NRCA Opens Registration for LegalCon 2020

The National Roofing Contractors Association Legal Resource Center announces its newest conference, LegalCon 2020. LegalCon 2020 will be held Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at NRCA’s headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois. The conference will focus on three topics — contract law, employment law and technical issues — to increase legal knowledge, improve work processes and offer effective business tools.

“We encourage CEOs, owners, COOs, human resources professionals, safety directors, training directors, on-staff legal counsel, office managers and project managers to attend and learn from some of the best and brightest legal and technical experts in the roofing industry,” said Alison LaValley, a vice president of NRCA.

To ensure participants benefit from interaction and a small group setting, attendance is limited to 40. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at nrca.net/legalcon.

For more information about LegalCon 2020, visit nrca.net/legalcon.

NRCA Releases Training for Roof Application Careers

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released Training for Roof Application Careers. TRAC blends online and hands-on training companies can use to equip new field workers with information and skills to help them become quality roof system installers. TRAC, which includes English and Spanish content, is designed to provide inexperienced employees with “conversational competence.”

NRCA currently offers the TRAC Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation Package and TRAC Asphalt Shingle Installation Package.

The TRAC Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation Package consists of Essentials: Onboarding for Roof System Installers; Low-slope Core; and Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation and includes online content and activities that provide hands-on experience.

The TRAC Asphalt Shingle Installation Package consists of Essentials: Onboarding for Roof System Installers; Steep-slope Core; and Asphalt Shingle Installation and includes online content and activities that provide hands-on experience.

A one-time TRAC purchase includes unlimited use of the training materials so employers can train an unlimited number of employees at a pace and time that works for them.

For more information about TRAC, visit www.nrca.net/trac.

SPRI to Canvass BPT-1 Fastener and Stress Plate Standard

SPRI, the association representing sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry, announced that it is partnering with FM Approvals to create a new standard which will allow the roofing industry to perform comparative small scale testing of roofing fasteners and/or stress plates through board stock materials, such as insulations, cover boards, etc. The proposed standard will be canvassed for approval as an American National Standard.

SPRI/FM BPT-1 will allow various comparative tests for new or different board stock materials, fasteners plates, etc. The proposed standard is based on the FM Approvals existing small-scale test procedure for Plate-Insulation Board Pull Through.

Those wishing to participate in the canvassing process should contact SPRI at info@spri.org.

For more information, visit www.spri.org

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2020 Student Competition Participants

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced its 2020 Construction Management Student Competition participating schools. Celebrating its sixth year, the competition had nine schools submit their intent to participate. Five finalist teams will be announced December 9, 2019 and will compete on February 5 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas.

The schools who have indicated their intent to participate are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama with Rachel Nemecek (team captain), Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Davis Hambrick and Walker Lott (alternate).  Faculty advisor is Lauren Redden.  Team Mentor is Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala.
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Ill. with Jacob Settles (team captain), Chance Emanuels, Benjamim Maust and Caden Lansford.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Souhail Elhour. Team mentor is Laurie Moore, Kreiling Roofing Co., Peoria, Ill.
  • Clemson University (NEW), Clemson, S.C. with Brad Smith (team captain), David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers and Hendrix Smith.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Dhaval Gajjar. Team mentor is Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management, Fort Collins, Colo. with Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas and Jake Peckham.  Faculty advisor is Nick Rubino. Team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colo.
  • Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Ga. with Jazzmin Evans (team captain), Maxim Downs, Cynia Gardner and Biancha Clarritt.  Faculty advisor is Ali Keyvanfar. Team mentor is Candace Klein, Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Ga.
  • Minnesota State University – Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minn. with Hunter Koesters (team captain), Seth Hander, Dylan Keck (alternate), Benjamin Meyer and Cory Erickson.  Faculty advisor is Brian Wasserman. Team Mentor is Kevin Palmer, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minn.
  • Ohio State University (NEW), Columbus, Ohio with David Swain (team captain), Mackenzie Lange, Brady Jackson (alternate), Matt Korzenko and Kin Sanders-Evans.  Faculty advisor is Michael Brown. Team mentor is Joseph Sanderlin, Chemcote, Inc., Dublin, Ohio.
  • Texas A&M University (NEW), College Station, Texas with Tyler Stivers (team captain), Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison.  Faculty advisor is Lance Simms. Team Mentor is Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, SR. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Fla.  with Tony Centro (team captain), Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins and Collin Galinas (alternate). Faculty advisor is Jim Sullivan. Team Mentor is Rob Springer of Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Fla.

The Roofing Alliance construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for a new roof system on the Ford Center, the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. The Ford Center is part of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas. The teams must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package.

The teams will submit their proposal packages by December 9, 2019 to be reviewed by the team of judges. A maximum of five finalist teams will be selected to travel to the International Roofing Expo in Dallas, where they will present their proposals as if they were presenting to the general contractor for the project on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Finalists will be named on January 6, 2020.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA Offers Detailed FAQs for NRCA ProCertification

For those curious about NRCA ProCertification, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) offers detailed FAQs addressing many topics related to the program. Employers, installers or foremen will benefit from the NRCA ProCertification FAQs, which cover various topics and answer questions regarding the program and how it works.

To view the NRCA ProCertification FAQs, go to http://www.nrca.net/procertification/faqs.

For more information of NRCA ProCertification, visit nrca.net/procertification.

RoofConnect Launches New Paving Division

RoofConnect, known for specializing in emergency roofing repairs, maintenance, re-roofing, and projects that requires nationwide labor availability, announced the creation of a paving division, PaveConnect. The new division PaveConnect, will provide asphalt and concrete paving services nationwide for multi-facility customers.

David Workman, the President and CEO of RoofConnect explains, “Roof and parking lot repairs tend to go hand-in-hand, and our clients were expressing a need for quality paving services”. RoofConnect started providing parking lot services in 2017 to assist a few existing customers. The number of clients requesting help with their parking lots continued to grow, so the decision was made to create a division focused primarily on parking lot services. PaveConnect now works with a growing number of local paving contractors and seeking to add more qualified contractors.

For more information, visit www.paveconnect.com or  www.roofconnect.com.

Roofing Alliance Seeks to Fund Projects For Betterment of the Roofing Industry

The Roofing Alliance is committed to promoting and supporting the advancement of the roofing industry and funds critical research, educational, technical and philanthropic projects to serve that purpose. The Roofing Alliance recently announced its annual call for funding requests; this year’s submittal deadline for funding applications is January 1, 2020.

The foundation has allocated more than $5 million to fund close to 50 programs and projects to support educational programs and ensure forward-thinking responses to economic and technological issues.

Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, notes $270,276 in project funding was approved in 2019 with about 70 percent of funding dollars earmarked for continuing projects and programs, such as the ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Roofing Alliance Student Competition and construction management partnerships with universities.

The Roofing Alliance seeks projects that enhance the performance of the U.S roofing industry. A few of the projects funded in 2019 focused on future workforce development, including providing funding for NRCA’s partnership with SkillsUSA to help build the professional reputation of roofing while increasing interest in roofing industry careers.

For information about specific criteria and the funding review process, visit www.roofingalliance.net/About/Funding. To learn more about the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA Encourages Industry to Come Together for Roofing Day in D.C. 2020

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) invites all roofing industry professionals to come together in Washington, D.C., to elevate the image of the industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Roofing Day in D.C. 2020 will take place April 21-22. All roofing professionals are urged to participate and consider bringing one or more employees.

“Help us demonstrate the depth of talent and diversity in our great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “As 2020 is an election year, it is especially important for roofing professionals to participate in Roofing Day in D.C. 2020.”

Roofing Day in D.C. brings together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals from throughout the country to voice the industry’s priorities to Capitol Hill. It is crucial members of Congress see roofing professionals and hear about the critical issues facing the roofing industry.

For more information about Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, contact NRCA’s Washington, D.C., office at (800) 338-5765 or visit www.nrca.net/advocacy/roofingday.

NRCA Encourages Members to Submit Charitable Projects for CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

For the eighth year, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and CNA have co-sponsored the 2020 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. NRCA roofing contractor members are urged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between January 1, 2019, and December 1, 2019, for consideration in the awards program, which shines a light on the roofing industry’s charitable works. The deadline for submissions is December 1.

Winning charities will receive:

  • 1st Place—$7,500
  • 2nd Place—$5,000
  • 3rd Place—$2,500
  • People’s Choice Award—$1,500

Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible to receive the award. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work.

NRCA awarded the 2019 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award to Showalter Roofing Service Inc., Naperville, Illinois, at the International Roofing Expo in February for its charitable work in 2018.

“We strongly believe in ‘prosperity with a purpose,’” said CJ Martin, president and CEO of Showalter Roofing Service. “For us, that purpose is seeing to the basic human need for shelter, warmth and a safe place to call home, and winning this award has helped us do just that. Thank you, CNA and NRCA!”

For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.nrca.net/about/NRCA-awards/cna-nrca-community-involvement.

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.