NRCA Releases 2014 Roofing Manual and Boxed Set

With the changing nature of technical information in the roofing industry, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released an updated volume of The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing, Condensation and Air Leakage Control, and Reroofing — 2014. The new volume updates the 2010 version under the same title, serving as a reference for contractors, architects and roof consultants.

The 2014 manual provides best industry practices and standards for the design, materials, installation and repair of roof systems through information gathered by NRCA from knowledgeable, practicing roofing contractors throughout the U.S.

It is best used with other currently applicable volumes of The NRCA Roofing Manual: The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems — 2013, The NRCA Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems — 2012, and The NRCA Manual: Membrane Roof Systems — 2011. All four volumes can be purchased in a boxed set. A CD version is also available to complement the print editions.

The changing science of roof systems, which has primarily been prompted by technological innovations, contractor experience and new product development, requires roofing contractors to stay updated on the latest industry advances. NRCA’s 2014 manual and boxed set gives the industry the most up-to-date, authoritative technical reference concerning the design, materials and installation of quality, long-lasting roof systems.

Purchase the 2014 manual boxed set. The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing, Condensation and Air Leakage Control, and Reroofing — 2014 is also available for separate purchase. The NRCA Roofing Manual CD — 2014 also is available.

Dodge Momentum Index Shows Steady Improvement as 2013 Ends

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 1.2 percent in December compared to the previous month, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. December’s increase brought the Momentum Index to 118.3 (2000=100), the highest reading since February 2009. During the course of 2013, the Momentum Index showed steady improvement, with December up 32 percent compared to the same month a year ago. Despite the strong percentage growth during 2013, the Momentum Index remains significantly below its December 2007 pre-recession peak of 191.3.

The latest month’s increase for the Momentum Index was driven by both its commercial and institutional components. On the commercial side, the 1.5 percent gain was largely the result of greater planning activity for office and hotel development. Among the larger office projects to enter the planning pipeline in December were the $350 million Moffat Place Office Campus in Sunnyvale, Calif.; the $300 million Boston Garden Office Tower in Boston; and the $95 million expansion of a Microsoft data center in Quincy, Wash. The 0.8 percent gain for the institutional component was due primarily to a pickup in plans for education-related buildings, the largest of which were a $120 million renovation/addition to the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor; a $100 million Nuclear Power Training Facility in Charleston, S.C.; and a $90 million renovation to the University of Dearborn’s Engineering Laboratory in Dearborn, Mich.

Dodge Momentum Index

IRE to Hold ‘Community Service Day’ Feb. 25 in Las Vegas

Roofing professionals participating in the 2014 International Roofing Expo (IRE) are encouraged to arrive in Las Vegas a day early and roll up their sleeves to give back to the Las Vegas community.

Taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Community Service Day is a home renovation and revitalization project that will be performed on homes of families that are elderly, disabled or financially unable to support the renovation.

“Helping make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate is such a rewarding experience,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “The International Roofing Expo is pleased to once again partner with Rebuilding Together in the spirit of community service.”

The International Roofing Expo has partnered with Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada, a non-profit, volunteer-based program that repairs and rehabilitates homes and non-profit community facilities, as well as NRCA’s Disaster Relief Committee.

Community Service Day is sponsored by Canton, Mass.-based Sika Corp. – Roofing, a leading manufacturer of single-ply vinyl roofing and waterproofing systems known for superior performance with minimal environmental impact, who will be exhibiting in booth #1721.

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed to help with the renovations. Skilled volunteers will perform a variety of construction disciplines including roofing, interior/exterior painting, flooring and minor carpentry. Unskilled volunteers will help with set up, cleanup and other miscellaneous projects. Working under the direction of a crew chief, all volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and will be asked to sign a Waiver of Liability Form.

“This is a great opportunity to support the roofing industry, while giving back to the Las Vegas community,” says Bill Good, executive vice president of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I hope to see many of our members participating in this great cause.”

Show participants can register for this event at the same time they register to attend the show. Tax-deductible monetary donations can also be made during registration. There is a $25 fee that includes transportation, beverages and snacks. Lunch is provided by Agawam, Mass.-based OMG Roofing Products.

The 2014 International Roofing Expo will be held Feb. 26-28, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Winners of RoofPoint Excellence in Design Awards Selected

The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 RoofPoint Excellence in Design Awards. This year’s award-winning projects were selected among all projects submitted in 2013 and were evaluated based on the mission and criteria of RoofPoint. There are now more than 275 projects that have earn the RoofPoint Recognized Project designation.

RoofPoint is a voluntary, consensus-based green rating system developed by the center to provide a means for building owners, roofing contractors, and designers to select roof systems based on long-term energy and environmental benefits.

The 2013 RoofPoint Excellence in Design Award contest recognizes design excellence in eight categories. Award recipients best exemplify the requirements of specific RoofPoint credits, and demonstrate significant leadership in advancing the awareness and application of sustainable roofing. The 2013 award winners are listed below:

Excellence in Energy Management
Sika Sarnafil
Project: George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas

Excellence in Materials Management
F.A. Taylor & Son Inc.
Project: 6940 Columbia Gateway, Columbia, Md.

Excellence in Water Management
GSM Roofing
Project: GSM Headquarters Garden Roof, Ephrata, Pa.

Excellence in Life Cycle Management
Hutchinson Design Group Ltd.
Projects: Abbott Lab AP 6D & 32 Roof Recovers, Abbott Park, Ill.

Excellence in Innovation
ADC Engineering Inc.
Project: Immaculate Conception Church, Goose Creek, S.C.

Excellence in Reroofing
United Materials LLC
Project: Byron White U.S. Courthouse, Denver

Private Sector Leadership
Sika Sarnafil
Project: SuperTarget Retail Store, Olathe, Kan.

Public Sector Leadership
Sika Sarnafil
Project: San Diego County Operations Center, San Diego

A complete list of award winners and honorable mentions along with project descriptions are available on the RoofPoint website. If you are interested in participating in the RoofPoint program, please contact RoofPoint through the program website or by telephone at (202) 380-3371.

Investment in Equipment Expected to Grow in 2014

Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 3.1 percent in 2014 as economic conditions solidify and business confidence continues to recover, according to the Annual 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. Equipment investment is expected to grow across most verticals, as underlying economic fundamentals continue to improve. Overall in 2014, growth is forecast to be mixed, with some sectors outperforming others. The Foundation’s report, which is focused on the $827 billion equipment leasing and finance industry, forecasts 2014 equipment investment and capital spending in the United States and evaluates the effects of various related and external factors in play currently and into the foreseeable future. The report will be updated quarterly throughout 2014.

William G. Sutton, CAE, president of the foundation and president and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, said, “Looking into 2014, businesses will be making financing decisions in a dynamic environment. While the threat remains that policy uncertainty could negatively impact the U.S. economy and capital investment, potential stability in the federal budgeting process and an increase in GDP growth will drive up demand for equipment finance.”

Highlights from the study include:

  • • The U.S. economy is expected to grow 3 percent in 2014, the fastest pace since the 2008-09 recession. Assuming there is a solution to the current budget discussions, economic growth will be driven by a number of positive factors. Specifically, a strong housing market recovery, falling natural gas prices, robust auto sales, record high household wealth, steadily improving credit availability, and improving employment. However, these positive trends are counter-balanced by high oil prices, slow international growth, moderating fiscal consolidation and the continued threat of policy uncertainty.
    • In 2014, more dependable economic growth will help to generate stronger overall investment in equipment and software. Additionally, a rising interest rate environment could induce companies to lock in lower rates. Overall, these trends could yield a positive result for the equipment finance industry.

Trends in equipment investment include:

  • • Agriculture equipment investment is expected to remain weak on a quarter-to-quarter basis, and is projected to decline by 4 percent in 2014.
    • Computers & Software investment is expected to continue growing at the current below average rate. Annual growth should be in the 2 to 4 percent range during Q4 of 2013.
    • As expected, construction equipment investment declined in Q3 of 2013, falling 2.8 percent year-over-year. After reaching record-levels of investment in 2013, this vertical will likely decline by 5 to 10 percent in 2014.
    • Industrial equipment investment accelerated to 5 percent annual growth in Q3, and is expected to maintain a steady growth trend going forward. Employment, new orders, and earnings data point to a positive 2014.
    • Medical equipment investment grew in Q3 but the sector’s leading indicators suggest little to no growth going forward.
    • Transportation equipment investment saw modest growth in the third quarter, and improving indicators point stronger momentum over the next six to 12 months.

The foundation produces the Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook report in partnership with economics and public policy consulting firm Keybridge Research. The annual economic forecast provides a three-to-six-month outlook for industry investment with data, including a summary of investment trends in key equipment markets, credit market conditions, the U.S. macroeconomic outlook and key economic indicators. The report will be updated quarterly throughout 2014.

RoofPoint’s Initial Growth Rate Exceeds the Relative Growth Rate of LEED

Given the thousands of commercial roofs installed across North America each year and the billions of square feet of opportunity those roofs represent, RoofPoint is only beginning to realize its market potential. The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing is often asked to evaluate how RoofPoint is performing relative to whole building green rating systems. The chart below offers an answer to that question.

RoofPoint compared to other green-building rating systems

Recently, the U.S. Green Building Council, the founder of LEED, released a 13-year summary of LEED-certified projects showing how the program has grown from a handful of buildings in its first year to more than 10,000 projects 13 years later. USGBC has certainly compiled an impressive resume of projects, but the center thinks the most striking fact involves how the first three years of RoofPoint and LEED compare to each other.

As shown in the chart above, RoofPoint’s initial growth rate has exceeded the relative growth rate of LEED significantly. In fact, the roofing industry has driven the number of RoofPoint projects to a level that exceeds what took the entire green building industry six years to pass.

The success RoofPoint has experienced to date is primarily driven by the hundreds of industry leaders who have participated and submitted projects. The center thanks you for helping it launch RoofPoint, and asks that you stay tuned in 2014 as it moves this important program to the next level of achievement with a number of exciting new programs and initiatives.

NRCA Member Kulp Elected to Wisconsin State Assembly

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is pleased to announce that long-time member Bob Kulp of Stratford, Wis., has been elected to the state’s 69th Assembly District. He was sworn into office Dec. 5, 2013.

Kulp is the founder and co-owner of Kulp’s of Stratford LLC. He has been an active member of NRCA since 1992 and currently serves as a vice president on the association’s Executive Committee.

“I believe taking my business experience to the political process will be an asset,” Kulp says. “When businesses thrive, people thrive.”

Kulp defeated Democrat opponent Kenneth Slezak, receiving 67 percent of the vote, and will replace former Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder, who resigned his position in September 2012. Kulp will serve out the remaining 13 months of Suder’s term.

Whitton Assumes PIMA Chairmanship

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) has announced that Jim Whitton, vice president of Sales and Marketing at Hunter Panels LLC, has assumed the chairmanship of the organization as of Jan. 1, 2014. He succeeds Dr. Chris Griffin of Johns Manville Roofing Systems, who has served as the PIMA chairman for the last two years.

“Given his extensive roofing industry expertise, his deep understanding of the polyiso insulation industry and his experience working with the Association on numerous task groups and initiatives, Jim is the perfect choice to lead PIMA,” says Jared Blum, PIMA president. “We look forward to his leadership as code and standard setting bodies continue to embrace and reiterate the value of building thermal performance.”

Whitton, a 28-year veteran of the roofing industry, has worked at Hunter Panels since its founding. He graduated from DePaul University with degrees in both accounting and education. Prior to joining Hunter Panels, Whitton served as the Regional Tapered Manager and Marketing Manager for NRG Barriers. He is also a current member of PIMA’s Board of Directors as well as the Roof Consultants Institute.

“This is an auspicious time to lead the polyiso industry,” Whitton says. “In the last few months ASHRAE has published increased R-value requirements in the 90.1 standard, the International Code Council has clarified insulation requirements for reroofing projects and PIMA has updated its the QualityMark program in accordance with ASTM C1298-13. All these initiative further reflect the polyiso industry’s long-term commitment to cost effective, sustainable and energy-efficient construction.”

SPRI Distributes ‘PV Ready’ Technical Bulletin

Waltham, Mass.-based SPRI’s Technical Committee and board of directors have approved and distributed to the organization’s members Technical Bulletin 1-13A, “Summary of SPRI Membrane Manufacturer Photovoltaic (PV) Ready Roof Systems and Services”. The bulletin contains general guidelines from SPRI related to “PV Ready” roof assemblies and services designed to provide maximum protection for the roof (and maintain its warranty coverage). SPRI represents sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry.

“Commercial rooftops are a convenient platform for installing solar photovoltaic systems,” says SPRI Technical Director Mike Ennis. “However, it’s important to remember that the roof’s primary function is to protect the building’s contents and its people from the elements.”

Technical Bulletin 1-13 raises important considerations for the building owner, such as the added weight of a PV array and the impact of wind and fire approvals. The bulletin also lists potential PV system-specific requirements from manufacturers to maintain existing warranties; project documentation forms frequently required to install the PV system over an existing warranted roof; and general issues and additional services offered by manufacturers, such as single-source warranties for the roof system and solar integration.

SPRI gathered the information included in Technical Bulletin 1-13 from a survey of information available on websites and literature of SPRI member membrane manufacturers. As such, the bulletin serves as a summary of the PV-ready products, requirements and services currently offered by SPRI members and is available for distribution to customers.

“Each SPRI member may have its own PV ready program, and no SPRI member may necessarily be considered to have all program elements,” Ennis adds. “The building owner should always consult the manufacturer of the roof system specified for the new construction or reroofing project prior to the installation of a PV system on a warranted roof.”

In addition, Ennis writes about PV Ready rooftop considerations in “Tech Point”.

Fatal Work Injuries Decreased in 2012

Preliminary results from the Washington, D.C.-based Bureau of Labor Statistics‘ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show a reduction in the number of fatal work injuries in 2012 compared with 2011. Last year, 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries, down from a final count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011. Based on preliminary counts, the rate of fatal workplace injuries in 2012 was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, down from a rate of 3.5 per 100,000 in 2011.

In response, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez states: “I am greatly encouraged by the reduction in workplace fatalities, even in a growing economy. It is a testament to the hard work of employers, unions, health and safety professionals, and the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mine Safety and Health Administration. Through collaborative education and outreach efforts and effective law enforcement, these numbers indicate that we are absolutely moving in the right direction. But to me these aren’t just numbers and data; they are fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, who will never come home again.

“We can and must do better. Job gains in oil and gas and construction have come with more fatalities, and that is unacceptable. That’s why OSHA has undertaken a number of outreach and educational initiatives, including a campaign to prevent falls in construction … . Employers must take job hazards seriously and live up to their legal and moral obligation to send their workers home safe every single day. The Labor Department is committed to preventing these needless deaths, and we will continue to engage with employers to make sure that these fatality numbers go down further.”