Tile Roofing Institute Announces New Name and Brand Identity

The Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) announced a name change to the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (TRI Alliance) as it expands its activities in the representation, education, training and legislative roles within the tile roofing industry in the U.S. and Canada. The new name represents a broader scope of shared knowledge, comradery and advocacy as an association.

For more than 30 years, TRI Alliance has been the primary voice for concrete and clay tile roofing, serving not only as a resource and advocate, but also as a true partner, working closely with members, builders, contractors and legislators as allies to create change. Rick Olson, president of the TRI Alliance stated, “Through our research we have discovered a need to bring further awareness to tile roofing and our organization. Our new name and logo underscores our objectives of taking a more assertive role within the industry to ensure that building codes and installation techniques continue to advance and to work collectively in alliance with our industry partners to promote the benefits of tile roofing in an ever-evolving roofing market.”

A new logo was designed to support the new name and expanded mission of the TRI Alliance. The logo utilizes a roof icon that conveys upward movement as the association drives toward loftier goals within the tile roofing industry, while also invoking the visual representation of a home. The clean and contemporary design of the logo represents the many sleek and modern options that can be found within an evolving design base for both concrete and clay tile roofing.

The logo was designed to be utilized in two ways – one being primary seal and the other a supporting mark. The seal reinforces the educational and training mission of the organization. 

Along with the new name and new logo, TRI Alliance will be launching a new website. The new site will offer in-depth information of value to architects, designers, homeowners, contractors and builders, detailing expanded design options, sustainability and performance properties of tile roofing.

Olson noted, “The longevity, sustainability and aesthetic variety of tile roofing is beyond compare in the roofing industry, but often overlooked.” Olson continued, “In the wake of a yearwith record-breaking hurricane and wildfire seasons, our goal is to raise awareness of theperformance values of tile roofing, which is naturally fire-resistant, as well as the benefits ofadvanced installation techniques developed for peak performance during high winds so thatmore builders and contractors in more areas of the country are able to extend these benefits tomore home owners.”

The TRI Alliance will be unveiling the new name and logo Tuesday, February 12, 2019, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Redneck Riviera, 208 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee. The announcement celebration coincides with the International Roofing Expo, February 11-13 at Music City Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

For more information, visit www.tileroofing.org.

Helene Hardy Pierce Receives NRCA J.A. Piper Award

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Helene Hardy Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations at GAF, Parsippany, N.J., is the 72nd recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention held Feb. 9-13 in Nashville. The J.A. Piper award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

Hardy Pierce, the first woman to earn the honor, serves on NRCA’s board of directors and is a member of NRCA’s Residential Contractor Committee, Roofing Day Task Force and Technical Operations Committee. She also has served as a Roofing Alliance student competition judge from 2015-19.

Hardy Pierce has been in the roofing industry for 38 years and has served on the board of directors for the Coalition for Procurement Reform; Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, where she also served as president; Roof Consultants Institute Foundation; and Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, where she also served as president.

She has been involved with numerous other roofing industry organizations, including the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, ASTM International and SPRI.

“During her nearly four decades in the industry, she has seen an ebb and flow of people who understand what doesn’t change—the result of a lifetime of experience, trial and error and a long institutional memory,” said 2018 J.A. Piper Award winner Rob McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company. “She has been a passionate advocate for our industry, and her contributions are endless—many of us here have benefited from her integrity, cutting-edge research, and valuable technical papers and presentations.”

“Those of you who know me know I believe we have a very kind industry with people who show up every day and solve problems, and it has only been a joy to be a part of it,” Hardy Pierce said when accepting the award. “Thank you very much, and I am beyond honored to receive this award from contractors who I respect so much.”

First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA President Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Announces 2019-20 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association announced its 2019-20 slate of officers and directors at its 132nd Annual Convention held Feb. 11-13 in Nashville, Tenn.

Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, has been elected NRCA chairman of the board, and Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Ill., was elected chairman of the board-elect. Kyle Thomas, owner/vice president of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala.; Tupac de la Cruz, founder of Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La.; Doug Duncan, president of Nations Roof, Villa Park, Ill.; and Brad Sutter, executive vice president of Sutter Roofing Co. of Florida, Sarasota, Fla., were elected vice chairmen.

Additionally, the following were elected as new NRCA directors:

  • Bill Baley, president and CEO of C.I. Services Inc., Mission Viejo, Calif.
  • Greg Bloom, vice president of national and strategic accounts at Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Herndon, Va.
  • Collin DeBuysere, project manager at Roofing Technology Inc., Davenport, Iowa
  • Scott Donnelly, president of Cooper Roofing & Solar LLC, Las Vegas
  • Don Fry, president of Fry Roofing Inc., San Antonio
  • Dave Hesse, vice president of Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Frederick, Md.
  • Scott Kawulok, vice president of B & M Roofing of Colorado Inc., Frederick, Colo.
  • Kyle King, president of James King Roofing LLC, Lynnwood, Wash.
  • Rob Kornahrens, CEO of Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Richard Lawson, senior vice president of The Lawson Roofing Co. Inc., San Francisco
  • Matt Leonard, vice president of Architectural Sheet Metal Inc., Orlando, Fla.
  • J.J. Smithey, president of Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, Ohio
  • Lisa Sprick, president of Sprick Roofing Co. Inc., Corvallis, Ore.
  • All 2019-20 officers and directors will assume their roles June 1, 2019.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

ARMA Releases 2018 Q4 Report on Asphalt Roofing Product Shipments

The 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 final quarter of 2018. The report includes year-to-date shipment information and a comparison with the prior year’s data.

“By issuing these reports, ARMA is providing the interested members of the public an opportunity to stay up-to-date on the asphalt roofing industry,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock.

Asphalt Roofing Product Shipments

Shipments (squares)Q4-2018Q4-2017% ChangeYTD 2018YTD 2017% Change
Shingles – US (including Individual shingles)29,962,04430,379,426-1.4%143,453,436151,098,256-5.1%
BUR – US (not including saturated felts)1,674,3702,170,704-22.9%7,919,1579,290,841-14.8%
Modified Bitumen – US7,800,1727,853,109-0.7%35,387,38434,361,4383.0%
Shingles – Canada(including Individualshingles)1,305,0051,969,802-33.7%14,355,45014,876,926-3.5%

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 https://asphaltroofing.org.

SPFA Announces National Industry Excellence Award Winners

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, today announced the winners of the 14th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards. Winners of the prestigious industry awards program represent standout contractors and projects in the Spray Polyurethane Foam sector in insulation, roofing and specialty applications, as well as in elastomeric coatings. The winners were recognized in front of their peers and industry at the awards luncheon held onsite at the Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo in Daytona Beach, Florida on February 6.

“This year our judges were blown away by the caliber and diversity of projects submitted for these prestigious awards,” said Denny Vandewater, Owner of Sadler Coating Systems Eagle Grove, IA, SPFA Past-President and Chairman of the 2019 SPFA Awards Program. “While we are only able to honor some of our contractor entries each year, we are very pleased with all of the projects reviewed this year as they represent best practices, innovation and the highest achievable performance of spray polyurethane foam.”

The awards program recognizes standout projects in six categories including: SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet; SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet; Elastomeric Roof Coatings; Commercial Wall Foam; Residential Wall Foam; and Specialty Applications.

The winners and runners up of the 14th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards include:

· West Roofing Systems with supplier Accella for John Muir Elementary in Parma, Ohio (Winner – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)

· Cool-Roof Systems with supplier National Coatings Corporation for The Plunge at Belmont Park in San Diego, California (Runner up – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)

· Wedge Roofing with supplier Everest Systems for Birkenstock USA Headquarters in Novato, California (Winner – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)

· Central Coating Company, Inc. with supplier Carlisle Roof Foam & Coatings for Rodney Strong Vineyards – A Roofing & Solar Project in Healdsburg, California (Runner up – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)

· Roof Asset Management, Inc. and supplier National Coatings Corp. for Lucix Corporation Facility in Camarillo, California (Winner – Elastomeric Roof Coatings)

· West Roofing Systems and supplier Henry for MK Asset Management in Norcross, Georgia, Des Plaines, Illinois, and Round Lake Beach, Illinois (Runner up – Elastomeric Roof Coatings)

· Purefoam Roofing & Insulation with supplier NCFI for the Central Lab Phase 7 in Frankfort, Kentucky (WINNER – Commercial Wall Foam)

· Houlden Contractors with supplier Icynene-Lapolla for the Houlden Contractors Western Division Headquarters in Chass County, Nebraska (Runner up – Commercial Wall Foam)

· Coastal Insulation with supplier Icynene-Lapolla for the Upper West Side NYC Condominiums (346 & 350 West 71st Street) in New York, New York (WINNER – Residential Wall Foam)

· Fencil Urethane Systems with supplier SWD Urethane for Eagle’s Bluff in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (Runner up – Residential Wall Foam)

· STA-AESS-RES, LLC dba “Foam Shielding Technologies” with supplier NCFI for Gamma Guard Radiation Shielding Polyurethane Foam; Tank Waste Radiation Shielding & Macro-Encapsulation in Richland, Washington (WINNER – Specialty Applications)

· Elite Insulation & PolyPro LLC and supplier Icynene-Lapolla for Interstate 81 Reed Creek, Wythe County Bridges in Virginia (Runner up – Specialty Applications)

“We are incredibly proud of all of our participating contractor members and these innovative projects completed throughout 2018,” said Tiffiny Flaim, President of the SPFA. “Projects like these prove the energy efficiency, durability, variety of use, and performance capabilities of spray foam and remind us why we are all so passionate about SPF.”

The annual awards are a key part of the Sprayfoam Show 2019, the nation’s largest annual event dedicated to spray polyurethane foam. The annual convention and expo also features: onsite exams and training for the SPFA’s Professional Certification Program; a robust exhibit hall showcasing more than 95 booth displays; a four-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; the Annual Golf Tournament; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; and an entertainment filled Closing Party. Attendees at the Sprayfoam Show 2019 represent the complete Spray Polyurethane Foam industry and value chain, as well as the general public. 

For more information, visit http://www.sprayfoam.org and  www.thesprayfoamshow.com.

Cotney Construction Law Launches Subscription Plan

Cotney Construction Law, a full-service national law firm for construction, specialty trades and OSHA law,announced the new Cotney Construction Law Subscription Plan, a new service designed to help roofing contractors reduce risk and budget for their legal costs. 

Cotney Construction Law works with all types and sizes of construction companies across the country. According to the firm, Cotney Construction Law is able to provide legal services with predictable billing to reduce risk and increase a company’s bottom line. Cotney Construction Law subscription services provide a subscription-based plan that is tailored to the client. It provides the client with a predictable monthly billing plan for non-litigation matters. Clients will have the flexibility to select a subscription level that best suits their needs at a set monthly rate. 

According to the firm, roofing companies that enroll in a subscription-based plan will have access to attorneys to assist with a variety of legal issues. Additionally, clients will be able to utilize law firm subscription-based services to ensure their companies follow laws and regulations that impact their businesses. 

“Whether you are a sole proprietor starting a new company or a multi-national contractor that is several generations old, budgeting for legal spend is essential to the maintenance of a profitable roofing business,” said Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law. “Every roofing project consists of several moving parts that must be coordinated and balanced in order to complete the project and ultimately turn a profit. Cotney Construction Law helps their clients achieve this goal by managing risks in their contractual agreements, advising clients on good business practices and, when necessary, vigorously representing their clients in disputes.”

For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.

The 2019 IRE Sells Out Tradeshow Floor

The 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) trade show floor has completely sold out, topping out at more than 151,800 square feet and more than 500 exhibitors. The also marks the largest show floor in the event’s history, according to show management.  

Taking place February 11-13, 2019, at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, the International Roofing Expo is the premiere roofing construction and maintenance event where roofing professionals gather to experience face-to-face interaction, product review, education and networking.

“The commitment and involvement from so many leading industry manufacturers and suppliers demonstrates trust in the International Roofing Expo brand and its ability to deliver qualified buyers from every segment of the industry,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE Show Director. “In 2018 the IRE was awarded the TSNN Top 50 Fastest Growing Tradeshows, and this year’s show is even larger than last year”. 

Exhibiting companies will feature products and services spanning 40 categories, including adhesives, built-up roofing, coatings, fasteners, gutters, metal roofing, modified bitumen, roof/ decking materials, roof pavers, shingles, skylights, slate, spray polyurethane foam, tile, vapor retarders, ventilation, walkways/ballast, waterproofing, and much more.

The trade show floor is just one aspect of the three-day event. Other highlights include a robust educational conference program consisting of 122 education hours and 44 sessions, a variety of special events, many of which are sold out, show floor education, as well as unlimited networking opportunities and so much more. 

Online registration is available at www.TheRoofingExpo.com/en/register.

For more information, visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

NRCA Releases Latest Volume of the NRCA Roofing Manual

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019is now availablein the NRCA Bookstore. This volume of the manual provides information about the best industry practices and technical information regarding the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to membrane roof systems used in low-slope applications. It offers roof system configurations with a list of applicable roof components and references on where to find additional information in the manual. It also includes construction details for built-up roof (BUR) membrane, polymer-modified bitumen, liquid-applied, EPDM and other single-ply membrane roof systems. 

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019is one of four volumes that comprise The NRCA Roofing Manual. The four-volume series also includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems—2016The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2017; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control—2018.

NRCA also will offer an electronic PDF version of the 2019 volume in the NRCA Bookstore, which is free for members. In addition, the 2019 volume will be available on the NRCA app.

For more information, visit NRCA’s bookstore at www.nrca.net/store.

OSHA Issues Final Rule to Protect the Privacy of Workers

To protect worker privacy, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year. These establishments are still required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).

By preventing routine government collection of information that may be quite sensitive, including descriptions of workers’ injuries and body parts affected, OSHA is avoiding the risk that such information might be publicly disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This rule will better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular worker by removing the requirement for covered employers to submit their information from Forms 300 and 301. The final rule does not alter an employer’s duty to maintain OSHA Forms 300 and 301 on-site, and OSHA will continue to obtain these forms as needed through inspections and enforcement actions. 

In addition, this rule will allow OSHA to focus its resources on initiatives that its past experience has shown to be useful—including continued use of information from severe injury reports that helps target areas of concern, and seeking to fully utilize a large volume of data from Form 300A—rather than on collecting and processing information from Forms 300 and 301 with uncertain value for OSHA enforcement and compliance assistance.

The agency is also amending the recordkeeping regulation to require covered employers to electronically submit their Employer Identification Number with their information from Form 300A. The final rule’s requirement for employers to submit their EIN to OSHA electronically along with their information from OSHA Form 300A will make the data more useful for OSHA and BLS, and could reduce duplicative reporting burdens on employers in the future.

OSHA has determined that this final rule will allow OSHA to improve enforcement targeting and compliance assistance, protect worker privacy and safety, and decrease burden on employers.

Collection of Calendar Year 2018 information from the OSHA Form 300A began on January 2, 2019. The deadline for electronic submissions is March 2, 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.

The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo Names Keynote Speaker

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, announced Ian Altman will deliver the keynote address at The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo. The largest annual event dedicated to Spray Polyurethane Foam, the convention will take place February 4 through 7 in Daytona Beach, Florida, and will include educational tracks, a robust exhibit hall, annual awards programs, onsite professional certification testing and much more.

“The Sprayfoam Show is the industry’s biggest event of the year and we are expecting the who’s who in spray foam to all be there,” said Tiffiny Flaim, president of the SPFA.  “This year’s exhibit hall is bigger than ever and we expect our Professional Certification Program testing sessions onsite to pull in a lot of participants. Our roster of speakers is also sure to provide the right mix of knowledge and entertainment. There’s something at this show for everyone.”

Ian Altman will present “A Modern Approach to Grow Your Business That Everyone Can Embrace, Even Your Customer,” a keynote address showcasing a unique approach to sales and marketing outlining concrete steps to achieve results rather than hype. Ian Altman is recognized for growing the value of his own companies from zero to over $1 billion and utilizes that experience to communicate insights that set organizations on the path to success. Altman’s keynote is scheduled for the morning of February 6.

Additional Sprayfoam Show General Session Featured Speakers include Tiffiny Flaim, who will provide insights into the current spray foam marketplace, and Geoff Ferrell, chief technology officer with Mandalay Homes, presenting “A Grid-Invisible Future-Focused Neighborhood and SPF” about a recent development in Arizona which is net zero energy and leverages spray foam insulation. 

The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo is anticipated to draw more than 1,200 of the industry’s participants to Daytona Beach. To be held at the Ocean Center, the event will feature: a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall showcasing more than 95 booth displays; a four-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; the 14th Annual Industry Excellence Awards; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated significant dedication to the betterment of the organization and industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; SPFA Professional Certification Program testing onsite; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; an entertainment filled Closing Bash and Networking Party. 

“This truly is the one event that everyone interested in spray foam waits for all year,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the SPFA. “No matter what aspect of the industry they come from, our attendees consistently say this is a must attend event with tremendous value.”

Accella Polyurethane Systems is the Victory Lane Sponsor of The Sprayfoam Show 2019. Pole Position Sponsors include Chemours, Gacoä, Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation, SES Polyurethane Systems and Thermoseal. 

For more information, visit thesprayfoamshow.com and at www.sprayfoam.org/expo.