ASTM International Committee on Roofing and Waterproofing Presents Cullen Award

ASTM International’s committee on roofing and waterproofing (D08) announced that the William C. Cullen Award has been presented to Philip Dregger of Technical Roof Services and Pacific Building Consultants Inc. in Concord, California.

Dregger was recognized for his distinguished contributions and personal commitment to the roofing and waterproofing community through his dedication and leadership in the industry, particularly his numerous publications and presentations about condensation, wind damage, and roof drainage problems.

Dregger, president of Technical Roof Services Inc. and vice president of Pacific Building Consultants, has been an ASTM member since 1991. He has held his position since 1991, previously working for Twin City Corporation as a civil engineer, project engineer, roofing department supervisor, construction materials department manager and as the senior engineer for Wiss Janney Elstner Associates. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota.

In addition to ASTM, Dregger has served on the boards of directors of RCI Inc., Cool Roof Rating Council, Special Interest Group for Dynamic Evaluation of Roofing Systems, Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, and as a faculty member of the Roof Industry Educational Institute.

For more information, visit www.astm.org.

ASTM International Launches Collaboration Platform for Document Development

ASTM International launched the ASTM SpecBuilderplatform, which is designed to empower organizations to streamline collaboration and document development for internal documents such as specifications, test methods, guidelines, and procedures.

In an effort to refine the platform, the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and others have tested SpecBuilder over the past year. According to PPI’s Debora Bechtloff, member services coordinator, “ASTM SpecBuilder provides a contemporary solution for collaboration, balloting, and publishing. Since adopting SpecBuilder, the number of PPI ballots has increased, member involvement in collaboration and balloting efforts has improved, and PPI publishes documentation more quickly.”

According to ASTM International, SpecBuilder provides a single platform to ensure organizations’ internal drafts, comments, votes, and supporting documents, are uploaded, acted on, and archived within a single secure tool. Specifically, the tool allows team members to manage changes to documents; revise multiple documents simultaneously; accelerate voting processes; add hyperlinks to standards; streamline communications; and securely store and restart projects.

For more information or to purchase a subscription, visit www.astm.org/Standard/specbuilder_new or contact sales@astm.org.

For more information, visit www.astm.org.

ASTM International Launches New Online Learning Management System

ASTM International announced that it is launching a new learning management system (LMS) designed to enhance user experience and functionality. Existing customers will begin seeing a seamless transition to the new platform. The migration will be completed by Aug. 31.
 
According to ASTM International, since 2012, the number of online users has grown from 500 to over 4,000. Usage increased by over 174 percent last year alone, prompting the need for a more robust platform.
 
The new LMS features an expanded search tool, 24/7 access to ASTM International training content, enhanced reporting capabilities and customized curriculums. Training modules are accessible from any device.

From the new homepage, learners will be able to find new training modules, access completed training, browse catalogs, and print certificates. In addition, courses can be downloaded and completed offline.

Accirdng to the organization, there will be continued updates to the LMS, including the addition of a “video wall,” where learners will have easier access to training videos.

For more information, visit the website or contact the learning management team via email at LMS_Support@astm.org

Green-building Consortium Addresses Product Transparency, LCAs, EPDs and Effective PCRs

A first-of-its-kind consortium in the green-building industry convened 15 manufacturers and industry representatives from around the world to hear their needs for enhancing product transparency and stewardship through effective product category rules (PCRs), life cycle assessment reports (LCAs), environmental product declarations (EPDs), and next-generation product transparency solutions, including Sustainable Minds Transparency Reports.

The manufacturer’s roundtable was held in conjunction with an ASTM International conference attended by top technical experts in sustainability, building performance and several other industries.

“What we heard today was that as the demand for environmental stewardship across the green building industry increases, the need for consistent, standardized and scalable solutions grows in tandem,” says Tim Brooke, vice president, ASTM International. “That’s exactly what our four organizations are aiming to address as we communicate and deliver the value of voluntary product stewardship.”

In addition to ASTM, the Program Operator Consortium includes NSF International, ICC Evaluation Service and Sustainable Minds. The group launched in 2015 to serve as an expert resource and advocate for creating PCRs, for reviewing LCAs, and for verifying and publishing environmental declarations.

During the roundtable, the consortium announced that its four members have aligned how they develop PCRs and declarations, giving greater flexibility and visibility for manufacturers and decision-makers who are tasked with finding, comparing, and selecting products for projects.

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.”

Self-drilling Screw Is 5/16 Inch in Diameter

Triangle Fastener Corp. has added the BLAZER 3 to its BLAZER Drill Screw line.

Triangle Fastener Corp. has added the BLAZER 3 to its BLAZER Drill Screw line.

Triangle Fastener Corp. has added the BLAZER 3 to its BLAZER Drill Screw line. The 5/16-inch-diameter BLAZER 3 self-drilling screw is available in six lengths, ranging from 1 to 8 inches. The screw will drill and tap metal thicknesses up to 0.210 inch and has a 3/8-inch HWH that allows workers to use existing tools and equipment for installation. All parts are TRISEAL coated and offer 1,000-hour salt-spray protection when tested according to ASTM B117. The screw is available with or without a galvanized bonded EPDM sealing washer.

Shingles in an Open-tooth Design Create a Dramatic Look on Large-scale Roofs

Paramount is the original PABCO Signature Cut Shingle. The open tooth design creates rich depth for a dramatic look on large-scale roofs while its strength and durability provide a functional roof for many years to come.

Paramount is the original PABCO Signature Cut Shingle. The open-tooth design creates rich depth for a dramatic look on large-scale roofs while its strength and durability provide a functional roof for many years to come.

Paramount is the original PABCO Signature Cut Shingle. The open-tooth design creates rich depth for a dramatic look on large-scale roofs while its strength and durability provide a functional roof for many years to come. Paramount features up to a limited lifetime warranty for single family residential structures and a 50-year fully transferable limited warranty for all other structures. All colors are available with Scotchgard Protector, which PABCO Roofing warrants that your roof will resist the black streaks caused by algae for 20 years.

Paramount comes in Antique Black, Driftwood, Oakwood, Pewter Gray, Weathered Wood, Barkwood and Rocky Beach.

Paramount is UL classified to meet ASTM wind resistance standards, UL 790 Class A, Fire Resistance Standard and complies with CSA A123.5, Fiberglass Shingle Standard and ASTM D3018 Type I, Fiberglass Shingle Standard.

Diamond-shaped Shingles Are an Option for Historic Homes or Buildings

PABCO Roofing Products introduces its Cascade Signature Cut Shingles.

PABCO Roofing Products introduces its Cascade Signature Cut Shingles.

PABCO Roofing Products introduces its Cascade Signature Cut Shingles. Cascade is a diamond-shaped shingle and a unique option for roofs designed in the classic architectural styles. Featuring the distinctive diamond shape that is recognized by U.S. Patent No. D589, 172 S, Cascade is often specified on historic buildings on or roofs in historic neighborhoods. Cascade features up to a limited lifetime warranty for single family residential structures and a 50-year fully transferable limited warranty for all other structures. All four traditional colors are available with Scotchgard Protector, which PABCO Roofing warrants that the roof will resist the black streaks caused by algae for 20 years. Cascade comes in four different colors: Antique Black, Cambrian Slate, Oakwood and Pewter Gray.

Cascade is UL classified to meet ASTM wind-resistance standards, UL 790 Class A, Fire Resistance Standard and complies with CSA A123.5, Fiberglass Shingle Standard and ASTM D3018 Type I, Fiberglass Shingle Standard.

Install EPDM in Temperatures from 20 to 120 F

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC has launched its Secure Bond Technology, which ensures adhesion coverage across the entire roofing membrane.

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC has launched its Secure Bond Technology, which ensures adhesion coverage across the entire roofing membrane.


Firestone Building Products Co. LLC has launched its Secure Bond Technology, which ensures adhesion coverage across the entire roofing membrane. The company will offer Ultra Ply TPOSA and RubberGard EPDM SA with Secure Bond Technology. RubberGard EPDM SA and UltraPly TPO SA with Secure Bond Technology can be installed in temperatures between 20 and 120 F. The technology has no VOCs and does not emit odor during or after installation. It also is FM tested and approved, meets or exceeds all ASTM requirements and is covered by the Firestone Building Products Red Shield Warranty.

Create a Fire-rated Roof/Ceiling Assembly

USG Corp. has unveiled its USG Securock Brand Concrete Roof Deck Panel.

USG Corp. has unveiled its USG Securock Brand Concrete Roof Deck Panel.


USG Corp. has unveiled its USG Securock Brand Concrete Roof Deck Panel, a durable structural panel that can be combined with other noncombustible materials to create a one- and two-hour fire-rated roof/ceiling assembly. Designed with great uplift ratings and to carry gravity and lateral loads, USG Securock Concrete Roof Deck Panels are mechanically fastened to cold-formed steel joists or framing members, and roof membranes or insulation attach directly over the panels. The panel meets the criteria of ASTM E136-04 for use in all types of noncombustible construction.