Tom Osborne to Provide Keynote Address at MRCA Conference and Expo

The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) announced that the 69th Annual Conference & Expo scheduled for October 24-26, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska, will be kicked off by former football player, coach, college athletics administrator, politician, and Nebraska icon Tom Osborne.

Osborne served as the head football coach of the University of Nebraska football team for 25 years, from 1973 to 1997. He was one of the most successful coaches in college football history, with a career record of 255-49-03, 13 conference championships, and three national championships. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999.

Osborne was later elected U.S. Representative from Nebraska’s 3rd congressional district as a Republican. He served three terms from 2001 to 2007. In 2007, he returned to the University of Nebraska as athletic director (AD), retiring in January 2013. The Keynote Sponsor is ABC Supply.

For more information, visit www.mrca.org.

2018 I-RIM Conference in Costa Rica Hailed as Success

The 2018 International Reflective Insulation Manufacturers (I-RIM) Conference was held May 9-10 at the Marriott Los Suenos Golf Resort and Spa in Puntarenas Costa Rica hosting guests from around the globe. Countries represented include the US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Argentina and Chile. RIMA-I President Doug Kinninger, International Conference Chairman Sergio Luconi and RIMA-I Executive Director Mary Edmondson hosted the event presented in both English and Spanish.

The two-day educational conference was a great success with excellent presentations from all the countries listed and featuring Wednesday’s guest featured speaker Dr. William (Bill) Miller from Oak Ridge National Laboratory who presented a “Demonstration of Near Zero Energy Homes” and Thursday’s featured speaker Dr. Jan Kosny from Faunhofer Institute who gave a “Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Thermal Performance of Residential Attics Containing Aerogel-based Radiant Barrier Systems.”

Other presentations included:

Innovations in the Manufacture of Reflective Films – Veronica Ataya

  • Building Performance Software – Impact of Attic Radiant Barriers – Bill Lippy
  • ASHRAE 90.1 Update – Monty Millspaugh
  • RIMA-I Product Verification Evolution – Doug Kinninger
  • Fundamentals and Techniques of Measuring Water Vapor Transmission – Michael Joyce
  • The Power of the Marketplace – Steve Baden and Laurel Elam, RESNET
  • Reflectives and the International Code Council (ICC) – Wes Hall
  • Next Generation Reflective Insulation Facing Films – Ralph Dale
  • Radiant Energy Management & the Versatility of IRCCs – Lynn Walters
  • Regional Updates: Latin America – Sergio Luconi; Europe – Guy Delcroix; North America  and Australia – Mike Boulding and SE Asia – Kah Wei Yam
  • Latin America Building with Reflective Insulation Performance and Improvements After RIS – Pablo Sobrado
  • About RIMA-I and the Advanced Building Code Coalition (ABCC) – Bobby Byrd
  • New Digital Experiences – Mario Vargas
  • Does the Presence of a Radiant Barrier Increase the Chance of a Lightning Strike? – Brian St. Germain
  • Regulations in Latin America for Reflective Insulation – Pablo Sobrado
  • SAP Business One – Juan Bautista

If you were unable to attend this year’s event, presentations will be available for purchase (in PDF format) for $25/presentation or $200 for the full set. Contact RIMA-I at rima@rima.net for details or to place your order. We’d also like to thank the following sponsors for their participation: Celplast Metallized Products, JX Nippon ANCI, Inc., ECHOTape, Thermal-Economics and the Advanced Building Code Coalition.

For more information on the 2018 I-RIM Conference including photos of the event, session descriptions, speaker bios and information on how to purchase copies of the presentations, please visit https://www.rimainternational.org/i-rim-conference/2018-i-rim-conference-costa-rica/.

RIMA International Calls for Topics for Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Conference

The 2018 International Reflective Insulation Manufacturers (I-RIM) Conference will take place Spring 2018 in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.  The event will be held May 9-10, at the Marriott Los Suenos Resort right on the Costa Rica coast.  This international event is an opportunity for those in the reflective products industries to learn about the latest research, advancements, new technology and uses of reflective products as well as exchange information on how reflectives are being used in various regions of the world.  
 
At this time, the conference host, RIMA International, is inviting you to submit any papers or educational session you would like to present at this conference.  Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to, recent studies/simulations; new technologies; advancements/uses; research/studies; economic and government challenges/successes; regional uses and updates and building codes and related issues around the world. 
 
The program slots will fill up quickly, so forward your submissions promptly.  Send your outline and topic to RIMA International via e-mail at rima@rima.net and mark your calendars for May 9-10, 2018, in Costa Rica.  

NAWIC Announces Annual Meeting and Education Conference Sponsor

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will hold its 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference (AMEC), Aug. 16-19, in Anaheim, Calif. at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. The NAWIC conference is made possible in part to the support of the association’s sponsors. The major AMEC sponsor this year is UPS.

“Having sponsors participate in our Annual Meeting is an honor for our members and benefit to their employers. This is an affirmation of the relevance of NAWIC and its core purpose,” says NAWIC President Connie M. Leipard, CIT. “Sponsoring companies believe in and promote diversity within the industry. NAWIC, along with our partners, continues to promote opportunities for women in the construction industry.”

UPS offers a range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

Other NAWIC conference sponsors include Procore, United Rentals, Health Design and Construction, IRMI, PCL Construction, Cornerstone Companies, the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Husch Blackwell.

NAWIC’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. The NAWIC conference is a tool in accomplishing that goal. It features 22 seminars and workshops targeted to women in the construction industry. Aimee Cohen will address AMEC attendees as the event’s keynote speaker. She is a speaker, career coach, and the author of “Woman UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success.”

For more information on the NAWIC conference please visit the website.

METALCON Returns to Baltimore

METALCON 2016, the metal construction industry’s international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, returns to Baltimore for its 26th annual tradeshow and conference.

Designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries attend this event each year. Industry experts from 275 companies exhibit the latest products and technology while sharing their knowledge with attendees. Industry specialists present key topics in the show’s highly-rated, education program.

METALCON 2016 is scheduled for Oct. 26-28, 2016 and takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

RCMA Announces Topics and Speakers for the International Roof Coatings Conference

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) has recently confirmed 11 topics for its third biennial International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) July 18-21, 2016 in Philadelphia.

The 2016 IRCC will feature the following speakers and topics selected by the RCMA IRCC Working Group:

  • “Advanced Elastomeric Cool Roof Coatings for Highly Weatherable Stay-Clean Coatings”
    Rick Miner, Arkema Coating Resins

  • “Development of the Roof Coatings Product Category Rule (PCR)”
    Benjamin Borns and Doug Mazeffa, KST Coatings

  • “Hybrid Silyated Polyurethane Prepolymer Designed for High Performance Roof Coatings”
    Misty Huang, Momentive Performance Materials

  • “Life Cycle Cost Analysis Using Roof Coatings, a Study in Sustainable Roofing”
    William A. Kirn, Roof Technology Management Inc.

  • “Reducing Peak Electrical Demand with Reflective Roofs”
    Jim Hoff, TEGNOS Research Inc. and Andre Desjarlais, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

  • “Roof Preservation or Roof Restoration with Coatings: Thin or Thick Film?”
    Joe Rokowski, Insulating Coatings Corp.

  • “Simulating Three Years of Roofing Material Weathering in a Mere Three Days”
    Carolyn Richter, Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC)

  • “The Costs and Benefits of Sustainable Roofing on Affordable Housing”
    Keith Glassbrook, Capital E / Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA)

  • “The New Green Scene Challenge: Material Health and Ingredient Disclosure”
    Lorraine Ross, Intech Consulting Inc.

  • “Understanding and Improving Ponded Water Performance”
    Victoria Demarest, The Dow Chemical Co.

  • “Your First Step to Success – Substrate Preparation”
    Jim Arnold, Kemper System America

The conference will begin on Monday, July 18 and will continue through noon on Wednesday, July 20. Following the IRCC programming, the RCMA Summer Meeting, open to RCMA members and non-members, will continue through the morning of Thursday, July 21. Discounted “early bird” registration will open in early April 2016.

A list of RCMA IRCC conference partners is available on the RCMA website at the following link. Please contact RCMA Staff Associate Jared Rothstein to be added to the distribution lists to receive conference and registration updates.

METALCON Helps Veterans in Local Community

The metal construction industry’s international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions gives back to the local community during its 25th annual METALCON tradeshow and conference taking place Oct. 14-16 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.

METALCON is partnering with the America’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping U.S. armed forces’ veterans, to raise money for military veterans in need of care at Tampa’s Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center.

METALCON is no stranger to the local community. At METALCON 2006 in Tampa, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Russell ‘Russ’ Marek of Satellite Beach, Fla., was awarded a new, ADA-compliant accessible home through METALCON’s annual giving back program. Marek who was severely injured in 2005 while serving in Iraq spent more than a year recuperating at Tampa’s James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, which opened its Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in 2014—this year’s recipient of METALCON’s giving back program.

The Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center is one of five facilities in the U.S. designed to provide intensive rehabilitative care to veterans and servicemembers who have experienced severe injuries.

Staff Sgt. Marek suffered serious injuries when his tank was destroyed by enemy fire. His right arm and leg were severed, in addition to parts of his right ear and left hand. He also suffered severe head trauma and burns to more than 20 percent of his body. “To date, Russ has made amazing progress in his recovery and soon is expected to be walking without assistance,” says Russ’ father, Paul Marek Sr.

METALCON Show Director Claire Kilcoyne was incredibly moved by Staff Sgt. Marek’s courage and determination to move forward. Having maintained a strong relationship over the years with Marek and his family, they look forward to joining together at METALCON’S 25th anniversary celebration.

Knowing many more young military heroes exist, Kilcoyne announces METALCON’s giving back program will continue to benefit the America’s Fund throughout each year, assisting military in all branches of the U.S. armed forces.

“Going forward we want to ensure METALCON’s giving back efforts benefit those brave individuals who’ve put their futures on the line to make all of us safer and able to enjoy all of the freedoms we have,” says Kilcoyne. “By affiliating with America’s Fund, we open the door for more recipients and donations on an ongoing basis, not just at our annual event.”

Donations can be made to America’s Fund throughout the year and can be applied to specific programs or veterans upon request.

America’s Fund is a program created to direct urgently needed resources and financial support to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. armed forces and their families. It is a self-funded program of the Semper Fi Fund. Since its inception in 2004, the Semper Fi Fund has provided more than $100 million in support to veterans and their families.

“We are honored to be chosen as the official charity of METALCON; their support will make a difference in the lives of so many service members and their loved ones,” says Karen Guenther, CEO and president, Semper Fi Fund.

Contributions to the America’s Fund can be made on the METALCON website or in the exhibit hall at The Deck, booth 973. Army Staff Sgt. Marek, along with America’s Fund representatives and METALCON management will be available for comment at the booth on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

NRCA to Host Roofing Industry Regional Summit

In an effort to make events highlighting industry issues and trends more accessible to roofing professionals nationwide, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will host a Roofing Industry Regional Summit Thursday, Oct. 15, in Pleasanton, Calif.

The half-day educational session will focus on updates from NRCA staff experts on technical, legal and risk management issues that are on the horizon for the roofing industry.

Following the educational session, attendees are invited to participate in a golf outing, an opportunity for roofing professionals to engage with other industry professionals to gather ideas, insights and best practices and to network with experts and peers.

NRCA’s Roofing Industry Regional Summit will be held at the Callippe Preserve Golf Course, 8500 Clubhouse Drive, Pleasanton, CA.