Papers Sought for Eighth Symposium on Research Roofing and Standards Development

Papers are invited for the Eighth Symposium on Research Roofing and Standards Development, which will be held Dec. 6, 2015, at the Marriott Tampa, Fla. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing, the symposium will be held in conjunction with the committee’s standards development meetings.

The symposium provides a forum for contributing to the fundamental understanding of acceptable roof performance with the primary emphasis being current research and development work. The symposium will center on the influence of laboratory and field investigations in the development of standards for roofing and waterproofing materials and systems.

The symposium is intended to address topics describing research and standards development for low- and steep-slope roofing systems, including the following:
• Polymer-modified and conventional built-up bituminous roofing
• Self-adhesive membrane roofing
• Liquid-applied membrane roofing
• Synthetic single-ply roofing systems
• Spray polyurethane foam roofing systems
• Metal roofing systems
• Roof edge systems
• Performance of shingles, tiles and other steep roof coverings
• Wind and fire resistance
• Air and moisture movement in roofing systems
• Cool roofing, vegetative (green) roofing and solar
• Energy-efficient roofing
• Technology of roof coatings
• Hygrothermal simulations/modeling
• Roof system durability and service-life prediction
• Roofing in a sustainability era
• Roofing retrofit
• Advances in waterproofing
• Advances in adhesion technology for synthetic and bituminous roofing
• Advances in low-sloped roofing and its components

To participate in the symposium, presenters/authors must submit a 250- to 300-word preliminary abstract by April 8, 2014. The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new and presenting sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. The symposium co-chairmen will notify the presenters/authors by Sept. 8, 2014, of their paper’s acceptability for presentation at the symposium.

Abstracts may be submitted online.

Construction Industry Safety Coalition Urges U.S. Department of Labor to Withdraw ‘Significantly Flawed’ Silica Proposal

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition, which represents 25 different construction trade associations, issued the following statement recently as it filed comments regarding the Washington, D.C.- based Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposed Crystalline Silica Rulemaking:

“After an exhaustive analysis that involved hundreds of construction safety professionals, builders, construction managers and specialty trade contractors representing virtually every facet on the industry, it is our conclusion that the administration’s proposed new silica rule is significantly flawed and will do little to improve workplace health or safety. Specifically, the proposed rule sets a silica exposure standard that cannot be accurately measured or protected against with existing equipment and includes a series of data errors that undermine many of the rule’s basic assumptions.

“The proposed rule’s new silica exposure limit is virtually impossible to accurately measure or protect against using existing technology. For example, commercially available dust collection technology is not capable by itself of protecting workers from the rule’s new silica exposure limit. A limitation the agency appears to acknowledge in its additional requirement that workers also wear respirators, something that would not be necessary if the dust collection technology was effective.

“Even more troubling, the proposal is rife with errors and inaccurate data that call into question the entire rulemaking process. Agency officials, for example, omitted 1.5 million construction workers from its assessment of the size of the affected workforce. The agency also did not consider the broad range of tasks and variety of settings and environments in which construction occurs. And the agency’s assessment of the rule’s cost was off by a factor of four.

“Given the lack of scientific explanation justifying the new exposure limits, the many contradictions between the rule and the realities faced in the construction industry, and the fact that agency officials made significant errors in the basic data the rule is based on, we are urging the administration to withdraw this proposed rule. We strongly urge agency officials to work with us and employee groups to craft a silica measure that will build upon the work all of us have done to reduce silica-related deaths by 93 percent during the past three decades.”

Dodge Momentum Index Rose 3 Percent in January 2014

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 3 percent in January 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. January’s relatively strong gain brought the Momentum Index to 121.1 (2000=100), compared to a revised 117.6 in December 2013. Save for two minor dips in June and October 2013, the Momentum Index has been on a steady climb for more than a year. As the environment for new nonresidential development continues to improve, the planning pipeline of nonresidential building projects has grown more active.

Construction Employment Jumps by the Largest Monthly Amount in Nearly Seven Years

Construction employment jumped by the largest monthly amount in nearly seven years in January, bringing industry employment to the highest level since July 2009, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Construction employment totaled 5,922,000 in January, the highest total in four-and-one-half years and an increase of 48,000 from a month earlier—the largest one-month gain since April 2007. For the year, construction employment rose by 179,000, or 3.1 percent, compared with an increase of 1.7 percent for total nonfarm payroll employment. Nonresidential construction firms added 31,300 new jobs in January and 57,100 (1.6 percent) over 12 months while residential firms added 16,800 jobs for the month and 121,400 (5.8 percent) during the year. The unemployment rate for workers actively looking for jobs and last employed in construction declined from 16.1 percent in January 2013 to 12.3 percent in January 2014—the lowest January rate since 2008.

National Roofing Week: July 6-12

To increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business across the U.S., promote the good deeds of the roofing industry and stress the value of professional roofing contractors, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announces National Roofing Week will take place July 6-12.

The roof is one of the most important components of a home or business’ structure, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair. 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 plan in every community.

“Professional roofing contractors provide a vital service to their communities. Many NRCA members donate resources and time to charitable events and support organizations in cities and towns across America,” says NRCA President Nelson R. Braddy Jr. “National Roofing Week will enable NRCA members to highlight their community involvement and educate consumers regarding the importance of hiring a professional roofing contractor when a roofing need arises.”

NRCA contractor members are encouraged to promote the importance of having a roof to children by having them participate in the “Everybody Needs a Roof” Children’s Art Contest. The contest is part of National Roofing Week and is open to children in grades 1-8 who are relatives of NRCA contractor members or their employees. Entries are now being accepted.

Contest winners will have their artwork featured on all 2014 National Roofing Week material and additional promotional material to be displayed at industry events throughout the year, including the 2015 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans.

In addition, NRCA will host a community service day during NRCA’s Midyear Meetings in Chicago, where members will volunteer their services on a roof system repair in the Chicago area. Contractor members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to give back to their communities in a similar way during National Roofing Week.

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Names MVP Award Winners

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the winners of its 14th Annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, recognizing outstanding roofing workers from Dallas; Aurora, Colo.; Quakertown, Pa.; and Canonsburg, Pa.

The MVP Awards program honors roofing professionals based on their significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: outstanding on-the-job performance, on-the-job safety performance, contributions to a team effort, community service and volunteerism, and other noteworthy contributions.

The 2014 MVP Award winners are:

  • Javier Contreras, foreman for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas
  • Jim Dieckmen, superintendent for Academy Roofing, Inc., Aurora, Colo.
  • Roberto Valdez, superintendent for Supreme Roofing Systems, Inc., Dallas
  • Ryan Watts, foreman for Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, Pa.
  • Coy Wilson, foreman for CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.

Additionally, the Alliance named the following MVP Award finalists:

  • Jose Martinez, foreman for AAA Roofing Co. Inc., Indianapolis
  • Joel Portillo, foreman for Star Roofing Inc., Phoenix

The Alliance also named Valdez as a finalist for outstanding on-the-job performance, on-the-job safety performance and other noteworthy contributions, respectively, and Watts as a finalist for on-the-job safety performance.

For more information about the MVP Awards program or next year’s nominations, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513, or email her.

NRCA Names Charlie Raymond Award Winners

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced the winners of the Charlie Raymond Award at its 127th Annual Convention held Feb. 26-28 in Las Vegas.

The 2014 Charlie Raymond Award contractor member winner is Nelson R. Braddy Jr., president and chief executive officer of King of Texas Roofing Co. LP and current NRCA president, of Grand Prairie, Texas. GAF, Wayne, N.J., received the award in the associate category.

Braddy is a three-time recipient of the contractor member award, and GAF has won in the associate category for four consecutive years.

The award is named in honor of former NRCA president and J.A. Piper Award winner Charlie Raymond, who took on the role of NRCA Membership Committee chairman when the association had only 328 members. He recruited NRCA’s 1,000th member in 1973. Each year in his memory, the Charlie Raymond Award honors contractors and associate members for their efforts to recruit new NRCA members.

NRCA Names 2014-15 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced its 2014-15 slate of officers and directors at its 127th Annual Convention held Feb. 26-28 in Las Vegas.

Richard Nugent, CEO of Nations Roof LLC, Lithia Springs, Ga., has been elected NRCA president, and Lindy Ryan, president of Tecta America Southeast LLC, Sanford, Fla. was elected senior vice president. Dennis Conway, principal and vice president of Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas; Scott Kawulok, executive project manager at B&M Roofing of Colorado Inc., Frederick, Colo.; Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Ill.; and Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, were elected vice presidents.

Additionally, the following were elected NRCA directors:

    Bill Baley, president of C.I. Services Inc., Mission Viejo, Calif.
    Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, Texas
    Suzan Boyd, vice president of Academy Roofing Inc., Aurora, Colo.
    Pat Dorsey, project manager at Tecta America Kentucky, Louisville
    John Embow, president of Grove Roofing Services Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.
    Steve Harvey, president of J & S Building Exteriors Inc., Attleboro, Mass.
    David Hesse, vice president of Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Frederick, Md.
    Joseph Lancaster, vice president of Metalcrafts Inc., Savannah, Ga.
    John Miller Jr., president of Acme Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. Inc., Dothan, Ala.
    Kyle Redd, project manager at Redd Roofing Co. Inc., Ogden, Utah
    Brad Sutter, executive vice president of Sutter Roofing Co. of Florida, Sarasota
    Jayne Williams, chief financial officer of KPostCompany, Dallas
    Robert Willis, general manager of Tecta America Zero Co. LLC, Dayton, Ohio

2014 IRE Achieves Highest Attendance in the History of the Show

Hanley Wood Exhibitions has announced that the 2014 International Roofing Expo (IRE) welcomed a record-setting audience to Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Feb. 26-28, reinforcing its position as the industry’s largest and most innovative roofing construction and maintenance trade show.

As the IRE returned to the glitz and glamour of its longtime host city, Las Vegas, the annual trade show and conference drew a total attendance of 9,568, a 13 percent increase over the 2013 show in San Antonio, and a staggering 20 percent increase in verified attendees over 2013.

“With a fresh sense of optimism and excitement, the 2014 International Roofing Expo drew the largest attendance in the show’s history,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE show director. “In addition, the trade-show floor was the largest since 2008.”

Participants came from all segments of the roofing industry, including commercial and residential contractors, builders, remodelers, building owners, facility managers, manufacturers, architects, engineers and other related industry professionals.

In attendance were representatives from the industry’s leading roofing and construction companies, including CentiMark, Tecta America, Baker Roofing, Best Contracting Services, Nations Roof, Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal, Douglass Colony Group, United States Roofing, Interstate Roofing, Insulated Roofing Contractors, Collis Roofing, Lon Smith Roofing & Construction, KPost and Target Corp.

Attendees represented all 50 states with the bulk of attendees hailing from California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Ohio, Georgia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Michigan. The largest number of international attendees came from Canada, Mexico, Japan, Denmark, Australia, Columbia, China, United Kingdom, Belgium, Ecuador, France and Trinidad and Tobago.

First-time registrants made up 35 percent of all attendees. “I thought the overall quality of the show and the courses offered were very good, while the exhibitors were very helpful and informative,” says Phillip M. Conroy, project manager at Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal. “This was my first year attending the show and the trip was definitely worth my while.”

Exhibit Hall
The trade-show floor was comprised of 1,045 booths, a 6 percent increase over the 2013 show. New, value-added services and innovative ideas in roofing materials and related products were displayed on the show floor, including shingles, gutters, insulation, coatings/adhesives, fasteners, and much more.

Exhibitors were pleased with the number of leads and inquiries generated during the show. “The 2014 IRE offered the perfect venue for us to reconnect with existing customers and engage with new ones,” says Karen Edwards, marketing director at EagleView Technologies. “Our booth was busy from show open to close and the attendees were the decision-makers that we wanted to reach.”

“This was an outstanding show,” adds Nicholas Bryditzki of Sentinel Solar Roof Pumps. “For a small manufacturing company it gave us great exposure and we were able to make some significant contacts.”

“We were very happy to be a part of the 2014 IRE,” notes Karyn Slifka, marketing coordinator at Novagard Solutions. “The number of attendees surpassed our expectations and we made some great contacts.”

Of the 426 exhibiting companies, 84 companies were first-time exhibitors, including Certex USA, CUPA USA, Epilay, Kemper System America, National Gypsum Company and VELUX America, just to name a few.

“This was our first year exhibiting at the IRE and it exceeded our expectations,” says Brett D. Steinberg, national sales manager, Kemper System America. “The foot traffic and the attendees were the right people we wanted to connect with.”

“The 2014 IRE was the busiest and most successful show in recent history,” adds Bill Good, executive vice president of the National Roofing Contractors Association, the show’s official sponsor, who had an 800-square-foot booth at the event. “The roofing industry continues on its path of economic recovery with a positive buzz in the air like hasn’t been felt in several years.”

Educational Conference
In addition to the show floor’s buying and selling activity, the show’s educational conference offered 42 educational sessions addressing a variety of industry issues. A total of 5,807 sessions were sold over the three-day conference, a 45% increase over the 2013 show.

Educational tracks included technical and workplace safety classes, as well as business-related sessions including leadership/management, green building, legal/HR, money matters, sales/service and general business.

“I thought this year’s event was outstanding and especially found the educational offerings to be strong in content,” notes Chad Collins, president at Bone Dry Roofing Company. “The attendance alone in the educational sessions spoke volumes towards the overall participation at this years’ show.”

“All of the classes I attended were very informative and we have already started implementing some of the information that we learned in class,” adds Brian Moore, residential project manager at Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal. “In my opinion this show surpassed my expectation.”

Show-floor Highlights and Special Events
On the show floor, attendees found new products and ideas at the Metal Marketplace that featured 83 booths, the Technology & Business Services Pavilion with 44 booths, the Live Demonstrations with five sessions from FCS Control, Kemper System America and NRCA, and Exhibitor Product Clinics from OMG and Equipter.

At the Product Showcase, attendees were able to see, try and compare the latest products in the following categories: new, sustainable, safety and Made in the USA. Based on innovation, productivity and cost-effectiveness, a panel of industry experts awarded Carlisle SynTec Systems “Best New Product” for its Sure-Flex KEE HP PVC Membrane, while ERSystems & Elastek were awarded “Best Sustainable Product” for its ER OneStep.

“The 2014 IRE was successful,” says Ryan Blad, technical service and support for ERSystems and Elastek. “The biggest highlight would be OneStep winning the Best Sustainable Product award.”

New in 2014, attendees had the opportunity to find new products and meet new exhibitors by participating in the Treasure Quest game. Participants followed a treasure map to each of the participating treasured exhibitors to collect a stamp or a code to plug in the mobile app. Dora Fong of Honolulu Roofing Co., was the winner of $3,500 cash for visiting all seven exhibitors.

Giving back to the Las Vegas community, a pre-show Community Service Day took place on Tuesday, February 25, where 65 attendees and exhibitors enthusiastically volunteered to help renovate the homes of three families in need.

The show’s opening day featured an inspirational Keynote Address by Frank Abagnale, subject of the blockbuster book and movie, “Catch Me if You Can,” to a standing-room only audience of more than 1,300. After recounting tales from his incredible youth as a master forger and imposter, Abagnale said becoming a father and husband is what really changed his life. While he now works with the FBI, he maintains that family is the driving force behind his success.

Attendees and exhibitors networked while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the opening night Welcome Party on Wednesday, February 26, at LIGHT Nightclub at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.

Save the Date for 2015
The 2015 International Roofing Expo will be held Feb. 24-26, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Online housing reservations can be made immediately and online registration will open in September.

Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal Receives NRCA/CNA Community Involvement Award

In recognition of its efforts to help children of deployed members of the U.S. military, Oklahoma City-based Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal LLC has been presented with the second annual NRCA/CNA Community Involvement Award, which is sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), CNA and the CNA Foundation.

The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal was selected for its involvement with “Horseback Heroes,” an annual event to honor the children of Oklahoma soldiers, by giving them the rare opportunity to spend the day on a working farm, taking part in activities that included horseback riding, cattle roping and tack and grooming.

The event took place on the ranch of Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal President and Chief Executive Officer Gerry Shepherd and was offered free of charge to more than 80 children between the ages of 5 and 16, and their families.

The CNA Foundation will award Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal with $5,000 for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, who co-sponsored Horseback Heroes. View the video highlighting the Horseback Heroes program.

Additionally, this year’s honorable mentions each will receive $1,000 from the CNA Foundation; they are Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas, for its work with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ scholarship program and Showalter Roofing Service Inc., Naperville, Ill., for its support of the Willow Creek Community Church’s Camp Paradise.

The awards were presented on Feb. 27 at NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 127th Annual Convention held in conjunction with the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas.