RIMA International Calls for Topics for Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Conference

The 2018 International Reflective Insulation Manufacturers (I-RIM) Conference will take place Spring 2018 in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.  The event will be held May 9-10, at the Marriott Los Suenos Resort right on the Costa Rica coast.  This international event is an opportunity for those in the reflective products industries to learn about the latest research, advancements, new technology and uses of reflective products as well as exchange information on how reflectives are being used in various regions of the world.  
 
At this time, the conference host, RIMA International, is inviting you to submit any papers or educational session you would like to present at this conference.  Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to, recent studies/simulations; new technologies; advancements/uses; research/studies; economic and government challenges/successes; regional uses and updates and building codes and related issues around the world. 
 
The program slots will fill up quickly, so forward your submissions promptly.  Send your outline and topic to RIMA International via e-mail at rima@rima.net and mark your calendars for May 9-10, 2018, in Costa Rica.  

NAWIC Announces Annual Meeting and Education Conference Sponsor

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will hold its 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference (AMEC), Aug. 16-19, in Anaheim, Calif. at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. The NAWIC conference is made possible in part to the support of the association’s sponsors. The major AMEC sponsor this year is UPS.

“Having sponsors participate in our Annual Meeting is an honor for our members and benefit to their employers. This is an affirmation of the relevance of NAWIC and its core purpose,” says NAWIC President Connie M. Leipard, CIT. “Sponsoring companies believe in and promote diversity within the industry. NAWIC, along with our partners, continues to promote opportunities for women in the construction industry.”

UPS offers a range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

Other NAWIC conference sponsors include Procore, United Rentals, Health Design and Construction, IRMI, PCL Construction, Cornerstone Companies, the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Husch Blackwell.

NAWIC’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. The NAWIC conference is a tool in accomplishing that goal. It features 22 seminars and workshops targeted to women in the construction industry. Aimee Cohen will address AMEC attendees as the event’s keynote speaker. She is a speaker, career coach, and the author of “Woman UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success.”

For more information on the NAWIC conference please visit the website.

PIMA Issues Technical Bulletin on High-Density Polyiso Cover Boards

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) announced the release of a new technical bulletin detailing the advantages of high-density polyiso cover boards. High-density polyiso cover boards are an important component in roof systems, providing a substrate for roofing membranes and protection for underlying insulation.

“PIMA’s new technical bulletin illustrates that high-density polyiso cover boards perform well with less structural loading and improved long-term maintenance when compared to other options,” said Justin Koscher, President of PIMA. “We see broad acceptance of these high-density boards in both new construction and the retrofitting of existing roofs.”

According to the technical bulletin, high-density polyiso cover boards, when compared to other options offer project teams many advantages:

  • Can be shipped with approximately three times more square feet per truck load.
  • Are significantly lighter than alternatives of the same thickness.
  • Require less crane time and are easier to maneuver around the roof which can decrease the
    hoisting, loading and staging costs.
  • Are virtually dust-free during the cutting process, eliminating itchy residue.
  • Can be cut without specialized tools.
  • Can be lifted by a single worker.
  • High-density polyiso cover boards also provide high R-value, superior water and mold resistance while boasting impressive long-term durability and service life, according to the association. Their compressive, flexural and tensile strength provide impact resistance from foot traffic, hail and other extreme weather. These boards also contribute toward meeting or exceeding the newest continuous insulation standards and can qualify buildings that use them for preferred insurance ratings.

    “In terms of both installation and effectiveness over time, high-density polyiso cover boards provide savings and deliver superior results from installation through the life of the roof,” added Koscher.

    The new technical bulletin with full details can be found along with other information about polyiso products on PIMA’s website.

    RCMA Is Accepting Abstracts for International Roof Coatings Conference

    The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) is now accepting abstracts for its fourth biennial International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) program. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Oct. 31, 2017. 
     
    The 2018 IRCC will take place July 23-26, 2018, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, in Chicago. The conference will feature a host of networking opportunities, educational sessions, and other programming geared toward professionals involved in the roof coatings industry.  
     
    “Our last conference was a success, with an over 40 percent growth in attendance,” says Jared Rothstein, RCMA Industry Affairs Manager. “We expect that the 2018 IRCC will provide more opportunity for our industry to join together, discuss issues, consider emerging trends, and enjoy each other’s company.”
     
    Possible conference presentation topics include global market developments, green building trends, application practices, energy cost savings evaluations, roof coating formulation advancements, roof systems analysis, and in-situ field research. Roofing industry professionals, building envelope technology experts, material scientists, and those in the design community are encouraged to submit their abstracts for consideration.
     
    Those interested in presenting at the 2018 IRCC should visit the IRCC website for more information and to complete the abstract submission form.  A list of conference partnership, sponsorship, and exhibition opportunities is also available on the IRCC website. 

    NRCA Offers Pocket-Sized Safety Guide

    The National Roofing Contractors Association offers the NRCA Pocket Guide to Safety. The publication includes the most current Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements and safe work practices related to fall protection; electrical hazards; heat illnesses; personal protective equipment; and fire prevention.

    The 125-page, pocket-sized, spiral-bound guide is intended for use by laborers, mechanics, foremen and others on job sites. A Spanish-language version also is available.

    The member price for NRCA Pocket Guide to Safety is $9, and the retail price is $18; discount pricing is offered for purchasing multiple quantities. For more information and to purchase the guide, click here or call NRCA’s Customer Service Department at (866) 275-6722.

    Construct Offers Young Professionals Program

    Construct is demonstrating its commitment to helping young professionals advance in their careers and develop an active and dynamic voice in the industry by providing networking, professional development and mentorship opportunities designed specifically for professionals 35 and under. This goal is the basis for the partnership between Construct and YoungArchitect.com.

    YoungArchitect.com is a website dedicated to helping architecture students, ARE Candidates and emerging design professionals be more successful. It was the brainchild of owner/founder Michael Riscica, a licensed architect from Oregon. “The inspiration for the site came after I became a Licensed Architect,” said Riccica. “There was a lack of support and guidance when navigating the years from graduating architecture school, until obtaining the license. During that time, I watched most of my peers flounder and many of them never became licensed or never found their way within the profession. The Profession of Architecture could be doing more to support the future generations of Architects. YoungArchitect.com is my response and contribution to be part of the solution.” 

    Construct 2017, held Sep. 13-15 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I., features a variety of options for young professionals who are looking to learn more about the industry, network, and have fun with their peers. Discounted young professional registration packages vary from exhibit hall only to full education for those who really want to immerse themselves in the experience. The most popular program, Young Professionals Day, returns to Construct for its third year. The program includes education, mentorship and fun. All content for the day is prepared specifically for the young professional and includes networking tips, a speed mentoring activity, an innovative problem-solving luncheon and greater connection with peers and industry leaders. 

    Riscica is also presenting a session titled “Preparing for the Architecture Registration Exam 5.0” at Contruct. This session is included for those who register for Young Professionals Day or the Young Professionals Full Education Package. 

    Keynote Speakers Named for retrofit Conference

    The keynote speakers have been announced for retrofit’s inaugural conference, which will be held on Oct. 12 in Chicago. The one-day event features three educational sessions and two keynote speakers.

    The opening keynote address will be presented by Jason Roberts, chair of the Better Block Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that educates communities and their leaders to help them promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. In 2010, Roberts organized a series of “Better Block” projects, converting blighted blocks in southern Dallas into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, café seating and landscaping. Better Block now is an international movement and has been featured in The New York Times, Dwell magazine, TED Talks and on NPR.

    Henry Henderson, director, Midwest Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), will be the lunch keynote speaker. Henderson oversees NRDC’s advocacy efforts as they relate to air, water, energy and sustainability in eight Midwestern states. Prior to joining NRDC in 2007, he served as an assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois. He is the founding environment commissioner for the city of Chicago, has taught environmental law and policy at the University of Chicago, and was a senior fellow at the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    The conference also features three educational sessions. Topics include:
    1. Benchmarking: Speakers will address Chicago’s benchmarking regulation and the tools to assist in meeting its requirements.
    2. Financing: PACE, local incentives and other funding mechanisms for retrofitting will be covered.
    3. Commissioning and the Building Envelope: The speakers will discuss why commissioning is important and talk about scalable, repeatable enclosure systems.

    For more information about the conference or to register, visit the conference website.

    ASTM International Launches New Online Learning Management System

    ASTM International announced that it is launching a new learning management system (LMS) designed to enhance user experience and functionality. Existing customers will begin seeing a seamless transition to the new platform. The migration will be completed by Aug. 31.
     
    According to ASTM International, since 2012, the number of online users has grown from 500 to over 4,000. Usage increased by over 174 percent last year alone, prompting the need for a more robust platform.
     
    The new LMS features an expanded search tool, 24/7 access to ASTM International training content, enhanced reporting capabilities and customized curriculums. Training modules are accessible from any device.

    From the new homepage, learners will be able to find new training modules, access completed training, browse catalogs, and print certificates. In addition, courses can be downloaded and completed offline.

    Accirdng to the organization, there will be continued updates to the LMS, including the addition of a “video wall,” where learners will have easier access to training videos.

    For more information, visit the website or contact the learning management team via email at LMS_Support@astm.org

    Alliance Awards $55,000 in Scholarships Through Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program 

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the recipients of its 2017 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, which include five new recipients and the renewal of six scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.

    The Alliance awarded two new general scholarships to Nicolas Calvert, son of Edward Calvert, senior engineer, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Wheeling, W.Va., and Sophia McGuire, daughter of Mark McGuire, project manager, AAA Roofing Co., Indianapolis.

    In addition, a new Firestone Scholarship has been awarded to Alyssa Merna, sales coordinator, Bloom Roofing System Inc., Brighton, Mich.

    A new Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship has also been awarded to Salvador Flores Garcia, son of Jose Flores Estrada, roofer, Alcal Arcade Contracting, Fremont, Calif.

    A new OMG Roofing Products Inc. Scholarship has been awarded to Lillian McKenzie, daughter of Christopher McKenzie, salesman, Watts & Associates Roofing, Columbia, S.C.

    The Alliance also renewed six Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, including three general scholarships to Jonah Manson, Solon, Iowa, attending Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; Dannelly McKenzie, Columbia, S.C., attending Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.; and Drury Poston, Thomson, Ga., attending Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga.

    In addition, a Firestone Scholarship was renewed for Jaclyn Harris, Mooresville, Ind., attending Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

    A Dan Cohen Scholarship was renewed for Christian Cole, attending Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga.

    A Fred Good Scholarship also was renewed for Ivy Rivas, Tujunga, Calif., attending University of California Davis, Davis, Calif.

    Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).

    A total of $55,000 in scholarships was awarded for the 2017-18 school year—$30,000 for renewals and $25,000 for new recipients. To date, 122 students have received $735,000 in scholarship awards.

    ARMA Completes EPDs for Five Types of Asphalt Roofing

    The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has completed a multi-year effort to develop Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for asphalt roofing systems. These five new documents provide information that building and construction professionals can use both to support environmental aspects of roof systems as part of sustainable building projects and to better understand their impact over time. EPDs are now available for asphalt shingle roofing systems, SBS and APP modified bitumen systems, and built-up roofing systems. 

    When architects and specifiers embark on new green building initiatives, they need to validate the environmental aspects of the building materials they use. EPDs are used to provide this information and to support the credibility of environmental claims.  ARMA worked with thinkstep, a sustainability consulting company, and with UL Environment to validate the EPDs.  These comprehensive documents outline the environmental attributes associated with the manufacturing of various asphalt-related roofing materials. 
    ARMA’s development of these five EPDs reflects the continued use and advancement of asphalt roofing materials. In some cases, these documents are needed to fulfill requirements for green building rating systems and initiatives such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Globes, and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

    “As the worldwide building and construction community continues to expand the focus on creating environmentally responsible and resource-efficient building projects, asphalt roofing has a critical role to play,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “ARMA is committed to supporting sustainable building initiatives, and we are proud to provide the industry with this important environmental information.”

    “These EPDs will help architects and engineers make sustainable choices in roof design,” said Amy Ferryman, chair of ARMA’s Sustainability Task Force. “Our work to develop these resources helps ensure that the asphalt roofing industry can fully participate in increasingly important green building practices.”
    The five EPDs from ARMA are now publically available and can be accessed on ARMA’s website.