Leister Technologies to Host Free Roofing Tool Webinar on September 30

Leister Technologies, a Swiss manufacturer of Plastic Welding tools, announced that the company is offering a free Roofing Tool Webinar via Microsoft Teams on September 30, 2020. This webinar will be led by Dave Nordentoft, Leister’s Roofing Product Specialist. Nordentoft will be providing an overview of welding fundamentals and covering the latest advancements in technology and product design to improve quality and process control, enhance ergonomics and boost productivity. According to the company, attendees will receive a detailed dive into Leister’s newest tool in the roofing segment, the UNIDRIVE 500, and Nordentoft will walk through its features and operations while revealing key pointers and best practices to consider along the way.

To register, click here and fill out the formOnce you have signed up, you will be directed to a confirmation page that contains a link to the webinar. 

For more information about Leiter, visit www.leister.com

The VELUX Group Commits to Become Lifetime Carbon Neutral in Partnership With WWF

The VELUX Group announced its new commitment to become Lifetime Carbon Neutral by its 100th anniversary in 2041. This commitment will see the world’s leading skylight manufacturer’s historical carbon footprint – 5.6 million tons of CO2 (scope 1 and 2ii) – emitted since it was founded in 1941 – captured in forest conservation projects run by WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature). Looking to the future, the VELUX Group also commits to dramatically cut the carbon emissions of its company and value chain (scope 1, 2 and 3iii) in line with the Paris Agreement’s most ambitious 1.5°C reduction pathway. Lifetime Carbon Neutral is a pioneering new commitment initiated by the VELUX Group and developed together with WWF International to take responsibility for both past and future carbon emissions. This innovative commitment will capture VELUX historical carbon footprint and at the same time preserve invaluable natural forests and wildlife around the world for current and future generations.

David Briggs, CEO of the VELUX Group said: “The planet is facing a serious climate and nature crisis, and this requires extraordinary action. According to our values as a company, we strive to do more than most, so that’s why we have developed Lifetime Carbon Neutral. It’s an innovative new commitment involving a 20-year partnership with WWF International to capture the equivalent of our historical carbon emissions by 2041. We will also dramatically reduce our future CO2 emissions and ask our suppliers to do the same. Hopefully other companies will be inspired to become ‘Lifetime Carbon Neutral’ in order to create a sustainable future for all.”

The VELUX Group will work with WWF to become Lifetime Carbon Neutral by investing in forest and biodiversity projects developed specifically for VELUX over the next 21 years. This will help halt habitat loss, deforestation and land degradation threatening the biodiversity of forest ecosystems around the world, while working with and benefiting local communities. The first two of these forest projects will take place in Uganda and Myanmar.

In Uganda, the focus will be on restoring degraded forests, growing new forests, and protecting the remaining natural forests through a broad range of measures. The project will also grow trees in woodlots, other agroforestry systems, and plantations outside protected areas to meet demand for various forest products and reduce pressure on natural forests. The project in Myanmar will work to conserve unique biodiversity and the forest landscape of Tanintharyi township of Myanmar, in close collaboration with and to the benefit of local communities.

“With the impacts of the climate and nature crises are becoming increasingly clear, ambition and action is urgently needed to build a more resilient and sustainable future for all. The VELUX Group’s Lifetime Carbon Neutral commitment is an important step for others to follow,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International.

“Embracing a commitment aligned with a 1.5°C world while also protecting important forest landscapes and biodiversity – and the crucial services they provide to communities and the economy – is in line with a climate responsible and nature positive future that will serve as the foundation for achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals. Together, we hope that other organizations will be inspired by the VELUX Lifetime Carbon Neutral and raise the bar for corporate climate and nature action globally.”

The partnership with WWF sits within the VELUX Group’s Sustainability Strategy 2030, which includes committing to set a science-based emissions reduction target through the Science Based Targets Initiative. To transform its business, the VELUX Group will accelerate investments in energy efficiency at its production sites, shift to renewable energy and purchase 100 percent renewable electricity, as well as substantially change the way it specifies and purchases materials.

For more information, visit veluxusa.com/itsournature.

Garland Provides D7 Disinfectant as Part of Missouri School’s Reopening Plan

The Dunklin R-5 School district in Herculaneum, Mo. is among hundreds of thousands of school districts across the country working diligently to provide a safe environment for students, teachers and staff to return to this fall. The district serves about 1,500 K-12 students and is welcoming back about 70% of its population for in-person classes. The remaining 30% opted for virtual learning.

Part of their newly established disinfection routine included applying D7 antimicrobial disinfectant to high contact touchpoints on the exterior of Herculaneum High School and the nearby Taylor Early Childhood Center and its playground. The first application was a trial run of sorts since Dunklin R-5 Superintendent Clint Freeman, Ph.D., like many school administrators across the country, is new to this level of disinfection. “We wanted to learn about the D7 product and see how it worked before setting up a full-scale application,” Freeman explained. 

D7 is an EPA-registered disinfectant that kills 99.99999% of bacteria, fungi, germs and viruses in minutes and has shown effectiveness against viruses similar to the coronavirus/COVID-19. It can be used on exterior surfaces and applied as a fog or spray inside buildings as well. D7 capitalizes on the natural cleaning power of hydrogen peroxide to penetrate and eliminate pathogenic bacteria, sanitizing down to the molecular level. D7 contains zero VOCs, is biodegradable and can be applied using standard spray equipment.

“Although D7 differs from Garland’s traditional roofing and waterproofing products, we quickly recognized the need to provide our customers with a safe and effective disinfectant that allows schools and businesses to begin safely reopening their doors,” said Brett Wygal, Garland’s operations manager. “D7 is not only highly effective at killing harmful bacteria, but there’s no special equipment or training required so application can take place almost immediately.”

Leak Stoppers Roofing, LLC of Festus, Mo. sprayed the initial application of D7. Freeman had this to say: “It didn’t leave behind a film or grime. It went on very quickly and foamed up so you can see where you’ve applied it. It was a very good process.” Freeman is exploring additional applications of D7 throughout the district with the help of his local Garland representative, Jeremy Cozart. Garland now offers a D7 subscription plan that provides monthly deliveries of D7 materials, an easy, hassle-free way to ensure customers are never without critical disinfection products and to allow for the frequent use of D7 without the need to constantly re-order.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com.

EagleView to Help Solar Professionals Receive Certification at NABCEP 2020 CE Conference

The annual NABCEP CE Conference brings together globally-recognized experts in solar PV, providing advanced-level content for PV industry professionals with experience in PV installation, technical sales, design, operation, maintenance, and system inspection. The event allows NABCEP Board Certified Professionals to obtain all the education units needed to recertify. Non-certified solar professionals can earn up to 18 hours towards certification by attending the conference. EagleView announced that its training session, “Enabling Virtual Workflows,” counts for education units towards NABCEP Board Certification. 

“EagleView is excited to be participating in the NABCEP educational curriculum at the 2020 CE Conference,” said Tim Rochman, EagleView VP for energy sales. “This event brings together the biggest players in residential solar. The fact that EagleView is presenting an NABCEP-approved course is a testament to our growth and expertise in the solar market.” 

EagleView’s high-resolution aerial imagery and property measurements derived from computer vision enable solar installers to bid and plan projects more efficiently and design systems with unprecedented accuracy using remote shading analysis. EagleView’s InformTM Essentials+ solution provides detailed property measurements with 3D models, and InformTM Advanced adds third-party verified remote shading analysis to optimize designs for energy production. 

The live training session, “Enabling Virtual Workflows,” will be taught by NABCEP Certified Associate Product Manager Anders Alexander on Friday, September 18, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET. A recording of the session will be available for one year following the event for those who cannot attend the conference, and EagleView will continue to provide the session on a regular basis during that time. 

EagleView is also hosting a live exhibit booth at the conference, and will be staffing the booth live from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 9, 16, and 24. Attendees can stop by to learn about EagleView’s solar offerings, speak with solar professionals about the education session and receive promo codes towards their first order. Attendees can also review the booth and request more info regarding EagleView and its products any time during the conference. 

For more information, visit https://www.eagleview.com.

Tarco to Enhance Manufacturing Capability With New Production Line

Tarco announced plans to establish a new bituminous roofing membrane manufacturing line in Belton, Texas. The new high-speed, highly-automated manufacturing equipment will greatly increase the current production capabilities.

Tarco recently awarded an order for the supply of a High-speed Combination Production Line to Euroline srl, a leading company offering manufacturing machinery and plants for the production of modified bituminous membranes.

Designed with the latest technological advances in bituminous modified membrane manufacturing, the new line augments the existing plant capacity in Belton, Texas. The fully automated line is electronically controlled and equipped with multi-functional features such as intelligent auto-correction system, thickness measurement system, inline printing and various roll packaging options that include shrink bag, boxing and wrapping. Operating under tight quality control protocols from raw materials to finished products, the entire production process is intelligently operated to ensure the manufacture of superior product quality at efficient production rates.  

 “The advanced technology from Euroline will dramatically enable Tarco to create the new generation of roofing and waterproofing products,” said Steve Ratcliff, president and CEO of Tarco. “The high-level of automation of the new line will improve membrane quality, reduce scrap and enhance safety. In addition, Tarco will acquire the capability to make non-carrier membranes that are used in steep-slope roofing as well as in below grade waterproofing applications. Euroline has a two decade history in the roofing business and a global reputation for quality. It is the right technical partner to help take Tarco’s productivity and quality to the next level.” 

The advanced equipment with state-of-the-art features is presently being manufactured at the specialized Euroline facility outside Treviso, Italy. From there, it will be shipped to the Belton plant to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Euroline provides a full range of modern and efficient Bituminous Waterproofing membrane processing plants and equipment.

Tarco currently produces a wide range of traditional roll roofing as well as premium modified bituminous membranes. The company also has production plants in Little Rock, Arkansas and Greencastle, Pennsylvania. New technologies from Euroline will rank among the most advanced in use at Tarco.

For more information, visit https://www.tarcoroofing.com.

Versico and Detec Systems Announce Factory Mutual (FM) Rated Roof Assemblies that include Electronic Leak Detection

Versico Roofing Systems has collaborated with Detec Systems to offer the single-ply Factory Mutual (FM) rated roof assemblies that include Detec’s TruGround Conductive Primer, the conductive medium needed for effective Electronic Leak Detection (ELD).

ELD has become the method of choice for ensuring a watertight membrane system that is free of breaches, holes, or seam voids. Detec Systems’ patented TruGround Conductive Primer is liquid-applied, making application quick and easy and allowing it to be used with bareback membranes, including black EPDM.

Versico has conducted testing with FM and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to ensure that the

performance of a select few of its roof assemblies were unaffected by the addition of the conductive medium, and therefore insurable by FM. The following Versico systems are both FM and UL approved and warrantable through Versico:

For more information, visit www.versico.com.

Roper Whitney Announces New Partnership With EvoBend to Bring Sheet Metal Folding Technology to North America

Roper Whitney announced a partnership with EvoBend GmbH to bring the next generation of sheet metal folding equipment to the metal fabrication marketplace in North America.

As of August 2020, Roper Whitney is the exclusive sales, distribution, and service centers for EvoBend up/down folders (models D300, D600, D800) in the North American market. The product line features patented technology for the folding system as well as patented features for operator safety. Additionally, EvoBend will offer:

  • 300° bending capabilities
  • Dramatically less energy consumption
  • Increased operator safety
  • Easier and less-frequent maintenance

“EvoBend has re-imagined traditional sheet metal fabrication technology and delivered a truly cutting-edge product line. We are excited to be part of this effort to bring EvoBend to the United States and excited to see how our businesses can grow together,” said Mike Smith, one of Roper Whitney’s owners.

For more information, visit www.roperwhitney.com/evobend.

Carlisle SynTec and Detec Systems Announce Factory Mutual (FM) Rated Roof Assemblies that include Electronic Leak Detection

Carlisle SynTec Systems has collaborated with Detec Systems to offer the single-ply Factory Mutual (FM) rated roof assemblies that include Detec’s TruGround Conductive Primer, the conductive medium needed for effective Electronic Leak Detection (ELD).

ELD has become the method of choice for ensuring a watertight membrane system that is free of breaches, holes, or seam voids. Detec Systems’ patented TruGround Conductive Primer is liquid-applied, making application quick and easy and allowing it to be used with bareback membranes, including black EPDM.

Carlisle has conducted testing with FM and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to ensure that the performance of a select few of its roof assemblies were unaffected by the addition of the conductive medium, and therefore insurable by FM. The following Carlisle systems are both FM and UL approved and warrantable through Carlisle:

For more information, visit www.carlislesyntec.com/.

Stormseal Launches New U.S. Website

Stormseal announced that it has launched a new U.S. website at stormseal.com/us.    

“We’ve had such an increased interest in Stormseal from U.S.-based contractors, insurance companies and homeowners that we developed a site that addresses the unique needs of those audiences,” said Matthew Lennox, Stormseal CEO.

After inventing and establishing Stormseal as the leading storm-response solution in Australia, Lennox expanded the product’s manufacturing and sales into the United States. Contractors, insurance companies and property owners quickly recognized the benefits that Stormseal delivers by properly protecting the structure and preventing further damage to the property.

“The U.S. website was needed in order for us to properly speak to our customers,” explained Lennox. “There are differences in terminology and in the insurance and claims processes for each country. As the popularity continued to grow in the U.S. market, we knew we needed to build a separate site to accommodate the needs of our partners. We are excited to see the launch of this new site.”

Visitors to the site will be able to access the latest company news and information, as well as easily view dates and locations for the U.S. training centers. Currently, there are still a few spots open in the August 13 – 14, 2020 training classes in Mulberry, Florida. Classes are scheduled out monthly through the end of the year. Following training, contractors are issued a username and password, allowing access to the online ordering portal on the Stormseal website. Contractors order what they need and the product is delivered to their door.

For more information, visit stormseal.com/us.

GAF Energy and Sunnova Launch Partnership to Expand Roof-Integrated Solar Options for Homeowners

GAF Energy, and Sunnova Energy International Inc. announced a strategic partnership to provide homeowners with GAF Energy’s DecoTech 2.0 solar roofing system together with Sunnova’s solar service offerings. The partnership leverages both companies’ reach in the new home and re-roof markets and exemplifies the growing convergence between roofing and solar.

“I’m excited to be working with Sunnova to expand solar roofing choices for homeowners across the country,” said Martin DeBono, President of GAF Energy “This partnership represents a coming together of two complementary powerhouse companies. As our industry continues to grow, this partnership will enable us to optimally monetize opportunities with solar roof products and financing.” 

“This partnership is a strategic win-win-win for Sunnova, GAF Energy and homeowners looking for ways to power their homes with clean energy and a new roof,” said John Santo Salvo, Executive Vice President of Channel Operations and Chief Procurement Officer at Sunnova. “GAF Energy’s excellent solar roofing option, paired with Sunnova’s world-class solar service offerings, will provide increased opportunities for homeowners to go solar, furthering our mission to help power energy independence.”

GAF Energy introduced the updated DecoTech 2.0 earlier this year. The system delivers homeowner value and gives installers a fast, easy, and durable roof-integrated solar solution for customers. The partnership expands homeowner access to best-in-class solar roofing, paired with Sunnova’s world class solar service offerings through its network of high-quality, regional dealers and installers.  

For more information, visit www.gaf.energy.