Roofing Industry Stakeholders Meet Elected Officials on Roofing Day in D.C. 2018

More than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from 47 states are in Washington, D.C., on March 7, meeting with their elected officials as part of Roofing Day in D.C. 2018. Led by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and more than 20 partner associations and organizations, the event is an unprecedented effort to elevate the image of the roofing industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 is among the top 10 percent of all national legislative fly-in events and the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. Participants will visit with members of Congress and discuss three issues on which there is broad consensus within the roofing industry: regulatory reform, workforce development and immigration reform. About 85 percent of Congress will hear from roofing industry stakeholders during the event.

“NRCA is excited to lead this industrywide effort to bring the message of the roofing industry straight to our elected officials,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Thanks goes out to the more than 400 stakeholders who travelled to D.C. today to advocate for our great industry.”

For information, visit www.nrca.net.

Attendance, Square Footage Figures Document Banner Year for 2018 IRE

The International Roofing Expo (IRE), sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), was held February 6-8, 2018, and the business-to-business expo and conference connected manufacturers and suppliers of roofing products, services, and technologies, with roofing contractors from across the United States and the globe. According to Informa Exhibitions, the 2018 IRE spanned 137,480 net square feet, the largest in the show’s history, and attracted 10,076 roofing professionals from 62 countries. There were 467 companies that exhibited at the event.

“The passion in the industry, our media partners, and show sponsor, the NRCA, really make the IRE a remarkable show,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Show Director. “It’s a truly collaborative industry and event, giving buyers the opportunity to see new innovations while taking part in a powerful educational program.”

“It was an incredibly successful week in New Orleans, and NRCA couldn’t be prouder to collaborate with such a wonderful group from Informa to produce such a compelling, informative and thriving convention and trade show,” noted Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Roofing contractors are enthusiastic and optimistic about the upcoming 2018 roofing season, and it showed by their attendance at this year’s International Roofing Expo.”

At the forefront of the exposition is a conference program developed with insight from an Advisory Panel comprised of exhibitors, attendees, media, and other thought-leaders. The program goes beyond the technical skills contractors need by also including marketing and sales training that are necessary for their businesses. Legal, HR, and recruitment, a hot topic in the industry, were also recurring themes through the three days of education. “This year’s conference program was the most well-attended in the event’s history,” said Brandi McElhaney, Senior Conference Manager. “In comparison to last year, we saw a 7 percent increase.”

Complementing the show’s core conference program, IRE also hosted The Roofing Institute, sponsored by Johns Manville, and the GAF Education Center. Both included technical and business-related topics. Equipter, OMG Roofing Products, and Soprema offered product clinics on the show floor.

The National Women in Roofing (NWIR) held a full day of education, mentorship, and networking on February 4. The NWIR is a platform, through its membership and councils, for women and men, new and established, to find ongoing success working together in the roofing industry. The NWIR held a reception the following day.

Also prior to the show, the IRE worked with more than 65 attendees and sponsors to give back through their annual Community Service Day, held February 5. They adopted and repaired three homes for families unable to do so themselves.
The 2019 IRE will be held February 11-13 at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Attendee registration will open in the fall. Those looking to exhibit can contact sales@theroofingexpo.com.

Auburn University Wins The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Fourth Student Competition

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the team from the McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., was selected as the first-place winner of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ fourth annual student construction management competition, which took place during the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

Members of the winning team were Jordan Edwards, Alexander Gomez, Jason McCay (team captain), Hannah Redifer and faculty advisor Lauren Redden.

Redifer also was selected as the recipient of the competition’s first Best Individual Presenter from among all the finalist teams and received an iPad.

The competition was part of an educational partnership with schools of construction management around the U.S. The four finalist teams selected to present in New Orleans were McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; and Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.

The goal of the partnership is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs, exploring scholarship programs for both students and faculty members and developing an internship program with interested Alliance members.

Teams participating in the competition were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Each team was required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. For this project, it was important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge and illustrate the team was prepared to undertake the project.

Oral presentations were given at the convention Feb. 7.

Auburn had the highest cumulative score for their presentation as Summit Roofing. The team had a thorough understanding of site logistics and schedule; exhibited a strong safety plan that included planning, training and execution; and spent a great deal of time preparing the presentation.

The team from Colorado State University was awarded second place in the competition. Team members were Majoney Bajwa, Kyle Bloesser, Sam Hughes (team captain), Ben Jacobs and faculty advisor Nick Rubino.

Auburn University received a team trophy and a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school. The team trophy and individual awards were presented during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception March 2.

Colorado State University received a team trophy, a $2,500 scholarship for its school and individual awards.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

SPRI Elects Sukle as President for 2018-2020 Term

SPRI has selected Zebonie Sukle as President for the 2018-2020 term. SPRI’s members elected Sukle at the association’s 36th Annual Conference and Business Meeting, held Jan. 13-15 in Clearwater Beach, FL.

Sukle currently serves as Director of Technology Roofing Systems Group at Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway Company in Denver, CO.

“I am honored and excited to enter such a role at SPRI and I look forward to working with all of our members to continue SPRI’s work of developing industry standards and expanding our technical reach.” says Sukle.

During the meeting, SPRI’s membership also elected the following slate of officers and directors for the association’s 2018-2020 membership years:

  • President, Zebonie Sukle, Johns Manville
  • President-elect, Michael Hubbard, Firestone Building Products Co, LLC
  • Treasurer, Brad Van Dam, Metal-Era Inc.

Associate Directors

  • Bob Reel, Royal Adhesives (third term)
  • CJ Sharp, Georgia-Pacific (second term)
  • Brad Van Dam (second term)
  • Chris Mader, OMG Roofing Products

SPRI also recognized two of its members for outstanding contributions to the industry. Peter C. Garrigus, Vice President Engineering at Altenloh Brink & Co., Inc., was recognized for his thought-leadership and dedication in facilitating the development of an industry coalition charged with determining the impact on wind loads on flexible roofs systems and to develop appropriate load factors to apply to wind loads calculated by ASCE7. Garrigus was also recognized for his service on the SPRI Board of Directors.

Also recognized was Michelle Miller, Marketing Manager at FiberTite Roofing Solutions, for the guidance she provided in development of SPRI’s new website with an eye toward content relevance and the next generation of users. Michelle started from the design base and applied her marketing skills to shape the site into a vehicle to educate and promote our industry partners

For more information, visit www.spri.org.

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar Names SolarEdge and LG Chem as Preferred Suppliers

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar has joined forces with SolarEdge, a global leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, and LG Chem, the global leader in lithium-ion batteries. By offering the combination of SolarEdge and LG Chem solutions, PetersenDean will provide homeowners an affordable path to solar ownership and energy storage.

SolarEdge will supply an intelligent inverter solution that maximizes power generation at the individual PV module level. This solution includes StorEdge technology, which manages PV production, consumption, and both on-grid and backup storage to help increase energy independence for PetersenDean’s residential installations. LG Chem will provide the Residential Energy Storage Unit (RESU) 10H 9.8 kWh battery pack, which is compatible with SolarEdge and uses the same technology that has been used in other LG Chem applications.

“Technology has significantly evolved over the years—especially with batteries and inverters. PetersenDean is proud to offer these two well-trusted brands to customers,” said Jim Petersen, president and CEO of PetersenDean Roofing & Solar. “Both of these companies’ commitment to technology, coupled with efficient and high-quality manufacturing processes produces solutions that exhibit the highest levels of safety, performance, and reliability.”

Providing PetersenDean customers with intelligently managed energy storage from reliable companies, this solution helps meet an important goal for PetersenDean, which installs about 2,000 solar and roof systems each month nationally and is the nation’s largest privately held roofing and solar company.

“During the last few years, our customers have been asking us for better home energy storage solutions. While some systems only function when the grid goes down, others only work to help limit grid use in moments when their solar system is not producing the amount of energy needed to power their home. By combining SolarEdge’s StorEdge solution with LG Chem batteries, customers can enjoy both options by managing and monitoring PV and battery status through a single platform. It provides the peace of mind that when the grid goes down, they’ll still have power backup,” said Petersen.

Petersen added that customers will save substantially in the long term. “Storage systems such as this help customers improve their system payback by increasing the amount of PV energy they consume. They can store excess solar and draw from it when needed. This avoids unnecessary fees and taxes, while giving them the flexibility in an ever-changing utility landscape.”

According to the company, LG Chem is the global leader in lithium-ion batteries in with a market-leading position in advanced batteries for grid-scale, residential storage and automotive applications. Its lithium ion battery technology is the product of 23 years of experience in the development and production of mobile batteries and large format batteries for automotive and energy storage systems. For residential storage applications, LG Chem is using the same technology that has been used in its utility-scale projects.

Linh Tran, Sales Manager of LG Chem said, “With the growth and advancement of residential storage batteries, we are pleased to team up with a leading installer, PetersenDean specializing in new residential and commercial construction in US market.”

Supporting increased PV proliferation, the SolarEdge system consists of power optimizers, inverters, smart energy management, and a cloud-based monitoring platform. SolarEdge’s solutions address a broad range of solar market segments, from residential solar installations to commercial and small utility-scale solar installations.

“At SolarEdge, our mission is to lead the way in providing smart, renewable energy for people everywhere,” stated Peter Mathews, North America General Manager for SolarEdge. “As the largest inverter company supplying the U.S. residential market, we’re pleased that our technology is part of PetersenDean Roofing & Solar’s product offering. This represents another step forward in bringing smart solar energy solutions to consumers nationwide.”

According to the company, PetersenDean is the nation’s largest privately held solar and roofing company and known for its mission to source as many tried and true Tier 1 roofing and solar products, many of which are manufactured in the United States. Along with Mission Solar Energy, PetersenDean solar system includes Buy-American-Act-compliant panels, inverters and racking installed by the construction company’s national workforce.

For more information, visit www.petersendean.com.

 

Twenty-One Associate Members Join NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced 21 associate members have upgraded their memberships to “partner member” by joining NRCA’s One Voice initiative.

In early 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, service providers, 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.

“This has been the perfect time to launch NRCA’s One Voice initiative. There is 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.

NRCA’s One Voice participants are:

ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis.

ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa.

Atlas Roofing Corp., Atlanta

Building Envelope Professionals Group LLC, Oregon, Wis.

Carlisle Construction Materials, Carlisle, Pa.

Cotney Construction Law, Jacksonville, Fla.

Curtainwall Design Consulting, Dallas

Derbigum Americas Inc., Kansas City, Mo.

FiberTite Roofing Systems, Wooster, Ohio

Firestone Building Products, Nashville

GAF, Parsippany, N.J.

Johns Manville Corp., Denver

Malarkey Roofing Products, Portland, Ore.

OMG Inc., Agawam, Mass.

Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio

ROCKWOOL, Milton, Ontario

Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating, Cleveland

Sika Corp. U.S., Canton, Mass.

SOPREMA, Wadsworth, Ohio

SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas

Tremco Inc., Beachwood, Ohio

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

National Roofing Contractors Association Announces June 3-9 is National Roofing Week

To raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced National Roofing Week will take place June 3-9.

Celebrated each year during the first full week of June, National Roofing Week 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 is often 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.

NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets, its Roof Scoop blog and Professional Roofing magazine. Members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and signature roofing projects with NRCA.

In addition, NRCA members are encouraged to promote the importance of what roofing professionals do by encouraging children to participate in NRCA’s 2018 Children’s Art Contest. The contest is open to children in grades 1-8 whose relatives work for NRCA member companies (all NRCA member companies are eligible). Entries will be accepted until April 16.

Additional information about National Roofing Week can be found at www.nrca.net/National-Roofing-Week.

NRCA Releases 2018 Manual Volume and Boxed Set

To provide the roofing industry with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to architectural sheet-metal components, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control – 2018. The new volume updates the 2014 volume under the same title and serves as a reference for contractors, architects and roof consultants.

The manual contains information about the design, material and installation techniques applicable to architectural sheet-metal components and includes 60 construction details. In addition, background information is provided on moisture and air leakage issues in buildings such as ventilation for steep-slope roof assemblies and condensation control for low-slope roof systems.

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control – 2018 is best used with other volumes of The NRCA Roofing Manual: The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems – 2017, The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems – 2016; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems – 2015.

The 2018 volume and boxed set can be purchased in hardbound versions or downloaded for free in electronic format to NRCA members at shop.nrca.net.

NRCA Announces 2018-19 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced its 2018-19 slate of officers and directors at its 131st Annual Convention, held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

Kent Schwickert, senior vice president, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minn., has been elected NRCA chairman of the board, and Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, was elected chairman of the board-elect. Monica Cameron, vice president of Diamond Roofing, Dodge City, Kansas; Scott Kawulok, executive project manager, B & M Roofing of Colorado Inc., Frederick, Colorado; Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois; and Kelly Van Winkle, vice president of contracts, King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie, Texas, were elected vice chairmen.

Additionally, the following were elected NRCA directors:

  • Randy Adams, chairman/CEO of R. Adams Roofing Inc., Indianapolis
  • Troy Baker, vice president of sales and marketing at SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas
  • Tim Blue, president of Blue’s Roofing Co., Milpitas, California
  • Dick Bus, president of ATAS International Inc., Allentown Pennsylvania
  • Mark DeFreitas, vice president and national sales manager at SOPREMA Inc., Wadsworth, Ohio
  • Helen Hardy Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations at GAF, Parsippany, New Jersey
  • Steve Harvey, president of J & S Building Exteriors Inc., Attleboro, Massachusetts
  • Gary Howes, COO of The Durable Slate Co., Columbus, Ohio
  • Michael Johannes, president of Nations Roof East LLC, Yonkers, New York
  • Jason Lewinski, contractor network leader at Owens Corning Inc., Toledo, Ohio
  • Mark MacDonald, sales/marketing manager at Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating, Cleveland
  • Sherri Miles, vice president of J.D. Miles & Sons Inc., Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Monica Murphy, director of operations at Ray Nolan Roofing Co., Louisville, Kentucky
  • Brian Schaut, senior vice president at F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, Milwaukee
  • Stephen Teal, manager at Flynn Group of Companies, Rockyville, Alberta, Canada
  • Kyle Thomas, owner/vice president of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Alabama
  • David Tilsen, president of Tilsen Roofing Co. Inc., Madison, Wisconsin
  • Elizabeth Walters, marketing manager at Derbigum Americas Inc, Kansas City, Missouri
  • All 2018-19 officers and directors will assume their roles June 1, 2018. For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

    Robert McNamara Receives NRCA J.A. Piper Award

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Robert McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, is the 71st recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at the association’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans. 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.

    McNamara served as NRCA president in 2009-10 and most recently served as the chairman of the association’s Long-term Investment Committee in 2016-17.

    Prior serving as NRCA president, McNamara served as NRCA senior vice president from 2009-10; vice chairman from 2006-08; and director from 1996-99, 2002-06 and 2009-10. In addition, he has served on many committees, including serving as chairman of the Budget and Finance and Contractor Management Committees as well as president of the Awards Committee, Industry Advisory Board and National Roofing Legal Resource Center.

    F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

    “As NRCA president he successfully guided NRCA through the apex of the great recession, while setting an example of optimism during that difficult time,” said fellow former NRCA President and 2017 J.A. Piper Award Bruce McCrory, operations/business development manager at Nations Roof, Gulf Coast LLC.

    “The roofing industry has so many great people, great work ethics, and that’s what our great country is all about,” McNamara says. “I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

    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.