VaproShield Used on Housing Prototype Commissioned by New York’s Office of Emergency Management

VaproShield was honored to have WrapShield SA Self-Adhered Water Resistive Vapor Permeable Air Barrier Sheet selected for use on an experimental, post-disaster housing prototype located in Brooklyn, N.Y. In development since 2008, the prototype was commissioned by New York’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) with funding from FEMA. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was designated as project manager for the prototype’s construction. Designed by Garrison Architects, the “townhouse” style post-disaster housing consists of five modular units—fabricated by Mark Line Industries—which are stacked on top of each other.

“This is an exciting innovation,” comments Phil Johnson, VaproShield Managing Partner. “These [post-disaster housing] units have the potential to provide safe, reliable housing to the victims of natural disaster as they work to rebuild their communities. VaproShield is a proud contributor.”

While the post-disaster prototype will be on-site in Brooklyn for a year, the modular units are designed to be mobile. The modular units were constructed for easy installation, deconstruction and transport.

“The idea is that no matter where a disaster occurs, these modular units can be placed on a truck and taken there,” says Johnson. “The units need to perform well in every climate, as there is no telling where they may end up, and WrapShield SA Self-Adhered helps with that.”

WrapShield SA Self-Adhered Water Resistive Vapor Permeable Air Barrier Sheet helps to regulate air flow to keep units cool in the summer and warm in the winter, thus reducing energy costs. WrapShield SA Self-Adhered was selected for use on this initial prototype as it provides superior weather protection as well as the durability to withstand exposure in a wide variety of climates.

Make Housing and Travel Reservations for the 2015 IRE

Attendees and exhibitors of the 2015 International Roofing Expo (IRE) can now make housing and travel reservations through the official hotel vendor, Travel Planners. Offering hotel, airline and car rental discounts through a variety of companies, Travel Planners offers the biggest savings and most valuable perks.

Taking place Feb. 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, the show will offer roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

“We negotiated the lowest rates and amenities at a variety of hotels in proximity to the Convention Center,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE Show Director. “Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to reserve their rooms early, as hotels sell out quickly and discounted rates are only available for a limited time.”

In addition to the specially negotiated rates, attendees and exhibitors who book their rooms through the official housing service will enjoy certain additional benefits:

    • Room rates are guaranteed to be the lowest rates
    • If any official show hotel lowers its rates, or lower rates are found, the rates for 2015 IRE automatically are lowered and new confirmations generated
    • No deposit is required at time of booking• Complimentary shuttle bus service is provided for guests between the official show hotels and Morial Convention Center, except those in walking distance.

The beautiful New Orleans Marriott will serve as the headquarter hotel and will host most NRCA meetings and events.

The hotels in the IRE block that are in walking distance include Embassy Suites New Orleans Convention Center, Hampton Inn and Suites Convention Center, Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Hyatt Place (formerly Hotel New Orleans), and Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans.

The hotels in the IRE block that offer shuttle service are in walking distance include Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter, Hotel Le Marais, New Orleans Marriott, Royal Sonesta New Orleans, and Sheraton New Orleans.

American, Delta, United, Air Canada and AlaskaAir will serve as official airlines, offering service from destinations nationwide to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Discounts are available off published airfares and based on availability, offering the most cost-efficient travel routes to the show.

Dollar and Thrifty offer discounted car rental rates to help show participants get around New Orleans easily.

To secure the best rates, show participants must book through our online reservation system. Reservations may be made online 24-hours a day, seven days a week, or by calling 800.221.3531 during the hours of 9:00 am – 7:00 pm ET, Monday through Friday.

As the only official housing provider for the Int’l Roofing Expo, Travel Planners is the only company that can sell rooms in the official housing blocks. Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged not to use other housing providers to secure rooms.

“When booking their travel plans, show participants are ensured low rates and a high level of personal service from Travel Planners,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “Attendees and exhibitors should be aware that there are other travel providers that claim to work with IRE, but are really scammers who will take your money without getting you a real reservation.”