SPRI Appoints New Technical Director

SPRI, the association representing sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry, has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Randall E. Ober as Technical Director. Ober brings more than 35 years of commercial roofing experience to SPRI, and he possesses a wide range of expertise in single-ply materials, the development of new roofing systems, acquisition of code approvals, and promotion of products.

Ober opened his own consulting company, Mr. HeatWeld Consulting Services LLC, in 2016. For the 33 years prior, he held a number of senior positions at Carlisle SynTec Incorporated, including many facets of project management and project engineering. In addition to years of corporate experience, Ober possesses a history of distinguished volunteer work. He currently serves in a number of leadership roles within the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) and is a past recipient of the ASTM Award of Merit and Distinguished Leadership Award.

“I am thrilled to serve as Technical Director of SPRI,” Ober said. “I know I have big shoes to fill in taking the reins from Mike Ennis, but my 35-plus years in the commercial roofing industry has prepared me to be an effective advocate for the SPRI membership.”

Ober replaces Ennis, who has served as SPRI Technical Director for the past 13 years. Ennis began his association with SPRI as an employee of Dow Chemical. He served on a number of committees and task forces, as well as President for the 2004/2005 membership year. After becoming active in SPRI’s Board of Directors and Technical Committees, Ennis became Technical Director in 2007.

“Randy will do an outstanding job as Technical Director of SPRI,” said Ennis. “He is well known for his ability to work as part of a collaborative team and lead that team to consensus. This ability will greatly serve the members of SPRI.”

According to the organization, Ennis will work closely with incoming Technical Director Ober to ensure a smooth transition upon his retirement.

For more information, visit www.spri.org.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Offers Comprehensive Metal Roofing Course

To help support the booming demand for qualified metal roofing installers and providers, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering an extension course this winter entitled “Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc).”  

Held Dec. 5-6, 2019, early registration is now open at https://epd.wisc.edu/course/metal-roofing-systems/. A special $150 discount off of tuition for members of the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) also is available using code S-5DIS.

For contractors, construction and renovation businesses, and others looking to build their expertise in the metal roofing industry, this course is designed to be among the most comprehensive available. It covers fundamental principles and advanced topics in both low-slope and steep-slope metal roofing systems and focuses on a wide breadth of essential topics, such as commonly-specified materials and coatings, typical seam profiles, attachment techniques, sealants, flashings, underlayment, snow retention, re-roofing concerns, and design details.

“Demand for metal roofing is outstripping the supply of experienced, qualified installers and providers. That makes it an excellent time to capitalize on the metal roofing business opportunity,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director, the leading nonprofit trade association representing the industry in the U.S. and Canada. “Comprehensive educational resources like these are key for the industry’s continued growth and expansion.”

“Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc)” is suitable for anyone involved in metal roofing design, manufacturing, construction, maintenance, repair and re-roofing, or those looking to enter the field. Course participants can earn Continuing Education Units (CEU), Professional Development Hours (PDH) and AIA Learning Unit Health, Safety and Welfare (LU/HSW) credits.

For more information and to register for “Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc)”, visit https://epd.wisc.edu/course/metal-roofing-systems/. To learn more about the MRA and membership benefits for trades involved in the metal roofing industry, visit www.metalroofing.com

USGBC Opens Call for Proposals for the Next Version of LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)announced a call for proposals to solicit feedback and concepts for the next version of LEED. USGBC created the LEED green building program 20 years ago to measure and define green building and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings. LEED is updated through a continuous improvement process and with each new version USGBC is evolving LEED’s approach and challenging the building sector to be more resource efficient and sustainable.

In April 2019, USGBC officially released the complete suite of LEED v4.1 rating systems. LEED v4.1 emphasizes the human experience and pushes project teams to create spaces that not only reduce carbon emissions, energy, water use and waste, but also improve the health and well-being of the people who live, work, learn and play in these buildings, cities and communities every day.

“With LEED v4.1 we have fundamentally transformed our rating system development process,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “It has allowed us to become more agile and adaptable to incorporate real time feedback so that we can realistically raise the bar on the marketplace. We received an overwhelming response to our LEED v4.1 call for proposals, which has helped us to deliver on the market needs making LEED v4.1 successful and a market leader. Building on this success, we are excited to engage the market again to solicit ideas, proposals and feedback for improving LEED v4.1 and future versions of LEED. Together, we can continue the work we started with LEED v4.1 to ensure that LEED is not only the de facto leadership standard but also creating a better living standard.”

Cities around the world are mitigating climate risks by pledging to raise the bar to reduce carbon emissions. Investors are weighing their opportunities, consciously screening for projects that align with their values and prove winning ESG strategies. Building owners are pivoting focus to the occupants to reduce inequality, combat health concerns and deliver value to support the day-to-day needs of everyone and raise their living standard. The trajectory of LEED is to support these market changes by continuing to improve the performance throughout the lifecycle of buildings, advance net zero and net positive practices, and reward leaders based on their performance to enable building owners and city leaders to track progress toward environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

“There would be no LEED without the generous support of our members, advocates and stakeholders,” added Ramanujam. “I want to personally thank everyone who has supported us over the last 20 years and contributed to LEED’s development and growth. I am proud of what we’ve been able to do together this year with LEED v4.1, and I am excited and optimistic for what the future holds. I invite all members of the green building community to participate and help us define the vision for the next version of LEED as we work together to build a better future – because that future would not be possible without their leadership.

“Imagine a rating system adaptive and responsive to the ever-changing world around us. This is what we are working toward with LEED,” said Melissa Baker, senior vice president, LEED. “Now that LEED v4.1 is out and has been positively received by the community, we are exploring how we can strengthen LEED v4.1 and also plan what’s next for the rating system. We are working to ensure that LEED remains a global leadership standard, and we know that as we evolve LEED, industry feedback and support are critical.”

The USGBC community can participate in the call for LEED proposals session. Industry leaders can also join USGBC at the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo,  taking place in Atlanta November 19-22, 2019, for the “Future of LEED”  education session, which will review market feedback and provide updates on performance-based outcomes, transparency and continuous improvement to future versions of LEED.

For more information, visit https://new.usgbc.org/leed.

Roofing Technology Think Tank Announces 2019 – 2020 Board Members

Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), a group of progressive roofing professionals focused on technology solutions for the roofing industry, announced the 2019 – 2020 Board of Directors following the June 4 Virtual Meetup.

After completing their initial one-year term, Tom Whitaker, President of Harness Software, was elected to serve a full three-year term and Trent Cotney will leave the board but continue to serve as general counsel to the organization on a pro bono basis. Anna Anderson, CEO of Art Unlimited was elected to fill the vacancy and serve a full three-year term.  

Heidi J. Ellsworth, Partner, RoofersCoffeeShop.com and Karen Inman, Chief Operating Officer, Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, continue as board members with two years of service remaining. Steve Little, Head Coach at KPOST Roofing and Ken Kelly, President of Kelly Roofing each have one year left in their terms.  

RT3’s purpose statement is: RT3 thought leaders improve lives by discovering and leveraging technology accelerators to make our industry and roofscapes stronger. “RT3 is supported by a strong board of industry leaders,” stated Karen Edwards, RT3 Director of Communications and Member Engagement.  “They are truly passionate about the advancement of the roofing industry through the adoption of technology.”

The think tank meets six times a year, four virtual and two live with a focus on learning about new and emerging technologies.  Past live meetings have been held at innovative locations that help educate the group on progressive technologies that can make a difference in the roofing industry, including OMG Roofing Products, Vanderbilt Wond’ry, Microsoft Innovation Lab, Georgia Tech, BuiltWorlds and the U.S. Capitol.  The next live meetup is planned for the 3M Innovation Center and Roofing Granule Lab.

For more information, visit www.rt3thinktank.com.

Metal Roofing Alliance Announces New Members

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is gaining new members and affiliates as the metal roofing business opportunities in North America continue to expand. New MRA members include three new regional manufacturer members and three ancillary members.

MRA serves as a leading voice in driving market adoption of metal roofing and raising awareness for its exceptional durability, environmental benefits and all-season protection in any climate. As a nonprofit organization, MRA members benefit from increased marketing support, online lead generation and increased awareness through consumer and contractor information and educational initiatives.

New regional manufacturer MRA members include:

Cornett Roofing—Since 1991, Cornett has served as a Midwest leader in metal, slate, tile and solar roofing options. The company has offices in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio & Kentucky. www.cornettroofing.com

Sound Building Supply—Based in Renton, Wash., Sound Building Supply has been in business for more than 30 years and currently serves the Pacific Northwest territory, including Hawaii and Alaska. www.soundbuildingsupply.com

Vicwest—Founded in 1930 and headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Vicwest is a leading supplier of quality metal roofing and exterior building products for all segments of the construction industry across North America. www.vicwest.com

New ancillary MRA members include:

Arkema-Bostik—A global leader in specialty adhesive and bonding solutions, including those designed for the construction industry. www.arkema.com

MarketSharp—A software provider that delivers innovative marketing and management systems specifically for the home improvement industry. www.marketsharp.com

Mosaic—Software and financing solutions designed to help contractors and homeowners finance projects faster and more conveniently. www.joinmosaic.com

 “It’s a great time to get into the residential metal roofing business and our members are benefiting from expanded marketing opportunities and increased awareness among homeowners,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance. “Continued growth depends on the collective efforts, support and participation, so we’re thrilled to welcome fantastic new partner members this year.”

For more information about how to become an MRA member, visit www.metalroofing.com.

National Roofing Legal Resource Center Announces 2019 Legal Seminar

The National Roofing Legal Resource Center (NRLRC), in conjunction with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is proud to announce NRLRC’s 40th Anniversary Seminar, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, will take place in the Big Apple on September 18-21, at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York City.

NRLRC’s annual seminar allows attendees to share ideas and best practices, find solutions to problems, and build a lasting professional support network and business relationships that will thrive after the seminar.

New York City will provide the backdrop to an extraordinary three-day learning experience that offers roofing contractors 13+ hours of in-depth legal, contractual, technical and business information that can’t be found anywhere else.  In addition, contractors will discover 5-10 new ideas that can implemented immediately upon their return to the office.

“Contractors will have the opportunity to learn from some of the roofing industry’s brightest experts while interacting with their peers in a hands-on format,” stated Alison LaValley, NRLRC’s executive director. The seminar features legal experts Stephen Phillips, Phillip Siegel and Trent Cotney, as well as roofing industry experts Rene Dupuis, Reid Ribble, Mark Graham and Tom Shanahan.

As they continue with their commitment to educating roofing contractors, NRLRC and NRCA have consistently upgraded their seminar experience, and this year’s 40th Anniversary Seminar will be no exception. Attendee registration fees (NRCA Members – $995, Nonmembers – $1,595 and Spouse/Guest – $255) include three days of educational sessions, handout materials, an opening luncheon, two hot buffet breakfasts, breaks and receptions on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Spouses and guests also are welcomed and encouraged to attend, and a registration package is available for meal events and receptions.

“Legal issues are a fact of life in the roofing industry, and we need to make the most of every resource available,” stated Matthew Leonard, NRLRC president. “We encourage CEOs, owners, COOs, human resources professionals, safety directors, training directors, on-staff legal counsel, office managers and project managers to join us, and additional registrants from each company save $100 each. You really can’t afford not to attend,” Leonard added.

“Innovative ideas don’t come from thinking the same old way,” added Stephen Phillips, NRLRC counsel, “so, take a few days away from your office and experience our unique, informative, educational event in New York City.”

Be sure to view this year’s great seminar schedule – Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets.  For more information about the seminar, please contact Alison LaValley or Anne Schroeder at (847) 299-9092 or visit the NRLRC Annual Seminar website or www.nrlrc.net. Register today!

For more information, visit www.nrlrc.net.

Josh Kelly of OMG Named New President of the Roofing Alliance

Josh Kelly, vice president of new product development and innovation at OMG Roofing Products in Agawam, Mass., has been named as the 2019-20 president of the Roofing Alliance (formerly the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress).

Established in 1996 under the National Roofing Foundation, the Roofing Alliance is a not-for-profit group of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals working to shape, improve and advance the roofing industry. Through its programs, the Roofing Alliance has committed more than $13 million to help preserve and advance the U.S. roofing industry, and more than $5.5 million for research, education and technical programs and projects.

In his full-time position at OMG, Josh is responsible for leading product innovation and for managing OMG’s team of project managers, product engineers, and testing technicians.

Josh has over 25 years of experience in the commercial roofing industry, and was instrumental in commercializing the RhinoBond induction welding system. He has held several positions at OMG including marketing director, vice president of marketing and vice president/general manager.

In addition to being president of the Roofing Alliance, Josh is a member of the Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) and the National Roofing Contractors Assn (NRCA).

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

Congressman Casten Acknowledges the Importance of Community Service at National Roofing Week Charity Project

Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) spoke to volunteers June 8 at the site of two Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans homes in Wheaton, Ill., where the National Roofing Contractors Association and Showalter Roofing Service Inc., Naperville, Ill., teamed up for a local charity project for National Roofing Week.

National Roofing Week 2019 took place June 2-8 to raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business.

Organized by NRCA, National Roofing Week is held each year during the first full week of June and serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it often is taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

Casten started the day with remarks supporting community involvement and the roofing industry.

“I’m not sure there is a better way to get to know your neighbors than to do a construction project with them,” Casten says. “You are making a difference.

“I sit on the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, which has oversight for all housing components. The first bill we voted on as a committee was the Ending Homelessness Act of 2019 that would appropriate $13.27 billion in emergency relief funding to several critical federal housing programs and initiatives. It is unambiguously true that anything we do to ensure people have housing saves the government money. There is an overarching moral reason for doing this, too. I’m not saying it’s all about money. But once you have a house, attaining food and employment just becomes easier. What you are doing is so eminently important. Thank you for all you are doing.”

National Roofing Week 2019 is sponsored by National Women in Roofing; ABC Supply Co. Inc.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Carlisle SynTec; FlashCo; GAF; Polyglass U.S.A., Inc.; and Sherwin-Williams.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net/news-events/national-roofing-week.

ERA Leadership to Speak on Business Resilience at IBHS Event

Jared Blum, the Executive Director of the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA), will speak at a symposium on “Facing the Storm: The Case for Business Resilience” to be hosted on June 11 by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Blum will participate in a four-person interactive panel discussion on what actions can be taken by varying stakeholders to break the cycle of “repeated and preventable damage.” Also participating on the panel will be Rachel Minnery, Senior Director of Resilience, Adaptation and Disaster Assistance at The American Institute of Architects; Ryan Colker, Vice President of Innovation and Executive Director, Alliance for National and Community Resilience at the International Code Council; and Alex Contreras, Director of Preparedness, Coordination and Communication at the Office of Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

“It’s an honor to be included on this prestigious panel of experts who are making valuable contributions to a more resilient future for American business,” said Blum, “ERA is committed to making the construction community aware of the need for resilience in the built environment, and the role that EPDM can play in creating a resilient roofing system.”

“The specific attributes of EPDM make it uniquely valuable in attaining resilience in a structure,” said Ellen Thorp, Associate Executive Director of ERA, “We applaud the work that IBHS has done to provide science-based information about the need for resilience, and ERA is excited about joining them to support their important work.”

Responding to the heightened interest in and concern over the resilience of the built environment, ERA last year published its first annual report on resilience, “Building Resilience: The Roofing Perspective” and launched its microsite, EpdmTheResilientRoof.org. To add context to the information about EPDM products, the website provides a clearinghouse of sources about resilience, as well as an up-to-date roster of recent articles, blog posts, statements of professional organizations and other pertinent information about resilience. 

To access the complete ERA website, go to www.epdmroofs.org. To access the resilience microsite, go to www.EpdmTheResilientRoof.org.

MBCEA Swears in New Directors at 50th Annual Conference

The Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) was formed in 1968 to serve the needs and support the interests of metal building contractors and erectors. It has 3 main goals:

  • Education: To provide programs and venues that enhance education opportunities for metal building contractors and erectors.
  • Image Enhancement: To develop programs to enhance the image of metal building contractors and erectors, and the metal building industry.
  • Grassroots Support: To develop and maintain programs specifically designed to support and respond to the needs of the grassroots membership of the MBCEA.

The association is led by a volunteer Board of Directors. On May 1, 2019 at the MBCEA Awards Ceremony, David Bergholz of Chief Buildings and C. Tucker Cope Jr of C. Tucker Cope & Associates were formally sworn in as Directors by Keith Wentworth, current MBCEA President.  Bergholz and Cope promised to fulfill the duties of providing governance to the organization, representing it to the community, giving full attention to whatever business is presented, and representing the best interests of the organization.

Bergholz has been in the Buildings Division of Chief Industries for 40 years and his experience has taught him the importance of why details matter. With over 25 years in the construction industry, Cope has developed a reputation as an outstanding engineer, employer, business owner, and leader. They will serve a three-year term on the MBCEA Board.

For more information, visit www.mbcea.org.