RCMA Updates Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED White Paper

The Washington, D.C.-based Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association has updated its reflective roof coatings and LEED white paper, originally issued by the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) in 2012. (RCMA and RRCI announced their merger in early 2015.)

The white paper explores the role of reflective roof coatings in the Washington-based U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Version 4 green-building program with emphasis on new building structure, existing building operation and maintenance, and LEED v4 prerequisites and credit requirements.

The white paper intends to provide understanding for stakeholders about the cost-effective contributions of roof coatings and the environmentally sound new building and renovation projects that use LEED v4. The white paper also serves as a resource, which outlines the benefits that reflective roof coatings provide to buildings, businesses and the environment. The findings in the LEED white paper apply to any reflective roof coatings that are LEED-compliant.

Bob Kobet of The Kobet Collaborative, Pittsburgh, is the author of the LEED white paper updates, as well as RRCI’s original white paper. Members of the RCMA Reflective Roof Coatings Institute, RCMA Technical Affairs Committee, and RCMA Codes and Standards Task Force collaborated on the project to update and revise the white paper to incorporate LEED’s new version.

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The new “Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED v4” white paper is published online on RCMA’s website.

RCMA Releases 2015 Annual Report

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) recently released its 2015 Annual Report. The report highlights the association’s five strategic objectives and accomplishments in 2015, which establishes RCMA as the leading advocate and resource in the roof coatings industry. The report was released to the public and made available on the RCMA website.

In the report, RCMA highlighted its successful merger with the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI). The merger resulted in the launch of the RCMA Speakers Bureau program, redesign of the RCMA website, and revision of the “Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED” white paper. Additionally, RCMA met its objective to enhance its communication program by distributing seven press releases and placing 13 articles in industry publications during 2015.

By expanding its government relations program, RCMA proactively engaged in state and federal public policy issues including, but not limited to, the National Ozone Standard, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous communications, and energy-efficiency tax credits.

As the technical and educational resource, RCMA spent considerable time participating in building code and standard development activities. Through the efforts of the Codes and Standards and Sustainability Task Forces, RCMA continues to be a representative of the roofing and building industry.

Additionally, RCMA set a strategic objective aiming to achieve 50 percent operating reserve for the association within five years. Because of tremendous growth, RCMA is well positioned to achieve this objective within the allotted timeframe.

RCMA Merges with the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), Washington, D.C., and Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI), Kansas City, Mo., have merged together into one industry association that will continue to advance, promote, and expand the national and international market for roof coatings through education, outreach, technical advancement and advocacy.

“RCMA is thrilled to merge with the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute,” says John Ferraro, RCMA executive director. “RRCI has been a leader on reflective roof coatings issues and we look forward to their members’ expertise within RCMA. This merger will go a long way to increase RCMA’s growth in both its membership and its recognition within the larger roofing industry.”

Bringing the two associations together will better position the roof coatings industry in the various legislative, regulatory and building code development arenas that affect the two associations’ consolidated membership. The merger between RCMA and RRCI will result in a stronger, more unified voice for federal and state advocacy initiatives and a more robust communications and marketing program for roof coatings. In addition, the merger will result in a more detailed and comprehensive industry shipment report, which will be a huge benefit to members.

RCMA has made a number of changes to its committee and task force structure, including the creation of the new RCMA Reflective Roof Coatings Institute. Through the development of technical bulletins, case studies, white papers and research, this institute will allow RCMA to be a technical and educational resource to the industry. A strong emphasis will be placed on outreach to the end-user of coatings products, so RCMA can ensure proper and accurate information is available for their benefit.

The RCMA Annual Meeting will be held in New Orleans, Feb. 22-23, 2015, in conjunction with the International Roofing Expo. The programming, speakers and topics featured at the RCMA Annual Meeting represent broad segments of the science, technology and professional expertise on roof coatings. Registration for the meeting is open.

The association will continue to be called the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association with the existing logo and website.