ARMA Names Winners of 2017 QARC Awards Program

The Washington, D.C.-based Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has named three winners of its annual Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-Study (QARC) Awards Program. The program seeks contractors who choose asphalt roofing and install beautiful and high-performing systems. This year, a stunning home in North Carolina, a commercial building in Florida and a firehouse in Washington state have been chosen as winners.

Chapel Hill Roofing Co. received the Gold QARC Award for its residential project titled The Triangle Home. The North Carolina-based contractor installed a full asphalt roofing system to fit the home’s complex architecture and the homeowner’s desire for a range of color options, protection from the elements and algae resistance at an affordable price.

The Silver Award was given to Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the second year in a row. Its completion of a 49,955-square-foot roof on the Broward County Addiction Recovery Center’s Stephen R. Booher Building impressed judges with its intricacy. The new high-performance roof system provides weatherproof protection for the building’s residents.

Cascade Roofing Co., Burlington, Wash., was honored with the Bronze QARC Award for its steep-slope installation on the Burlington Fire Department firehouse. The building needed a new roof and required a product that had visual appeal, wind resistance and algae resistance. Cascade Roofing installed a full asphalt roofing system, including a synthetic underlayment and an ice and water shield on the leading edges.

ARMA received a record 40 submissions this year. These projects demonstrated the range of colors and designs that asphalt roofing can achieve, its ability to meet challenging project requirements and to provide reliability in tough climates. Each year, these projects are judged by a panel of roofing industry experts from trade associations, architecture firms and the media. Judges score projects based on their use of asphalt roofing technology to provide curb appeal, durability and value.

“As the QARC Awards Program has expanded over the last seven years, it has grown increasingly challenging for our judges to choose from the numerous excellent projects we receive,” notes Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “This year, it came down to identifying which projects demonstrated how contractors use asphalt roofing to solve key challenges for building owners and to provide peace of mind with a protective roof system.”

For more information about the QARC awards projects, visit the web page.

Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance Announces Excellence Award Winners

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced the winners of the 12th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards. Winners of the industry awards program represent stand out contractors and projects in the Spray Polyurethane Foam sector in both roofing and insulation, as well as in specialty applications. Awards were announced at the awards luncheon held at the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.
 
“Each year the Industry Excellence Awards allow us to recognize our industry’s contractors and projects,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA). “This year’s entries set the bar in best practices with the contractors showcased helping to set a tone of excellence in the application of spray polyurethane foam.”
 
The awards program recognizes projects in five categories including: Residential Wall; Commercial Wall; SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet; SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet; Specialty Applications, a category formerly known as Tanks & Vessels & Others.
 
The winners and runners up of the 12th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards include:

  • Elite Insulation & PolyPro LLC for the Blakemore Estate with supplier Lapolla Industries Inc. (WINNER – Residential Wall Foam)
  • Polyseal and the Mertarvik Sled House with supplier SWD Urethane (Runner up – Residential Wall Foam)
  • West Roofing Systems Inc. for the HyCAL Gibraltar Facility Rehabilitation with supplier Premium Spray Products, an Accella brand (WINNER – Commercial Wall Foam)
  • Tri-County Insulation dba Boss Insulation for the Zinke Dairy Inc. with supplier Lapolla Industries Inc. (Runner up – Commercial Wall Foam)
  • Wedge Roofing for The Mission Church with supplier Premium Spray Products, an Accella brand (WINNER – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)
  • West Roofing Systems Inc. for The Leader Building with supplier Accella and Progressive Materials (Runner up – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)
  • Puff Inc. for JFK High School with supplier Covestro (WINNER – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)
  • Insulation Solutions for Food Processing and Cold Storage Building with supplier Covestro (Runner up – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)
  • Elite Insulation & PolyPro LLC for West Main Street Bridge with supplier Lapolla Industries Inc. (WINNER – Specialty Applications)
  • Divine Energy Solutions for Turtle Back Zoo Giraffe House Exhibit with supplier Lapolla Industries Inc. (Runner up – Specialty Applications)

 
“This year’s award entries brought in a number of innovative projects and applications,” says John Achille, president of the SPFA. “While we are limited in the number of awards we are able to bestow, this year saw no shortage of projects and work completed by contractors.”
 
The prestigious awards ceremony is one of many offerings at the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo. This year’s agenda included onsite exams and training for the SPFA’s Professional Certification Program; a keynote address by author and Emmy Award winner Steve Thomas of PBS’ “This Old House” fame, who is also a current spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity; a 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall showcasing booth displays from over 80 industry organizations, manufacturers, contractors, equipment providers, and many others; a three-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; a general session with Sam Rashkin, chief architect, Building Technologies Office highlighting the Department of Energy’s Net Zero Initiatives; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated dedication to the betterment of the organization and industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; an entertainment filled Close-Out Reception and Networking Party.
 
Attendance for the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo exceeded 1,200 individuals representing the complete Spray Polyurethane Foam industry and value chain, as well as the general public.
 
To inquire about event sponsorship for the 2018 event, please contact Michele Riesenberg at Michele@sprayfoam.org. Additional event information is available here.

North American Copper in Architecture Awards Contest Accepts Contest Submissions

For centuries, copper has been used on buildings not only for its beauty, but its durability, versatility and longevity. Now in its 10th year, the North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards program is accepting submissions for innovative and unique copper or copper alloy building projects in the U.S. and Canada. Architects and sheet metal contractors can submit their projects for the 2017 awards campaign through the end of January.   

The Copper Development Association (CDA), in collaboration with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA) , is proud to recognize projects in the categories of Restoration/Renovation, New Construction and Ornamental Applications. Over the years, award-winning copper projects have come in the form of new and restored government buildings, educational facilities, museums, libraries, firehouses, single-family homes and places of worship.

With 2017 marking the program’s 10th anniversary, the copper industry is seeking the public’s help in selecting the top 10 projects from the last decade. Participate by voting for your favorite copper projects.

To celebrate the milestone, the top 10 copper projects, along with the 2017 award winners, will also be announced in April at the NACIA awards ceremony in Orlando.

For more information about the NACIA awards program, visit the Call for Entries Page. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.

ARMA Is Looking for Asphalt Roofing Projects to Showcase

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is looking for the top commercial and residential asphalt roofing projects to showcase in its 2016 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC) Awards Program.

The QARC Awards are open to contractors, consultants, architects and specifiers working with asphalt roofing products. The top three projects that best demonstrate the beauty, affordability and reliability of asphalt roofing will take the prize.

Submissions for the 2016 QARC Awards Program are currently being accepted through Thursday, Dec. 31. Roofing professionals can submit as many projects as they want without any cost to enter.

Industry professionals can enter their project online through the QARC Awards page of ARMA’s website by providing a description of the project and explaining why and how asphalt products were used. High-resolution photos of the completed project are also required for submission. Both new construction and renovation projects are eligible for the program.

“The gold, silver and bronze winners of the QARC Awards Program are selected by leaders in the roofing industry,” says Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “Previous recipients have been chosen for the beauty that their project displays, as well as how it demonstrates the benefits of asphalt roofing systems. From weather protection and energy efficiency to fire and wind resistance, QARC winners demonstrate the breadth of performance that asphalt roofing systems provide.”

ARMA awards cash prizes to the top three roofing projects, and the winners are featured in national roofing trade publications. For more information on the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study Awards Program, please visit ARMA’s website.

Azuga Launches Awards Program for Safe Driving

Azuga, a cloud-based GPS fleet tracking and social telematics solution, launched an awards program. Azuga Safe Driving Awards is designed to motivate and incentivize fleet managers and drivers to practice safer, more efficient driving. The quarterly program, initiated and funded by Azuga, will help fleet managers increase overall ROI and ultimately increase safety in the communities where they live and work.

Using a proprietary algorithm developed by Azuga’s data science team, the ranking is calculated by a weighted average of several individual components including speeding, hard braking, harsh acceleration and idling events, each of which consider the magnitude, duration and frequency along with a spatio-temporal index that factors in the conditions under which these events occurred.

“Our awards program is only one aspect of our expansion into social telematics, an initiative that is combining driver visibility, gamification, employer-funded rewards, social sharing and Azuga-funded awards to bring a new approach to fleet telematics in 2015,” says Ananth Rani, co-founder of Azuga. “With social telematics, we are at the forefront of industry trends and innovations that will continue to help customers receive ROI from their GPS fleet tracking implementations.”

“The data science research team at Azuga is a research center that combines experts from transportation, big data and insurance to find new ways to quantify driver behavior and its relationship to fuel efficiency,” says Ashwin Sabapathy, head of data sciences at Azuga. “With this unique data set and algorithms, Azuga has been able to produce a fair driver score that motivates drivers towards better behavior through gamification which in turn improves fleet MPG, reduces carbon footprint and delivers natural ROI.”

Azuga announces the top drivers from the first quarter of 2015:

  • Paul Sabourin, AA Transport Co.
  • Javier Contreras, Aaron’s Inc.
  • Duke Zukowski, Bath Fitter
  • Jerry Bellows, AA Transportation Co.
  • Will Allen, A TECH SERVICE
  • Dee Dye, Patco Electrical Services Inc.
  • Fleet Drivers, C & L Refrigeration Corp.

Utilizing the same algorithm, Azuga Fleet is also recognizing the top fleet managers of the first quarter of 2015 for their exceptional leadership and mentorship to their fleet of drivers:

  • Patty Middleton, California United Mechanical
  • Laurie Royal, MNS Engineers Inc.
  • Ron Ernenwein, AA Transportation Co.
  • Mike Goellner, Total Environmental Concepts
  • Randy Jones, R.E. Robertson Plumbing
  • Cam Bedry, Bath Fitter
  • Fleet Management at Chapman Waterproofing Co.
  • Fleet Management at Patco Electrical Services Inc.

For more information on Azuga’s GPS and driver behavior solutions, and how to enroll in Azuga Fleet’s social telematics program click here. Fleet drivers who would like more information, tips and tricks on how to be a safer, more efficient driver and build your social portfolio, join Azuga’s Awesome Driver group on LinkedIn here.