RCMA Announces Speakers for 2018 International Roof Coatings Conference

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) has recently confirmed 12 topics for its third biennial International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC), which will be held July 23-25 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago. The 2018 IRCC will feature the following speakers and topics selected by the RCMA IRCC Working Group:

  • “Chicago Energy Code & Rooftop Reflectivity Code Requirements,” Bill McHugh, Chicago Roofing Contractors Association
  • “Three Things Every Roof Coatings Manufacturer Needs to Know about the New TSCA Law,” Martha Marrapese, Wiley Rein LLP
  • “OSHA Inspection & Citation Process,” Trent Cotney, Cotney Construction Law, LLP
  • “Urban Heat Islands and Cooler Infrastructure: An Experimental High-Albedo Roof Coating Study,” Thomas Taylor, GAF
  • “Coating Transparency: Environmental Product Declarations and Harvested Rainwater Quality,” Jason Carlson, Underwriters Laboratory
  • “Exploring Primers for Silicone Roof Coatings over TPO Membranes,” Hans Haas, AB Specialty Silicones
  • “Formulating Roof Coatings for Adhesion and Asphalt Bleed-Through Resistance,” Brent Crenshaw, EPS Materials
  • “Effect of Silane Modification of Styrene Acrylic polymers for Construction Application,” Tamer Tezel, Organik Kimya
  • “Dirt Pickup Resistance: The Influence of Testing Parameters and formulation Variables on Performance,” Joseph Rokowski, Astec Reply Roofing
  • “Establishing ASTM D7281 “Standard Test Method for Determining Water Migration Through Roof Membranes as Appropriate for Roof Coatings,” Ed Buczek, Henry Company
  • “Waterborne Roof Coatings Meet European Waterproofing Standards,” Jouko Byorykka, Dow Europe
  • “Accelerating Film Formation of Acrylic Roof Coatings,” Sridhar Iyer, BASF
  • The conference will begin on July 23 and will continue through noon on July 25. Following the IRCC programming, the RCMA Summer Meeting, open to both RCMA members and non-members, will continue through the morning of July 26.

    For more information or to register, visit www.roofcoatingsconference.com.

    RCMA Presents Industry Awards, Names Two New Board of Directors at 2018 Annual Meeting

    The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) hosted more than 100 industry attendees at its 2018 Annual Meeting on February 4-5 in New Orleans, LA. The Association recognized a number of its members for their exceptional contributions to the roof coatings industry and elected two new individuals to its Board of Directors.

    The RCMA Martin A. Davis Award, the highest honor bestowed by the RCMA, is presented annually to an individual, selected by his or her fellow RCMA members, who has exemplified outstanding service and made significant contributions to the roof coatings industry. The first Martin A. Davis Award was presented in 1985, designed to honor and serve in memory of Davis, a visionary founding member of the RCMA who served both the Association and industry with distinction and exceptional service.

    RCMA awarded Helene Hardy Pierce, Vice President of Technical Services, Codes and Industry Relations at GAF, the prestigious Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award for 2017. Pierce has been a passionate advocate for RCMA, serving as a past president of the association and on its current Board of Directors. The award was presented by outgoing RCMA President John Stubblefield, Polyglass, USA. “I was most honored to be able to speak with the membership not just regarding Helene’s numerous industry accomplishments and her technical product expertise, but also regarding her strong personal integrity.” said Stubblefield.  “And that last point is truly what this legendary award best encompasses – recognizing someone like Helene who is a genuine leader in our industry.”

    RCMA awarded its James “Tim” Nelligan Industry Statesman Award to Greg Johnson of KST Coatings, a division of Sherwin Williams. Johnson is the 11th recipient of the award a discretionary distinction only designated when deemed appropriate. Industry Statesman Award recipients are honored for outstanding interest and activism in promoting the roof coatings industry and exemplary efforts to achieve significant advancements through the implementation of new technical programming, regulatory or governmental affairs incentives, research activities, technical publications, and RCMA and industry involvement.

    Johnson serves as the co-chair of the RCMA Government Affairs Committee and has been an invaluable resource for advocacy in government affairs and regulatory issues at both the state and federal level. “There is no greater honor than being recognized by your peers. Greg exhibits his passion for service through his involvement with RCMA’s Government Affairs Committee. His tireless engagement on key advocacy issues has made Greg a tremendous asset to the organization and the broader roof coatings industry,” said RCMA Executive Director Matt Coffindaffer.

    In addition to the awards that were presented, two new members were elected to the RCMA Board of Directors for the 2018-2021 term. Ariel Lender, Polyglass USA, and Brian Anthony, The Brewer Company, were elected by the RCMA membership to sit on the Board of Directors.

    The RCMA will next convene July 23-26, 2018, for the International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) at the Fairmont Millennium Park in Chicago, IL.

    For more information, visit www.roofcoatings.org.

     

     

    RCMA Hosts Third Biennial Conference

    The Washington, D.C.-based Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) hosted its third biennial International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) at the Sonesta Hotel in Philadelphia, July 18-21, 2016. In partnership with 11 industry organizations, the conference offered educational news and updates to a variety of professionals involved in the roofing and building sciences industries.

     International Roof Coatings Conference attendees volunteered to apply reflective roof coatings to 18 row homes in north Philadelphia.

    International Roof Coatings Conference attendees volunteered to apply reflective roof coatings to 18 row homes in north Philadelphia.

    This year’s IRCC was attended by more than 170 industry representatives, resulting in more than 40 percent growth in attendance compared to 2014. Speakers delivered presentations about industry developments, emerging technologies, sustainability and economics. Speakers also shared research papers with meeting attendees and participated in dialogues about the future of the roof coatings industry. The IRCC concluded with a joint keynote presentation about industry innovation by Robért Hinojosa, president of Raleigh, N.C.-based RCI Inc., and Paul Bromfield, chief marketing officer of GAF, Parsippany, N.J.

    Prior to the conference, RCMA members volunteered in a roof coatings activity with the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA), Philadelphia. Volunteers worked directly with ECA staff to apply reflective roof coatings on 18 row homes on the 1200 block of West Seltzer Street in north Philadelphia. The application of reflective roof coatings is just one part of ECA’s EnergyFit Philly program, which aims to preserve affordable housing in Philadelphia by repairing and providing deep-energy retrofits to low-income homes in extremely poor condition. RCMA members GAF; Arkema Inc., King of Prussia, Pa.; Acrymax Technologies Inc., Media, Pa.; and Palmer Asphalt Co., Bayonne, N.J., donated roof coat- ing products for use in the project. City Council President Darrell Clarke and Director of the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability Christine Knapp joined the RCMA/ECA event to thank volunteers for their contributions to the success of the EnergyFit Philly program.

    During the conference, John Ferraro, RCMA executive director, debuted RCMA’s Emerging Leader Award. The inaugural Emerging Leader Award is presented to an RCMA member who has made strides toward becoming a leader in the roof coatings industry and who serves as a role model for his or her industry peers. Benjamin Borns of Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams was the award re- cipient. Borns currently serves as RCMA treasurer, is a member of the RCMA board of directors, co-chair of the RCMA Sustainability Task Force and spoke at this year’s IRCC. Following the award presentation, RCMA hosted an emerging leader’s reception, welcoming conference attend- ees under 35 years of age and/or with less than three years’ experience in the roof coatings industry.

    John Ferraro (left), Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association executive director, awards Benjamin Borns of Sherwin-Williams the inaugural Emerging Leader Award.

    John Ferraro (left), Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association executive director, awards Benjamin Borns of Sherwin-Williams the inaugural Emerging Leader Award.

    Following the conclusion of the IRCC, RCMA launched its Summer Membership Meeting program to update attendees about the status of RCMA’s projects and activities. Groups that provided updates included the RCMA Technical Affairs Committee, RCMA Reflective Roof Coating Institute and RCMA Government Affairs Committee. An in-person board of directors meeting immediately followed the presentations.

    RCMA will continue to host the IRCC biennially; the next conference will take place in 2018. Learn more about RCMA activities, programs and initiatives.

    Registration Is Open for the International Roof Coatings Conference

    Registration is now open for the Washington, D.C.-based Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association’s (RCMA’s) 2016 International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC), which will take place at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, July 18-21. Offered in partnership with 11 industry organizations, the conference will be the premiere roof coatings event in 2016 and will offer education and industry updates to a variety of professionals involved in roofing and building sciences.

    Before the conference, attendees can participate in a golf outing or volunteer in a roof coatings project with the Energy Coordinating Agency, Philadelphia. These activities will take place concurrently on Monday, July 18. The conference will officially begin with an opening reception on Monday eve-ning and will conclude with a keynote presentation from Raleigh, N.C.-based RCI Inc. and Paul Bromfield of GAF, Parsippany, N.J., on Wednesday afternoon, July 20. In addition, speakers will deliver presentations on a range of timely topics, sharing their research papers with meeting attendees and participating in conversations about the future of the coatings industry.

    The RCMA Summer Meeting, open to RCMA members and non-member guests, will follow the conclusion of IRCC programming and will continue through the morning of Thursday, July 21. Highlights of the RCMA portion of the event will include presentations from FM Approvals and the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, detailed reports on RCMA’s committee activities and a roof coating end-user panel discussion.

    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.

    RCMA Accepts Abstracts for IRCC

    The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), Washington, D.C., is now accepting abstracts for its third biennial International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) program. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Oct. 1, 2015.

    The 2016 IRCC will take place July 18-21 at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia. Offered in partnership with 11 industry organizations, the conference will feature networking opportunities, educational sessions, and other industry updates geared toward professionals involved in the roofing and building sciences industry.

    RCMA’s 2016 conference partners include:

    Roofing industry professionals, experts in building-envelope technologies and green-building fields, as well as researchers and those in the architectural community are welcome to submit their abstracts for consideration. Possible presentation topics include global market developments, sustainability and green-building practices, energy-cost-savings evaluations, roof-coatings formulation advancements, roof systems analysis and accelerated aging.

    Those interested in presenting at the 2016 IRCC should visit RCMA’s website for more information and to download an abstract submission form.