PIMA Names Chairman of the Organization

During its annual meeting, the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) announced that Helene Pierce, vice president of Technical Services, Codes and Industry Relations at GAF, assumed the chairmanship of the organization on Jan. 1, 2016. She succeeds Jim Whitton of Hunter Panels, who has served as the PIMA chairman for the last two years.

“Helene has extensive and deep technical understanding of the polyiso insulation industry and has served the association on numerous task groups and initiatives—she is the perfect choice to lead PIMA,” says Jared Blum, PIMA president. “We look forward to her leadership as the building, architecture and specifying communities continues to embrace and reiterate the value of building thermal performance.”

Pierce has spent more than 34 years in the roofing industry and has been very active in many of the industry’s organizations. She received the ASTM Award of Merit and title of Fellow from ASTM Committee D08, the James Q. McCawley award from the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association and the title of Fellow of the Institute from the Roof Consultants Institute.

Among the many groups in which she has been active include ARMA; ASTM International; CSI; the RCI Foundation; CEIR; SPRI; RCMA; PIMA; and the CRRC. Pierce has also authored and presented numerous papers for the roofing industry and is a frequent contributor to industry publications.

“PIMA represents North America’s insulation of choice and its diverse membership provides a truly collaborative environment for all of our members,” says Pierce. “Given the importance of energy efficiency in the building envelope, the demand for continuous high-performance insulation for the roof and walls continues to grow. As the voice for polyiso insulation used in the building envelope and through its many initiatives in education, building codes and standards, technical resources, and QualityMark, PIMA’s support of the polyiso industry will certainly continue to grow.”

Attended by more than 100 members—polyiso manufacturers and suppliers to the industry—PIMA’s two-day annual meeting featured an educational session, which presented perspectives on energy infrastructure issues impacting the industry. During the annual meeting, members heard from:

  • Lisa Jacobson, president, Business Counsel for Sustainable Energy
  • Brad Markell, executive director, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council
  • Amy L. Duvall, senior director, Federal Affairs, American Chemistry Council
  • Sarah Brozena, senior director Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council

“Energy efficiency remains a critical issue as illustrated during the recent COP21 meeting, where there was a palpable shift in the attitude of the business community towards energy-efficiency practices and policies,” adds Blum. “Our industry stands ready to support any agreement stemming from the COP21 meeting and our role as a trade association is to ensure our members have access to the resources they need.”

Architecture Billings Index: Positive Outlook for Construction Industry

There were a few occasions where demand for design services decreased from a month-to-month basis in 2015, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain and was so in eight of the 12 months of the year. As an economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 50.9, up from the mark of 49.3 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 58.6 the previous month.

“As has been the case for the past several years, there continues to be a mix of business conditions that architecture firms are experiencing,” says AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Overall, however, ABI scores for 2015 averaged just below the strong showing in 2014, which points to another healthy year for construction this year.”

Key December ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: West (53.7), South (53.3), Northeast (46.7), Midwest (46.1),
  • Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (52.9), institutional (52.2), commercial/industrial (47.3), mixed practice (46.5)
  • Project inquiries index: 60.2
  • Design contracts index: 51.0

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a three-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

ASHRAE and IES Release Guidance on New Compliance Path for Standard 90.1

A newly published document from ASHRAE and IES gives users of their energy-efficiency standard immediate access to an optional third path for compliance, providing more flexibility for the industry.

Standard 90.1-2013 Appendix G: Performance Rating Method is an excerpt from ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 (I-P), Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The document gives users immediate access to selected addenda slated to be published in the 2016 version of the standard. The majority of the document is comprised of addendum bm, which allows Appendix G to be used as a compliance path within the standard.

“This document is being provided at the request of users,” says Drake Erbe, chair of the Standard 90.1 committee. “This is the first time ASHRAE and IES have made available an interim clean publication of a portion of Standard 90.1, and we are doing so now because users have expressed a critical need for this guidance. Several entities have expressed interest in developing programs based on the revised appendix. This release also gives advanced notice to software developers that may be interested in automating the process of creating the Appendix G baseline.”

Erbe notes that the guidance in addendum bm had two significant impacts on Appendix G.

“Previously Appendix G was used only to rate ‘beyond code’ performance of buildings but could not be used to demonstrate compliance with the base 90.1 standard,” he says. “Now the standard provides that compliance path and gives credit for integrated design resulting in energy savings, such as efficient use of building mass, optimized building orientation, efficient HVAC&R system selection and right sizing of HVAC&R equipment.”

Using this new version of Appendix G to show compliance with the 2016 version of the standard, the proposed building design needs to have a Performance Cost Index (PCI) less than that shown in Table 4.2.1.1 based on building type and climate zone.

The second change is that the baseline design is now fixed at a certain level of performance, the stringency of which is expected not to change with subsequent versions of the standard. By this, a building of any era can be rated using the same method with the same baseline of compliance. The intent is that any building energy code or beyond-code program can use this methodology and simply set the appropriate target for their needs analogous to those in the table. Therefore, a beyond-code program may wish to set a target less than is shown in the table (a target of 0 is a net zero building), while compliance with a previous version of the standard may wish to set a target above what is shown. Because unregulated loads are not included in the compliance target in Table 4.2.1.1, beyond-code programs that encourage improvement in unregulated loads may wish to modify the target to include those loads.

Other addenda included in the excerpt are:

  • Addendum k directs the modeler to use the default assemblies in Appendix A for baseline opaque envelope assemblies.
  • Addendum r establishes the hierarchy of the decision-making process for selecting baseline HVAC systems.
  • Addendum z provides detail on the simulation of base-line building heat pumps, including how auxiliary heat is used in conjunction with heat-pump heating.
  • Addendum aa provides direction regarding when it is appropriate to model a heating-only system in Appendix G.
  • Addendum ad clarifies when baseline HVAC systems should be modeled with preheat coils.
  • Addendum dx makes changes to the baseline lighting power allowances in Appendix G.

Erbe noted that while it is likely that the version of Appendix G published in the 2016 edition of the standard will include additional changes to Appendix G, it is not likely that they will be as extensive as those included in addendum bm. The primary focus is to make the new methodology with a fixed baseline available so users become familiar with it.

RCMA Announces Topics and Speakers for the International Roof Coatings Conference

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) has recently confirmed 11 topics for its third biennial International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) July 18-21, 2016 in Philadelphia.

The 2016 IRCC will feature the following speakers and topics selected by the RCMA IRCC Working Group:

  • “Advanced Elastomeric Cool Roof Coatings for Highly Weatherable Stay-Clean Coatings”
    Rick Miner, Arkema Coating Resins

  • “Development of the Roof Coatings Product Category Rule (PCR)”
    Benjamin Borns and Doug Mazeffa, KST Coatings

  • “Hybrid Silyated Polyurethane Prepolymer Designed for High Performance Roof Coatings”
    Misty Huang, Momentive Performance Materials

  • “Life Cycle Cost Analysis Using Roof Coatings, a Study in Sustainable Roofing”
    William A. Kirn, Roof Technology Management Inc.

  • “Reducing Peak Electrical Demand with Reflective Roofs”
    Jim Hoff, TEGNOS Research Inc. and Andre Desjarlais, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

  • “Roof Preservation or Roof Restoration with Coatings: Thin or Thick Film?”
    Joe Rokowski, Insulating Coatings Corp.

  • “Simulating Three Years of Roofing Material Weathering in a Mere Three Days”
    Carolyn Richter, Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC)

  • “The Costs and Benefits of Sustainable Roofing on Affordable Housing”
    Keith Glassbrook, Capital E / Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA)

  • “The New Green Scene Challenge: Material Health and Ingredient Disclosure”
    Lorraine Ross, Intech Consulting Inc.

  • “Understanding and Improving Ponded Water Performance”
    Victoria Demarest, The Dow Chemical Co.

  • “Your First Step to Success – Substrate Preparation”
    Jim Arnold, Kemper System America

The conference will begin on Monday, July 18 and will continue through noon on Wednesday, July 20. Following the IRCC programming, the RCMA Summer Meeting, open to RCMA members and non-members, will continue through the morning of Thursday, July 21. Discounted “early bird” registration will open in early April 2016.

A list of RCMA IRCC conference partners is available on the RCMA website at the following link. Please contact RCMA Staff Associate Jared Rothstein to be added to the distribution lists to receive conference and registration updates.

RCMA Updates Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED White Paper

The Washington, D.C.-based Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association has updated its reflective roof coatings and LEED white paper, originally issued by the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) in 2012. (RCMA and RRCI announced their merger in early 2015.)

The white paper explores the role of reflective roof coatings in the Washington-based U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Version 4 green-building program with emphasis on new building structure, existing building operation and maintenance, and LEED v4 prerequisites and credit requirements.

The white paper intends to provide understanding for stakeholders about the cost-effective contributions of roof coatings and the environmentally sound new building and renovation projects that use LEED v4. The white paper also serves as a resource, which outlines the benefits that reflective roof coatings provide to buildings, businesses and the environment. The findings in the LEED white paper apply to any reflective roof coatings that are LEED-compliant.

Bob Kobet of The Kobet Collaborative, Pittsburgh, is the author of the LEED white paper updates, as well as RRCI’s original white paper. Members of the RCMA Reflective Roof Coatings Institute, RCMA Technical Affairs Committee, and RCMA Codes and Standards Task Force collaborated on the project to update and revise the white paper to incorporate LEED’s new version.

The COP21 agreement presents a major opportunity for architects around the globe to provide leadership in designing buildings and communities that help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Its call for capacity building for adaptation and mitigation of climate change represents exactly what the architecture profession excels at providing,” says Russell Davidson, FAIA, AIA president, as the COP21 meeting of the United Nations Climate Change conference concluded.

The new “Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED v4” white paper is published online on RCMA’s website.

NRCA Encourages Homeowners and Business Owners to Check Rooftops for Heavy Snow and Ice Dams

In anticipation of the severe winter storm that will hit the East Coast, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is encouraging homeowners and business owners to check their rooftops for heavy snow and ice dams that can cause major damage to a structure’s roof and gutters.

Ice dams are a problem with significant snow accumulations during extended periods of below-freezing temperatures. They form when roof areas become warm enough to melt snow, typically because of the combination of the insulating effect of heavy snow accumulation and heat loss from a home’s interior.

Melted snow runs down the roof under the snow cover and refreezes along overhangs where the roof surface temperature is lower. The water from the melting snow becomes trapped behind the dam of ice and can back up under shingles and infiltrate the underlayment, leading to leaks in the structure.

If ice damming presents an urgent problem and demands immediate action, it is advisable to remove the snow accumulated on the roof to prevent additional water backups. However, snow removal from a rooftop should be attempted only if it can be done safely from the ground level with a roof rake or an extended-handle broom. NRCA does not recommend using ice picks, shovels or any tool with sharp edges that may damage roof coverings.

NRCA strongly recommends contacting an NRCA member if the snow or ice cannot be safely removed from ground level.

For additional information about winter weather roof maintenance and to find a local NRCA member roofing contractor, visit NRCA’s Everybody Needs a Roof website.

CIDAN Machinery Joins the Metal Construction Association

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) welcomes CIDAN Machinery to its membership roster. The company has joined the association’s ranks of about 75 member companies with specialties in the metal construction industry.

CIDAN Machinery has manufactured machines since 1907 and is a well-established company within the sheet metal industry. The company manufactures and markets the brands CIDAN and Göteneds at its factory in Götene, Sweden.

“CIDAN Machinery is excited to participate in networking and stay current with the metal construction industry,” says Larry Chandonnet, CIDAN’s president.

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

MCA members represent a broad scope of companies including metal roof, wall panel, shingles and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers, and MCM fabricators. Membership information kits for each industry segment are available on MCA’s website.

RCMA Releases 2015 Annual Report

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) recently released its 2015 Annual Report. The report highlights the association’s five strategic objectives and accomplishments in 2015, which establishes RCMA as the leading advocate and resource in the roof coatings industry. The report was released to the public and made available on the RCMA website.

In the report, RCMA highlighted its successful merger with the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI). The merger resulted in the launch of the RCMA Speakers Bureau program, redesign of the RCMA website, and revision of the “Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED” white paper. Additionally, RCMA met its objective to enhance its communication program by distributing seven press releases and placing 13 articles in industry publications during 2015.

By expanding its government relations program, RCMA proactively engaged in state and federal public policy issues including, but not limited to, the National Ozone Standard, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous communications, and energy-efficiency tax credits.

As the technical and educational resource, RCMA spent considerable time participating in building code and standard development activities. Through the efforts of the Codes and Standards and Sustainability Task Forces, RCMA continues to be a representative of the roofing and building industry.

Additionally, RCMA set a strategic objective aiming to achieve 50 percent operating reserve for the association within five years. Because of tremendous growth, RCMA is well positioned to achieve this objective within the allotted timeframe.

Sprayfoam 2016 Convention and Expo Keynote Speaker Announced

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, announced that motor mastermind and host of Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud Richard Rawlings has been secured as the keynote speaker for the Sprayfoam 2016 Convention and Expo. To be held Feb. 8-11 in Orlando, the official national convention of the Spray Polyurethane Foam industry will feature four days of educational sessions, a 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall, awards, professional certification programs, annual golf tournament, and many other special events and features.

As co-host of Fast N’ Loud, Richard Rawlings searches Texas and the surrounding states for forgotten and derelict classic cars to purchase and restore at his famous Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas. Rawlings developed a passion for cars at an early age buying his first, a green 1974 Mercury Comet, when he was just 14. He has held several jobs—firefighter, police officer and paramedic—all before the age of 21, and eventually started his own business, building a printing and advertising company from the ground up. He later sold this company to fund his current Gas Monkey Garage venture—a world-renowned hot rod shop producing and shipping cars for people worldwide, a restaurant business and even a tequila brand. A veteran of transcontinental road rallies, Rawlings won the Gumball 3000 and Bullron—twice. He is the current world record holder in the Cannonball Run.

Richard Rawlings will deliver the Sprayfoam 2016 official keynote on Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. “We really are excited about Richard speaking with our group,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance. “Quite simply the guy has one of the coolest jobs going. He’s hustled his whole life and built these great businesses, deals with all the same challenges of any small business and he does it with a camera in his face all year. He’s an inspiring business story and a fascinating character that I believe will connect with our group in ways that will surprise them.”

During his keynote, Rawlings will likely speak about his businesses, challenges, opportunities, taking risks and pursuing one’s dreams with the discipline and persistence that is required for success. Rawlings will utilize any remaining time to answer audience questions about his life, the show, his business or even the building of hot rods.

“As a successful American entrepreneur, expert motor enthusiast and TV personality, Richard Rawlings is a huge draw for the attendees of Sprayfoam 2016,” says Denny Vanderwater, chairman of the SPFA and president of Sadler Coating Systems in Eagle Grove, Iowa. “We are expecting him to pack the house and for this to be our biggest convention to date.”

Sprayfoam 2016 will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. With an expected attendance surpassing 1,200 individuals active in all aspects of the Spray Polyurethane Foam value chain and the public, the Sprayfoam 2016 event agenda will feature: a sold-out exhibit hall showcasing booth displays from more than 90 industry organizations, manufacturers, contractors, equipment providers, and many others; the full suite of SPFA Professional Certification Program classes and testing; a multi-day educational program, including more than 30 breakout industry expert panel sessions; the 11th Annual Industry Excellence Awards and Ceremony, highlighting true innovation and excellence in the nation’s best SPF projects; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated significant dedication to the betterment of the organization and the industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; the Women’s Leadership in Spray Foam Networking Reception; VIP events; member and contractor-only events, and an entertainment-filled Close-Out Event Reception and Networking Party.

The SPFA will offer Professional Certification Program testing onsite at Sprayfoam 2016 on Feb. 8 and 9. Testing will be administered to individuals active in the installation of SPF in roofing and insulation, as well as to contractor and supplier companies, with the ability to gain professional accreditation on-site. Testing is offered as part of the internationally recognized, only-one-of-its-kind program built to advocate best practices and safety in the installation of SPF. The standards-driven program is ISO 17024 compliant and was developed by committees of industry stakeholders, in collaboration with OSHA, NIOSH and the EPA.

“It is becoming clear that certification is of paramount importance as our industry increases in sophistication,” says Vandewater. “With customers increasingly likely to request credentials when vetting installers, contractors and suppliers, the importance in having those credentials is also increasing. We will offer testing onsite at Sprayfoam 2016 to accommodate this growing demand.”

Premier sponsors of Sprayfoam 2016 include CertainTeed, Gaco Western, Graco, Honeywell, Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Spray Foam Polymers, and Sprayfoam.com. Premier Media Sponsors include Sprayfoam Professional (the official publication of the Sprayfoam 2016 event), Walls & Ceilings, Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing/Walls & Ceilings Architect, and Roofing Contractor magazines.

Grove Roofing Services and Diamond Roofing Join The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

Grove Roofing Services Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., and Diamond Roofing, Manhattan, Kan., have joined The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress at the Governor level. Governor membership is reserved for those who commit $50,000 to the Alliance during a three-to-five year period. Grove Roofing Services and Diamond Roofing’s commitments entitle them to participate in the project task forces established to guide the Alliance’s agenda and to attend the semiannual meetings of the full Alliance.