Courses Added to CertainTeed Continuing Education Webinar Schedule

Building professionals can look forward to earning more free credit hours this year, thanks to additions to the CertainTeed Building Knowledge Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) webinar course schedule. Topics include specifying high-performance materials for medical facility interiors, sustainable systems for the building envelope and cool roofing. Residential landscape design and fence systems will also be covered.

“This year, we are celebrating more than 100,000 credit hours earned by architects and design professionals,” says Jill Betters, manager, commercial and architectural programs for CertainTeed Corp. “It’s a milestone to be proud of, as we strive to be the best and most convenient resource for continuing education and technical information. Webinars provide a unique opportunity to have a dialogue with the architecture and construction industry in real time.”

“Landscape and Residential Fence Systems: An Overview,” 2 to 3 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Dec. 8, will cover will the advantages and disadvantages of four kinds of fencing materials for residential fencing systems. Attendees will learn about the vinyl manufacturing process, commonly used test standards, the ICC code for swimming pool fencing and vinyl fence installation methods.

Later that same week, “Up on the Roof: Asphalt Shingles,” 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, will go over the key components within an asphalt shingle that contribute to solar reflectance and reduce the heat island effect. Learning objectives include how to properly ventilate roofing systems in order to reduce energy consumption within the building and increase indoor air quality; how the recycling of asphalt shingles contribute to a sustainable environment; the benefits of ENERGY STAR-rated roofing products and more.

All CEU courses are accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for one learning unit. Many are also certified for AIA Health Safety and Welfare (HSW) and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) credential maintenance program, giving professionals the credits they need and the product and system knowledge to specify smarter. The online academy also helps users easily organize and keep track of their completed courses and earned credits.

In addition, online content is accessible 24/7 via multiple platforms and devices, giving users the ability to choose how and when they want to learn—whether by attending scheduled seminars or taking an online self-guided course.

IRE: Johns Manville Sponsors The Roofing Institute, Houzz Debuts as an Exhibitor

Adding another important component to the already strong line-up of show floor activities and educational offerings, Johns Manville will sponsor The Roofing Institute at the 2015 International Roofing Expo (IRE), Feb. 24 to 26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Held on the show floor in booth No. 1217, The Roofing Institute curriculum is built around 10 condensed classes held on the show floor that provide roofing professionals with the knowledge to sharpen and hone their business acumen. Free with all registration packages, seating is available for up to 40 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to make our education program even more meaningful and rich,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, show director of the IRE. “These Business 101 classes will help attendees increase the effectiveness and productivity of their businesses.”

“Johns Manville is known for our quality and commitment to excellence with our products,” says Jennifer Ford-Smith, director of marketing and single-ply systems at Johns Manville. “We will offer the same level of quality to these educational sessions.”

Of the 10 classes offered in The Roofing Institute, four will be presented by Johns Manville, while the other six will be led by forward-thinking industry experts.

Beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 24, classes include “Show Me the Money!”, “Leadership For Business Owners, Managers & Supervisors!” and “Get Your Construction Business to Grow & Profit!”. Johns Manville will present “Adhesive Application Considerations.”

Classes on Wednesday, Feb. 25 include “Building Future Leaders: The Evolution of Construction Management Education”, “What it Takes to Provide Professional Service” and “The ACTS of Leadership”. Johns Manville will present “Best Practices for TPO and Rhino Bond Installations.”

Concluding on Thursday, Feb. 26, “New Installation Techniques from a Proven Membrane—JM EPDM” and “SeamFree PMMA—Liquid Applied Advantages” will be led by Johns Manville.

“We are confident attendees will find The Roofing Institute a great addition to the 2015 International Roofing Expo,” says Bill Good, executive vice president of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I encourage our members to attend these free classes to gain knowledge and excel in their businesses.”

In other news, Houzz, an online platform for home remodeling and design, will debut as an exhibitor at IRE.

Houzz will be exhibiting in booth No. 2513 on the show floor in the Business & Technology Pavilion. Visitors to the Houzz booth will receive one-on-one training on how to use Houzz to showcase their work to the more than 25 million monthly users who visit Houzz looking for home professionals, including roofers, for their next project. Houzz experts will be on hand to set up free Houzz profiles and create free websites for IRE attendees.

In addition to exhibiting, Houzz will also present a session as part of the IRE conference program. Taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 2 p.m., “Maximizing Your Exposure to Local Homeowners with Houzz” will teach roofing professionals the best practices for using Houzz to build their online presence.

“Houzz is a great addition to the 2015 International Roofing Expo as their platform offers business and networking opportunities that will benefit our attendees,” Garcia says. “In addition, their presence will bring a greater recognition to the growing roofing segments available through Houzz.”

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to promote Houzz to a worldwide audience of roofing professionals,” says David Mayer, director of industry marketing at Houzz. “By exhibiting, we hope to educate roofing pros on how to use Houzz to gain exposure for their business.”

The International Roofing Expo will offer roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry. The show brings all segments of the roofing construction and maintenance industry together for three days of face-to-face interaction, product review, education and networking.

Online registration is available on the IRE website, where information is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registering in advance will save attendees not only money, but also time by not having to wait in long on-site registration lines.