Owens Corning University Expands Contractor Educational Opportunities

Owens Corning Roofing is expanding its Owens Corning University educational platform with the introduction of Owens Corning University (OCU). Free to all Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network (OCCN) members on the OCConnectResource Center, OCU is the platform in which all live and online educational opportunities will be offered. OCU’s comprehensive platform will provide members leading edge, 24/7 “on demand” education and resources designed to help contractors build their business.

A gaming element integrated into OCU recognizes the competitive spirit of contractors. Leaderboards on the Learning Management Platform track education points, award badges for completed educational tasks, and allow contractors to see how they rank compared to their competition.     

Offering an unlimited number of users, OCU provides critical content to help contractors throughout their organization – from employee onboarding to installation best practices. OCU is the latest introduction to a portfolio of digital resources Owens Corning offers OCCN members.  “Owens Corning developed OCU to put relevant education directly in the contractor’s hands, regardless of time or location,” said Jon Gardner, Owens Corning’s Roofing Contractor Training and Education Leader. “Because each module is 15 minutes or less, users can easily fit learning into their schedule.”

As a dynamic, “living” resource, OCU will continue to evolve with the addition of new modules. Content included in Phase 1 includes informational courses on Owens Corning, on-boarding resources for new sales representatives, the ABCs of warranties, product and system news including the Duration Seriesshingles, SureNail Technologyinformation, an overview of the Total Protection Roofing System, roofing fundamentals, business service offerings and access to the Owens Corning Roofing video library.

OCU is available on the OCConnectResource Center.

For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com.

NRCA to Hold Roofing Industry Regional Summit

NRCA will host a Roofing Industry Regional Summit Nov. 9 in Phoenix, offering roofing professionals an opportunity to engage with their peers and learn about the latest roofing industry issues.

Roofing professionals from the region are encouraged to participate, regardless of their affiliation with NRCA, and take advantage of this one-day learning experience, which will provide in-depth information about the most critical issues affecting roofing businesses.

According to NRCA, the summit will offer attendees the opportunity to hear from top industry experts about current issues, trends and challenges facing the industry. The early bird price for the summit is $99; after Oct. 26, the price will be $149.

For more information or to register online, click here.

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.”