CSI Announces Industry Wide Digital Construction Initiative

Driven by rapid change and the need to better integrate specifications, building products, and building information modeling (BIM), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) announced CSI Project Dynamo, an initiative to expand its industry standard organizing principles to work more effectively with BIM to support the digital needs of design and construction professionals.

CSI Project Dynamo is a pilot program to expand the North American MasterFormat, Uniformat, and Omniclass standards for organizing construction information by creating a more robust connection between the standards and BIM objects. According to CSI, these standards are used by tens of thousands of AECO professionals globally, and embedded in a wide range of design and project software.

CSI Board Chair Ron Geren, FCSI, AIA, CCS, CCCA, said “CSI is founded on the principle of working across the spectrum of a project — from ownership, through design to construction and facility management — and serving the industry by meeting those broad and inter-connected needs. Because of this interdisciplinary approach, CSI can ensure the capabilities envisioned for this project serve the entire industry.”

“The focus of the effort is to ensure that data is accurate, timely and available when and where it is needed throughout the lifecycle of a project,” added Mark Dorsey, CSI Chief Executive Officer. “CSI Project Dynamo will consult with subject-matter experts, industry associations, and Construction Specifications Canada to create the pathway towards improved workflow and better organization of information to ensure we keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital world and meet diverse industry needs.”

For more information, visit www.CSIProjectDynamo.org and www.csiresources.org.

2018 I-RIM Conference in Costa Rica Hailed as Success

The 2018 International Reflective Insulation Manufacturers (I-RIM) Conference was held May 9-10 at the Marriott Los Suenos Golf Resort and Spa in Puntarenas Costa Rica hosting guests from around the globe. Countries represented include the US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Argentina and Chile. RIMA-I President Doug Kinninger, International Conference Chairman Sergio Luconi and RIMA-I Executive Director Mary Edmondson hosted the event presented in both English and Spanish.

The two-day educational conference was a great success with excellent presentations from all the countries listed and featuring Wednesday’s guest featured speaker Dr. William (Bill) Miller from Oak Ridge National Laboratory who presented a “Demonstration of Near Zero Energy Homes” and Thursday’s featured speaker Dr. Jan Kosny from Faunhofer Institute who gave a “Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Thermal Performance of Residential Attics Containing Aerogel-based Radiant Barrier Systems.”

Other presentations included:

Innovations in the Manufacture of Reflective Films – Veronica Ataya

  • Building Performance Software – Impact of Attic Radiant Barriers – Bill Lippy
  • ASHRAE 90.1 Update – Monty Millspaugh
  • RIMA-I Product Verification Evolution – Doug Kinninger
  • Fundamentals and Techniques of Measuring Water Vapor Transmission – Michael Joyce
  • The Power of the Marketplace – Steve Baden and Laurel Elam, RESNET
  • Reflectives and the International Code Council (ICC) – Wes Hall
  • Next Generation Reflective Insulation Facing Films – Ralph Dale
  • Radiant Energy Management & the Versatility of IRCCs – Lynn Walters
  • Regional Updates: Latin America – Sergio Luconi; Europe – Guy Delcroix; North America  and Australia – Mike Boulding and SE Asia – Kah Wei Yam
  • Latin America Building with Reflective Insulation Performance and Improvements After RIS – Pablo Sobrado
  • About RIMA-I and the Advanced Building Code Coalition (ABCC) – Bobby Byrd
  • New Digital Experiences – Mario Vargas
  • Does the Presence of a Radiant Barrier Increase the Chance of a Lightning Strike? – Brian St. Germain
  • Regulations in Latin America for Reflective Insulation – Pablo Sobrado
  • SAP Business One – Juan Bautista

If you were unable to attend this year’s event, presentations will be available for purchase (in PDF format) for $25/presentation or $200 for the full set. Contact RIMA-I at rima@rima.net for details or to place your order. We’d also like to thank the following sponsors for their participation: Celplast Metallized Products, JX Nippon ANCI, Inc., ECHOTape, Thermal-Economics and the Advanced Building Code Coalition.

For more information on the 2018 I-RIM Conference including photos of the event, session descriptions, speaker bios and information on how to purchase copies of the presentations, please visit https://www.rimainternational.org/i-rim-conference/2018-i-rim-conference-costa-rica/.

Moser Roofing Solutions, LLC Recognized for Donating Roofing Repairs to Mom’s House

Moser Roofing, a family owned business that provides award-winning installation and services to commercial properties in Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, Berks, Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties, as well as the Mid-Atlantic states, recently contributed significant roofing repairs to the Queen Street facility of Mom’s House of Lancaster.

Mom’s House has served families across Lancaster County for over 27 years, specifically through offering child care services and educational and life skills support to single parents who desire to continue and complete their education.

Moser Roofing’s contribution allows Mom’s House to provide quality care to single parent families across Lancaster County move their families out of poverty and onto a path toward long-term economic stability.

“Mom’s House is honored to have the support of Moser Roofing. Their generosity fuels our mission and removes barriers to serve current and future families. We are so grateful to Moser Roofing Solutions, LLC!” said Sara Johns, Executive Director for Mom’s House.

“I want to personally thank you for the opportunity to serve you with in our community giveback program for roofing repairs.” said Josh Moser, President, Moser Roofing Solutions, LLC

For more information, visit www.moserroofingsolutions.com.

Metal Roofing Alliance Adds Two New Members

The metal roofing industry is growing rapidly, and so is the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) — MRA announced that it recently added two new members, including:

PermaLock Aluminum Shingles Company, MRA Manufacturer Member

Headquartered in Utah, PermaLock has offered exceptional aluminum roofing products since 1948 for residential and commercial customers. Designed to last a lifetime, PermaLock aluminum shingles are lightweight yet extremely strong, making them a highly-durable and sustainable choice. For more information about PermaLock Aluminum Shingles, visit www.permalockroofing.com.

Foundation Finance Company, MRA Ancillary Member

Foundational Finance Company offers dealers and home improvement contractors a solid finance program foundation on which to build their sales. Headquartered in Schofield, Wisconsin, Foundation Finance Company can be found online at foundationfinance.com.

“Our members help strengthen the metal roofing industry by offering great resources, expertise and knowledge to homeowners,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of MRA. “It’s exciting to see market adoption for metal roofing continuing to grow in the United States and Canada thanks to their support.”

Since 1998, MRA has served 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. MRA members benefit from increased marketing support, online lead generation and increased awareness through consumer and contractor information and educational initiatives.

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

NRCA to Hold Educational Events for National Safety Stand-Down

As part of its annual support for the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction taking place throughout the U.S. from May 7-11, 2018, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is partnering with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to host two educational events aimed at reducing fall fatalities in the roofing industry.

The latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show 92 workers in the roofing industry died in 2016 from falls that occurred as they were doing their jobs. Those numbers reflect 92 families that have been changed forever by the loss of a loved one — a spouse, father, mother, son or daughter.

Organized by OSHA, the National Safety Stand-Down is an effort to focus company and worker attention on the significance of fall hazards in construction and emphasize the importance of effectively implementing fall-protection systems on every project.

On May 7, NRCA will offer a free webinar at 1 p.m. (CDT), that will kick off with an introduction from Dean McKenzie, OSHA’s director of the directorate of construction. It will focus on how to use a job hazard analysis (JHA) and other pre-job resources and activities during the job and after its completion. A roofing company’s safety culture and its effects on fall prevention also will be addressed.

The second event, a live half-day fall-prevention awareness seminar, will take place Tuesday, May 8, from 8 a.m. until noon at NRCA’s headquarters in Rosemont, Ill. Topics will build off the previous day’s webinar, including performing a JHA, discussing and demonstrating hazards associated with rescuing a fallen worker while suspended by his or her fall-arrest system, key fall-protection regulatory requirements and case studies from attendees’ fall-related experiences. All attendees are encouraged to listen to the webinar before attending the seminar.

Job foremen, superintendents, roofing contractors and safety directors are encouraged to attend both events.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

ARMA’s New Video Illustrates Why Homeowners Need Proper Attic Ventilation

Is your roof properly ventilated? The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association’s (ARMA) latest whiteboard video outlines the components to a properly functioning attic ventilation system and the many ways it benefits a roof, such as protection against shingle deterioration and roof system damage.

How Does Proper Attic Ventilation Protect my Roof?” highlights how a balanced system of intake and exhaust results in a continuous flow of air in an unconditioned attic, helping to reduce heat and moisture buildup year-round and prolong the life of the roofing system.

Proper attic ventilation can assist in reducing energy consumption, and preventing mold, mildew and wood rot. Additionally, it can help prevent ice dams, which can cause leaking and costly damage to shingles, gutters, insulation and the whole roof system.

“Homeowners may not be aware of just how important attic ventilation is to the longevity and performance of their asphalt shingle roofing system,” said Tim McQuillen, ARMA’s director of technical services and a 25-year industry veteran. “ARMA wants to educate homeowners on proper attic ventilation and why it’s important, as well as how to recognize the signs indicating it’s time to call a roofing contractor if there are issues.”

ARMA encourages homeowners planning to install a new asphalt shingle roof to consult with their roofing contractor or the manufacturer of their roofing system to ensure their attic is properly ventilated. To view ARMA’s latest attic ventilation video, or its library of other educational videos on asphalt roofing systems, visit ARMA’s website or YouTube Channel.

IRCC Confirms Lionel van der Walt as 2018 Keynote Speaker

The 2018 International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) is pleased to have new RCI Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Lionel van der Walt kick off the biannual event in Chicago. As an organizational strategy and analysis expert, van der Walt has a unique background to bring to the building industry with more than 20 years of international executive leadership and association experience.

The conference will be held July 23 – 26, 2018 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. Van der Walt will focus on bringing positive change to the workplace across the building industry. He will discuss the strong potential for increased collaboration within the roofing industry and the need to educate governments and consumers to the tremendous economic value of the roofing, waterproofing and building envelope industries, both globally and in the US.

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

Partner Jamie Little Joins Cotney Construction Law

Cotney Construction Law, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Jamie Little as a partner at their firm. Little brings over ten years of experience as an attorney, primarily focused on construction law. She will be managing Cotney Construction Law’s Nashville office.

“I’m so thrilled to be a part of this team,” said Little. “Cotney Construction Law is a progressive firm that believes in diversity. The Nashville legal community needs this level of diversity and service. The decision to join was easy. I am excited to help and defend the construction industry in Nashville and throughout Tennessee.”

“Not only does Jamie possess a tremendous work ethic and real world construction knowledge, but her experience in construction law will definitely serve as an asset to our team. We are glad to have her on board, paving the way for our efforts in Tennessee,” said Trent Cotney, CEO.

Jamie Little is licensed to practice in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Prior to joining Cotney Construction Law, Little worked for a well-known construction law firm, specializing in construction litigation.

For more information, visit http://trentcotney.com.

Advanced Roofing Rides to Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis for 15th Consecutive Year

The bicycling team from Advanced Roofing Inc. participated in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bike Ride for the 15th consecutive year, completing the trip from Miami to Key Largo and back March 3-4, 2018.

According to Advanced Roofing CEO and President Rob Kornahrens, this year’s team raised $25,160.50 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, bringing the combined total for all 15 years to $590,525. “It was another great year,” Kornahrens said. “The weather was great and the event was well organized from start to finish. The Bacardi rum tent was great as always for those that go extra mile in raising funds. I thank everyone for their support and look forward to our 16th year next year.”

Kornahrens was first motivated to participate when his friend, Mark Speedy, was diagnosed with the disease. “He has gone through quite a struggle. However, I am happy to say after visiting with him recently his health has improved greatly due to the new medicines available through the M.S. research,” he said. “Additionally, since starting our MS Bike Ride team, my two nieces have been diagnosed with M.S., and due to all of your help, I was able to get them in treatment with some excellent doctors.”

Kornahrens urges others to help raise money to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, noting, “We will continue to ride until M.S. stands for ‘Mystery Solved.’”

For more information regarding Advanced Roofing’s next M.S. Bike Ride, contact Rob Kornahrens’ Executive Assistant Kim Campanile by calling (954) 522-6868 or emailing her at kimc@advancedroofing.com.

For more information or to make a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.

For more information about Advanced Roofing, visit www.advancedroofing.com.

The bicycling team from Advanced Roofing Inc. participated in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bike Ride for the 15th consecutive year

Abstracts for RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium Due April 13

RCI Inc. is now accepting abstracts for papers to be presented at the RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium. The symposium will take place September 13-14, 2018, at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario.

Abstracts of each paper (200 words) should be received at RCI headquarters by April 13, 2018. The RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium Committee will review abstracts, and authors will be notified regarding acceptance of abstracts by April 20, 2018. If accepted, papers should be received by May 25, 2018, for peer review.

Potential authors should contact Tina Hughes at RCI headquarters via email at thughes@rci-online.org 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 (one presentation hour yields three CEHs).

Suggested topics include:

  • Innovative Technologies & Practices
  • Façade Systems & Technologies
  • Unique Façade Design Solutions
  • The Building Envelope as a Design Statement
  • Energy Conservation Design
  • Designing Façades That Will Improve Indoor Air Quality
  • Economics & Life Cycle Analysis
  • Panelized Stone or Masonry Systems
  • Sealants – Design & Selection / Appropriate Specifications/Quality Assurance
  • Hygrothermal Analysis in Façade Designs
  • Façades Designed to Achieve Sustainability
  • Unique Detail Design Work
  • Curtainwalls
  • Double-Wall Façades
  • Roofing
  • Brick Masonry
  • Stone Masonry
  • Waterproofing
  • Stucco
  • EIFS
  • Metal Wall Panels
  • Air-Barrier Systems
  • Testing Wall Systems
  • Construction Processes
  • For more information, download the 2018 RCI CBES Call for Abstracts PDF and visit http://rci-online.org.