Johns Manville Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Johns Manville, Denver, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In early 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice Initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“There is unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“Johns Manville is proud to have been part of the roofing community for more than 160 years. We are always looking for ways to invest further to help move the industry forward,” says Joe Smith, president of Roofing Systems at Johns Manville. “Joining NRCA’s Once Voice initiative gives us a chance to be a part of something that helps our industry overcome challenges and make an impact where we think it matters most.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

NRCA Invites Industry Stakeholders to Participate in Roofing Day in D.C. 2018

NRCA is inviting all roofing industry professionals to come together in Washington, D.C., in an unprecedented effort to elevate the image of the industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 will take place March 6-7. All NRCA members are urged to participate and consider bringing one or more employees.

“To effect change in Washington and elevate the image of the roofing industry, we must speak with one voice: contractors, distributors, manufacturers, designers, labor and management together,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “When we are united and organized, we present our industry as a united voting body.”

Roofing Day in D.C. will bring together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals from across the United States, with a goal of having every state represented in Washington. It will be the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry.

NRCA asks all industry stakeholders to help identify the top two or three issues that unite the roofing industry so the group can go to D.C. and present a united front. For more information about Roofing Day in D.C. 2018, contact Duane Musser, NRCA’s vice president of government affairs, at (202) 400-2592 or dmusser@nrca.net.

GAF Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced GAF, Parsippany, N.J., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In early 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice Initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“There is unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“GAF is proud to the join NRCA’s One Voice initiative to increase awareness of the issues affecting the roofing industry, and to drive for sustainable change,” said GAF President Jim Schnepper.

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

Three More Companies Join NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

NRCA announced that Carlisle Construction Materials, Owens Corning and Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance have joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, with each company upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In early 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative aimed at collectively recognizing threats to the industry and the opportunities they may present. To do so, NRCA has undertaken a campaign to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice regarding matters of industry importance. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“Now is the perfect time to launch NRCA’s One Voice initiative. There is unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

According to NRCA, members of the One Voice initiative include ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis.; ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa.; FiberTite Roofing Systems Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio; Sika Sarnafil Inc., Canton, Mass.; SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas; and Trent Cotney, Trent Cotney, P.A., Tampa, Fla.

RCA’s One Voice initiative initially will focus on developing a national worker training and certification program, legislative efforts and advocacy.

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit NRCA.net/onevoice.

Entries Sought for CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Awards

CNA and NRCA teaming up again this year to honor charitable works by NRCA contractor members through the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. Roofing contractor members are encouraged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation that took place between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017 for a chance to win up to $7,500 for their charity. The deadline for entries is Dec. 22.

Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work. For example, funds raised for a cause or volunteer work at a children’s hospital would qualify.

According to NRCA, submissions must include an entry form, an in-depth description of the charitable work performed, and a testimonial from the receiving charity explaining how the donation helped its operations. Entries can contain other relevant supporting materials including photos, videos, press clippings, etc.
Members submitting entries are encouraged to create a Dropbox folder containing all materials and email the Dropbox link to Charlotte Norgaard, NRCA’s media relations manager, at cnorgaard@nrca.net by close of business Dec. 22.

Entries may also be submitted by mail. All mailed entries must contain the same supporting material as electronic submissions and must be received by Dec. 22. Entries submitted by mail may be sent to Charlotte Norgaard, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Winners will be acknowledged at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans. For additional information and this year’s entry form, visit www.nrca.net/roofing/CNA-NRCA-Community-Involvement-Award-722.

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.

NRCA Announces Session Dates for Next Executive Management Institute

NRCA has announced it will begin new sessions for its Executive Management Institute (EMI) beginning Nov. 11. According to the association, EMI is a unique educational experience for seasoned roofing executives that provides high-level concepts to real-world roofing industry problems. EMI consists of two in-person sessions, held at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s downtown Chicago campus. The first session will be held Nov. 11-14. EMI’s second session will take place April 8-9, 2018.

According to NRCA, executive education allows business leaders to focus on identifying and setting specific goals; encourages self-awareness and leadership development; and provides a platform to facilitate networking and exchange among peers.

EMI sessions will address two topics:
1. EMI leadership through improved communication:
• Develop your leadership persona by examining how others see you, and learn how to make changes to have more impact as a leader in your company.
• Become objective of your message and communication style by learning how others hear you. Learn to tailor your communications to become a more effective business leader.

2. Succession planning, including financial considerations:
• Identify a vision for the future of your company by looking at models for the eventual transfer of it to a family or non-family member.
• Carry out your vision by developing a process for succession, and create a plan for a smooth transition from one owner to the next.

For additional program details and application procedures, click here.

NRCA Offers Pocket-Sized Safety Guide

The National Roofing Contractors Association offers the NRCA Pocket Guide to Safety. The publication includes the most current Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements and safe work practices related to fall protection; electrical hazards; heat illnesses; personal protective equipment; and fire prevention.

The 125-page, pocket-sized, spiral-bound guide is intended for use by laborers, mechanics, foremen and others on job sites. A Spanish-language version also is available.

The member price for NRCA Pocket Guide to Safety is $9, and the retail price is $18; discount pricing is offered for purchasing multiple quantities. For more information and to purchase the guide, click here or call NRCA’s Customer Service Department at (866) 275-6722.

NRCA Urges Participation in National Roofing Week

To increase recognition of the significance of roofs, stress the value of professional roofing contractors, bring attention to the value of a career in roofing and promote the good deeds of the industry, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is urging communities throughout the U.S. to recognize National Roofing Week taking place June 4-10.

The roof is one of the components of a structure, yet it often is taken for granted until it falls into disrepair. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

Most roof systems last more than 20 years; however, routine evaluation and maintenance is necessary to extend its life and keep overall costs down. NRCA urges consumers to observe National Roofing Week by paying attention to wear and tear on their roof systems and to make informed decisions about roof system maintenance and replacement.

“Professional roofing contractors play a role in every community, and National Roofing Week provides the roofing industry the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the work we do,” says NRCA Chairman of the Board Dennis Conway. “I look forward to sharing the roofing industry’s stories of professional excellence and charitable giving during National Roofing Week.”

NRCA will recognize National Roofing Week by highlighting the work, training and good deeds of its members and their employees on its various social media outlets. The winners of NRCA’s fourth annual children’s art contest will also be announced. Children in grades 1-8, who are relatives of NRCA members and their employees submitted artwork depicting the importance of roofs and the professional roofing contractor.

Contest winners will have their artwork featured on all National Roofing Week material and additional promotional material to be displayed at industry events throughout the year, including the 2018 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 131th Annual Convention in New Orleans.

Additional information about National Roofing Week can be found here.

Roofing Torch Program Reduces Fire Hazards During Modified Bitumen Application

CERTA offers a certification program in which authorized trainers deliver behavior-based training to roofing workers who install polymer modified bitumen roof systems.

CERTA offers a certification program in which authorized trainers deliver behavior-based training to roofing workers who install polymer modified bitumen roof systems.

The latest market survey conducted by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) shows the use of polymer modified bitumen as a percentage of all new roof systems, installed both in new construction and re-roofing projects, comprises about 10 percent of the total low-slope market, according to members responding. The significance of that share of the market for polymer-modified bitumen also highlights the importance of proper training in the use of roofing torches, the most common method for installation of such systems.

Background

In 1986, the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA), in conjunction with industry organizations, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, developed a curriculum to train roofing workers in the safe application of torch-applied roof systems. This program was named the Certified Roofing Torch Applicator, or CERTA, program.

In 2003, insurance industry representatives approached NRCA to address concerns about an increase of losses and incidents involving torching activities conducted by roofing workers. One prominent insurer experienced over $7 million in roofing torch-related claims in 2002 spread over more than 30 separate occurrences. The need for enhanced work practices and focused safety training to address torching activities became apparent, and NRCA arranged with MRCA to adopt and revise the nature of and deliverables offered by the CERTA program.

CERTA now offers a unique, comprehensive certification program in which authorized trainers deliver effective behavior-based training to roofing workers who install polymer modified bitumen roof systems. CERTA-authorized trainers undergo a rigorous full-day training session that includes classroom and hands-on instruction in propane safety, hazards related to torch use, proper techniques for safe installation of polymer modified bitumen, and development of training skills. Individuals who successfully complete all aspects of the program then are authorized to deliver training, under the CERTA protocol, to workers who qualify as certified roofing torch applicators.

MRCA continues to work with NRCA to make sure the program is up-to-date and uses the most effective procedures to develop authorized trainers and enhance the curriculum. Since its inception, roofing contractors who have trained their workers under CERTA generally have experienced fewer torch-related fires, injuries and property damage. Insurance industry claims also are a testament to the CERTA program success—the insurer that experienced over 30 torch-related claims in 2002 now can count such average yearly claims on one hand with a significantly reduced average yearly dollar loss.

Safety Specifics

Trainees in a CERTA class spend a great deal of time on some specific aspects of the use of roofing torches to install a polymer modified bitumen roof system. Those specifics have a direct correlation to keeping workers and others safe, and minimizing the likelihood of property damage. First, the CERTA curriculum focuses on the inherent danger of roofing torches and discusses assessing job hazards and establishing controls for torching operations. Details cover the proper personal protective equipment to minimize or eliminate exposure to burns and the critical need to handle propane properly and make sure equipment is in good condition.

Pre-job planning enforces the significance of determining the hazards unique to the particular worksite and developing the necessary controls to address those hazards. In addition to general working conditions and weather issues that may influence job site safety, specific hazards such as the presence of a combustible roof deck, roof penetrations, concealed attic areas and combustible flashing substrates are addressed and suitable controls are suggested and discussed. Also, attendees get comprehensive information on the types and ratings of fire extinguishers and how they are used most effectively along with the minimum CERTA requirements for appropriate fire extinguishers that must be on a roof. In fact, CERTA requires a fire extinguisher capacity far exceeding OSHA’s fire protection requirements during torch operations— two 4A60BC-rated fire extinguishers within 10 feet of torching activity.

Another important fire prevention protocol is the use of a fire watch system. The intent of the fire watch is that a dedicated individual is charged with inspecting the work area after the last torch, or other heat generating tool, is extinguished. Ordinarily, this is accomplished visually, but it can also be done more scientifically with the use of temperature sensing infrared thermometer. These are inexpensive tools that read the temperature of an area that the tool is pointed at and display the reading in degrees on the screen. The fire watch individual would shoot various specific locations where hot work was done—for example, at roof penetrations, flashings or field areas—noting the temperature for each spot. This procedure would be followed for the same spots a short time later, and if the temperature had increased, the possibility that a fire under the roof surface could be a source of the increased heat being generated would require further steps to determine the nature of the heat increase and the proper action to take.

Historically, many industries and building owners have required a 30-minute fire watch be maintained after the last torch or other tool has been extinguished. Under the CERTA protocol, a two-hour fire watch is demanded of a CERTA roofing torch applicator. The fire watch must be maintained not just at the end of the day but at other break times, such as lunch, so that fires do not start when workers may be away from the work area or inattentive during break times.

Another key element of training for the CERTA torch applicator involves installation techniques that are intended to reduce the likelihood of a fire being started. The techniques include specified thermal barriers to protect combustible roof decks and substrate protection for flashing installations, along with an alternative torching technique that minimizes the use of direct torching.

Certa Works

Installation of polymer-modified bitumen roof systems using propane roofing torches requires adherence to a number of safety procedures and an awareness of the hazards that workers may encounter. The CERTA program has a proven track record of enhancing the safe practices of roofing workers who install these systems and the roofing industry, building owners and the general public are all safer because of its development and use.

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