Learn More about Metal from Various Exhibitors at METALCON International

Attendees at this year’s METALCON will be pleasantly surprised by the growing variety of exhibitors.

METALCON, scheduled for Oct. 1-3 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, annually attracts thousands of attendees looking to learn more about metal: contractors, architects, specifiers, roofers, designers, developers and suppliers from more than 50 countries. One of the reasons for the show’s popularity is the variety of exhibitors, offering everything from brakes and benders to wall panels and windows.

“The show floor has more diversity than in recent years,” said Paulo Gomes da Costa, Sales Manager of METALCON. “The show is changing. There will be some exhibitors at the show with products never seen before at METALCON and that’s a good thing. (As of mid-July) we’ve got 48 new exhibitors and they all do something different.”

Gomes da Costa said there are more rollforming companies, including Metis Machines and Xiamen Liming Machinery Co. Ltd., as well as business software companies like CompuPlus Corporation and CAD Methods Ltd. Other categories with a growing number of exhibitors are tools, underlayments and business management companies offering to help small and medium size business owners handle payroll and other office needs.

“The growing variety of exhibitors is a direct result of our attendees,” says Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON Show Producer. “We attract contractors who run large operations building multi-story commercial and institutional buildings as well as contractors who have one or two crews, installing residential metal roofing. Architects are on the trade show floor searching for innovative, durable and sustainable products and metal has plenty to offer. Exhibitors and potential exhibitors recognize that their customers are attending METALCON, so the number of exhibitors as well as the variety of exhibitors, continues to grow.”

Zurich Helps Risk Managers Understand Challenges and Solutions of Photovoltaic Systems

As businesses across the world increasingly are turning to green technology for lowering energy costs and reducing their own carbon footprints, Zurich is working to help risk managers understand the risks associated with photovoltaic (PV) solar panel systems and how they can protect themselves from those risks. Key information related to the risks and challenges and recommended solutions was recently released in a Zurich RiskTopics white paper on photovoltaic systems, available at RiskTopics – Photovoltaic Systems.

Photovoltaic systems are designed to supply usable electric power for a variety of purposes, using the sun as the power source. When installed on or integrated into existing building components, the systems have unique characteristics that can introduce a variety of potential challenges and risks.

“Solar PV system use has increased three-fold over the last three years, which means more and more businesses need to understand the risks associated with them in order to help protect their property and business operations,” said Mike Widdekind, Technical Director – Property for Zurich Services Corporation. “We have developed the Photovoltaic Systems RiskTopics white paper specifically to provide detailed information to help our customers make necessary decisions about hazards associated with PV operations.”

Fire-related risks are among the top challenges associated with PV systems. They have more fire ignition sources and present more opportunity for fires to occur beyond the reach of standard fire protection and fire detection systems. Also, when a building fire requires firefighting activities, firefighters typically turn off all sources of electric power to the building. However, when PV systems are involved, a complete shutdown of electric power may not be possible since the PV panels continue to generate current from either daytime sunlight or even night time fire service scene lighting.

Risk managers also need to be aware of unexpected structural loads not anticipated by codes and standards such as snow or ice loads that accumulate in shaded areas below panels. When PV panel systems are installed on low slope – or flat – roofs, snow accumulations on panels will melt which can refreeze and may develop into unexpected ice accumulation, and over time might event result in building collapse.

In addition, PV solar panel systems can be vulnerable to wind loads and susceptible to damage caused by wind borne debris. Zurich has been especially involved in the impact wind has on solar panels through its active participation as a member of Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) Research Advisory Council. At Zurich’s recommendation, IBHS is currently testing the impacts of wind on solar panels and will apply the learnings from the study to help customers build more resilient communities around the world.

Zurich’s RiskTopics white paper identifies unresolved challenges as well as provides possible solutions to issues related to PV systems, and recommends that commercial building managers and risk managers try to avoid the installation or integration of photovoltaic systems onto or into buildings until the challenges and risks associated with this system are fully understood and addressed.

Make Housing and Travel Reservations for the 2015 IRE

Attendees and exhibitors of the 2015 International Roofing Expo (IRE) can now make housing and travel reservations through the official hotel vendor, Travel Planners. Offering hotel, airline and car rental discounts through a variety of companies, Travel Planners offers the biggest savings and most valuable perks.

Taking place Feb. 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, the show will offer roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

“We negotiated the lowest rates and amenities at a variety of hotels in proximity to the Convention Center,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE Show Director. “Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to reserve their rooms early, as hotels sell out quickly and discounted rates are only available for a limited time.”

In addition to the specially negotiated rates, attendees and exhibitors who book their rooms through the official housing service will enjoy certain additional benefits:

    • Room rates are guaranteed to be the lowest rates
    • If any official show hotel lowers its rates, or lower rates are found, the rates for 2015 IRE automatically are lowered and new confirmations generated
    • No deposit is required at time of booking• Complimentary shuttle bus service is provided for guests between the official show hotels and Morial Convention Center, except those in walking distance.

The beautiful New Orleans Marriott will serve as the headquarter hotel and will host most NRCA meetings and events.

The hotels in the IRE block that are in walking distance include Embassy Suites New Orleans Convention Center, Hampton Inn and Suites Convention Center, Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Hyatt Place (formerly Hotel New Orleans), and Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans.

The hotels in the IRE block that offer shuttle service are in walking distance include Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter, Hotel Le Marais, New Orleans Marriott, Royal Sonesta New Orleans, and Sheraton New Orleans.

American, Delta, United, Air Canada and AlaskaAir will serve as official airlines, offering service from destinations nationwide to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Discounts are available off published airfares and based on availability, offering the most cost-efficient travel routes to the show.

Dollar and Thrifty offer discounted car rental rates to help show participants get around New Orleans easily.

To secure the best rates, show participants must book through our online reservation system. Reservations may be made online 24-hours a day, seven days a week, or by calling 800.221.3531 during the hours of 9:00 am – 7:00 pm ET, Monday through Friday.

As the only official housing provider for the Int’l Roofing Expo, Travel Planners is the only company that can sell rooms in the official housing blocks. Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged not to use other housing providers to secure rooms.

“When booking their travel plans, show participants are ensured low rates and a high level of personal service from Travel Planners,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “Attendees and exhibitors should be aware that there are other travel providers that claim to work with IRE, but are really scammers who will take your money without getting you a real reservation.”

New Report Forecasts Global BIPV Markets

BIPV Markets Analysis and Forecasts 2014-2021 research report addresses BIPV glass, roofing and siding and assesses the prospects for the competing underlying technologies including thin-film, OPV, DSC and c-Si. It includes forecasts broken out by product, application, technology and region expressed in MW and units.

This latest report “BIPV Markets Analysis and Forecasts 2014-2021” updates quantitative and qualitative assessments and outlooks for the global building integrated photovoltaic market. The publisher of this research has been covering the BIPV market since 2007. This 2014 version of the BIPV market report examines the latest important technological and market developments as well as the various region specific factors shaping the market. While the last few years have been far from robust for the solar market there are reasons for companies and investors to view BIPV with some optimism.

The report addresses BIPV glass, roofing and siding and assesses the prospects for the competing underlying technologies including thin-film, OPV, DSC and c-Si. The research includes forecasts broken out by product, application, technology and region expressed in MW and units. The report also provides commentaries of the various leading key suppliers and industry influencers.

BIPV Glass Markets: 2014 & Beyond industry research report includes a detailed eight-year market forecast with breakouts by type of building and PV technology and in both volume and value terms. This report also discusses how BIPV glass can better be sold to architects, who are sometimes skeptical of the BIPV glass concept, but remain the key decision makers on the demand side. In part this is about improved marketing. But as we discuss in this report, it is also a matter of playing up the aesthetic advantage of solar glass (for example with tinted and colored products) and by incorporating additional smart features such as hybrid light/photovoltaic capability.

CIGS Photovoltaics Markets: 2014 and Beyond industry research report analyzes the opportunities that are emerging for CIGS in the very new phase of the solar industry. The report takes a detailed look into the technical evolution of CIGs fabrication and encapsulation and show how this will impact CIGS market expansion and cost reduction. Much of the report is devoted to the opportunities for CIGS in building-integrated PV (BIPV market) and how CIGS flexible modules and price parity with silicon solar panels could considerably improve the revenues generated by CIGS technology in the near future.

Table of Contents for BIPV Markets Analysis and Forecasts 2014-2021 research report, available for purchase, covers:

    Executive Summary

    E.1 Changes in Market Conditions for BIPV since Our Previous Report

    E.2 Changing PV Material Mix

    E.3 Opportunity Analysis and Roadmap by Type of BIPV Product

    E.4 Opportunities for BIPV in End user Markets

    E.3 Companies to watch in the BIPV Market

    E.4 Opportunity Analysis by Country/Region

    E.5 Summary of Eight-year Forecasts for BIPV

    Chapter One: Forecasting Assumptions and Methodology

    1.1 Background to this Report

    1.2 Objective and Scope of this Report

    1.3 Methodology of this Report

    1.4 Plan of this Report

    Chapter Two: Product segments and emerging trends

    2.1 Emerging Trends in Non-Glass BIPV products

    2.1.1 Roofing Overlay

    2.1.2 Flexible Roofing

    2.1.3 Monolithically integrated Roofing

    2.1.4 Wall attached PV

    2.1.5 BIPV Sliding

    2.1.6 Curtain Walls

    2.2 Emerging Technology Trends and its Impact on BIPV glass

    2.2.1 Roadmap for the evolution of BIPV glass

    2.2.2 Limitations of crystalline silicon for use in BIPV glass and its future

    2.2.3 Current and future use of CIGS in BIPV glass

    2.2.4 Current and future use of CdTe in BIPV glass

    2.2.5 Future of OPV and DSC in BIPV glass

    2.2.5 Encapsulation issues for BIPV glass

    2.3 The aesthetics and architectural merits and de-merits of BIPV glass

    2.4 Key points made in this chapter

    Chapter Three: Key Market Segments and Regional Markets

    3.1 End-user Market Segments

    3.1.1. Zero-Energy Buildings

    3.1.2 Prestige Commercial, Government and Multi-tenant Residential Buildings

    3.1.3 Other Commercial and Government Buildings

    3.1.4 Residential Buildings

    3.1.5 Industrial Buildings

    3.2 Markets by Region and Country: A Discussion of Market Developments and Subsidies

    3.2.1 United States

    3.2.2 Europe

    3.2.3 Japan

    3.2.4 China

    3.3 Key Points Made in this Chapter

    Chapter Four: Eight-Year Forecasts of BIPV Market

    4.1 Forecast of Non-Glass BIPV Roofing Markets (Shipment Volumes, Market Value and Materials Used)

    4.2 Forecast of Non Glass BIPV Wall Markets (Shipment Volumes, Market Value and Materials Used)

    4.3 BIPV Glass (Forecast by Type of PV Technology Used, Area , Revenues, Type of Product)

    4.4 Forecast of BIPV Revenues by Type of Building and Type of BIPV Products Used

    4.5 Forecast of BIPV by Retrofit versus New Construction: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.6 Forecasts by Region: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7 Forecast of Materials/technology

    4.7.1 Crystalline Silicon BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7.2 Thin-Film Silicon BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7.3 CdTe BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7.4 CIGS BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7.5 OPV BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7.6 DSC BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.8 Encapsulation Materials for BIPV Panels

Explore more reports on photovoltaic market (PV) and other reports by NanoMarkets LC.

CNA Makes Donation to Chicago Chapter of Rebuilding Together

In celebration of National Roofing Week, Chicago-based insurer CNA has donated $5,000 to the Chicago chapter of Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners.

CNA’s donation was presented during NRCA‘s board of directors meeting Thursday, July 10, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. The meeting was part of NRCA’s Midyear meetings, which are held concurrently with National Roofing Week.

Taking place July 6-12, National Roofing Week aims to increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business, promote the good deeds of the roofing industry and stress the value of professional roofing contractors.

NRCA contractor members are encouraged to give back to their communities and charitable organizations during National Roofing Week.

“As part of our commitment to serving our communities and as a proud partner of NRCA for more than 44 years, CNA is excited to support National Roofing Week with a donation to Rebuilding Together, an organization dedicated to improving the homes of Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods,” says Rhonda Lohmar, CNA’s program director for NRCA.

NRCA Recognizes National Roofing Week

To increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business, promote the good deeds of the roofing industry and stress the value of professional roofing contractors, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is urging communities throughout the U.S. to recognize National Roofing Week taking place July 6-12.

The roof is one of the most important components of a 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 play in every community.

In honor of National Roofing Week, NRCA will host a community service day during NRCA’s Midyear Meetings in Chicago, where members will volunteer their services to repair the roof of Chicago-based Lydia Home, an organization dedicated to helping troubled children and their families.

NRCA contractors participating in the Lydia Home repairs are Nations Roof, Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Ill.; and Waukegan Roofing, Waukegan, Ill. Karnak Corp., Clark, N.J., donated materials for the project.

NRCA also will be hosting a fundraising effort on behalf of Lydia Home during National Roofing Week.

Contractor members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to give back to their communities in a similar way during National Roofing Week.

In addition, NRCA will be recognizing the winners of the “Everybody Needs a Roof” Children’s Art Contest, which was open to children in grades 1-8 who are relatives of NRCA members or their employees.

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.

Investment in Equipment and Software Expected to Grow

Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 2.6 percent in 2014, according to the Q3 update to the 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. The Foundation revised its 2014 equipment and software investment forecast to 2.6 percent, down from 4.2 percent growth forecast in its Q2 Update to the 2014 Annual Outlook released in April. The Q3 report expects equipment and software investment to have modest sector growth during the rest of the year after a weak start. The Foundation 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.

William G. Sutton, CAE, President of the Foundation and President and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, said, “The Foundation’s Outlook report reflects a slowing in GDP and equipment investment growth due to a weak first quarter this year that resulted in part from the extremely cold winter. The rebound in Q2 is slower than anticipated, as recent data from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Monthly Leasing and Finance Index and the Foundation’s Monthly Confidence Index reflect. We do, however, anticipate that equipment investment will rise in the second half of the year as economic conditions improve and business confidence continues to recover.”

Highlights from the study include:

· The U.S. economy is expected to grow 1.5 percent in 2014, revised from 2.8 percent.
· The downsides of the harsh winter, which included a 2.9 percent contraction in real GDP in the first quarter, should prove temporary, as the housing recovery, energy renaissance and accommodative credit markets support second-half growth.
· Equipment and software investment declined at an annualized rate of 1.8 percent in Q1 2014, following the 8.9 percent surge in Q4 2013.
· Credit supply continues to improve, and credit demand has held steady for all business sizes.
· Equipment and software investment is expected to steadily grow over the next 6 months across most verticals, according to the Foundation-Keybridge U.S. Equipment & Software Investment Momentum Monitor. The Momentum Monitor, which tracks 12 equipment and software investment verticals, forecasts the following equipment investment activity:
o Agriculture machinery investment will likely see slow growth, and potentially a contraction, through the rest of 2014, as both farm yields and commodity prices remain subdued.
o Construction machinery investment will continue to experience strong growth, and the year-over-year growth figures will begin to trend positive as multiple quarters of expansion take hold amidst the housing recovery.
o Materials handling equipment investment will experience stronger growth over the next 3 to 6 months.
o All other industrial equipment investment will likely see moderate growth over the next 3 to 6 months as the “re-shoring” of manufacturing continues to be a dominant economic story in 2014.
o Medical equipment investment will grow, but begin to level off near the end of the year.
o Mining and oilfield machinery will experience improving growth through the middle of the year but will begin to level off at the end of the year.
o Aircraft investment will likely experience about long-term average growth for the year.
o Ships and boats investment will likely rebound to an above-average pace through the end of this year.
o Railroad equipment investment will improve from its recent contraction toward modest growth.
o Investment in trucks will exhibit high-single digit growth over the next 3 to 6 months as economic activity improves and competitive diesel prices keep trucking transport competitive.
o Computers investment will remain muted in the short-term after strong replacement demand over the past few quarters.
o Software investment will be moderate in the next 3 to 6 months as companies continue to make investments in software and cloud technologies.

NRCA Applauds Supreme Court Ruling NLRB ‘Recess’ Appointments Were Unconstitutional

NRCA applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2012 were unconstitutional. The decision comes in response to litigation supported by NRCA and other employer groups that challenged the constitutionality of the appointments in court. In the case of NLRB v. Noel Canning, the court ruled unanimously that President Obama violated the Constitution’s Recess Appointment Clause when he made the recess appointments to the NLRB.

On Jan. 4, 2012, President Obama appointed three new members to the NLRB as recess appointments, bypassing the normal Senate confirmation process for president nominees to executive branch positions. The Constitution allows the president to make such appointments without a Senate vote of approval when Congress is in recess. However, Congress was in pro-forma session at the time of the appointments. In making the appointments, President Obama argued they were valid because Congress does little work during pro-forma sessions. However, the Supreme Court disagreed, ruling (9-0 on the judgment, 5-4 on the reasoning) that Constitution empowers the president to fill executive branch vacancies only during recesses of sufficient length, and affirmed that pro-forma sessions are valid sessions of Congress.

NRCA supported the litigation challenging the recess appointments because of concerns over the NLRB’s activist regulatory agenda that could adversely effects employers and workers. It is imperative NLRB appointments and appointments to other government agencies be subject to the normal Senate confirmation process whenever possible. NRCA represents union and open-shop contractors and supports policies that maintain an equitable balance in labor-management relations.

It is unclear what immediate impact this ruling will have on the NLRB’s operations and regulatory agenda. However, it likely calls into question the validity of past NLRB decisions that involved board members appointed via recess appointments, and such rulings could be overturned as a result. Additionally, the decision may significantly constrain the agency’s agenda moving forward given the legal confusion it will create concerning past recess appointments and related rulings.

NRCA is pleased with this major legal victory and will continue working to represent roofing industry employers from intrusive government regulation in the legislative, regulatory and legal arenas.

NRCA Launches Web Resource for Homeowners, Business Owners, Building Managers and Consumers

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has launched www.everybodyneedsaroof.com, a website that is a comprehensive resource for homeowners, business owners, building managers and consumers.

With a roof system being one of the most crucial components of every structure purchasing a new roof system or repairing an existing one is one of the most important investments a consumer can make.

www.everybodyneedsaroof.com, which launched June 23, provides the public with helpful information regarding roofing, common roof system maintenance, what to do following major weather events and natural disasters, and assistance finding an NRCA roofing professional to ensure the proper repair or replacement of a roof system.

“Buying a roof is one of the most important decisions a homeowner will make, and consumers have a lot of choices,” says NRCA Executive Vice President William Good. “NRCA wants to ensure homeowners are able to make the best, most informed decision possible and believe this new website will be an important and useful tool for finding the best roofing contractors and roof systems.”

Spanish Versions of NRCA Safety Compliance Programs Now Available

With workplace accidents always a concern for roofing contractors, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released Spanish versions of three of its safety compliance programs: Serving Up Safety: A Recipe for Avoiding Falls on the Job, NRCA’s Material Handling Series: Overhead and Understood and NRCA’s Hazard Communications Program: Know the Signs.

Serving Up Safety: A Recipe for Avoiding Falls on the Job is a comprehensive tool for training new and seasoned roofing workers about all aspects of fall protection for roofing work.

The Spanish version provides everything contractors need to provide to their Spanish-speaking roofing workers so contractors comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) fall-protection requirements for roofing work. The program includes an interactive DVD program explaining all fall-protection rules pertaining to each of the 50 states with about one hour of content per state and printable PDFs of an instructors guide to assist trainers in conducting and delivering informational classroom sessions; a student workbook; and a student handout that summarizes key fall-protection rules and components.

The Spanish version of NRCA’s Material Handling Series: Overhead and Understood gives roofing contractors the tools to train workers so they are in compliance with OSHA’s requirements for crane and hoist operations, signal person qualifications, qualified riggers, forklift operations and working with rooftop powered equipment.

Each module includes a DVD, helmet decals and printable PDFs of an instructors guide, learners manual test and answer key, tailored assessment and training tools, customizable wallet card and certificate of completion.

NRCA’s Hazard Communication Program: Know the Signs helps roofing contractors provide their workers with training required by OSHA for its new Hazard Communications Program, including a DVD, instructors guide and student manual, PowerPoint® presentation for use in facilitating training sessions, written examinations to assess worker comprehension, sample hazard communication program, a chemical inventory list template and safety data sheet request letter for use in developing a company program.