NRCA to Hold Semi-annual Regional Conference in Denver

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will hold its semi-annual regional conference Oct. 15 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Denver. The conference will highlight roofing industry issues.

Roofing professionals from across the Midwest and western states are encouraged to participate in this one-day event. The conference will provide in-depth information about the most critical safety, risk management, technical, building code and legislative issues affecting roofing contractors.

Attendees also will hear from fellow roofing professionals about current issues, trends and challenges facing the industry.

Members of NRCA as well as non-members are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register online, visit NRCA’s website.

Clean Jobs Index Finds 88 Percent More Clean Energy Jobs in Q1 and Q2 2014 than 2013

Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, a tool to compare states’ use and development of clean and sustainable energy, found more than 2 million job postings in the green-energy sector in quarters one and two of 2014 alone. This is almost an 88 percent increase from the first and second quarters in 2013. The Clean Jobs Index classifies clean energy jobs based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics description, which says that a clean job is part of a business that benefits the environment or conserves natural resources.

Ecotech Institute created the Clean Jobs Index to provide objective job information about the renewable energy industry.

Number of U.S. Clean Jobs Postings in Q1 and Q2 2014:
2,637,133 (an 87.5 percent increase from Q1 and Q2 2013)

Number of New Clean Jobs since January 1, 2014:
1.2 million

Ecotech Institute Prepares Graduates for these Growing Clean Energy Jobs:

    Power Utility Technology: 132 percent increase in jobs from 2013
    Solar Energy Technology: 116 percent increase in jobs from 2013
    Electrical Engineering Technology: 74 percent increase in jobs from 2013
    Wind Energy Technology: 65 percent increase in jobs from 2013
    Facility Management: 64 percent increase in jobs from 2013
    Renewable Energy Technology: 63 percent increase in jobs from 2013
    Energy Efficiency: 53 percent increase in jobs from 2013

“This Clean Jobs Index really demonstrates the rapid growth of the sustainable energy industry,” said Chris Gorrie, academic dean at Ecotech Institute. “Almost double the clean jobs were posted in the first half of 2014 compared to the first half of 2013. Ecotech Institute is the only educational institution out there that’s entirely focused on this space, and makes sure students are prepared for these available green energy jobs.”

Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index is an aggregation of statistics by state. Although it may indicate a greater possibility for employment in the clean economy sector, the Clean Jobs Index in no way indicates the presence or the promise of any specific job opportunities. Data for the Index is gathered regularly from independent research entities including: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Participate in Community Service Day During 2015 International Roofing Expo

Roofing professionals participating in the 2015 International Roofing Expo (IRE) are encouraged to give back to the New Orleans community by participating in Community Service Day, the show’s home repair and revitalization project.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, Community Service Day will take place on Monday, February 23, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, with volunteers helping rebuild the homes of families that are elderly, disabled or financially unable to support the renovation.

“This is a great opportunity for the roofing industry to give back to the New Orleans community,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “The success of this project is attributed to our wonderful volunteers and their dedication to helping those less fortunate.”

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.

The International Roofing Expo will partner with Rebuilding Together New Orleans, 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 Corporation – 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 #2233.

“The International Roofing Expo and NRCA are pleased to once again offer this opportunity to help families in need,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I hope to see many of our members participating in this worthwhile cause.”

When registration opens in late September, participants can register for this event at the same time they register to attend the show. There is a $25 fee that includes transportation, beverages and snacks. Tax deductible monetary donations can also be made during registration.

The 2015 International Roofing Expo will be held February 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, offering roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

Washington, D.C., Habitat for Humanity Uses 8 Inches of Polyiso on Roof

Six passive townhomes that are part of Habitat for Humanity’s Ivy City community of Northeast Washington are including 8 inches of polyiso insulation on the roof. These passive townhouses are designed to reduce overall energy consumption by 70 percent and heating and cooling demand by 80 to 90 percent.

The six townhouses are being built to meet the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Passive House specifications. Founded in 2007, PHIUS is the leading certifier of passive buildings.

“The Ivy City townhouses show the role high-performance insulation plays in the built environment, particularly when it comes to designing homes that are more affordable to operate,” said Jared Blum, president of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA). “We are proud to be involved with this Habitat for Humanity project that will provide much needed affordable housing in the nation?s capital.”

PIMA member companies—Atlas Roofing, Firestone Building Products, GAF, Hunter Panels, JM, and R-max—donated the polyiso for this project in celebration of the association’s 25th anniversary.

“The passive house model embodies Habitat for Humanity’s vision that all people deserve safe, comfortable, affordable and sustainable housing, and the polyiso insulation contributes to that vision,” said Andrew Modley, production manager, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. “Passive housing will provide our homeowner families with an ability to consume significantly less energy overall by using passive integrated design, climate appropriate insulation, and airtight construction. These benefits will not only save the homeowners money, but will empower them to create a more sustainable lifestyle.”

Scholarship Helps Integrate Roofing-related Materials into Curricula

Faculty members from construction management schools at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; and the University of Florida, Gainesville, have been named the first recipients of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress‘ Construction Management Faculty Scholarships.

Each faculty member received $5,000 to help them develop a plan to integrate roofing-related materials and case studies into existing curricula.

The Alliance created the scholarships though an educational partnership with the three universities and will work with them to incorporate more roofing-specific curriculum into their construction management undergraduate degree programs; provide scholarships to students and faculty; and develop internship programs with roofing contracting companies, manufacturers and distributors.

The first Construction Management Faculty Scholarship recipients are:

Jonathon Elliot, assistant professor in Colorado State University’s Department of Construction Management. Elliot earned his Ph.D. and Master of Science degree at Colorado State and also has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pa. He currently teaches the Construction Engineering II and Graphic Communication/Revit Courses at Colorado State.

James Sullivan, assistant professor at the Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida. He obtained his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Florida and also has a Master of Building Construction Degree, Master of Arts in Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. Sullivan’s emphasis is on sustainable construction estimating and techniques and worker productivity training. He also worked as a project manager, contract manager, and statistician for the University of Florida, Clark Construction, and Hines.

Jacqueline Thompson, assistant professor at the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University. Thompson earned her Ph.D. in construction management and Master’s in Environmental Planning from Arizona State University, Tempe. She teaches Construction Methods and Materials, Sustainable Construction and a graduate course in Real Estate Development at Auburn. Her research focuses on construction sustainability with a special focus on understanding the role of subcontractors in achieving sustainability in the built environment.

“We’re thrilled to have such talented people getting involved with our industry, and in particular developing course material that will include roofing-related information,” says NRCA Executive Vice President William Good. “We think it’s crucial for all construction management students to understand how important, and how complex roofing is. NRCA looks forward to working with even more construction management schools in the future.”

The plan is for research to be completed by Oct. 30 so materials can be introduced into construction management departments beginning in 2015. The final report will include the learning outcome(s) to be addressed by the integration of roofing-related materials and case studies into construction; an outline of the subject matter and topical content that will be taught in the class, as well as the roofing-related materials and case studies used; and details of the assignment used to assess the learning outcome(s).

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Bestows Scholarships

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the recipients of its 2014 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, which include three new recipients and the renewal of seven scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Alliance awarded two new general scholarships to Dannelly McKenzie of Columbia, S.C., daughter of Christopher McKenzie, partner at Watts and Associates Roofing, Columbia, S.C., and Shoshanna Lee, of Livermore, Calif., daughter of Calvin Lee, estimator/project manager for Western Roofing Services, San Leandro, Calif.

In addition, a new Firestone Scholarship has been awarded to Jaclyn Harris of Mooresville, Ind., daughter of Albert Harris, warehouse/fleet manager for Beacon Roofing Supply, Indianapolis.

The Alliance also renewed seven Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, including four general scholarships to Sean Cawley of Birmingham, Ala., attending Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., Neil Hourahan of Saunderstown, R.I., attending University of Massachusetts Amherst, Josiah Martin of Richmond, Va., attending Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va., and Jonathan Poore of Harrogate, Tenn., attending Technological University, Cookeville, Tenn.

One Fred Good Scholarships was renewed for Carter Hruby of Fargo, N.D. attending North Dakota State University, Fargo.

Alexis Plachecki of Taylor, Wis., who is attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, also received a renewal of her Firestone Scholarship.

In addition, a Dan Cohen Scholarship was also renewed for Kara Sosinki of Hudson, Ohio, who is attending Ohio Northern University in Ada.

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 $50,000 in scholarships was awarded for the 2014-15 school year—$35,000 for renewals and $15,000 for new recipients. To date, 110 students have received $580,000 in scholarship awards.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create an endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry and its customers. The Alliance’s objectives are to conduct research and education projects that support high-quality programs for roofing contractors; ensure timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues; and enhance the long-term viability and attractiveness of the industry to roofing workers. The Alliance also reaches out to the roofing community and its members and helps fund efforts dedicated to good works and charitable giving.

North American Copper in Architecture Award Winners Are Announced

A filling station replica designed by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, a 250-year-old windmill relocated from the Netherlands and the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral are among this year’s top building projects receiving a North American Copper in Architecture Award (NACIA).

A mix of 14 new and recently restored buildings in the U.S. that utilize architectural copper and copper alloys in their design are being recognized by the copper industry. The 2014 NACIA award recipients include a government statehouse, museum, two transit hubs, a historic theatre building, and many more.

“Based on the projects being awarded this year, we can see that copper continues to play an integral role in architectural and building design,” said Andy Kireta, Jr., vice president for the Copper Development Association (CDA). “Each year, the selection process becomes more difficult by the size and scope of the projects. Copper is being used in a variety of different applications for both new construction and restoration work, helping architects and developers add to a building’s longevity while preserving its past.”

The St. Patrick’s Cathedral, located in the heart of New York City and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is visited by more than 5 million people each year. In 2013, the 136-year-old Neo-Gothic style Roman Catholic cathedral underwent a massive restoration project, which included upgrading the cast bronze double-leaf doors and several copper architectural structures inside the cathedral.

Copper was also used to restore and preserve the 125-foot tall DeZwaan Windmill, which was built in the Netherlands in 1761 and later reassembled in Holland, Michigan in 1964. Nearly 5,000 pounds of copper, all individually cut and hemmed from 20-ounce sheet copper, was used to shingle the windmill’s mill cap and flash the tower. It is the oldest and only authentic-working Dutch windmill in North America.

Following Frank Lloyd Wright’s sketches from the 1920s, copper was used extensively to bring to life the architect’s vision for a filling station. Copper was used for the standing seam roof, as well as for the twin totems, columns, cantilevered canopies and hanging gravity gas pumps. The filling station is on display at the Pierce-Arrow Buffalo Transportation Museum in upstate New York.

The NACIA awards program was established in 2008 and promotes projects that display innovation and excellence in architectural copper applications. The awards showcase a wide range of design, detail and craftsmanship. Sponsored by industry representatives at the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), projects are selected across three different categories: New Construction, Renovation/Restoration and Ornamental Applications. This year’s recipients include:

New Construction:
Coastal Cohousing Community — Coastal Maine
Application: Roofing, exterior ornamental
Architect: Richard Renner | Architects
General Contractor: Wright-Ryan Homes
Sheet Metal Contractor: The Heritage Company, LLC
Landscape Architect/Planner: Terrence J. DeWan Associates

Garage — Vashon, Wash.
Application: Wall Cladding
Architect: Graypants
General Contractor: Schuchart/Dow
Structural Engineer: Swenson Say Faget

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Civil East | Green Line — St. Paul, Minn.
Application: Roofing, Exterior Ornamental
Sheet Metal Contractor: MG McGrath Inc.
Architect: AECOM
General Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson

John W. Olver Transit Center — Greenfield, Mass.
Application: Wall Cladding
Architect: Charles Rose Architects Inc.
General Contractor: Fontaine Bros. Inc.
Sheet Metal Contractor: Steeltech
Copper Panel Engineer and Fabricator: Zahner
MEP/FP: Arup

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum — Natchitoches, La.
Application: Wall Cladding
Architect: Trahan Architects
Copper Panel Manufacturer: A2MG Architectural Metal & Glass Inc.
Copper Panel Installer: F.L. Crane & Sons Inc.

North Dakota Heritage Center — Bismarck, N.D.
Application: Exterior Ornamental, Interior Ornamental
Sheet Metal Contractor: MG McGrath Inc.
Architect: HGA Architects and Engineers
General Contractor: Comstock Construction

Restoration/Renovation:
6 Harrison St. — New York
Application: Roofing and Exterior Restoration
Sheet Metal Manufacturer: B&B Sheet Metal Inc.
Installer: Skyline Restoration Inc.

Building 52 Clock Tower — Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Application: Exterior Ornamental, Roof and Dome Restoration
Consulting Architect: Treanor Architects P.A.
Architect: GLMV Architecture
Owner: United States Army Garrison, Fort Leavenworth
Sheet Metal Contractor: Renaissance Roofing Inc.
Specialty Fabrication – Crimped Copper: Heather & Little Ltd.
General Contractor: Hydro-Tech Inc.
Structural Engineer: Dudley Williams & Associates P.A.

DeZwaan Windmill Restoration — Holland, Mich.
Application: Mill Cap Restoration
Historic Restoration Contractor: Grand River Builders
General Contractor: Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals
Supervising Consultant: Verbij Windmill Design & Construction

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Restoration — New York
Application: Door restoration, Exterior and Interior Ornamental
Architectural and Bronze Conservators: G & L POPIAN Inc.
Architect: Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Arch.
General Contractor: Structure Tone Inc.
Owner: Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Tibbits Opera House Facade Restoration — Coldwater, Mich.
Application: Wall Cladding, Exterior Ornamental
Historic Restoration Contractor: Grand River Builders
Architect: Tom Roberts, AIA
General Contractor: Owen Ames Kimball
Owner: Tibbits Opera Foundation & Arts Council Inc.

Kansas Statehouse Copper Dome & Roof Replacement — Topeka, Kan.
Application: Dome and Roof Restoration
Architect: Treanor Architects P.A.
Owner: State of Kansas
General Contractor: J.E. Dunn Construction Co.
Sheet Metal Contractor- Dome: Baker Roofing Co.
Sheet Metal Contractor- Roof: MG McGrath Inc.
Specialty Fabrication – Dome: Ornametals LLC

Ornamental:
Frank Lloyd Wright Filling Station — Buffalo, N.Y.
Application: Roofing, Exterior and Interior Ornamental
Sheet Metal Contractor: Grove Roofing Services
Architect: Lauer-Manguso & Associates Architects
General Contractor: R&P Oak Hill Development
Owner: Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Bronze Entry Doors — Hubertus, Wis.
Application: Doors, Exterior Ornamental
Architect: Duncan G. Stroik Architect LLC
Architectural/Ornamental Metal Fabricator: Louis Hoffmann Co.
Sculptor: Cody Swanson Sculpture

The building projects were judged by a panel of architectural and copper industry experts. Entries were evaluated based upon overall building design, integration of copper, craft of copper installation and excellence in innovation or historic restoration. To view each project, including photos and profiles, visit the CDA website.

RCMA Hosts Successful International Roof Coatings Conference

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) hosted a highly successful International Roof Coatings Conference that took place July 14-17, 2014 in Baltimore. Conference attendance was up 15% over 2012’s inaugural IRCC, with 127 people in attendance representing 81 companies and organizations and 7 countries. Boasting thirteen speakers and ten national and international conference partners, the IRCC provided attendees with a tremendous volume of educational content and ample opportunities for networking.

RCMA hosted a welcome reception on Monday evening that kicked off the proceedings, with the conference programming beginning Tuesday morning. “RCMA is very pleased with the interest and strong registration rates for this conference,” noted John Ferararo, RCMA executive director, in his opening statement. “We hope to grow this conference even more in the years to come and we look forward to hearing feedback from conference attendees and the broader roof coatings industry to continue to improve on the success of this event.”

Conference moderator John Stubblefield, national product manager for Polyglass USA, kept conference attendees engaged with interesting anecdotes about each of the speakers and by moderating the lively question and answer sessions that followed each presentation. Attendees at the IRCC expressed their appreciation for the lineup of dynamic presentations that covered a wide breadth of topics and issues, delivered by key leaders in the roof coatings and building sciences community:

    • “Novel PUA Hybrid Chemistry for Elastomeric Roof Coatings”
    Dr. Steven Jiguang Zhang, Dow Chemical Company

    • “Solvent Reduction Technology – What are the Rules?”
    Dr. Michael Van De Mark, Missouri S&T Coatings Institute

    • “Overcoming Vapor Drive Issues in Cool Roofing”
    Jason Smith, The Garland Company

    • “Advancing Installation of Reflective Roofing Systems through Community-Based Social Marketing and the Baltimore Energy Challenge”
    Alice Kennedy, Baltimore Office of Sustainability

    • “The Building Envelope Emerging Technologies Portfolio in United States Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office”
    Dr. Karma Sawyer, United States Department of Energy

    • “Introducing the RoofPoint Energy and Carbon Calculator: Measuring the Energy and Environmental Contributions of Roofing Systems”
    Dr. James Hoff, Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing

    • “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Codes and Standards: Impact on the Roof Coatings Industry”
    Michael Fischer, Kellen Company

    • “The Roots and Future of Sustainability”
    Steve Heinje, Quest Construction Products

    • “Methods for Measuring Energy Savings on Highly Reflective Coatings”
    Daniel Bustos, DuPont Titanium Technologies

    • “When the Going Gets Rough: The Impact of Substrate Texture on Solar Reflectance Ratings”
    Jeffrey Steuben, Cool Roof Rating Council

    • “Impact of Dynamic Insulation Technologies on Steep-Slope Roof Assemblies”
    Dr. Kaushik Biswas, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    • “Advances in Developing Standards for Accelerated Aging of Cool Roofing Materials”
    Dr. Hashem Akbari, Concordia University

    • “Cool Surfaces: An International Opportunity”
    Kurt Shickman, Global Cool Cities Alliance

The RCMA Summer Meeting, open to RCMA members and to those attendees interested in learning more about membership, followed the conclusion of the IRCC. In addition to committee updates covering codes and standards, VOC regulations, and other key industry issues, outside speakers from the United States Green Building Council, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the American Trucking Association, Health Products Declarations Collaborative, and Surface Optics Corporation provided additional educational content for meeting attendees. A highlight to the RCMA Summer Meeting was a spirited Associates Function on Wednesday night, where members had the opportunity to exhibit and to raffle off door prizes.

AGC Joins Hiring Our Heroes Program

The Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va., has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program as part of the construction industry’s effort to add 100,000 veterans during the next five years. The new partnership will make it easier for construction contractors to find, recruit and hire veterans.

“The only thing keeping many of our members from hiring vets is figuring out how to find them,” says Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s CEO. “This new partnership will make it easier for construction firms to find, recruit and hire veterans.”

The association’s members, commercial and civil construction firms across the country, are committed to hiring at least 100,000 veterans within five years, Sandherr adds. The new partnership comes at a time when two-thirds of construction firms report having a hard time finding skilled workers to fill positions. The partnership with Hiring Our Heroes will make it easier for firms to fill vacancies with highly qualified workers and will be a key part of the association’s Workforce Development Plan.

“Construction firms are always eager to hire veterans because they make such great professionals,” Sandherr notes. “As the economy continues to expand, our members will be looking to hire even more veterans than they already do.”

The association will begin distributing information to its members and state and local chapters about the new partnership and help recruit expanding construction firms to participate in job fairs and other hiring events organized by Hiring Our Heroes.

NRCA Releases Roof Application Training Program

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released its Roof Application Training Program.

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released its Roof Application Training Program.

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released its Roof Application Training Program. The package provides all the necessary tools for contractors to conduct effective training with their workers, including two DVD programs with two hours of video content, instructors’ guides, student handouts and exams, and 15-minute modules designed to demonstrate effective training skills for program facilitators. The Roof Application Training Program package contains the following training programs:

    • Foundations of Roofing
    • Equipment, Setup and Tear-off

The programs are available in English and Spanish.