NRCA to Launch its ProCertification, Worker Training Initiative in 2018

To address the great need for skilled workers in the roofing industry, NRCA is launching a national worker certification initiative, ProCertification, later this year. The program will provide those interested in entering the industry with a clear career path based on industry-specific training courses and earned credentials.

ProCertification is comprised of two separate components: Training and Certifications.

Training

ProCertification training programs will teach installation skills to roofing field employees in roof system installation, waterproofing, rooftop solar, and repair and maintenance.

Because every roofing contractor operates his or her company differently and uses different manufacturers’ materials, the purpose of ProCertification is to teach comprehension and skills based on industry standards and best practices presented in The NRCA Roofing Manual. Roof system installers will be directed to follow instructions of their foremen, who are responsible for directing crews to adhere to manufacturers instruction and company practices.

ProCertification training programs to be released in 2018 are: basic roofing skills; low-slope decks, insulation and flashing concepts; and thermoplastic single-ply roof system installation.

Trainers throughout the U.S. will be qualified by NRCA and trained to help installers learn and practice skills necessary to successfully complete ProCertification training

Certification

Certification through this program enables experienced roofing professionals to demonstrate they can perform the work to industry standards. Participants will be able to earn certifications in all major roof system, waterproofing and rooftop solar installations, as well as roof system repair and maintenance.

Hands-on skills of ProCertification participants will be verified by NRCA Qualified Assessors. Online training for assessors will be available summer 2018.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

NRCA Announces National Roofing Week Will Take Place June 3-9

To raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced National Roofing Week will take place June 3-9.

Celebrated each year during the first full week of June, National Roofing Week serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets, its Roof Scoop blog and Professional Roofing magazine. Members throughout the country are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and signature roofing projects with NRCA.

In addition, NRCA members are encouraged to promote the importance of what roofing professionals do by encouraging children to participate in NRCA’s 2018 Children’s Art Contest. The contest is open to children in grades 1-8 whose relatives work for NRCA member companies (all NRCA member companies are eligible). Entries will be accepted until April 16.

National Roofing Week 2018 is sponsored by ABC Supply Co. Inc.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Chem Link; Duro-Last; FlashCo; GAF; Insulfoam; International Roofing Expo (IRE); National Women in Roofing; KM Coatings; Polyglass; and Soprema.

Additional information about National Roofing Week can be found at www.nrca.net/National-Roofing-Week.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces 2018 Gold Circle Awards Winners

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has awarded five members of the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) with the prestigious Gold Circle Award during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans. The award recognizes outstanding workmanship, including unique roofing-related jobs, programs and services.

The 2018 Gold Circle Awards were presented in the following categories:

Outstanding Workmanship: Low-slope

Winner: Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Ga., for AT&T Midtown Center, Atlanta
Finalist: Nations Roof LLC, Rowlett, Texas, for Tyson® Foods Vienna Processing Facility, Vienna, Ga.

Outstanding Workmanship: Steep-slope

Winner: American Roofing & Metal Co. Inc., Louisville, Ky., and Steinrock Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Louisville, for Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Ky.
Honorable Mention: Flynn Southwest LP, Commerce City, Colo., for University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
Finalists: Charles F. Evans Co. Inc., Elmira, N.Y., Bradford County Courthouse-Phase 1, Towanda, Pa. Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., Carter’s Grove Plantation, Williamsburg, Va.

Innovative Solutions: New Construction

Winner: Flynn Southwest LP, Commerce City, Colo., for University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
Honorable Mention: Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La., for St. George Catholic Church, Baton Rouge, La.

Innovative Solutions: Reroofing

Winner: Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., for Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Md.
Honorable Mention: American Roofing & Metal Co. Inc., Louisville, Ky., and Steinrock Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Louisville, for Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Ky.

Safety Preparedness and Performance

Winner: Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., for Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Md.
Finalists: Charles F. Evans Co. Inc. Elmira, N.Y., for Bradford County Courthouse-Phase 1, Towanda, Pa. Douglass Colony Group Inc., Commerce City, Colo., for Colorado State Capitol, Denver

For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

NRCA Announces Significant Updates to Roof Wind Designer Online Wind-Load Calculator

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced the update of Roof Wind Designer, an online wind-load calculator intended to provide roofing professionals with an easy way to determine a roof system’s design wind loads for many commonly encountered building types subject to code compliance.

The free web-based application has been updated to reflect the significant changes made to ASCE 7, “Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures.” Changes include basic wind map changes; new roof zone layouts; and updates to pressure coefficients.

Roof Wind Designer also added the ability to perform wind load calculations for the 2016 version of ASCE 7 and enables users to choose between three versions of the standard: ASCE 7-05, ASCE 7-10 and ASCE 7-16.

The 2016 version of the application can also be used on flat buildings up to 160 feet using the standard’s Chapter 30 Part 4: Buildings with 60ft < h ≤ 160ft (Simplified), giving users a wider range of buildings that can be calculated. Design wind loads for other applicable buildings are calculated pursuant to simplified low-rise procedures for each standard. Roof Wind Designer initially was developed in cooperation with the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association and North/East Roofing Contractors Association. For more information visit www.roofwinddesigner.com.

Core Contractors Inc.’s Alan Baird Awarded The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ 2018 Best of the Best Award

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced Alan Baird, foreman of Core Contractors Inc., Denver, as the recipient of the Best of the Best Award. Baird was announced as the award winner at the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA’s) 131th Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

The Best of the Best Award, which is co-sponsored by Professional Roofing magazine and OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass., is awarded each year to one of the recipients of the Alliance’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards program, which recognizes and honors outstanding roofing workers from various U.S. regions.

Baird also was a 2018 MVP Award winner for outstanding on the job performance and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

“He is a shining example of what the true bar of excellence is within his company and within his community,” said Josh Kelly, vice president and general manager of OMG Roofing Products, when announcing Baird as Best of the Best. “He constantly impresses his managers and peers through self-driven educational training, hard work, a positive attitude, public service, and a heart of pure gold.”

As the 2017-18 Best of the Best Award winner, Baird will be featured in Professional Roofing’s April 2018 issue.

For more information about the MVP Awards program or next year’s nominations, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

Roofing Industry Stakeholders Meet Elected Officials on Roofing Day in D.C. 2018

More than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from 47 states are in Washington, D.C., on March 7, meeting with their elected officials as part of Roofing Day in D.C. 2018. Led by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and more than 20 partner associations and organizations, the event is an unprecedented effort to elevate the image of the roofing industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 is among the top 10 percent of all national legislative fly-in events and the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. Participants will visit with members of Congress and discuss three issues on which there is broad consensus within the roofing industry: regulatory reform, workforce development and immigration reform. About 85 percent of Congress will hear from roofing industry stakeholders during the event.

“NRCA is excited to lead this industrywide effort to bring the message of the roofing industry straight to our elected officials,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Thanks goes out to the more than 400 stakeholders who travelled to D.C. today to advocate for our great industry.”

For information, visit www.nrca.net.

Auburn University Wins The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Fourth Student Competition

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the team from the McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., was selected as the first-place winner of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ fourth annual student construction management competition, which took place during the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

Members of the winning team were Jordan Edwards, Alexander Gomez, Jason McCay (team captain), Hannah Redifer and faculty advisor Lauren Redden.

Redifer also was selected as the recipient of the competition’s first Best Individual Presenter from among all the finalist teams and received an iPad.

The competition was part of an educational partnership with schools of construction management around the U.S. The four finalist teams selected to present in New Orleans were McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; and Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.

The goal of the partnership is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs, exploring scholarship programs for both students and faculty members and developing an internship program with interested Alliance members.

Teams participating in the competition were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Each team was required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. For this project, it was important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge and illustrate the team was prepared to undertake the project.

Oral presentations were given at the convention Feb. 7.

Auburn had the highest cumulative score for their presentation as Summit Roofing. The team had a thorough understanding of site logistics and schedule; exhibited a strong safety plan that included planning, training and execution; and spent a great deal of time preparing the presentation.

The team from Colorado State University was awarded second place in the competition. Team members were Majoney Bajwa, Kyle Bloesser, Sam Hughes (team captain), Ben Jacobs and faculty advisor Nick Rubino.

Auburn University received a team trophy and a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school. The team trophy and individual awards were presented during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception March 2.

Colorado State University received a team trophy, a $2,500 scholarship for its school and individual awards.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

Twenty-One Associate Members Join NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced 21 associate members have upgraded their memberships to “partner member” by joining NRCA’s One Voice initiative.

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, service providers, 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.

“This has been 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,” says 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.

NRCA’s One Voice participants are:

ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis.

ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa.

Atlas Roofing Corp., Atlanta

Building Envelope Professionals Group LLC, Oregon, Wis.

Carlisle Construction Materials, Carlisle, Pa.

Cotney Construction Law, Jacksonville, Fla.

Curtainwall Design Consulting, Dallas

Derbigum Americas Inc., Kansas City, Mo.

FiberTite Roofing Systems, Wooster, Ohio

Firestone Building Products, Nashville

GAF, Parsippany, N.J.

Johns Manville Corp., Denver

Malarkey Roofing Products, Portland, Ore.

OMG Inc., Agawam, Mass.

Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio

ROCKWOOL, Milton, Ontario

Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating, Cleveland

Sika Corp. U.S., Canton, Mass.

SOPREMA, Wadsworth, Ohio

SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas

Tremco Inc., Beachwood, Ohio

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

National Roofing Contractors Association Announces June 3-9 is National Roofing Week

To raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced National Roofing Week will take place June 3-9.

Celebrated each year during the first full week of June, National Roofing Week serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets, its Roof Scoop blog and Professional Roofing magazine. Members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and signature roofing projects with NRCA.

In addition, NRCA members are encouraged to promote the importance of what roofing professionals do by encouraging children to participate in NRCA’s 2018 Children’s Art Contest. The contest is open to children in grades 1-8 whose relatives work for NRCA member companies (all NRCA member companies are eligible). Entries will be accepted until April 16.

Additional information about National Roofing Week can be found at www.nrca.net/National-Roofing-Week.

NRCA Releases 2018 Manual Volume and Boxed Set

To provide the roofing industry with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to architectural sheet-metal components, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control – 2018. The new volume updates the 2014 volume under the same title and serves as a reference for contractors, architects and roof consultants.

The manual contains information about the design, material and installation techniques applicable to architectural sheet-metal components and includes 60 construction details. In addition, background information is provided on moisture and air leakage issues in buildings such as ventilation for steep-slope roof assemblies and condensation control for low-slope roof systems.

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control – 2018 is best used with other volumes of The NRCA Roofing Manual: The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems – 2017, The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems – 2016; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems – 2015.

The 2018 volume and boxed set can be purchased in hardbound versions or downloaded for free in electronic format to NRCA members at shop.nrca.net.