NRCA Reschedules 134th Annual Convention to Coincide With 2021 IRE

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has rescheduled its 134th annual convention to coincide with Irving, Texas-based Informa’s 2021 International Roofing Expo, which was rescheduled from February to April amid the COVID-19 crisis. NRCA’s convention will be held April 12-16, 2021, in conjunction with the 2021 IRE at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. 

NRCA expressed its full support as Informa decided to reschedule the 2021 IRE. Informa and NRCA believe rescheduling the dates was the right choice to ensure a safe, productive and relaxed environment for attendees. Informa has announced exhibiting companies and attendees do not need to take any action regarding the new dates; everything automatically will transfer to April. 

For more information about NRCA’s 134th Annual Convention, visit nrca.net/convention, or contact Bennett Judson, NRCA’s vice president of meeting services, at (847) 493-7513 or bjudson@nrca.net.

NRCA Opens Registration for Virtual Legal Conference

The National Roofing Contractors Association is inviting roofing industry professionals to register for its virtual legal conference, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, which will be held October 13-15.

During the legal conference, NRCA will provide nine legal, technical and business education programs—three sessions per day. Attendees can take advantage of discounted prices with a conference bundle that offers 45 percent savings. 

NRCA member and nonmember CEOs, owners, chief operating officers, human resources professionals, safety directors, training directors, on-staff legal counsel, office managers and project managers are encouraged to attend. With a variety of sessions, participants will hear from the industry’s brightest experts and thought leaders, including Tray Batcher, partner at Cotney Construction Law LLP, Tampa, Fla.; Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law and NRCA general counsel; Jacqueline Feliciano, managing attorney at Cotney Construction Law; Mark Graham, NRCA’s vice president of technical services; Roscoe Green, partner at Cotney Construction Law; Stephen Phillips, senior partner with Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel P.C., Atlanta; and Philip Siegel, partner with Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel, in an interactive platform that is cost-effective and convenient to access from any device. 

Sessions can be purchased individually at $39 for members and $49 for nonmembers, or attendees can bundle all nine sessions at $195 for members and $295 for nonmembers. 

For more information about NRCA’s virtual legal conference, visit nrca.net/legal/education/conference, or contact Alison LaValley at alavalley@nrca.net or Anne Schroeder at aschroeder@nrca.net.

NRCA Urges Members to Advocate for Home Improvement and Commercial Infrastructure Tax Credit

As Congress considers further legislative responses to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) urges all members to reach out to their members of Congress to advocate for the inclusion of a home and commercial buildings improvement tax credit.

The Home Improvement and Commercial Infrastructure Tax Credit would provide a 30 percent “home improvement tax credit” for improvements to residences for qualifying taxpayers. In addition, the proposal provides a 30 percent tax credit for investment in commercial infrastructure, such as improvements to nonresidential roofs and other building components.

The tax credit is designed to assist with economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by helping unemployed workers return to work and stimulating demand for construction activity.

For more information and advice on how to take action and email your legislators, visit the NRCA Grassroots Advocacy Network at roofingadvocacy.nrca.net.

Canadian Roofing Contractors Association to Hold National Roofing Week

The Canadian Roofing Contractors Association has announced Canada’s first annual National Roofing Week celebration will take place nationwide August 24-28 to coincide with NRCA’s National Roofing Week August 23-29.

Inspired by NRCA’s National Roofing Week in the United States, CRCA’s initiative aims to raise awareness of the importance of “having a roof over your head,” Canada’s roofing industry and the important work CRCA members perform year-round. During the week, CRCA’s roofing contractors/members will highlight the importance of roofing professionals in Canadian society through various actions and initiatives, such as job creation, continuing education or involvement in the community.

Each day of CRCA’s National Roofing Week will have a dedicated theme, and CRCA members are encouraged to post photos and videos on social media using #RoofingWeekCanada #CRCA #NationalRoofingWeek and #RoofingCanada.

View more information about CRCA’s National Roofing Week.

Learn more about NRCA’s National Roofing Week.

NRCA Offers NRCA Qualified Trainer Conferences Remotely

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has made available Qualified Trainer Virtual Conferences to help new trainers gain a strong foundation in critical training skills and seasoned participants learn best practices for delivering powerful workforce improvement presentations and effective hands-on training.

In addition, participants will gain access to NRCA’s training resources and be equipped to train new employees, getting them onboarded faster and more efficiently; provide guidance to midlevel employees looking to further their careers; and assist seasoned employees who are pursuing NRCA ProCertification. (View more information about NRCA ProCertification.)

The virtual conference is recommended for those who would like to onboard new employees as effectively as possible; increase worker retention rates; maximize workforce efficiency; and engage, coach and make a difference in their companies.

Virtual conferences will take place on the Zoom platform. During the pre-conference webinar, NRCA will discuss specifics about Zoom and how to set up your space for optimal participation. NRCA will ship handouts and a table-top mockup, so registration will close three business days before each event.

For more information, following is a list of some upcoming Qualified Trainer Virtual Conferences:

Aug. 11-12 (Early-bird prices available)
Sept. 23-24 (Early-bird prices available)
Oct. 6-7 (Early-bird prices available)
Nov. 17-18 (Early-bird prices available)
Dec. 15-16 (Early-bird prices available)

To view a full list of Qualified Trainer Conferences, visit nrca.net/education/qualified-trainer/conferences.

Roofing Industry Coalition Backs Tax Credit for Home and Business Improvements

A coalition of leading associations and businesses across the home improvement, roofing manufacturing, and construction industries, led by the Co-CEOs of Standard Industries, David Millstone and David Winter, recently sent letters to the White House and leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee urging them to support a proposal that would help families make meaningful improvements to their homes. The proposal would deliver a direct financial benefit to middle-class homeowners while providing a “Main Street” stimulus for the millions of Americans whose livelihoods are tied to the home improvement and construction industries, including contractors, roofers, plumbers, electricians, and painters.

With Congress poised to consider a new round of economic recovery and stimulus measures, the proposal set forth by the coalition includes a new refundable tax credit covering up to 30 percent of the cost of qualified home improvements. For example, a homeowner making $6,000 of improvements would receive $1,800 in savings, making it more affordable for those who have deferred maintenance or are experiencing changed living circumstances to make necessary upgrades. In doing so, the proposal would help middle-class homeowners enhance their quality of life while increasing the value of their largest financial asset. The credit would also create broad-based economic benefits by supporting demand for the services of the more than 10 million workers tied to the home improvement sector. 

“As we have witnessed these past few months, the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic has been vast, shrinking GDP by five percent in the first quarter and wiping out millions of jobs across the country,” the letters explained. “Damage this far-reaching threatens everyone, from homeowners to small business owners and workers across the economic spectrum. Our proposed tax credits serve as an opportunity to counter this devastation, improving individual prosperity and supporting the economic recovery.”

The home and commercial construction sector is responsible for employing millions of Americans in high-value jobs. For example, the roofing industry alone is responsible for employing 1 million Americans in well-paying jobs and fostering economic activity in communities across the country. 

The proposal also includes a provision that would help businesses make upgrades and safely reopen by providing a refundable credit for up to 30 percent of qualifying business property improvements. Together, the proposed credits would help stimulate the economy and get Americans back to work by investing in homes and businesses across the country.

Signatories of the letters to the administration and Congress include Standard Industries, the National Roofing Contractors Association, Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, Atlas Roofing Corporation, Beacon Building Products, Building Suppliers Corporation, Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association, Chemical Fabrics & Film Association, Chicago Roofing Contractors Association, Colorado Roofing Association, EPDM Roofing Association, Firestone Building Products, GAF, International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants, Johns Manville, Kansas Roofing Association, Kentucky Roofing Contractors Association, Metal Construction Association, Mid-States Asphalt, National Insulation Association, North Texas Roofing Contractors Association, Owens Corning, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii, Roofing Contractors Association of Washington, Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, SPRI, SOPREMA, Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance, SRS Distribution, TAMKO Building Products LLC, Tarco Roofing, and US GreenFiber LLC.

About the signatories:

Standard Industries is a global company focused on building materials, ranging from the world’s largest roofing and waterproofing business to insulation and industry-changing solar solutions.

One of the construction industry’s voices for roofing professionals, the National Roofing Contractors Association is a leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology, and advocacy.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association represents North America’s asphalt roofing manufacturing companies and their raw material suppliers. The association includes the majority of North American manufacturers of asphalt shingles and asphalt low slope roof membrane systems. 

Atlas Roofing Corporation is a leading provider of high performance roofing and construction materials that help build better environments to live and work in that is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. They are also a vocal leader in promoting energy efficiency and conservation.

Beacon Building Products is the largest publicly traded distributor of roofing materials and complementary building products in the U.S. and Canada, and are among the oldest and most established distributors in the industry. They are headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. 

The Building Suppliers Corporation is a cooperative organization of leading roofing and building material wholesale distributors, consisting of 17 companies with more than 3,000 employees in over 200 branch locations across the U.S. and Canada.

The Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association is a trade association made up of cellulose insulation producers and affiliated members that is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of cellulose insulation products and standards.

The Chemical Fabrics & Film Association represents manufacturers of polymer-based fabric and film products, used in the building and construction, automotive, fashion, and many other industries.

The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association is the leading trade association of roofing and waterproofing contractors in Illinois. 

The Colorado Roofing Association seeks to help homeowners and commercial building owners in Colorado make informed decisions about replacing and maintaining their roof systems.

The EPDM Roofing Association represents the manufacturers of EPDM single-ply roofing products and their leading suppliers.

Firestone Building Products is a division of Bridgestone Americas’ portfolio of businesses that manufactures roofing, lining, and other building materials.

GAF is the leading roofing manufacturer in North America, with plants strategically located across the U.S. As a Standard Industries company, GAF is part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world. Their world headquarters are located in Parsippany, New Jersey.

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants is an international association of professionals who specialize in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification and design.

Johns Manville manufactures premium-quality insulation, commercial roofing, and fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial, and residential applications. The company is based out of Denver, Colorado.

The Kansas Roofing Association is a statewide trade association of Kansas roofing contractors, suppliers, distributors, and other professionals. The group collectively represents the voice of the roofing industry in Kansas.

The Kentucky Roofing Contractors Association is a trade association representing commercial and residential roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and other related industry professionals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Metal Construction Association is an organization of manufacturers and suppliers whose metal products are used in structures throughout the world. The mission of the Metal Construction Association is to promote the use of metal in the building envelope through marketing, education, and action on public policies that affect metal’s use. 

Mid-States Asphalt manufactures and distributes a variety of products for built-up roofing and other commercial applications, from roofing asphalt to tapered insulation. They are based out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The National Insulation Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing merit union contractors, distributors, laminators, fabricators, and manufacturers that provide thermal insulation, insulation accessories, and components to the commercial, mechanical, and industrial markets throughout the nation. 

The North Texas Roofing Contractors Association is the premier resource for professional roofing contractors and associates working and doing business in North Texas. NTRCA offers educational training opportunities, keeps its members informed on industry standards, promotes its members and advocates for consumers and the professional roofing industry in North Texas. 

Owens Corning is a global building and industrial materials leader employing approximately 19,000 people in 33 countries around the world, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. They provide innovative products, manufacturing technologies, and sustainable solutions that address energy efficiency, product safety, renewable energy, durable infrastructure, and labor productivity.  

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association serves as the unified voice of the polyiso industry. Polyiso is a versatile and high performance insulation solution that is suitable for a multitude of applications. It is most commonly used as insulation for roofs and walls, and as a protective roof cover board.

The Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii is a statewide trade association for roofing contractors, representing the voice of the roofing industry in Hawaii. 

The Roofing Contractors Association of Washington is a trade association designed to help all roofing industry businesses or associated businesses in the state of Washington.

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) is the national trade association representing manufacturers of asphaltic and solar reflective roof coatings and the suppliers to the roof coatings industry. It consists of more than 70 members who manufacture in almost every state in the country as well as suppliers to the industry.

SPRI is the leading authority in single-ply roofing, comprised of a collection of commercial roofing industry experts dedicated to providing an open forum for discussion, education, and innovation.

SOPREMA operates over 50 manufacturing plants and has a presence in 90 countries across the world offering a comprehensive line of commercial roofing, waterproofing, wall protection, and civil engineering solutions combining superior products and systems with decades of proven performance.

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) is the collective voice, along with the educational and technical resource, for the spray polyurethane foam industry. SPFA develops tools designed to educate and influence the construction industry with the positive benefits of spray polyurethane foam roofing, insulation, coatings, and specialty installations.

SRS Distribution is a private company consisting of industry-leading, independent roofing distributors with a common goal to focus all efforts on serving the professional roofing contractor. Their headquarters are located in McKinney, Texas.

TAMKO Building Products LLC has been a leading independent manufacturer of residential roofing shingles for over 75 years, with headquarters located in Kansas.

Tarco Roofing is one of the largest independently owned manufacturers of residential roofing products and commercial roofing products in North America, based out of Little Rock, Arkansas.

GreenFiber LLC is a national manufacturer of cellulose insulation. They offer insulation, sidewall insulation plugs, insulation blowing machines, coverage charts and banners, cocoon insulation, fire protection, and sound isolating products throughout the U.S. and Canada. Their headquarters are located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

NRCA Invites the Industry to Celebrate National Roofing Week August 23-29

The National Roofing Contractors Association is inviting all roofing industry professionals to celebrate National Roofing Week August 23-29.

Each year, National Roofing Week increases awareness about the significance of roofs to every home and business and shares the good deeds of the industry. NRCA encourages industry professionals to participate in National Roofing Week by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community. 

In celebration of National Roofing Week, NRCA will host the We are Family Raffle, sponsored by A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply, Aurora, Illinois. Open to all NRCA member companies, the raffle involves companies taking a group photo of all employees — their roofing family — and submitting it to NRCA for a chance to win a prize. NRCA encourages members to stay safe and practice social distancing when necessary when preparing their raffle entry. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, August 19. 

Additionally, in the spirit of the industry’s generosity, NRCA Giving Day will be held Tuesday, August 25, to benefit the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. The Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program helps individuals seeking to further their education to pursue careers in the roofing or building construction industries; employees of NRCA contractor and supplier members and their families are eligible. 

NRCA also will share roofing professionals’ stories through its social media outlets and Professional Roofing magazine. Companies throughout the United States are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, employee training and signature roofing projects with NRCA. 

National Roofing Week 2020 is sponsored by ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wisconsin; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Carlisle SynTec, Carlisle, Pennsylvania; GAF, Parsippany, New Jersey; National Women in Roofing; and Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., Deerfield Beach, Florida. 

For more information about National Roofing Week, visit nrca.net/nationalroofingweek.

NRCA Offers New Website Focused on Careers in Roofing

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced it has launched a new website, careersinroofing.com, that offers resources that highlight the career opportunities available in the roofing industry and provides a recruitment tool for roofing companies.

According to NRCA, the resources emphasize opportunities for success can be found on the roof, in the shop, in the office and in manufacturing facilities, underscoring the stability and income a roofing industry career can provide.

The website also features training and education resources available for individuals who are starting a career in the roofing industry, as well as for experienced workers.

A section for parents and educators offers information about the positive aspects of working in the roofing industry, including no school debt, the high demand for roofing workers and the potential to thrive and establish a solid career.

Additional resources offer industry statistics and information regarding the industry, wages and career opportunities, among other topics.

For more information, visit careersinroofing.com.

Roofing Alliance Opens Nomination Period for MVP and Gold Circle Awards

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), has opened the nomination period for two industry award programs—the 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the Gold Circle Awards. The two programs spotlight and promote excellence in the industry with the MVP Awards Program recognizing workers committed to excellence on and off the roof and the Gold Circle Awards program recognizing Roofing Alliance and NRCA members for outstanding workmanship, innovation and safety in roofing.

MVP Awards

The Roofing Alliance’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards program recognizes workers who make outstanding contributions to their companies, co-workers and communities.

The award categories include:

  • Outstanding On-the-Job Performance/Workmanship – Dedicated, reliable employees are vital to a company’s success and, among those employees, usually one stands out above all others. That’s the employee who 1) Has a strong work ethic, 2) Shows leadership, initiative and resourcefulness, 3) Has earned an outstanding safety record, 4) Shows support for his or her co-workers and 5) Goes above and beyond. 
  • Outstanding Performance/Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace – Outstanding workers not only have a passion for the work they do and a sense of loyalty toward their employers, but they also show compassion for others outside the workplace. They volun­teer their time with their communities, churches, families and friends. They are determined to overcome challenges and obstacles they may face personally or stand by others who need their support. They’re always willing to extend a helping hand. They display exemplary service, leadership, commitment and selfless devotion.

MVPs are role models who demonstrate work-related and personal goals to which others aspire. Roofing professionals are encouraged to nominate employees for an MVP award to recog­nize their outstanding contributions through on-the-job performance and workmanship and for their outstanding performance and other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace.  In addition, one MVP winner will be chosen to be Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best. The person selected as the Best of the Best typically stands out in both categories.  Deadline for nominations is November 20, 2020.  Applications and additional information can be found at http://roofingalliance.net/programs/mvp/.

Gold Circle Awards

The Roofing Alliance’s prestigious 2020-21 Gold Circle Awards program recognizes Roofing Alliance and NRCA members for outstanding professionalism, innovation, safety and workmanship in roofing. Unique roofing-related jobs (commercial or residential), programs and services completed between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2020, are eligible. Roofing contractors are encouraged to submit their best work for a chance to earn this elite recognition.

Roofing Alliance and NRCA members are nominated for contributions to the roofing industry in two categories:

  • Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions -Outstanding workmanship and innovative solutions applies to projects that exceed standard roofing practic­es.  Submitted projects must be unique, creative and useful.
  • Safety Preparedness and Performance – Safety is integral to a successful roofing project. Completed jobs that exemplified safety preparedness, execution and review  are eligible for nomination.

All entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges within the roofing industry. The highest-ranking entries will determine the winner.  The deadline for Gold Circle Awards is October 23, 2020.  Applications and additional information can be found at http://roofingalliance.net/gold-circle-awards-program/.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Roofing Industry Unites to Form ‘Back to Work’ Coalition

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the buzzwords we keep hearing seem to be “unprecedented” and “uncertain.” However, some things are still certain even during the current calamity: every building needs a strong, reliable roof, and the work that the roofing industry does is essential.

These facts are the essence of the Back to Work on America’s Roofs coalition, which formed in March in response to the pandemic’s impact on the roofing industry and is comprised of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA), Chemical Fabrics & Film Association (CFFA), EPDM Roofing Association (ERA), International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC), Metal Construction Association (MCA), National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), National Women in Roofing (NWiR), Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA), Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI), Slate Roofing Contractors Association (SRCA), Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) and the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (TRI).

Most construction was brought to a halt by state orders enacted early in the pandemic that closed or restricted all non-essential businesses. Recognizing the long-term harm this would cause, these 13 associations came together to advocate that the roofing industry be recognized for its essential role in ensuring home and business safety. The coalition sent letters to the White House, Congressional leaders and the National Governors Association that detailed why the roofing industry was crucial during this public health crisis and asked that any updates to state orders allow roofing work to resume.

As states began allowing construction to resume, our priorities shifted to focus on recovery. The roofing industry was already struggling with a backlog of work due to the ongoing labor shortage, which now has been exacerbated by the pandemic. As the unemployment rate hovers in the double digits, the Back to Work on America’s Roofs coalition is promoting four key policies to create jobs, support homeowner investments and encourage business owners to invest in capital improvement projects.

1. Recognize the importance of roofs for protecting homes and businesses.

Physical infrastructure investments made by Congress as part of COVID-19 response and recovery should reflect the protections that roofs offer to new and existing buildings.

2. Address skills gaps and provide opportunities to expand hiring.

The federal government should support efforts to expand career and technical education and address skills gaps in the roofing industry. Congress should provide incentives to businesses that increase their workforce above where it was before the pandemic by hiring unemployed individuals.

3. Provide short-term relief in order to enable long-term success.

Provide additional funding for programs created under the CARES Act, which have been a lifeline for small businesses in many industries, including roofing. Enable entrepreneurs to serve as the economic engine of the recovery by improving access to critical programs.

4. Adopt tax policies that incentivize improvements to existing homes and buildings.

Expand small business tax credits to allow for immediate expensing of capital improvement projects and accelerated depreciation for resilient, energy-efficient roof replacements. Provide targeted tax relief to homeowners to make home improvement projects more affordable, similar to what was successfully implemented after the 2008 financial crisis.

To advance these policies, the coalition has distributed a press release to publications in the broader building and construction industries and developed a media kit for all roofing industry professionals to participate in this advocacy. We encourage you to download the media kit and get involved in our outreach efforts by utilizing these resources, including social media collateral, the coalition’s position paper, a copy of the press release and an infographic that provides a visual overview of our policies.

A common rallying cry has emerged since the pandemic began: we are “all in this together.” The coalition is the embodiment of this statement. We are working together to navigate these unprecedented, uncertain times and overcome the challenges that lie ahead, starting by helping the individuals employed in our industry — more than 1.1 million Americans — get back to work on America’s roofs.

The coalition’s advocacy efforts are only part of the work that is currently being done. Keep reading to learn how these associations are supporting their members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA)

When states and local jurisdictions started issuing “stay at home” orders and other mandates in response to COVID-19, ARMA began providing members with regular comprehensive updates on local, state and federal regulations and initiatives regarding roofing as an essential industry, sometimes multiple times in a single day. ARMA’s Spring Committee Meetings shifted from an in-person event to a virtual format, ensuring that members were able to participate in key meetings from the comfort and safety of their homes.

Reed Hitchcock

ARMA also held two town hall meetings for members to share practices for keeping asphalt roofing plant employees healthy and safe during the pandemic. Members discussed their experiences on a variety of topics, including increasing personal and professional sanitizing, ensuring social distancing, implementing procedures for bringing employees safely back to work and developing enhanced measures for maintaining cleanliness. During both events, tools and resources were shared to help members comply with local, state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19.

– Reed Hitchcock, Executive Vice President

EPDM Roofing Association (ERA)

ERA dedicated a prominent portion of its website to information about the pandemic, focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on the roofing industry and potential legislative and regulatory sources of help for our members and their customers. Additionally, ERA joined other industry leaders to send a letter to the White House urging the Trump administration to “issue guidance that clarifies essential businesses, services and workers, and that this guidance recognize the role of the roofing industry in protecting U.S. families and employers.”

Ellen Thorp

ERA closely followed the status of the construction industry as an essential business and urged the passage of federal legislation to provide financial relief to families and businesses. Further, we worked through a range of industry outlets to publicize our efforts and linked our website to other industry sites to provide a broad spectrum of information about the pandemic and its impact on our industry.

– Ellen Thorp, CAE, Executive Director

International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC)

IIBEC’s primary focus has been pivoting our International Convention and Trade Show to a virtual format. Our virtual meeting was held June 12-14, and featured 24 education sessions, a trade show with 65 exhibitors, and two live general sessions, including a roundtable of building industry association CEOs that is available for viewing on our website. We have also been adding new educational offerings to our online learning portal, including an eight-week course, Exterior Wall and Technology Science.

Brian Pallasch

IIBEC has joined with other roofing industry associations to advocate on a variety of COVID-19 public policy issues. Letters were delivered to governors in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington underscoring the ability of the industry to operate safely in the face of the pandemic and the significant role the construction industry will play in leading the nation’s economic recovery.

– Brian Pallasch, CAE, CEO/EVP

Metal Construction Association (MCA)

Jeff Henry

MCA is committed to providing updated and relevant information to its members and the public via our COVID-19 resource hub. We also transformed the 2020 MCA Summer Meeting (June 15-18) into a virtual learning experience. This was a unique and cost-free opportunity for everyone in the metal construction industry to hear the latest industry updates and connect with association leaders.

– Jeff Henry, Executive Director

National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)

NRCA has offered valuable information and resources to members and the overall roofing industry during the COVID-19 crisis via our website, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), legal and insurance guidance. We are actively lobbying for federal legislation to help small business owners survive the crisis and also sent a letter to President Trump urging the administration to recognize roofing as an essential business.

Reid Ribble

NRCA issued surveys to gauge the experiences of roofing contractors during the pandemic to provide better assistance to members and the industry. We also hosted informative webinars, including “How to navigate crisis management in an ever-changing world,” which featured NRCA General Counsel Trent Cotney sharing steps employers can take to prepare and help their businesses thrive during and after modern crises. NRCA is committed to carrying on its mission to support and advocate for roofing professionals, address member questions and concerns, and keep the industry moving forward.

– Reid Ribble, CEO

National Women in Roofing (NWiR)

Renae Bales

While several industries have slowed down, resulting in unemployment for many American workers, the roofing industry is looking for employees. NWiR has partnered with RoofersCoffeeShop to launch a recruiting website for the roofing industry that will attract new talent and offer opportunities for companies to increase visibility for their job postings. NWiR also launched a series of online-based meetings focused on providing knowledge and supporting other women in roofing as we navigate this new normal. There are 1-2 webinars/virtual meetups each week, which alternate between substantive educational content and light-hearted chatting about common issues. Topics range from transitioning to working from home, to building your business through self-empowerment, to understanding federal legislation designed to help small and medium-sized contractors. These webinars and meetups are publicized on the NWiR calendar, sent to members via email and shared on social media.

– Renae Bales, Chair and Ellen Thorp, CAE, Executive Director

Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA)

PIMA plays a critical role in the ongoing monitoring, analysis, and dissemination of key information about the responses to the COIVID-19 pandemic at the local, state, and federal levels. Since March, PIMA’s Board of Directors has been holding weekly meetings to track the impacts of the pandemic on manufacturing operations and construction activities across Canada and the United States. Board members are sent daily updates about pertinent stay-at-home orders and provided with health and safety resources to help evolve existing practices to address the potential risk of COVID-19 infections.

Justin Koscher

PIMA is collaborating with allied roofing and insulation industry organizations while also transforming planned in-person association gatherings, such as its annual Mid-Year Meeting, into virtual events that are designed to deliver critical updates and offer valuable perspectives about the impact of current events on the building industry.

– Justin Koscher, President

Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA)

At the start of the pandemic, RCMA staff was on the front lines of an ever-changing landscape of policies designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. As the pandemic continued, we remain committed to mitigating the impact these policies had on the roofing industry and providing continued, uninterrupted support for our members. Staff provided remote support for advocacy initiatives that were unaffected by the pandemic and provided updates related to decision making at local, state, and federal levels.

Dan Quinonez

Our membership in the Back to Work on America’s Roofs coalition is an opportunity to foster consumer confidence in the roofing industry and advance our goal of safely providing uninterrupted service to roofs, the first line of defense against the elements. We will continue to serve the needs of our members as we move forward in the economic restart of the United States.

– Dan Quinonez, Executive Director

Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI)

Linda King

The SPRI office has remained open to support our members. Quarterly meetings were changed to WebEx meetings that membership felt were very effective, and committees have continued to have conference calls and online meetings to advance the association’s work. SPRI hosted a conference call for members where Tom Saeli, CEO of Duro-Last, shared how his company pivoted a manufacturing facility to produce PPE gowns and masks, which provided ideas and inspiration for other manufacturers to explore how they may also be able to assist in the ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts. Through the SPRI website and its e-newsletter, we continue to share information as our members head back to work under drastically different conditions then what they left a few months ago.

– Linda King, Managing Director

Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (TRI)

In addition to collaborating with the Back to Work on America’s Roofs coalition, TRI has provided real-time information on COVID-19 legislation and administrative actions to our members. This has been done through special reports on new paid leave requirements, Paycheck Protection Program loans, tax breaks, federal augmentation of state unemployment insurance program benefits, and guidelines and enforcement memos from OSHA on dealing with COVID-19 in construction.

Rick Olson

In addition, TRI belongs to the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), which produced a COVID-19 Exposure Preparedness and Response Plan. TRI also voiced concerns to Congress with other CISC members that forcing OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19 would not help workers and would hurt the economic recovery. TRI continues to develop best practices for installation that prioritize worker safety.

– Rick Olson, President