Polyglass to Showcase Self-Adhered Membranes at the 2020 IIBEC Virtual Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. will be highlighting its modified bitumen membranes, commercial roofing systems, and roof coatings at the 2020 IIBEC Virtual Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium, a cutting-edge educational program taking place September 22-24, 2020. On virtual display will be Elastoflex SA V Polar Base and Elastoflex SA P Polar Cap, Polyfresko G SA, and PolyFlash 1C.

Polyglass experts will be featuring Elastoflex SA V Polar Base and Elastoflex SA P Polar Cap at the virtual booth. Elastoflex SA V Polar Base and Elastoflex SA P Polar Cap are low-temperature membranes designed for cold weather applications in temperatures that are between 25°F – 60°F (4°C – 16°C). They are designed with unique qualities that improve efficiency and performance. Elastoflex SA V Polar Base is fiberglass-reinforced for excellent dimensional stability, and is finished with laylines for ease of application. Elastoflex SA P Polar Cap has a UV-stabilized granule surface and is polyester-reinforced for exceptional puncture and tear resistance. It also features SEALLap Ultra and FASTLap for immediate and more effective bonding of side and end lap seams, saving time and labor costs.

Also to be showcased is the Polyfresko G SA; a highly reflective, self-adhered granular surfaced APP modified bitumen roofing membrane. The membrane performs to ENERGY STAR standards for reflectivity, is a California Title 24 compliant membrane, achieves Class A fire rating, and has been tested to ensure long-term performance in the most extreme environments. Polyfresko G SA membrane is listed with the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) with a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 96.

PolyFlash1C is a one-component, state-of-the-art, silane modified polyurethane flashing compound designed for sealing and waterproofing roofing details, flashings, and penetrations on a wide variety of roofing systems. PolyFlash 1C has the unique ability to be applied as an immediate, but temporary emergency leak repair over wet or damp surfaces. When combined with PolyBrite reinforcing polyester fabric this product can permanently solve typical and challenging flashing needs. 

For more information, visit https://polyglass.ca/ or speak with Polyglass experts at the IIBEC 2020 Virtual Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium.

IIBEC Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium Virtual Event Launches September 22-24

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) announced that the 2020 Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium will be held September 22-24, 2020. The virtual will include six technical presentations and designated trade show hours. Attendees can earn continuing education hours from their home or office. After the Symposium concludes live, the technical presentations will be available for attendees for 31 days on IIBEC’s online event website.

For more information about the online platform or to register, click here. For more information about IIBEC, visit https://iibec.org

IIBEC Virtual Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium Kicks Off September 22-24

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) announced that the 2020 Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium will be a virtual event. The Virtual Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium will be held September 22-24, 2020. Over the course of the three days, there will be six technical presentations and designated trade show hours. Attendees can earn continuing education hours from their home or office. After the Symposium concludes live, the technical presentations will be available for attendees for 31 days on IIBEC’s online event website.

For more information about the online platform, click here. For more information about IIBEC, visit https://iibec.org.

Polyglass to Showcase Self-Adhered Membranes at IIBEC 2020 Virtual Convention and Tradeshow

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., announced it will be highlighting its modified bitumen membranes, commercial roofing systems, and roof coatings at the IIBEC 2020 Virtual Convention and Tradeshow, taking place June 12-14, 2020. On virtual display will be Elastoflex SA V Plus FR, Polyfresko G SA self-adhered roofing products, and the Velociflex High Wind Resistant Roof Assembly.

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants Virtual Convention and Trade Show, or IIBEC 2020, will bring together a wide range of professionals specializing in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification and design. The Polyglass virtual booth will include not only product information but also interactive elements, such as a webinar highlighting ADES) dual-compound self-adhered membranes technology. Visitors will be able to chat live with Polyglass experts and download content relevant to their needs.

Polyglass experts will be featuring the Elastoflex SA V Plus FR self-adhered, elastomeric base ply low-slope roofing product for IIBEC virtual booth visitors. The Elastoflex SA V Plus FR membrane is built with ADESO self-adhered technology and a superior reinforced fiberglass mat to ensure strength and excellent dimensional stability to the product, providing a robust membrane that resists natural forces and other factors on the rooftop. When used in conjunction with Elastoflex SA P or other approved Polyglass self-adhered cap sheet, Elastoflex SA V Plus FR provides cleaner application, improved application speed, and removes the need for torches, hot asphalt or bonding adhesives on the jobsite.

Also to be showcased is the Polyfresko G SA; a highly reflective, self-adhered granular surfaced atactic polypropylene (APP) modified bitumen roofing membrane. The Polyfresko G SA membrane performs to ENERGY STAR standards for reflectivity, is a California Title 24 compliant membrane, achieves Class A fire rating, and has been tested to ensure long-term performance in the most extreme environments. Polyfresko G SA membrane is listed with the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) with a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 96.

The Velociflex high wind-resistant roof assembly system provides for high speed wind protection up to 270 psf (pounds / square foot). The core of Velociflex is two or three plies of reinforced modified bitumen membranes. Suitable for new or re-roofing projects, this multi-ply system comprises of a mechanically fastened base sheet, optional interply, and a heat-welded or cold-applied cap sheet. Velociflex is ideal for both steel and concrete decks.

For more information, visit https://polyglass.us/ or speak with Polyglass experts at the IIBEC 2020 Virtual Convention and Tradeshow.

IIBEC Pivots to Virtual 2020 International Convention and Trade Show June 12-14

Building enclosure professionals across North America will participate in the first-ever Virtual IIBEC Convention and Trade Show this coming June 12-14. The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) has pivoted to present the unprecedented virtual meeting as a response to the postponement of their annual convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All 24 previously planned cutting-edge educational sessions, an opening session, and a virtual trade show will be provided. All attendees previously registered for the annual convention in March 2020 will automatically be registered for the live virtual event June 12-14, 2020. Attendees will have access to the virtual education and trade show until July 15, 2020, to allow extended time to view every education session offered during the virtual event.

Instead of catching a few of the previously scheduled concurrent sessions, participants will be able to attend each of the sessions and all of the trade show booths from the comfort of their own homes and offices. Exhibitors can connect directly with their customers through live chat. Outside of the designated trade show hours, the live chat feature will turn into an email that goes directly to the exhibitor. Full registrants will also receive digital proceedings including papers from all of the educational sessions.

Registration is also open for new attendees and exhibitors. Register here https://iibec.org/education/international-convention-2020/#ts20register.

“This is very exciting for us,” said Convention Chair and IIBEC First Vice President Ted Sheridan, RBEC, PEng. “We are thrilled to be offering this unique education opportunity in which to learn about new products and techniques, and for providing a new way of connecting.”

In addition to the upcoming virtual convention and trade show, IIBEC is announcing the IIBEC Building Enclosure Symposium+ (BES+), to be held November 20-22, 2020 at the Marriott Marquis Houston in Texas. At that event, a dozen educational sessions by imminent industry professionals will be presented. The BES+ trade show will also be expanded to provide exhibitors an opportunity to interact face to face with attendees. Other events not included in the June virtual meeting, such as the annual awards luncheon to honor IIBEC volunteers, will be incorporated into the BES+.

“The pandemic has made IIBEC more resilient and innovative,” said IIBEC President Scott Hinesely, RRC, PE. “The virtual convention and trade show will highlight that. And the building envelope consulting community can look forward to interacting face to face at the BES+ in the fall.”

“We look forward to seeing you virtually in June and in person at the BES+ in November in Houston,” concluded IIBEC CEO and EVP Brian Pallasch.For more information, visit https://iibec.org

IIBEC Announces 2020 Board of Directors

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) conducted its first-ever “virtual” Annual Meeting of the Members on March 30, 2020. The organization has been holding this meeting every year for nearly 40 years at their Annual Convention and Trade Show, but this year’s meeting was unprecedented.

First, because of restrictions on travel and gathering as a result of the COVID-19 virus and the concomitant postponement of the association’s convention, 2020 marked IIBEC’s first-ever “virtual” Meeting of the Members. Presenters spoke from their respective homes and offices, connected only by the Internet, communicating through sound and pixels. Members were able to type questions into a chat box, allowing them to interact for the traditional question-and-answer portion of the meeting.

Second, this meeting boasted the largest attendance—by far—of any IIBEC Meeting of the Members, with 481 total participants.

Finally, the first female was elected to the Executive Committee, in the person of Amy Peevey, who is this year’s Secretary/Treasurer. This comes on the heels of the first-ever female Board member, Jennifer Hogan, who was elected as Region VII director in 2019.

Immediate Past President Bob Card voiced his appreciation for the continued participation of IIBEC members. “Still trying to come to terms with this strange season, I am amazed at the turnout for the somewhat unorthodox meeting of the members and grateful for the many encouraging comments from members.”

First Vice President Ted Sheridan said, “We have received a fresh shot of adrenaline from our new Board members, Amy Peevey and Burt Carver. They are both energetic IIBEC veterans with an ear to the needs of our members and a history of IIBEC involvement.”

Second Vice President Chris Giffin echoed and expounded on this sentiment, stating, “I am looking forward to working with the first female IIBEC EC member and President Hinesley during these awkward and difficult times, and feel assured that their leadership will allow us to come out on the other side of this better than when we started.”

New IIBEC President Scott Hinesley expressed excitement about his new role. “With new CEO Brian Pallasch at the helm of the amazing IIBEC team and new team members on the Board, I am looking forward to leading the charge that will see our association emerge stronger on the other side of these significant challenges.”

The full board is as follows:

  • President – Scott M. Hinesley, RRC, PE, of REI Engineers
  • First Vice President – Edward A. Sheridan, RBEC, RRC, REWC, RWC, PEng, of Fishburn Sheridan & Associates Ltd.
  • Second Vice President – Christopher Giffin, RRC, AIA, of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Amy Peevey, RRO, REWC, PE, CDT, of DeSimone Consulting Engineers
  • Immediate Past President – Robert Card, RBEC, RRC, RWC, REWC, REWO, of Wetherholt and Associates, Inc.
  • Region I Director – Michael Violette, RRC, PE, of Violette Engineering
  • Region II Director – Chris Dawkins, PE, of Beech Consulting Inc.
  • Region III Director – Gene Keeton, of KDENT Inc.
  • Region IV Director – Neal Johnson, RRO, AIA, of Neal Johnson, LLC
  • Region V Director – Szymon Zienkiewicz, RRC, RRO, PE, of Larsen Zienkiewicz, Inc.
  • Region VI Director – Burt Carver, RRC, RRO, of Apex Building Sciences Inc.
  • Region VII Director – Jennifer Hogan, RRO, LEED AP, CPHC, of Pretium Engineering, Inc.

For more information, visit https://iibec.org

IIBEC Extends Deadline for ICBEST Abstracts Until December 6

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) announced that the deadline for abstracts for the 2020 International Conference on Building Envelope Systems and Technologies (ICBEST) has been extended. Abstracts must now be submitted by December 6. 

ICBEST 2020 will be held in Vancouver August 31-September 2. The event, co-hosted by IIBEC and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), provides a worldwide forum for the exchange of information and discussion of recent developments in, and applications of building envelope engineering. ICBEST’s scope is to bring together engineers, architects, scientists, and practitioners with a common interest to promote new knowledge and practice of building envelope systems and technologies.

According to IIBEC, abstracts of each paper (200 words) should be filled out digitally on the form on the ICBEST 2020 website. The deadline for abstract submissions is December 6, 2019. Notification of acceptance/regret will be made December 17-20, 2019, and final papers are due to IIBEC on April 3, 2020.

For more information, visit https://icbest2020.com

IIBEC Announces Abstracts for ICBEST Are Due November 22

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) announced that abstracts for the 2020 International Conference on Building Envelope Systems and Technologies (ICBEST) must be submitted by November 22.  

ICBEST 2020 will be held in Vancouver August 31-September 2. The event, co-hosted by IIBEC and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), provides a worldwide forum for the exchange of information and discussion of recent developments in, and applications of building envelope engineering. ICBEST’s scope is to bring together engineers, architects, scientists, and practitioners with a common interest to promote new knowledge and practice of building envelope systems and technologies.

According to IIBEC, abstracts of each paper (200 words) should be filled out digitally on the form on the ICBEST 2020 website. The deadline for abstract submissions is November 22, 2019. Notification of acceptance/regret will be made December 13-17, 2019, and final papers are due to IIBEC on March 13, 2020.

For more information, visit https://icbest2020.com.

IIBEC Announces Hire of Emily Lorenz as Senior Director of Technical Services

IIBEC, the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (formerly RCI, Inc.), announced the hiring of Emily Lorenz, PE, as its new Senior Director of Technical Services. Lorenz will represent the association as a liaison to various outside organizations, including supporting its initiatives in relation to building codes and standards. “Emily’s experience as chair of ASTM Committee E60 and as a member of ASTM Committee E06 gives us confidence that she will be a great advocate for IIBEC’s positions on building-enclosure-related issues at code hearings and elsewhere throughout the industry,” stated IIBEC CEO/EVP Brian Pallasch, CAE. “We are excited to welcome her to the IIBEC team.”

“IIBEC will benefit from Emily’s technical experience, as well as her deep knowledge of the code development process,” said IIBEC President Bob Card, RBEC, REWO.

“With experience as editor-in-chief of the PCI Journal, she will also no doubt serve as an asset for technical review of and contribution to content of the Institute’s communications, including IIBEC Interface,” noted Director of Communications Kristen Ammerman.

Lorenz most recently was employed as Director of Sustainability and Publications for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), and also worked as an independent building enclosure consultant. Lorenz, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in structural engineering from Michigan Technological University, is also on the steering committee of the ASCE/SEI Sustainability Committee, as well as a member of ASHRAE.

Established in 1983, IIBEC is an international nonprofit association representing 3,600 professionals who specialize in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification and design. IIBEC members offer unbiased design, repair planning, quality assurance observance, legal testimony, and general roofing and other building enclosure management services—all while adhering to a strict code of ethics.

For more information, visit www.iibec.org

Industry Q&A: RCI, Inc. Is Now IIBEC

Bob Card addresses the IIBEC audience at the Meeting of the Members.

A Conversation With Robert “Bob” Card, President of IIBEC

Q: RCI Inc. recently rebranded itself as the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC). Please describe the thinking behind the change. How does the new name reflect the nature and goals of the organization?

A: After many years of being known as the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI), it became apparent that a significant number of our members are also practicing in the disciplines of waterproofing and exterior walls. We wanted our name to better reflect who we are and what we do, and to describe our outreach beyond the North American continent. Additionally, the IIBEC (pronounced “eye-bec”) staff continually received calls from RCI timeshare customers mistaking that company with RCI, Inc.

Q: How has the membership reacted to the new name and rebranding effort?

A: Nearly all the comments I’ve received since the transition was announced have been positive. There are some who are not pleased, of course; change can be hard after so many years of familiarity with an organization’s name.

Q: How does your background help prepare you for the challenges you’ll face as president of IIBEC?

A: I have been in the building enclosure consulting industry for about three decades now, starting at a very basic level, and seen how technology has changed much of how we communicate and store and access Information. I expect our industry to continue to see an increasing rate of change, and I hope to leverage my experience to help determine how best to adapt evolving methods to best serve our members and the industry at large.

Q: What are some of the key initiatives IIBEC will be focusing on in the year ahead?

A: The rollout of our new IIBEC brand and logo will continue to be a priority, with lots of outreach planned for the next several months. We are working to develop a new credential, CBECxP (Certified Building Enclosure Commissioning Provider), which we believe will be a significant addition to our lineup of professional registrations. Our IIBEC Manual of Practice is being updated and should be completed by year’s end. We are also currently working to identify and hire a new EVP/CEO to replace Lionel Van der Walt, who is moving soon to a new challenge. Collaborations with other organizations are vital in an association. IIBEC cooperated with the National Women in Roofing (NWIR) and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) prior to the rebranding and will continue to tighten these relationships, as well as explore other organizations to collaborate with. The core purposes and values IIBEC has laid out in 2018’s RCI, Inc. Strategic Plan will carry over to the new IIBEC branding. The Strategic Plan can be found at https://rci-online.org/rci-shares-new-strategic-plan/.

Q: What does the future hold? Can you share any long-term goals?

A: We want to strategically shape and position IIBEC so that the next generation of leaders can take the association to a significantly more impactful place in the building enclosure industry. We are working for greater diversity within the leadership pipeline to better reflect the changing workplace and improve the quality of our conversations. And, we’re working to implement a more global outreach, in order to both learn from the experience of others, and contribute to improving the quality of the built environment around the world.

Q: What are some of the educational resources and events IIBEC makes available to its members?

A: We offer numerous classes in the various disciplines related to the building enclosure, both on a national and a local level; we present a packed schedule of technical presentations at both our annual conventions and our building enclosure symposia, as well as at our biannual Canadian building enclosure symposia. Our members also regularly present technical education for other organizations within the design and construction industries. IIBEC chapters facilitate regular education programs through their chapter events, which expand internationally. A big step for IIBEC in 2020 is the partnership with the National Research Council of Canada to host the 2020 ICBEST conference.

Q: How does IIBEC help people who are not members of the organization, including people in such roles as end users, facility managers, school boards and others?

A: At the simplest level, IIBEC can provide contact information to building owners, managers, and design professionals for local consultant members who can assist with their projects. More strategically, by educating and advocating for our members, we are striving to improve the quality of the built environment for everyone. Through our advocacy initiatives, we have built recognition within the United States and Canada at federal, state and local levels.

Q: Where can people go for more information about the organization?

A: Our website (www.iibec.org) is a great place to start; one can find a lot of excellent information there about our organization and our members. Members themselves are also a great resource for information; most are happy to share about the benefits of IIBEC membership. Of course, our amazing IIBEC staff can also provide information related to most any aspect of the organization. Our chapters also hold local meetings and events, which is a great place for someone to learn about the resources IIBEC has both locally and nationally.