for urban farming by partnering with local public and private organizations to increase community gardens and local food access. He is also co-founder of several non-profit and B-corp companies, including IDEAS For Us, Fleet Farming, and Climate First Bank.

Geoff Morgan, president and CEO, First Community Housing (FCH) oversees all operations for the nonprofit, which is dedicated to developing affordable housing in San Jose and the greater Bay Area. Morgan holds a LEED AP Homes credential and has over 20 years of experience in financing, development, construction and operations of affordable housing projects, subdivisions, commercial real estate, historic renovations and military base reuse. His work with FCH, a USGBC member for 18 years, includes providing over 3,000 residents with high quality, sustainable, service enriched affordable housing. He leads a LEED Platinum and LEED Gold neighborhood and community development that support low-income individuals and those with special needs. Today, under his leadership the standard for FCH projects is LEED Platinum.

Kim Shinn, principal and senior sustainability wizard, TLC Engineering Solutions has been actively involved in the design or commissioning of over 200 LEED certified projects. His work has included higher education, justice, healthcare and laboratory spaces, as well as pilot projects for LEED for commercial interiors, core and shell, and neighborhood development. Shinn holds a LEED AP and is part of the inaugural class of 2011 LEED Fellows. He was an integral part of creating LEED for Healthcare and Green Guide for Health Care and currently serves on Nashville Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.

Kenya Stump, executive director, Kentucky Office of Energy Policy played an integral role in helping Kentucky become the first state to leverage the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program funding to implement PEER. Her efforts led to certification for three facilities including Fort Knox, Electric Plant Board in the City of Glasgow and Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation. Stump has remained an advocate for bringing reliable, resilient power to America’s power sector and has been integral in helping to replicate her success with PEER across other State Energy Offices.

Gail Vittori, co-director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems is the recipient of this year’s Kate Hurst Leadership Award. Introduced last year in memory of USGBC’s senior vice president of conference and events, the award recognizes an inspiring woman who embodies the spirit, strength and sentiment Kate brought to her own work. Vittori is a LEED Fellow and former USGBC and GBCI chair whose own work is focused on the intersection of sustainable design, green building and human health. She’s worked on public and private projects around the world, including Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, the first LEED Platinum certified hospital in the world.

Outstanding Companies, Organizations & Projects

Autodesk is a long-standing member of USGBC and believes sustainability is about creating tools that enable customers to optimize the use of energy and materials, design for health and resilience, and learn new skills to adapt and prosper through change. The company powers its buildings, data centers and cloud services with 100% renewable energy and has reduced its GHG emissions by 43% since 2009. Starting in FY21 they are committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions across their entire footprint, including supply chain. They have achieved 15 LEED certifications and are supporting other projects around the world in their journey to certification using their Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. Through the Autodesk Foundation, the company is also providing funding, software and training to entrepreneurs and innovators designing and creating solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges, leading industries to more sustainable outcomes.

Chumash Casino Resort is the sixth largest Native American gaming operation in California. Managing its waste is a critical function for the resort, Tribal Ownership and the community. Its innovative approach to diverting waste earned it TRUE Silver certification. From 2004 to 2018, the resort reduced its total waste stream from 7.2 million pounds per year to 3.2 million. During the same period, it also increased recycling from 6% to 90%, established a food donation program to support local seniors, and developed a public education campaign highlighting best practices for the community. Employee education was critical to its success and led to the resort creating the Native American Sustainability Facility Association.

TCF Center is a 2.4 million square foot convention center in downtown Detroit that achieved LEED Gold in October 2019 under LEED v4.1 O+M. It is one of only a few convention centers in the world to certify under that rating system. TCF is a high-performing green building and the team is dedicated to ongoing performance measurement through Arc. It invests in educating employees, vendors, customers, partners and visitors on its efforts and the importance of sustainable practices. The center is also a steward of human health and in response to this year’s pandemic, was designated an alternate care site where it was prepared to provide medical care space for the overflow of local Detroit hospitals.

Vanderbilt University is home to 21 LEED-certified buildings, WELL and PETAL projects and incorporates sustainability into their construction and renovation projects. The university has fully committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 and incorporates renewable energy power on campus. Vanderbilt’s sustainability goals were created through a collaborative effort between administrators, faculty, staff and students. The university is comprised of over 340 acres of real estate and as one of the largest employers in the region, is responsible for more than 10,000 commuters daily. Vanderbilt leadership views constructing green buildings and a park-like setting on campus as a necessary strategy to ensure environmental responsibility, as well as ensuring efficient spaces for future Commodores.

Vornado Realty Trust achieved the GRESB Green Star Ranking in 2019 for the seventh year in a row, scoring in the top 6% of over 950 companies worldwide. They are one of the largest owners of LEED-certified properties in the U.S. with more than 27 million square feet of LEED certified space, which represents over 95% of its office portfolio, and the majority of which is at Gold or Platinum level certification. The company is focused on the next frontier of sustainable real estate and is concentrating on technology, resilience and health as part of that journey. It uses green cleaning services in all of its owned and managed properties and is working toward a goal of reaching a landfill diversion by 75% for all new properties and at least 50% for all tenant improvements.

The Leadership Awards represent some of the best of USGBC’s member organizations, network of committed professionals and community of local leaders across the U.S. and around the world.

For more information, visit usgbc.org 

Roofing Alliance Invites Industry to Submit MVP Nominations by November 20

The Roofing Alliance has issued a call to all roofing contractors for the 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards. The program spotlights and promotes excellence in the industry with the MVP Awards Program recognizing workers committed to excellence on and off the roof while applauding workers who make outstanding contributions to their companies, co-workers and communities. MVPs are role models who demonstrate work-related and personal goals to which others in the roofing industry aspire.

The award categories include:

  • Outstanding On-the-Job Performance/Workmanship – Dedicated, reliable employees are vital to a company’s success and, among those employees, usually one stands out above all others. That’s the employee who 1) Has a strong work ethic, 2) Shows leadership, initiative and resourcefulness, 3) Has earned an outstanding safety record, 4) Shows support for his or her co-workers and 5) Goes above and beyond.  
  • Outstanding Performance/Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace – Outstanding workers not only have a passion for the work they do and a sense of loyalty toward their employers, but they also show compassion for others outside the workplace. They volunteer their time with their communities, churches, families and friends. They are determined to overcome challenges and obstacles they may face personally or stand by others who need their support. They are always willing to extend a helping hand. They display exemplary service, leadership, commitment and selfless devotion.

Roofing professionals are encouraged to nominate employees for an MVP award to recognize their outstanding contributions through on-the-job performance and workmanship and for their outstanding performance and other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace. 

In addition, one MVP winner will be chosen to be the Best of the Best, sponsored by Professional Roofing and OMG Roofing Products. The person selected as the Best of the Best typically stands out in both categories.  The deadline for nominations is November 20, 2020.  Applications and additional information can be found at https://roofingalliance.net/programs/mvp/.

NRCA Partners with Oplign to Support Military and Veteran Hiring in the Roofing Industry

The National Roofing Contractors Association has entered into a partnership with Oplign LLC, Virginia Beach, Va., to enhance and support NRCA members’ efforts to recruit transitioning military personnel and veterans. Oplign is a labor market data analytics company that uses artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology to align job applicants with job openings.

NRCA and Oplign will work together to provide workforce recruitment resources, educational tools and training materials to NRCA members identifying how roofing employers can build an effective veteran recruitment and sourcing program. In addition, Oplign will offer discounted subscriptions to NRCA members for its advanced services.

“We see this partnership with Oplign as an invaluable resource for our members,” says Alison LaValley, NRCA’s vice president of strategic partnerships and workforce development. “We hope this opportunity will help our members recruit, engage, onboard and train transitioning veterans to the roofing industry.”

“Oplign is excited to support NRCA. The veteran labor pool continues to be an untapped source of dedicated and talented workers,” says Mike Grow, Oplign’s CEO. “If we can increase the ability of architects, engineers and roofing professionals to connect with transitioning military personnel and veterans, we will feel like we’ve added tremendous value to both communities.”

For more information, visit nrca.net/workforce-recruitment.

Blusky Named John A. Arnold Award of Honor Recipient

Raffles Insurance Ltd. has named BluSky Restoration Contractors as its 2020 John A. Arnold Award of Honor recipient. The award, considered the “Stanley Cup of safety trophies,” recognizes the risk and safety team in BluSky’s western division for its exemplary performance.

“Each year, Raffles Insurance recognizes, through an award system, outstanding achievements in safety and loss control,” said John Sobecki, senior vice president of Captive Resources, consultant to the Raffles captive insurance group. “These awards are presented annually in a variety of industry categories to the partners who have achieved the safest work environment for their employees and their customers.”

BluSky Restoration Contractors not only achieved the highest total points in its business category, but the highest point total across all categories – winning the John A. Arnold Award – the top safety award presented by Raffles. What makes this accomplishment even more impressive is that this was achieved against the other 380+ safe, well run partners of Raffles.

”I am proud of the impressive work our risk operations manager Denise Harrison and her team are doing,” said Kent Stemper, BluSky CEO. “This award confirms they’re setting the gold standard for safety.”

The John A. Arnold Award of Honor is named in memory of John A. Arnold of Petroleum Products Corporation, who during Raffles’ early years served as its risk control chairperson and president. Arnold worked tirelessly as an advocate for safety, exemplifying Raffles’ core values of “refer, participate, prevent and control losses.”

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

ARMA Names New Vice President of Technical Services

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has named Aaron R. Phillips as its new Vice President of Technical Services, effective November 1, 2020.

As Vice President of Technical Services, Phillips will serve as ARMA’s primary technical voice, assuring that asphalt roofing is accurately, equitably and appropriately represented in all scientific and technical discussions about residential and commercial roofing applications. He will manage all of ARMA’s technical-related activities and will also serve as the association’s technical liaison to organizations involved in the development of building standards.

“Aaron has been involved with ARMA as a volunteer for more than 25 years, and we are pleased to bring him fully onboard with the association in this role,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “His expertise and comprehensive knowledge related to the technical aspects of the roofing industry will make him a valuable asset to ARMA.”

Phillips was previously the Corporate Director of Technical Services at TAMKO Building Products, and was employed by TAMKO throughout his career in the roofing industry. He spent 17 years in the research and development department before transitioning in 2005 to the technical services group to focus on technical support of all TAMKO product lines. Phillips has also served as the chair of ARMA’s Codes Steering Group.

For more information about ARMA, visit asphaltroofing.org.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues FAQ Confirming N95 Respirators Protect Against the Coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on how N95 respirators effectively protect wearers from coronavirus exposure.

OSHA is aware of incorrect claims stating that N95 respirators filter does not capture particles as small as the virus that causes the coronavirus. OSHA’s new FAQ explains why an N95 respirator is effective at protecting users from the virus.

Visit OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage for further information and resources about the coronavirus.

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 workers by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

The Metal Construction Association Unveils New Website and Premiers MCA Metal University

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has launched a new website, www.metalconstruction.org, which premiers MCA Metal University, a comprehensive online resource for architects, contractors, code officials, manufacturers and building owners looking to increase their knowledge of metal building materials.

The new MCA website features advanced search tools, a contemporary design and access to more than 110 expert resources developed by a team of top manufacturers and technical minds in the industry.  Resources include white papers, technical resources, guides, continuing education courses for AIA credit, environmental product declarations, videos, certifications and more. The vast majority of resources are free of charge.

“We are excited to introduce the new website and MCA Metal University,” said Jeff Henry, MCA’s executive director. “We aim to be the go-to source for all things in metal construction.”  

Other features of the MCA website are enhanced search tools for finding case studies, metal building photos and a “find a supplier” tool. The case studies section features hundreds of industry articles searchable by market, product type, location, and more. The events section gives users updates and registration access for the winter and summer meetings, METALCON, and industry events. The expanded photo gallery features high-quality examples of completed metal building projects and lets users perform granular searches based on market, location, and metal type. The suppliers section allows users to quickly locate reputable member companies in their area based on project type, supplier role, and material.

“MCA has long put a premium on its market development program and focused technical agenda. With the new website and MCA Metal University, MCA is reinforcing its commitment to its members and the metal construction industry,” said Henry.

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

ARMA Releases Third Quarter 2020 Report on Asphalt Roofing Product Shipments

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has released the third Quarterly Product Shipment Report for 2020. The report covers asphalt roofing product shipments in the United States and Canada in the third quarter, as well as a comparison with the prior year’s data.

“ARMA’s quarterly shipment reports provide ARMA members and other interested parties with relevant, important insights on the current state of the asphalt roofing industry,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president.

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

MRA Calls for Strong Residential Resiliency Standards in Western States to Help Protect Against Wildfire Threats

The 2020 wildfire season came with a terrible awakening for many West Coast homeowners: Areas in Oregon, Washington and California that were not considered to be in the path of wildfire danger were under extreme threat, resulting in evacuations and unprecedented destruction.

As fires still rage in many areas, home resiliency experts say the priority moving forward needs to be on being better prepared. Except for California, which updated its residential fire codes for new construction in 2008, very few western states have considered mandates for wildfire resilient housing in wildland-urban interface zones. Now leading trade organizations such as the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) are calling for the adoption of standards and potential incentives that could help homeowners better withstand the growing threat of wildfire in states and regions that currently have no such initiatives.

Because of the behavior of wildland fires, how a home or building is designed and constructed is the most important factor in providing fire safety. Smart mandates have the potential to help homes survive a wildfire unscathed, as proven by the California codes that require homes built in wildfire vulnerable areas to be built with fire resistant roofs and siding, interior sprinklers, decks and patios made of non-flammable materials, heat resistant windows and more. Research shows that homes built to these codes have sustained far less damage from wildfire than homes built prior to 2008.

“Gulf Coast states devastated by hurricane destruction have learned hard lessons about the need to build more resilient homes that can stand up to severe climate impacts and have established standards designed to help reduce the damage and danger to homes, such as those set by Miami Dade,” said Renee Ramey, MRA Executive Director. “The West Coast now needs to adopt that mindset when it comes to the regional climate conditions that will increasingly impact homeowners in wildfire-prone areas.”

With a home’s roof being the single most vulnerable area for ignition in the event of a wildfire, materials such as quality metal roofing systems that carry a Class A rating for fire resistance are essential, yet their adoption in the west isn’t nearly as high as it is in other places. Fire-resistant building materials also aren’t particularly expensive, especially when considering a metal roof will last decades longer than other types of roofing materials. In fact, a study by Headwater Economics found that “a new home built to wildfire resistant codes can be constructed for roughly the same cost” as a typical home and certainly is much less costly than the potential damage to a home that a wildfire can cause.

As this year’s wildfire season damage on the west coast is still being assessed, the MRA is urging the housing trade, builders and local officials to help homeowners be better prepared for future wildfire seasons by considering the following:

Institute fire-resistant building mandates

Like California, the population in wildland-urban interface areas has grown tremendously in recent years. That’s where homes meet or intermingle with flammable vegetation such as near or in forested areas, raising the threat of wildfire damage to homes. New standards that call for Class A roofs and discourage highly flammable materials such as wood shake roofs, in addition to other fire prevention and safety measures, should be evaluated and adopted in locations subject to greater wildfire risks.

Offer incentives to boost fire safety

In some cases, owners of older homes that live in areas increasingly threatened by wildfire are unable to pursue renovations or upgrades necessary to boost the protection of their homes due to costs. Tax credits, low-interest loans, local grants and other incentives or assistance programs may be necessary to help them make the necessary retrofits. Case in point is Big Bear Lake, a community in San Bernardino County, Calif., which passed an ordinance in 2008 declaring wood shake shingle roofs “a severe fire hazard and danger,” and armed with state and federal grants, offered cash incentives of up to $4,500 for homeowners to replace their roofs with ignition resistant versions. Now it’s rare to see a wood shake roof in the area, which also helps protect not only individual homes, but the entire community.

Provide education, resources and information

There are many ways to help increase the odds that a home will survive a wildfire. Local communities that face wildfire threats would be well served to better educate citizens about the latest resilient home improvement/maintenance practices, and provide safety, preparation and emergency planning information not just during wildfire season, but well in advance. Free resources from the Insurance Institute of Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and local communities such as San Mateo, Calif., contain excellent information, lists of resources and links to wildfire safety education that can assist homeowners. Trade industry experts such as Green Builder also have in-depth information about resilient home best practices available for free.

“As we witness the horrible destruction wildfires have and are causing, the more we can do as an industry and community to help homeowners protect themselves against these increasing threats, the better,” said Ramey. “Investing in preventative measures now that help decrease risks is essential to guarding against costly devastation and suffering in the future.”

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.