RCMA Bestows Award, Elects Board Members

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C., hosted more than 100 industry attendees at its 2016 Annual Meeting, Feb. 15-16, in Orlando, Fla.

During the event, the association named Greg Johnson of The Sherwin-Williams Co. the recipient of the 2015 RCMA Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed by RCMA and 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.

Johnson has been an active and integral member of RCMA since 2008 and currently serves as chairman of the RCMA Government Affairs Committee. “Very well-deserved honoree,” comments John Ferraro, RCMA executive director. “Greg has faithfully been involved with the RCMA Government Affairs Committee. He is passionate about key advocacy issues and is a tremendous asset to the industry.”

Also during the annual meeting, new officers were elected to the RCMA board of directors for 2016. The following officers were ratified by the membership to serve two-year terms:

  • President: John Stubblefield, Polyglass USA
  • Vice President: Jonathan Dietzel, SWT Group
  • Vice President: Greg Hlavaty, Western Colloid
  • Secretary: Ed Buczek, Henry Co.
  • Treasurer: Benjamin Borns, KST Coatings

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 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.

The COP21 agreement presents a major opportunity for architects around the globe to provide leadership in designing buildings and communities that help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Its call for capacity building for adaptation and mitigation of climate change represents exactly what the architecture profession excels at providing,” says Russell Davidson, FAIA, AIA president, as the COP21 meeting of the United Nations Climate Change conference concluded.

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 Began Speakers Bureau with Presentation for CRSMCA District Meeting

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) kicked off its Speakers Bureau program with a presentation by Joseph Sorrentino, Uniflex/Sherwin Williams, for the Carolinas Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association’s (CRSMCA) district meeting. The CRSMCA district meeting took place in Concord, N.C., at the Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. RCMA’s Reflective Roof Coatings: Cool Stories presentation helped CRSMCA to hone its meeting focus on the key benefits and environmental importance of reflective roof coatings used on low-slope roof systems.

“Presenting for CRSMCA brought back fond memories, as I began my roofing career with CRSMCA in 1977,” says Sorrentino. “This was a great opportunity to educate an audience of roofing contractors, distributors and manufacturing representatives on the benefits of reflective roof coatings.”

RCMA is an approved continuing education provider with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), RCI Inc. and the U.S. Green Building Council (GBCI). By attending RCMA’s Reflective Roof Coatings: Cool Stories course, attendees qualify to earn 1 AIA General Learning Unit hour (1 LU hour) as part of AIA’s continuing education system, 1 RCI continuing education hour (CEH), or 1 GBCI continuing education hour (1 GBCI CE hour).

RCMA and Members of Congress Address Issues of the Roof Coatings Industry

Members of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) met with its members of Congress on Capitol Hill as part of the Association’s Summer Meeting and Legislative Day.

More than 30 RCMA members participated in the Legislative Day, which entailed paying visits to members of Congress and key congressional staffers from their states and districts. RCMA scheduled meetings with more than 80 congressional offices, offering opportunities for manufacturers and suppliers to the industry to communicate to lawmakers the issues of importance to the roof coatings industry.

“The meetings on Capitol Hill gave RCMA members the chance to highlight the issues that are important to our industry,” says John Ferraro, RCMA’s executive director. “It was clear many of the senators, representatives and legislative staffers we met with were receptive to these industry issues, and therefore RCMA will be continuing the dialogue with these congressional offices.”

In particular, RMCA members discussed three main issues of interest to the roof coatings industry: opposing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from further lowering the National Ozone Standard, supporting the Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act, and advocating for a federal tax credit for reflective roof coatings.

The RCMA opposes the EPA’s proposal to lower the National Ozone Standard. Reductions to the standard have resulted in implementation of hundreds of regulations that created a tremendous regulatory burden. Consequently, the rule forced industries to spend billions of dollars to reformulate their products to achieve new volatile organic compound (VOC) content limits. Over the last few decades, 90 percent of VOC content has been eliminated from roof coatings, and further reduction of VOCs can have a wide variety of unintended consequences.

The RCMA supports the CASE Act (Senate Bill 751 and House Bill 1388). The bill would prohibit the U.S. EPA from lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) until at least 85 percent of counties that are in nonattainment areas have attained the standard.

To incentivize building owners to make the investment to save energy and reduce roofing waste, the RCMA supports the creation of a federal tax credit for reflective roof coatings applied to low slope roof surfaces on multi-family residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

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.

RCMA Awards Members and Announces Appointees to Board of Directors

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), the international trade association representing manufacturers of cold-applied coatings and cements used for roofing and waterproofing and suppliers of industry products, held its 2015 annual meeting in New Orleans.

In addition to featuring association activity updates and a panel discussion of industry experts, this meeting was an opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of two RCMA members with industry awards and to announce two new appointees to the RCMA Board of Directors.

The RCMA Industry Statesman Award, recently renamed the James “Tim” Nelligan Industry Statesman Award in memory of a longtime RCMA member, was awarded to Steve Heinje. Heinje, technical service manager for Quest Construction Products, is an active and dedicated RCMA member; he serves as the association’s vice president, is a member of the RCMA Board of Directors, and co-chairs both the Sustainability Task Force and the Codes and Standards Task Force.

The James “Tim” Nelligan Industry Statesman Award is not awarded every year, but rather is an award that is presented when deemed appropriate to acknowledge a member’s special efforts on behalf of the RCMA in advancing the mission of the roof coatings industry. The late James Tim Nelligan, the award’s namesake, was active in the coatings industry and played an integral part in the creation of the RCMA back in 1982. He started his career in the roofing industry at Owens Corning, served as president of Henry Co., and would go on to start his own reflective roof coatings business, United Cool Roof Systems. The RCMA recognized Tim’s leadership and contributions to the industry by awarding him with the Martin A. Davis Award in 1995, and later honored him with the very same Industry Statesman Award in 2011.

The RCMA’s Martin A. Davis Award, first presented in 1985, is the highest honor bestowed by RCMA. Named for one of RCMA’s founding members, this award recognizes outstanding service and significant contributions to the roof coatings industry. At its Annual Meeting, RCMA awarded the 2015 Martin A. Davis Award to Jeff Blank. Blank, vice president of research and development and purchasing at SR Products, served as president of the RCMA from 2012-13. He has been an active member in RCMA, serving on the board of directors for 14 years, and contributes his expertise to various committees and task forces.

During the meeting, the RCMA members approved the proposed board of directors slate. John Stubblefield, Polyglass USA, was selected to fill a regular member seat, and Steve Hollman, Univar USA Inc., will fill an associate member seat on RCMA’s Board of Directors. The terms for Stubblefield and Hollman begin in 2015 and expire in 2018. The RCMA thanked the two outgoing members of the board of directors, Debra Light and Jon Shaffer, for their time and dedication during their terms as board members.

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.

Karnak Discusses Roof Coatings Industry with Rep. Leonard Lance

Karnak Corp., a member company of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), hosted U.S. Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7) at its headquarters recently in Clark, N.J. During his visit, he met with Karnak President Sarah Jelin and Chris Salazar, chief operating officer, to discuss the roof coatings industry and the issues impacting coating manufacturers, such as clarifying the IRS 25C tax credit and concerns over the EPA’s potential proposal to lower the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ground-Level Ozone.

In 2013, Congressman Lance first met with Jelin, Salazar, and RCMA Executive Director John Ferraro during the RCMA Government Affairs Lobby Day in Washington. RCMA, the national trade association representing the manufacturers of cold-applied coatings and cements used for roofing and waterproofing, facilitated meetings with 70 different congressional offices during their Lobby Day on July 24, 2013. Since then, the Association’s manufacturing members have continued their dialogues with the members of Congress from their states and districts. The visit to the Karnak Corporation manufacturing facility to learn more about the issues of interest to the roof coatings industry can be seen as a product of these efforts.

“We are very pleased with the visit by the Honorable Congressman Leonard Lance to Karnak Headquarters in Clark, N.J. Congressman Lance listened carefully to the regulatory challenges that affect and threaten our industry,” said Salazar.

During their meeting, Jelin and Salazar emphasized to the Congressman some of the issues that are most highly impacting their industry, including modification of language used in the Homeowner Energy Efficiency Tax Credit (IRC Sec. 25C) to include roof coatings, the Commercial Building Tax Deduction (IRC Sec. 179D), and the EPA’s potential proposal to lower the Ozone NAAQS from the current 0.075 parts per million (ppm) to 0.06-0.07ppm.

At its 2013 Lobby Day, RCMA spoke in opposition to the proposed reduction to the EPA NAAQS for Ozone, as this highly-costly regulation would be damaging to companies, jobs, and the economy. Of particular concern to the RMCA is that a reduction to the standard would likely result in the implementation of hundreds of state and local regulations aimed at further limiting the volume of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contained in products. Over-reduction of VOCs in roof coatings can result in a number of issues for the effectiveness of the products, and the regulatory burden of keeping apace of hundreds of different rules is extremely high for small businesses.

“The EPA-proposed reduction of ground level ozone will impact VOC limits throughout the U.S. and generate a multitude of different requirements by county and state, making compliance extremely burdensome,” noted Salazar, who has worked to ensure the VOC compliance of his company’s products for decades. “Congressman Lance recognized that our businesses are important to the economy, and promised to do his best after reviewing the RCMA informational materials we provided.”

Roof coatings protect roofs against water, chemicals, and physical damage, and can prolong the life of new roof systems and extend the lives of existing roof systems, which can result in less tear-off waste and a reduced environmental impact from fewer full roof replacements. Solar reflective roof coatings, which reflect visible light as well as infrared and ultraviolet radiation, lead to lower roof temperatures and have been shown to reduce building energy costs and improve air quality.