RCI Issues Call for Abstracts for 2019 Building Envelope Technology Symposium

RCI, Inc. is seeking abstracts for consideration for the 2019 Building Envelope Technology Symposium, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, November 11-12, 2019. Abstracts of each paper (200 words) should be received at RCI headquarters by April 18, 2019. The RCI Building Envelope Symposium Committee will review abstracts, and authors will be notified regarding acceptance of abstracts by May 10, 2019. If accepted, papers should be received at RCI headquarters by July 12, 2019, for peer review.

Suggested topics include:
• Innovative Technologies & Practices
• Façade Systems and Technologies
• Unique Façade Design Solutions
• The Building Envelope as a Design
Statement
• Energy Conservation Design
• Designing Façades That Will Improve
Indoor Air Quality
• Economics and Life Cycle Analysis
• Panelized Stone or Masonry Systems
• Sealants – Design and Selection; Appropriate Specification Quality Assurance
• Hygrothermal Analysis in Façade Designs
• Façades Designed to Achieve Sustainability
• Unique Detail Design Work
• Curtain Walls
• Double-Wall Façades
• Roofing
• Brick Masonry
• Stone Masonry
• Waterproofing
• Stucco
• EIFS
• Metal Wall Panels
• Air-Barrier Systems
• Testing Wall Systems
• Construction Processes

Papers and abstracts accepted for presentation may subsequently be published in RCI publications. RCI reserves the right of first publication of all submitted materials accepted for presentation at any event sponsored by RCI and retains the copyright thereafter. All submitted abstracts and papers must be original to the author and not previously published or presented nor scheduled for publication or presentation in any other publication or venue. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of RCI.

Those interested in submitting an abstract are invited to contact the RCI headquarters for a copy of the Abstract Submittal Form and RCI Guidelines for Presentations, complete directions on formatting, and acceptable formats for abstracts and papers. A topic description must be provided addressing the speaker’s subject knowledge and the level of knowledge that will be presented to the attendee (i.e., beginner, intermediate or advanced). Six RCI CEHs will be granted for an accepted paper. Additionally, presenters will earn triple credit for the length of the program (1 presentation hour yields 3 CEHs).

Note: Owners/clients (if applicable) must have been notified this abstract is being submitted for consideration of a presentation at the RCI Symposium on Building Envelope Technology and have given consent to do so.

For further information regarding abstract and paper submittal, contact:
Tina Hughes
RCI Assistant Director of Conventions and Meetings
1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 204
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 800-828-1902
Email: thughes@rci-online.org

For more information, visit https://rci-online.org.

Roofing Technology Think Tank Members Hold Meeting at Microsoft Campus

RT3In their continuing effort to learn, understand and share with the industry how the latest technologies can be applied to roofing, the Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) recently held an exciting Live Meetup on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington. RT3 Board member Ken Kelly, president of Kelly Roofing, leveraged his relationship with Microsoft and their partner, HCL Power Objects, to arrange the event.

Kelly Roofing has been a pioneer in leveraging technology through the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform to streamline and accelerate the company’s business processes. Working through Power Objects, Kelly has a robust system running all aspects of his business from initial lead capture on his website, all the way through estimating, proposal, ordering, installation and warranty filing. Kelly Roofing was recognized by Microsoft, winning the Modern Small or Medium Business category of the 2015 Visionary Award.

Kelly opened the day by providing an overview of how Microsoft solutions work together to help him be more productive in running his business more effectively and efficiently. He is passionate about technology and explained that passion in an interview with RT3 member and Art Unlimited CEO Anna Anderson saying, “If you think about our industry, we get stuck in our own little world, we have blinders on. To be able to come [to Microsoft] see what some of the world’s best practices are and how they are leveraging tech in all industries and to be able to adopt that and bring it to our industry is super exciting.”

After hearing from Kelly, the group toured Microsoft’s Internet of Things (IOT) lab where they were able to see the future of how technology will be used to help keep workers safe on the jobsite. Pankaj Gupta, the general manager of the Business Innovation Group at Microsoft partner HCL, works in the lab and provided a tour and demonstration to RT3 members. Gupta showed how a hard hat was fitted with sensors that use the internet to communicate vital information to someone not on the jobsite. For instance, it could detect if a worker were struck on the head or experienced a fall. Similar sensors are available that could be inserted into a safety vest or on a harness.

The Microsoft team demonstrated how a hard hat and safety vest fitted with sensors could communicate vital information to others far from the jobsite.

The Microsoft team demonstrated how a hard hat and safety vest fitted with sensors could communicate vital information to others far from the jobsite.

The lab also was in the process of adapting a fitness watch that can monitor and send data about a worker’s heart rate, their body temperate and blood pressure, which would allow a company to understand the amount of stress being placed on that worker and when they needed to rest, rehydrate, etc. A cell phone was adapted so that it was being tracked on the floor plan of a building, which was showing on a computer monitor – anytime it moved physically, it would indicate on the screen where it was going. Imagine what knowing where a worker is on a jobsite would do for keeping them away from unsafe areas.

Other demonstrations included innovations that Microsoft was working on for Boeing related to crowd safety in airports. A scanner was able to look at the faces of the group and determine who was happy versus who might be angry. There were some really truly amazing innovations that RT3 members were able to see and experience.

After the demonstrations in the lab, members had the opportunity to hear presentations from Scott Dwyer, Capabilities Manager of Business Applications for Power Object. He explained the PowerPlatform that Kelly Roofing uses, starting with Dynamics 365 which then leverages the capabilities of PowerApps that allow users to create their own workflows with no development time needed. The whole process leads to powerful business intelligence that allows a company to review and refine their processes.

Dwyer was followed by Bill Kramer, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Director of Product Marketing, Mike Ehrenberg, Technical Fellow for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Kyle Young, Product Lead for Field Service. The Microsoft team was able to help the RT3 team understand the practical applications for contractors as well as how their product team approached development to ensure that their solutions remain modern, unified, intelligent and adaptable to a wide range of businesses.

The team then shared a video that demonstrated how a tech in the field was able to use the HoloLens, a self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you. This video (at the 48:48 mark) starts with a Microsoft Dynamics 365 system sales order and walks you through the company’s Power Business Intelligence dashboard that pushes a notification to a field technician to install the lights. The tech uses the HoloLens (at the 56:40 mark) and was able to replace the light on the Polaris ATV with remote assistance from a Polaris specialist in the hologram being able to see everything he was seeing and providing instruction from offsite.

The HoloLens is a self-contained, holographic computer, enabling users to engage with digital content.

The HoloLens is a self-contained, holographic computer, enabling users to engage with digital content.

Committed to learning and disseminating information into the roofing industry, RT3 members wrapped up their day by breaking into roundtable to discuss what they learned and determine how these solutions can help within the industry. They are also working with the team at Microsoft to develop a video to show exactly how mixed reality can be used in the roofing industry.

For more information about RT3 or sign up to become a member, visit www.rt3thinktank.com.

Contractors who want to learn more from Ken Kelly can contact him via email at Ken@KellyRoofing.com.

General Coatings Manufacturing Corp. Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., Fresno, Calif., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, joining NRCA as a “partner member.”

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“General Coatings is proud to be a member of NRCA,” says Will Lorenz, vice president of sales for General Coatings Manufacturing Corp. “We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in the One Voice initiative. As a manufacturer of spray foam roof systems, GCMC supports NRCA’s workforce development and sensible regulatory policies to sustain the roofing industry.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Crane Operator Certification Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment. The final rule will maintain safety and health protections for workers while reducing compliance burdens.

Under the final rule, employers are required to train operators as needed to perform assigned crane activities, evaluate them, and document successful completion of the evaluations. Employers who have evaluated operators prior to December 9, 2018, will not have to conduct those evaluations again, but will only have to document when those evaluations were completed.

The rule also requires crane operators to be certified or licensed, and receive ongoing training as necessary to operate new equipment. Operators can be certified based on the crane’s type and capacity, or type only, which ensures that more accredited testing organizations are eligible to meet OSHA’s certification program requirements. The final rule revises a 2010 requirement that crane operator certification must specify the rated lifting capacity of cranes for which the operator is certified. Compliant certifications that were already issued by type and capacity are still acceptable under this final rule.

The final rule, with the exception of the evaluation and documentation requirements, will become effective on Dec. 9, 2018. The evaluation and documentation requirements will become effective on February 7, 2019.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

 

Roofing Alliance President Challenges Industry to Adopt 165 Ronald McDonald House Roofs

Roofing Alliance president Rod Petrick has issued a challenge to all Roofing Alliance and NRCA members: to adopt the remaining 53 roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the United States by November 30. Petrick’s goal of inspecting, repairing, maintaining and replacing these roofs is within reach and will impact families with sick children across the country by keeping them together when they need it most. Numerous roofing professionals have already risen to the challenge by adopting 112 of the roofs.

At 166 members strong, the Roofing Alliance serves as the foundation for the National Roofing Contractors Association and is a dedicated forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals who promote and fund the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic initiatives to help the roofing industry and their greater communities.

In April of 2017, the Roofing Alliance began working with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) by supporting their efforts to help families with critically ill children stay together and near the hospitals providing them medical care. Ronald McDonald Houses provide private sleeping rooms, meals, and opportunities for families to interact as they go through difficult times. Through sponsorship funds and the adoption of the roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses in the U.S., the Roofing Alliance has brought together roofing professionals and companies who donate their time and talents to provide regular roof system inspections, maintenance, repairs and replacements.

“This fall we have been reaching out to our Roofing Alliance and NRCA member to collect data, so we can help the Ronald McDonald Houses with their roof replacement plans,” said Petrick, owner of Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Illinois. “We’re asking our contractors to inspect the roofs and report back to us on the condition of the roof, the roofing system currently in place, the estimated life expectancy, anticipated and actual work to be done, and the dollar value of the in-kind labor and materials provided or available. Once we receive the information, we enter it into our database and establish a baseline of roof conditions, so we can begin helping RMHC develop roof maintenance and replacement plans.”

Alliance members take pride in knowing that their work truly makes a difference. Petrick put his words into action this summer when his company, along with Bennett & Brosseau Roofing of Romeoville, Illinois, collaborated on steep-slope repairs, the reroof of a four-story flat roof section and a skylight restoration at the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. “During the experience, I found out that a member of my crew utilized a Ronald McDonald House when his child was sick; this really hit home for us,” Petrick added.

Another Roofing Alliance and NRCA member, Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, California, was the member who initially brought the RMHC initiative to the Roofing Alliance’s attention. He is proud of Petrick’s continued work and mission to make the initiative such a success. “Rod envisions comfortable and dry Ronald McDonald Houses available for families with sick children across this country,” Antis stated. “We want to be sure that we get roofing companies connected to all 165 Houses. It is an amazing opportunity for the roofing industry to give back on such a large scale.”

Susan E. Kenny, development director for the Orange County (California) Ronald McDonald House, worked with Antis Roofing and Waterproofing to repair the roof on her location. Kenny said if Antis would not have made the roof repairs, the organization would have never known there was something wrong; she’s very grateful for their work. “What started as a simple conversation about how we could work together to support our Orange County families soon developed into a national partnership to support RMHC families across the country,” Kenny added. “I love how Charles and his team think big! It’s not just about our neighbors; it’s about what they can do to make our world a better place. The engagement of the Roofing Alliance at all levels has created incredible momentum.”

To learn more, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.

Reliant Roofing Announces Final Recipient of Every Shingle Heart Initiative

Reliant Roofing announced their final recipient of the 2018 Every Shingle Heart Initiative to the Samaritan Food Pantry based out of Macclenny, Florida. This is the first year that Reliant Roofing has included a non-profit in their annual Every Shingle Heart Initiative, which provides new roofs to the community. Earlier this year, Reliant Roofing announced in a surprise ceremony their selection of two local families to receive new roofs.

CEO Sean Shapiro says, “Our ultimate goal with Every Shingle Heart was to bring our community together and help as many people as possible. With this in mind, we have chosen the Samaritan Food Pantry as the third recipient of our 2018 Every Shingle Heart Initiative. This organization provides food and other supplies to those in need. Their volunteers are the nicest people, who truly care about the individuals who live in their community. Their facility has been damaged heavily by hurricanes and hail, and we felt that the food pantry deserved to have someone help them for a change.”

Reliant Roofing will begin replacement of the new roof on Saturday, November 17. That day, the team will also be hosting a food drive to benefit the Samaritan Food Pantry. Non-perishable Thanksgiving Dinner food items can be dropped off between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations will also be accepted November 1st – November 19th. Items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at United Christian Church located at 590 North 7th Street Macclenny, Fla.

Pastor Mitch Rhoden of the Samaritan Food Pantry says, “We appreciate anybody that can help us feed 1000 people or more per month. Reliant Roofing is helping us do what God has called us to do, which is help care for the residents in our community in Baker County. We are just so appreciative and thankful for the roof replacement donation along with the Thanksgiving food drive that Reliant Roofing is hosting on our behalf. We feed 1,000 people or more a month and that number will be even higher during the holiday months. The need for help here is great, so this roof and food donation is such a blessing and we can’t express enough how much we appreciate all the help!”

All three recipients of the 2018 Every Shingle Heart Initiative will have their new roofs completed by the end of this year. To learn more about our recipients and Every Shingle Heart visit: https://reliantroofing.com/everyshingleheart/.

For more information, visit reliantroofing.com.

CertainTeed Corporation Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced building materials manufacturer CertainTeed Corporation, headquartered in Malvern, Pa., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and are eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“For more than 30 years, CertainTeed has been listening and responding to professional roofing contractors on key industry topics,” says Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Corporation. “We are pleased to align our efforts with NRCA’s One Voice initiative to support efforts to address the important issues that will impact the future of this profession.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

RICOWI Announces Deployment of Teams to Hurricane Michael

The RICOWI Board of Directors announced deployment of four teams to investigate the damage to roofs from Hurricane Michael in the Panama City, Florida area. This will be the sixth hurricane team deployment. The Wind Investigation Program (WIP) teams include wind engineers, roofing material specialists, insurance analysts, structural engineers, and consultants.

The WIP mission is to investigate the field performance of roof assemblies after major wind storm events, factually describe roof assembly performance and modes of damage, and formally report results of investigations and damage modes for substantiated wind speeds. A report will be generated and made available online at www.ricowi.com.

This program places experts in the field that have the required product knowledge and program training to ensure that sound, scientific and unbiased reporting occurs. The reports generated by RICOWI investigation teams are utilized to help educate all stakeholders and improve products, installation techniques, and safety. They are designed to help reduce overall roofing and insurance costs for the industry. The results will also provide a valuable resource to FEMA and state emergency management agencies.

RICOWI chairman David Balistreri stated: “RICOWI volunteers will provide factual information on the roof damage, based on wind speed and other data. Clearly, this information will improve the roofing structure, and greatly help the community in the long term.”

Prior to Hurricane Michael, RICOWI conducted five of the most comprehensive roofing investigations of hurricane-stricken areas: Hurricanes Charley (August 13, 2004), Ivan (September 16, 2004), Katrina (August 29, 2005) Ike (September 13, 2008), and a smaller investigation for Hurricane Irma (October 31, 2017).

For additional information about RICOWI, or assisting with sponsorships of this research, contact RICOWI’s Executive Director, Joan Cook, by phone at 330-671-4569 or via email at jcook@ricowi.com.

For more information, visit www.ricowi.com.

 

Heidi J. Ellsworth and Karen L. Edwards Launch Second Marketing Book for Roofing Contractors

Heidi J. Ellsworth and Karen L. Edwards, consultants in the roofing industry focused on sales and marketing, have released a second book focused on marketing planning. As a follow up to their successful introductory-level book, Sales and Marketing for Roofing Contractors, the pair have teamed up again to publish the next book in the series, Building a Marketing Plan for Roofing Contractors.

The book serves as a guide and a workbook for contractors to understand each step and section of developing a strong marketing plan. It includes action items that allow contractors to answer the questions that will help them create their own marketing plan and identify the resources to help them implement that plan. With information that will help any small business, this book shows how to build a marketing plan and features an appendix with helpful templates that demonstrate the structure of the plan, a budget guideline and other useful tools.

“I think one of the biggest things I took away is the importance of having a plan,” stated Lynne Marie H. Rosado, Marketing Director of Houston, Texas-based R. B. Hash Roofing and Waterproofing. “I was able to work towards the items I felt were most important for R. B. Hash this year, which included re-branding with a new logo and launching a new website. These things take time and you want to do it right the first time, so having a plan with marketing items to focus on this year helped us prevent wasted time and money.”

Both books can be purchased on Amazon or the NRCA bookstore.

Ellsworth and Edwards are actively involved in RoofersCoffeeShop.com, Ellsworth as a partner and Edwards as the site’s editor. They also have their own consulting companies, HJE Consulting and Casimir Group LLC, respectively. They both also work with several industry manufacturers, service providers and roofing contractors throughout the country. Ellsworth and Edwards are available to speak to contractor audiences as part of training and educational programs.

For more information, visit their RoofersCoffeeShop Directory.

MRA Searches for Top Survivor Home of 2018

Hurricanes, wildfires, massive hail storms, snow, ice, wind and more: for plenty of U.S. and Canadian homeowners, 2018 brought it all.

Now, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is seeking stories from homeowners with metal roofs who survived Mother Nature’s wrath for a chance to earn the title of MRA’s Top Survivor Home of the Year and a $1,500 grand prize. To enter, homeowners simply need to submit their story in 200 words or less about the challenge their home withstood during 2018, along with a photo via the official entry page at www.metalroofing.com. For each qualified entry received, MRA also will donate $50 to the American Red Cross to help with disaster relief efforts, up to a total of $5,000. The search for MRA’s Top Survivor Home of the Year ends on January 15, 2019.

“With climate extremes becoming increasingly common, taking steps to make homes more defensible and resilient is essential no matter where homeowners live,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director. “We hear from homeowner all the time who credit their metal roofs for helping protect their home against extreme wind, rain, hail and even wildfires and major snow storms, so we decided to proactively invite people to share their stories. Hopefully, it will inspire others and showcase how homes can survive against some pretty incredible odds.”

Building and renovating homes so that they are better able to withstand climate extremes is a hot topic in the industry, given the massive challenges homeowners have faced in recent years. That includes using more durable, long lasting and stronger materials like metal roofs, in addition to construction methods that not only meet, but exceed codes for being able to better stand up against monster storms and help prevent damage from climate related events, such as wildfires.

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.