IKO Launches Redesigned Commercial Roofing Website

IKO recently launched a redesigned commercial website to provide digital access to its full suite of commercial roofing, building envelope, and bridge, deck and waterproofing systems. The site, hosted at www.iko.com/comm, is specifically designed around the needs of architects, specifiers and roofing consultants. To learn what these industry professionals desired in a site layout, IKO surveyed them about website usability and accessibility. Participants shared that they wanted product and technical information that could easily be found in just a few clicks. They also wanted the ability to access the site across multiple devices, including desktop, tablet or mobile.

“Commercial roofing professionals and consultants need to be able to find information on roofing systems quickly — whether on the job site or at the office,” says Jeff Williams, brand director, IKO North America. “We know their time is valuable, and we wanted to create a design that would not only be visually appealing, but also easy to navigate and function to fit their needs.”

The revamped commercial website serves as a hub for all of IKO’s asphalt low slope roofing systems and accessories, including built-up roofing (BUR), cold applied, heat welded, self adhered and more. Users can also find information on IKO’s building envelope and bridge deck and waterproofing membrane systems and accessories, along with wall insulation and air/vapour barrier systems.

“One of the differentiating qualities of IKO’s commercial roofing program is that we provide a systems solution with a full suite of roofing and building envelope products engineered to work together, not just individual components,” says Akif Amin, VP of Commercial Division, IKO North America. “We have architects, consultants and specifiers covered with site design that makes it easy to find, navigate and spec commercial roof system and building envelope solutions.”

In addition to details on all IKO commercial systems, website visitors can also access technical information like application guides, draft specifications and product data sheets, as well as training and education opportunities, among others.

For more information and to see the new commercial website, visit www.iko.com/comm.

Kemper System Celebrates 60 Years Building Envelope Solutions

Kemper System is celebrating 60 years of success and building on its strengths to address the entire Building Envelope.

“Kemper System was built on novel approaches to challenges, product quality and customer service, and those continue to be the bedrock of our relationships,” says Richard Doornink, president and managing director of Kemper System America Inc. “Our role is to help architects and other specifiers find the balance between often competing goals on projects across the Building Envelope. The right technology makes those choices easier,” he states.

Today, the company offers an expanded range of Building Envelope solutions to protect against weather, preserve the integrity of surfaces and enhance the comfort and value of public buildings and commercial real estate.

As part of the company’s expansion efforts, Kemper System America acquired STS Coatings Inc. in December along with four flagship brands, and is exploring additional technologies to build its portfolio, Doornink stated. In addition to the technologies from STS Coatings, this encompasses Kemperol reinforced membrane systems, and COLEAN durable coatings systems for protecting surfaces prone to heavy wear.

Technology Roots

Kemper System traces its roots to polymer chemist Heinz B. Kemper, Ph.D., who founded the original company in 1957 after developing a roofing system using a cold liquid-applied resin reinforced with polyester fleece. After conducting over 200 trials, in 1969 he patented Kemperol V210, a reinforced membrane system which proved to be effective, and could stand up to sun, rain, snow, ice and standing water longer term.

That led to further advances in cold, liquid-applied membranes including the company’s flagship solvent-free and odor-free Kemperol 2K PUR membrane system, launched in the U.S. in 1999, and more recently, Kemperol 022 reinforced waterproofing system for indoor tile, and fire-rated Cool Roof systems – the odor-free Kemperol Reflect 2K FR and fast-curing Kemperol AC Speed FR.

Today, Kemper System products protect surfaces under a range of climatic conditions spanning: new and existing roofs, white roofs, green roofs, blue roofs, interior and below-grade waterproofing, parking garages, balconies, terraces, plazas and historic restorations. In North America, Kemperol membrane systems protect projects including the Empire State Building in New York, CN Tower in Toronto and Marketplace Tower in Seattle.

Kemper System America Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kemper System GmbH & Co. (KG | Holländische Straße 32-36 | D-34246 Vellmar). Kemper System is part of the IBG Group of companies, a mid-sized industrial holding company with more than 50 sales and distribution sites, as well as production companies all over the world.

ATAS To Host Building Envelope Education Event

ATAS International Inc. will be hosting Designing with Metal – Building Envelope Education, an AIA/CES education event at the Building Envelope Design Center in Mesa, Ariz. on Thursday, Feb. 9th and Friday, Feb. 10th.
 
In addition to four presentations by ATAS, and a plant tour of the manufacturing facility, four additional presentations will be given by other individuals in the architectural building envelope industry.  Umicore Building Products USA/VMZINC, Lorin Industries, Hendrick Architectural Products, and Roofinox America will also be sharing knowledge about zinc, anodized aluminum, perforated metal, and stainless steel.
 
Architect members of the American Institute of Architects are required to complete 18 LUs from registered AIA/CES providers each year.  Of the 18 LUs, 12 must be in the topic areas of health, safety and welfare (HSW).  By attending this entire event, a total of 9.5 LUs can be earned; more than half of the annual AIA membership requirements.

Lee Ann M. Slattery, Sales Support Manager, states, “ATAS has always provided a variety of educational opportunities on a multitude of topics.  Many of our staff have a long history of working within the industry and have held active roles in several of the industry-related associations, so we are fortunate to have a wide pool of experienced and respected resources from which to build valuable educational content.  By hosting this education event at our Mesa, Ariz., location, we are able to provide a tour of our facility which manufactures building envelope components from metal.  And, by holding the event in February, it is an ideal reason to pair the event with a warm getaway from the cold weather that many are experiencing at that time of the year.”

Kemper System Announces Acquisition of STS Coatings Inc.

Kemper System America Inc. announces that it is building on its strength in liquid-applied waterproofing with the acquisition of STS Coatings Inc. and its four major brands to address more than waterproofing across the building envelope.

“Specifiers want to work with suppliers that can solve multiple building envelope challenges, including walls and foundations, and this extends our range,” says Richard Doornink, president and managing director, Kemper System America.

“These brands offer cost-performance advantages, and will continue to be available through existing and new distribution channels, including retail. Liquid-applied products are easy to transport to the jobsite, are economic to install, and can be applied to a variety of surfaces.”

  • Wall Guardian Air Barrier – This spray- or brush-applied water-based liquid air barrier system offers three benefits in one — air barrier, water barrier, and vapor retarder. It is for use in cavity-wall constructions, including CMU/brick veneer, steel stud, insulated (continuous insulation), and insulated tilt-up construction.
  • Roof Guardian Technologies (RGT) – These liquid-applied elastomeric roof coating systems help prolong the life of roofs, including metal, smooth-surfaced BUR, polymer-modified asphalt and single-ply roof systems. The RGT line includes 12 products including two Cool Roof rated systems, and two ENERGY STAR certified systems.
  • HeatBloc Ultra Radiant Barrier – This low-emissivity, water-based (low-e) aluminum coating is engineered for attic spaces. Applied to interior underside of the roof deck, it can block over 80 percent of radiant heat to reduce cooling requirements.
  • GreatSeal Construction Sealants – This premium line of caulks and sealants is used on doors and windows, masonry, roofing and siding. All products in the GreatSeal line are 100 percent solids, with no solvents and very low VOCs, and formulated for performance even in damp, dry or cold conditions down to 40F.

Synergies

“There are synergies with distribution and our existing lines, and we intend to build these in the marketplace,” Doornink states. “For example, Roof Guardian Technologies elastomeric coatings now make us competitive on more building envelope projects with a lower price point. In addition, HeatBloc moves us into retail, which creates a trail for other opportunities.”

Doornink says the news is also in keeping with Kemper System America’s vision for 2020. “We intend to continue growing through strategic acquisitions as we become more than waterproofing for our building products customers.”

Kemper System America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kemper System GmbH & Co. KG | Holländische Straße 32-36 | D-34246 Vellmar. Kemper System is part of the IBG group of Companies, a mid-sized industrial holding company with more than 50 sales and distribution, as well as production companies all over the world.

For more information, visit STS Coatings Inc. or contact Kemper System at inquiry@kempersystem.net, or call (800)541-5455.

ATAS International Hosts Architects During Anniversary Conference

ATAS International hosted members of the Society of American Registered Architects during their 60th anniversary conference in Arizona.  Over 35 SARA members attended an educational presentation and toured ATAS’ manufacturing facility in Mesa, earning learning units for both activities.  David Srokose, architectural business development manager at ATAS, presented on sustainable building envelopes, and Dick Bus, president of ATAS, led the plant tour, which was followed by lunch for the guests.
 
During the educational presentation, attendees learned how metal cladding on roofs and walls can contribute to green building objectives, and how metal walls can use sunlight to provide a building with solar air heating.  Cool roof technologies, including UV reflective pigments and above sheathing ventilation, were discussed, as well as how metal roofing can provide a solar ready platform for photovoltaic systems.
 
Dick Bus states, “We were pleased to welcome the SARA members to our Mesa, Ariz., facility while they were in the area for their annual conference.  The plant tour allowed our guests to view the equipment and processes used to fabricate metal components for the building envelope.  All attendees were invited to visit our Allentown, Pa., headquarters, if they are ever in the area.”

Dow Building Solutions Celebrates 75th Anniversary of STYROFOAM Brand XPS Insulation

Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., is celebrating the 75th anniversary of STYROFOAM Brand XPS Insulation, which has continued to facilitate sustainability, innovation and community success in the building and construction industry since its discovery in 1941. Dow marked the anniversary while attending the 2016 NAHB International Builders’ Show, a large annual light construction show that brings together the industry’s important global manufacturers and suppliers.

Builders today face a bewildering number of products and technologies promising better building performance. Dow’s portfolio-based approach offers solutions for the entire building envelope, offering energy efficiency that can stand the test of time. STYROFOAM has a long and rich heritage as a sustainable building product, insulating to meeting core thermal, moisture, air and vapor performance requirements through its rigid foam board technology. Over its lifetime, STYROFOAM can help save more than 30 times the energy embodied in it.

STYROFOAM has been part of Dow’s commitment to sustainable chemistry innovations for the last 75 years and will expand this legacy well into the future through continual optimization of building energy efficiency and performance. Dow has been a proud national insulation partner of Habitat for Humanity, with STYROFOAM donations leading Dow’s pledge to the address the need of affordable housing around the globe. More than 2,500 Habitat for Humanity builds in 2015 used Dow products to help homeowners reduce their home’s overall natural gas and electricity usage.

“New possibilities for resilient, energy-efficient and well-designed homes and buildings are being realized in neighborhoods and communities around the world thanks to imagination, science and engineering,” says Tim Lacey, global business director for Dow Building Solutions. “We are proud to offer 75 years of product innovation that addresses the need for long-term value as a sustainable building solution and look forward to improving, innovating and perfecting building envelope science well into the future.”

SOPREMA to Host Building Envelope Clinic in San Francisco

SOPREMA Inc. will be hosting a Building Envelope Clinic in San Francisco on Oct. 16, 2015, for architects and consultants looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units. The clinic will be held at The Bentley Reserve, located at 301 Battery Street, San Francisco.

The Building Envelope Clinic will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m. with a cocktail reception and prize raffle.

“We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally to help support our consultants and architects,” says Sara Jonas, SOPREMA. “These courses continue to bring education to the forefront for our current partners, as well as those new to SOPREMA, while helping them to achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

Courses offered during the Building Envelope Clinic include:

  • Proven and Durable: An Overview of SBS-Modified Bitumen
  • Wall Systems & Design (RCI/AIA Accredited Course)
  • Introduction to SENTINEL PVC
  • Below Grade Waterproofing (RCI/AIA Accredited Course)
  • PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Roofing & Waterproofing Systems (RCI/AIA Accredited Course)

To RSVP, email jkendrick@soprema.us.

Garland Raises Close to $70,000 to Support the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland

The Garland Co. Inc., a local employee-owned manufacturer of high-performance solutions for the commercial building envelope, raised more than $68,000 to support the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland in its effort to inspire and enable at-risk youth to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.

The approximately 100 employees at Garland’s headquarters on East 91st Street in Cleveland dedicated the week of May 26-29 to raising money in support of the Boys & Girls Club through various fund-raising activities. Meanwhile, Garland’s sales representatives, who are located across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., joined in the cause, donating through an online fundraising site set up by the BGCC and also personally sending in donations.

At the end of the week, funds raised totaled more than $34,252. Inspired by the incredible generosity of its employees, Garland’s Board of Directors announced that the company would match the amount raised, bringing the total to $68,504—the most ever raised during a spirit week.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland was founded in 1954 and currently serves 8,000 youth in Cleveland’s inner-city neighborhoods, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. The clubs provide young people a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adults, and life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.

“I am continued to be amazed year after year of the incredible generosity of our employees, both at corporate and in the field. This year in particular seemed to really pull at the heart strings of our employees as they were given an opportunity to make such a lasting impact on our local community,” says David Sokol, president of Garland Industries.

In addition to the financial contributions provided by Garland, its corporate employees will be volunteering over the next several months at the Boys & Girls Club on Broadway Avenue, not far from its corporate headquarters.

IMETCO Redesigns Website to Improve Navigation and Functionality

IMETCO redesigned its website, improving navigation and functionality throughout and creating a more user-friendly interface.

IMETCO redesigns website to improve navigation and functionality throughout and create a more user-friendly interface.

Innovative Metals Co. Inc. (IMETCO) redesigns website to improve navigation and functionality throughout and create a more user-friendly interface so customers can quickly and easily access technical product information and architectural details.

The sleek new design features a scrolling homepage with links to specifications and details, warranty and product literature requests as well as a growing library of project photos illustrating IMETCO’s wide range of capabilities as a building envelope solutions provider. There is also a navigation bar across the top of the website with links detailing IMETCO’s expansive line of products, services and additional resources.

“During the design process, we were determined to come up with a layout that highlights the beauty and versatility of metal. Additionally, we improved the functionality of the site so that we can continuously evolve this marketing tool moving forward,” explains Josh Younger, marketing specialist at IMETCO.

RCMA Accepts Abstracts for IRCC

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), Washington, D.C., is now accepting abstracts for its third biennial International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) program. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Oct. 1, 2015.

The 2016 IRCC will take place July 18-21 at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia. Offered in partnership with 11 industry organizations, the conference will feature networking opportunities, educational sessions, and other industry updates geared toward professionals involved in the roofing and building sciences industry.

RCMA’s 2016 conference partners include:

Roofing industry professionals, experts in building-envelope technologies and green-building fields, as well as researchers and those in the architectural community are welcome to submit their abstracts for consideration. Possible presentation topics include global market developments, sustainability and green-building practices, energy-cost-savings evaluations, roof-coatings formulation advancements, roof systems analysis and accelerated aging.

Those interested in presenting at the 2016 IRCC should visit RCMA’s website for more information and to download an abstract submission form.