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.

RCMA Hosts Successful International Roof Coatings Conference

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) hosted a highly successful International Roof Coatings Conference that took place July 14-17, 2014 in Baltimore. Conference attendance was up 15% over 2012’s inaugural IRCC, with 127 people in attendance representing 81 companies and organizations and 7 countries. Boasting thirteen speakers and ten national and international conference partners, the IRCC provided attendees with a tremendous volume of educational content and ample opportunities for networking.

RCMA hosted a welcome reception on Monday evening that kicked off the proceedings, with the conference programming beginning Tuesday morning. “RCMA is very pleased with the interest and strong registration rates for this conference,” noted John Ferararo, RCMA executive director, in his opening statement. “We hope to grow this conference even more in the years to come and we look forward to hearing feedback from conference attendees and the broader roof coatings industry to continue to improve on the success of this event.”

Conference moderator John Stubblefield, national product manager for Polyglass USA, kept conference attendees engaged with interesting anecdotes about each of the speakers and by moderating the lively question and answer sessions that followed each presentation. Attendees at the IRCC expressed their appreciation for the lineup of dynamic presentations that covered a wide breadth of topics and issues, delivered by key leaders in the roof coatings and building sciences community:

    • “Novel PUA Hybrid Chemistry for Elastomeric Roof Coatings”
    Dr. Steven Jiguang Zhang, Dow Chemical Company

    • “Solvent Reduction Technology – What are the Rules?”
    Dr. Michael Van De Mark, Missouri S&T Coatings Institute

    • “Overcoming Vapor Drive Issues in Cool Roofing”
    Jason Smith, The Garland Company

    • “Advancing Installation of Reflective Roofing Systems through Community-Based Social Marketing and the Baltimore Energy Challenge”
    Alice Kennedy, Baltimore Office of Sustainability

    • “The Building Envelope Emerging Technologies Portfolio in United States Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office”
    Dr. Karma Sawyer, United States Department of Energy

    • “Introducing the RoofPoint Energy and Carbon Calculator: Measuring the Energy and Environmental Contributions of Roofing Systems”
    Dr. James Hoff, Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing

    • “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Codes and Standards: Impact on the Roof Coatings Industry”
    Michael Fischer, Kellen Company

    • “The Roots and Future of Sustainability”
    Steve Heinje, Quest Construction Products

    • “Methods for Measuring Energy Savings on Highly Reflective Coatings”
    Daniel Bustos, DuPont Titanium Technologies

    • “When the Going Gets Rough: The Impact of Substrate Texture on Solar Reflectance Ratings”
    Jeffrey Steuben, Cool Roof Rating Council

    • “Impact of Dynamic Insulation Technologies on Steep-Slope Roof Assemblies”
    Dr. Kaushik Biswas, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    • “Advances in Developing Standards for Accelerated Aging of Cool Roofing Materials”
    Dr. Hashem Akbari, Concordia University

    • “Cool Surfaces: An International Opportunity”
    Kurt Shickman, Global Cool Cities Alliance

The RCMA Summer Meeting, open to RCMA members and to those attendees interested in learning more about membership, followed the conclusion of the IRCC. In addition to committee updates covering codes and standards, VOC regulations, and other key industry issues, outside speakers from the United States Green Building Council, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the American Trucking Association, Health Products Declarations Collaborative, and Surface Optics Corporation provided additional educational content for meeting attendees. A highlight to the RCMA Summer Meeting was a spirited Associates Function on Wednesday night, where members had the opportunity to exhibit and to raffle off door prizes.

Coating a Roof? Don’t Forget Fire Ratings

Fire tests are one of the most important system tests for roof coatings, and it is essential when specifying and applying a coating over an existing roof in a maintenance or repair setting to ensure the roof system’s fire rating is not negatively affected.

TEST METHODS FOR FIRE TESTS

The International Building Code (IBC), first published in 2000, brought together several regional codes into one central, national code and facilitated the acceleration of code adoptions across the U.S. Today, most of the U.S. follows a statewide adoption process for the IBC for Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures; some areas do not, which can make code enforcement tricky. Some areas still follow local adoption and may refer to older versions of the code instead of the most current 2012 IBC.

According to the most recent IBC, roof assemblies and coverings are divided into classes A, B, C or “Nonclassified” and are tested in accordance with UL 790 or ASTM E 108. These tests measure the spread of flame, recording whether the material you put on the roof will cause the flame to spread too far on the roof. The UL 790 inaugurated modern fire tests about 100 years ago and, as such, incorporates a century of data and history about roof coatings that may broaden the reach of what certifications the test provides.

“Many see UL 790 as the preferred fire test,” notes Steve Heinje, technical service manager with Quest Construction Products LLC. “It is interesting to note the ASTM E 108 test is deemed by the code requirements an equivalent test.” The ASTM E 108 is a consensus version of UL 790 and can be run by any qualified and accredited test laboratory. Many test laboratories, such as FM Approvals, conduct testing using ASTM E 108.

COMPONENTS OF FIRE TESTING

The roof coating is just one component in the fire rating of a roof assembly; other components include slope, the coating substrate, whether the roof deck is combustible and whether the roof is insulated. These factors, taken together, will determine the roof system’s fire rating.

SLOPE
Although there are exceptions, most fire ratings are done for slopes of under 3/4 inch for commercial roofs, and coatings tend to be recommended for application to a roof with 2 inches or less slope. Slope is an important factor to consider because special coatings may be needed for high slope transitions.

SUBSTRATE
The substrate or membrane type is another vital component of fire testing because the substrate to which the coating is applied could affect the flammability of the roof system. When coating over an existing roof, one should note what existing roofing substrate is being coated over—whether it’s BUR, mod bit, concrete, metal, asphalt or another type of substrate.

COMBUSTIBLE VS. NON-COMBUSTIBLE ROOF DECK
Most coatings are tested over noncombustible decks, but additional and challenging tests are required for the use of combustible decks. It is much more difficult to achieve a Class A rating when covering a wood deck.

INSULATION
Again, it is important to note the materials of the existing roof being coated because these components can affect the flammability of the roof system. Polymeric insulations often reduce the allowable slope for a given system.

PROPER APPLICATION OF THE ROOF COATING

Another significant consideration is that the coating is applied at the appropriate thickness and rate.

“One big thing out of the coating manufacturer’s control is that the applicator uses the recommended or test-required thickness and/or rate at the point of application,” points out Skip Leonard, technical services director with Henry Co. Proper application encompasses parameters, such as the final dry-film thickness, the use of granules or gravel, use of reinforcements and even the number of coats. Accounting for these details is an integral part of installing a rated system.

Once assembled, the roof covering will be granted a Class A, B or C rating by approved testing agencies, typically through UL 790 or ASTM E 108, depending on how effective the roof proves to be in terms of fire resistance. Rated coating solutions exist for just about any existing roof system recover or coating application and often can achieve a Class A rating.

Learn More
Visit the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association website to locate a roof-coating manufacturer who can help you choose a roof coating most appropriate for your roof system. For more information about roof-coating fire ratings, check out FM Approval’s RoofNav online database for up-to-date roofing-related information or the UL Online Certifications Directory.

Register Now for International Roof Coatings Conference

Industry professionals can now register for the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) 2014 International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC), to take place at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel Baltimore, July 14-17. Offered in partnership with nine industry organizations, the conference will highlight the latest technological advancements and emerging issues of relevance to the roof coating, building envelope, green building, cool roofing, research, and architectural communities.

The second biennial IRCC is back by popular demand following the well-received inaugural 2012 IRCC, which was attended by over 120 industry representatives. This year, RCMA has partnered with nine US and international organizations to bring you the 2014 IRCC. These conference partners include:

    · Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
    · Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
    · National Research Council Canada (NRC)
    · Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA)
    · Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA)
    · Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA)
    · European Cool Roofs Council (ECRC)
    · American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
    · Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)

“We are thrilled to partner with such an outstanding group of organizations, each sharing RCMA’s vision to deliver excellent educational content and programming,” said John Ferraro, RCMA executive director. “The conference will feature presentations on topics covering everything from roof coatings to cool roofing to sustainability,” adds Ferraro, “and promises to be highly valuable to both member and non-member attendees.”

The conference will begin with an opening reception on the evening of Monday, July 14 and will continue through noon on Wednesday, July 16. The following speakers will be delivering presentations on a range of timely topics, sharing their research papers with meeting attendees, and participating in dialogues about the future of the coatings industry:

    · Dr. Karma Sawyer, United States Department of Energy
    “The Building Envelope Emerging Technologies Portfolio in DOE’s Building Technologies Office”

    · Alice Kennedy, Baltimore Office of Sustainability
    “Advancing Installation of Reflective Roofing Systems through Community-Based Social Marketing and the Baltimore Energy Challenge”

    · Dr. James L. Hoff, Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing
    “Introducing the RoofPoint Energy and Carbon Calculator: Measuring the Energy and Environmental Contributions of Roofing Systems”

    · Jeffrey Steuben, Cool Roof Rating Council
    “When the Going Gets Rough: The Impact of Substrate Texture on Solar Reflectance Ratings”

    · Dr. Hashem Akbari, Concordia University
    “Advances in Developing Standards for Accelerated Aging of Cool Roofing Materials”

    · Michael D. Fischer, Kellen Company
    “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Codes and Standards: Impact on the Roof Coatings Industry”

    · Dr. Justin Jitao Chen, Dr. Steven Jiguang Zhang, Dr. Joseph Rokowski, and Loganathan Ravisanker, Dow Chemical Company
    “Novel PUA Hybrid Chemistry for Elastomeric Roof Coatings”

    · Joe Mellott and Tom Diamond, The Garland Company
    “Overcoming Vapor Drive Issues in Cool Roofing”

    · Kurt Shickman, Global Cool Cities Alliance
    “Cool Surfaces: An International Opportunity”

    · Dr. Michael R. Van De Mark, Missouri S&T Coatings Institute
    “Solvent Reduction Technology – What are the Rules?”

    · Dr. Kaushik Biswas, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    “Impact of Dynamic Insulation Technologies on Steep-Slope Roof Assemblies”

    · Steve Heinje, Quest Construction Products
    “The Roots and Future of Sustainability”

The RCMA Summer Meeting, open to both RCMA members and non-member guests, will follow the conclusion of the IRCC programming and will continue through the morning of Thursday, July 17. Highlights of the RCMA portion of the event will include guest speakers from Health Product Declarations Collaborative and the American Trucking Association, detailed reports on the activities of each of the Association’s committees, and industry updates on the latest regulatory and technical news.

Discounted “early bird” registration will run from April 8 through May 16, 2014. For more information on the International Roof Coatings Conference, including a complete schedule of events, registration information, and details on hotel accommodations, please visit the association website. Email RCMA Staff Associate Laura Dwulet with any conference questions or to be added to the mailing list to receive conference and registration updates.

RCMA Enhances Reflective Roof Rebates Database

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) launched an enhanced Reflective Roof Rebates Database with increased functionality for searching available reflective roof incentives across the country. Created exclusively for use by RCMA members, the customized search tool can be used to find the most up-to-date listings of local, state, federal, and utility financial incentives available for installing reflective roofs.

The enhanced search tool now allows users to filter results to show comprehensive energy rebates, reflective roof rebates, or all available rebates. Available only to members of the RCMA, the database searches by state or ZIP code to find available financial incentives and has proven an essential tool for members’ sales teams to use when speaking with prospective customers.

“Since its launch, the RCMA Reflective Roof Rebates Database has been one of our most popular member benefits,” says John Ferraro, RCMA executive director. “Independently tracking such a wide array of financial incentives has proven a challenge for our members for years, and they now have come to rely on this user-friendly tool to take the work out of discovering relevant rebates for the installation of reflective roofs all across the United States.”

Additional improvements to the database include the addition of more detailed information on each of the available incentive programs including eligibility, links to supporting documents, key program contacts, and online applications to apply for rebates. A newly-added print view allows RCMA Members to more easily review the available information in a ready-to-share format.

The RCMA Solar Reflective Coatings Council (SRCC), representing the producers of acrylic and elastomeric (non-bituminous) coatings and suppliers to the industry, initiated the creation of the Reflective Roof Rebates Database in 2013 and it has been met with tremendously positive feedback from the industry since its launch.

For more information on how to join the RCMA and acquire access to the database, email RCMA Staff Associate Laura Dwulet.

RCMA Elects Officers, Bestows Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) hosted more than 90 industry attendees at its 2014 Annual Meeting, Feb. 24-25 in Las Vegas. The association elected a new slate of officers to its board of directors and named Brian Anthony, vice president, The Brewer Co., Milford, Ohio, the 2013 recipient of the RCMA Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award.

The Martin A. Davis Award, the highest tribute bestowed by the RCMA, is presented on an annual basis to that individual, selected by his or her peers, who has exemplified outstanding service and made significant contributions to the roof coatings industry. The announcement of Anthony as this year’s honoree and the presentation of the award were made on February 24 at the RCMA 2014 Annual Conference at the Luxor Hotel.

Involved in the RCMA’s activities for over 20 years, Anthony has served as both Vice President and President of the Association. “Throughout Brian’s time with the RCMA, he has consistently been looked to as a leader in all aspects of the Association’s development and growth, and has been particularly active with our technical programs,” reports John Ferraro, RCMA executive director.

Anthony is the 29th recipient of the Martin A. Davis Award, first awarded posthumously to Martin A. Davis in 1985. The award was subsequently designated in honor and memory of Davis, a visionary founding member of the RCMA, who served both the Association and the industry with distinction and exceptional service.

In addition to receiving the Martin A. Davis award, Anthony was re-elected to serve on the RCMA Board of Directors. Also elected to fill two vacant seats were John Ivancic, Sherwin-Williams, and Craig Smith, Superior Products International.

The following Officers were elected by the membership at the 2014 Annual Meeting to serve two-year terms:

President: Helene Hardy Pierce, GAF
Vice President: Skip Leonard, Henry Company
Vice President: Steve Heinje, Quest Construction Products
Secretary-Treasurer: Jonathan Dietzel, The SWT Group

“We are thrilled with the turnout at our Annual Meeting,” commented Ferraro. “I believe that the unprecedented volume of first-time attendees is a testament to the hard work put in by our member volunteers and the relevance of our association’s activities.”

The RCMA will next convene in Baltimore, July 14-17, for the association’s International Roof Coatings Conference.

RCMA Announces Presentations During the International Roof Coatings Conference

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), in partnership with nine industry organizations, will host the International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) July 14-17, 2014, in Baltimore at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel. In January, key leaders in the roof coatings industry who make up the IRCC Abstract Review Committee met to select the impressive lineup for this year’s IRCC presentations. The 2014 IRCC will include the following timely topics:

Dr. Karma Sawyer, United States Department of Energy
“The Building Envelope Emerging Technologies Portfolio in DOE’s Building Technologies Office”

Alice Kennedy, Baltimore Office of Sustainability
“Advancing Installation of Reflective Roofing Systems through Community-Based Social Marketing and the Baltimore Energy Challenge”

Dr. James L. Hoff, Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing
“Introducing the RoofPoint Energy and Carbon Calculator: Measuring the Energy and Environmental Contributions of Roofing Systems”

Jeffrey Steuben, Cool Roof Rating Council
“When the Going Gets Rough: The Impact of Substrate Texture on Solar Reflectance Ratings”

Dr. Hashem Akbari, Concordia University
“Advances in Developing Standards for Accelerated Aging of Cool Roofing Materials”

Michael D. Fischer, Kellen Company
“Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Codes and Standards: Impact on the Roof Coatings Industry”

Dr. Justin Jitao Chen, Dr. Steven Jiguang Zhang, Dr. Joseph Rokowski and Loganathan Ravisanker, Dow Chemical Company
“Novel PUA Hybrid Chemistry for Elastomeric Roof Coatings”

Joe Mellott and Tom Diamond, The Garland Company
“Overcoming Vapor Drive Issues in Cool Roofing”

Kurt Shickman, Global Cool Cities Alliance
“Cool Surfaces: An International Opportunity”

Dr. Michael R. Van De Mark, Missouri S&T Coatings Institute
“Solvent Reduction Technology – What are the Rules?”

Dr. Kaushik Biswas, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
“Impact of Dynamic Insulation Technologies on Steep-Slope Roof Assemblies”

Steve Heinje, Quest Construction Products
“The Roots and Future of Sustainability”

The second biennial IRCC is back by popular demand following the well-received inaugural 2012 IRCC, which was attended by over 120 industry representatives. This year, RCMA has partnered with nine U.S. and international organizations to bring you the 2014 IRCC. These conference partners include:

  • · Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
    · Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
    · National Research Council Canada (NRC)
    · Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA)
    · Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA)
    · Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA)
    · European Cool Roofs Council (ECRC)
    · American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
    · Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)

The conference will begin with an opening reception on the evening of Monday, July 14, and will continue through noon on Wednesday, July 16. Following the IRCC programming, the RCMA Summer Meeting Series, open to RCMA members and guests, will continue through the morning of Thursday, July 17.

Discounted “early bird” registration opens on Monday, April 7, 2014, and will run through May 19. Please contact RCMA Staff Associate Laura Dwulet to be added to the mailing list for conference and registration updates.

Roof Coatings Professionals Tour ORNL

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), a national trade association representing manufacturers of cold applied protective roof coatings and cements and suppliers of products to the industry, held its Fall 2013 Meeting in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Oct. 8-10. The meeting commenced with a tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory followed by two days of committee updates and discussions on technical subject matters, codes and standards, VOC regulations, industry research studies and RCMA’s lobbying efforts.

RCMA members were given the opportunity to tour the facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a multi-program science and technology research laboratory managed for the U.S Department of Energy by UT-Battelle. Attendees learned about flexible research platforms, building envelope roofing research, and buildings supercomputing, and had the chance to tour the recently completed MAXLAB facility and view the X-10 graphite reactor. Tour participants learned about the ongoing initiatives of the Buildings Technology Research & Integration Center (BTRIC) User Facility, which is devoted to the development of technologies that improve the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of residential and commercial buildings.

“The research being conducted on building envelopes at ORNL will help improve many types of building materials technologies, including roof coatings,” says John Ferraro, RCMA executive director. “The members were thrilled to have the opportunity to hear insight on the future of the industry and how their businesses might be affected going forward.”

The remaining two days of the RCMA Fall Meeting were filled with presentations on the activities of the association and networking opportunities for meeting attendees. More than 30 roof coating manufacturer and supplier companies were represented at the meeting, which featured updates on the activities of the Member Services Committee, Technical Affairs Committee, and Government Affairs Committee.

Topics of interest included discussions on the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Rule 1168, which regulates volatile organic compound (VOC) content in adhesives and sealants, updates on RCMA research initiatives on solar reflectivity, a strategy session on RCMA government affairs initiatives, and planning discussions for the upcoming 2014 RCMA International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC).