National Building Code of Canada Adopts Updated Standard for Measuring LTTR of Polyiso Products

On Oct. 31, 2013, the National Building Code (NBC) of Canada adopted the most recent version of CAN/ULC-S704-11, the standard specification for polyiso in Canada, which references the test method CAN/ULC-S770-09 for determining the long-term thermal resistance (LTTR) of polyiso foam insulation. This adoption brings consistency to the test methods used for measuring LTTR in Canada and the U.S.

In the U.S., polyiso manufacturers use the ASTM C1289 standard (ASTM C1289 Standard Specification for Faced Rigid Cellular Polyisocyanurate Thermal Insulation Board) to predict the long-term thermal resistance R-value for a variety of polyiso insulation boards. ASTM C1289 includes the CAN/ULC-S770-09 and ASTM C1303-12, another test method used for LTTR.

“Since our members make and ship product in the United States and Canada, it is critical that polyiso insulation be subjected to the same criteria for measuring LTTR in both countries,” says Jared Blum, president PIMA. “We are pleased that the NBC in Canada has adopted CAN/ULC-S704-11 and CAN/ULC-S770-09 and that it is in harmony with ASTM C1289. Together these standards provide more data for predicting the long-term thermal performance of polyiso insulation and further enhances the validity of PIMA’s QualityMark program.”

The PIMA QualityMark program, the only third-party program for the certification of the thermal value of polyiso insulation, allows polyiso manufacturers to obtain independent, third-party certification for the LTTR values of their polyiso insulation products. Polyiso is the only insulation to be certified by this unique program for its LTTR value. The program was developed by PIMA and is administered by FM Global.

To participate in PIMA’s QualityMark certification program, a Class 1 roof is suggested to have a design R-value of 5.7 per inch. PIMA member manufacturers will publish updated R-values for their polyiso products later this year. Polyiso is unique in that the R-value increases with the thickness of the foam, so three inches of polyiso has a higher R-value per inch than two inches.

Job-ready Footwear Line Expands

Halifax from Magnum Boots USA

Halifax from Magnum Boots USA

Magnum Boots USA introduces its expanded line of job-ready footwear. The collection consists of 6- and 8-inch lace-up boots, rugged pull-ons, and mid- and low-hiker styles that feature attractive styling, rich leathers and comfort. The collection consists of steel and composite safety toe styles and Goodyear welt, direct attach or cement construction options. All are backed by the Magnum 60-day comfort guarantee.

Highlights of these new additions to the Magnum work line in 2014 include:

Halifax 8.0 and 6.0

  • Full grain leather and textile upper
    Durable non-metalllic hardware with traditional lacing system
    Second pair of laces included
    Waterproof and breathable bootie membrane
    Moisture-wicking lining
    Fully gusseted tongue
    Protective ankle impact zone
    Heavy-duty TPU toe-guard and molded rubber heel guard
    Reflective ankle and heel zone
    Molded, lightweight EVA insole
    Composite safety toe
    Compression molded, impact absorbing midsole
    Flexible puncture resistant plate
    Slip and oil resistant rubber outsole with toe traction, heel brake zone
    Colors: coffee and black

Chicago 6.0

  • Full grain leather and textile upper
    Durable non-metalllic hardware with traditional lacing system
    Second pair of laces included
    Waterproof and breathable bootie membrane
    Moisture-wicking lining
    Fully gusseted tongue
    Heavy-duty TPU toe-guard and molded rubber heel guard
    Reflective ankle and heel zone
    Molded, lightweight EVA insole
    Composite safety toe
    Compression molded, impact absorbing midsole
    Slip and oil resistant rubber outsole with toe traction, heel brake zone and pivot points
    Colors: brown and black

MFM Building Products Receives U.S. Patent Approval for Adhesive

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, is pleased to announce that the company’s PowerBond adhesive system has received US patent approval (Patent No. 8,603,629).

The patented PowerBond technology was developed to allow select MFM waterproofing membranes to be applied in temperatures as low as 25 F (3.9 C), while remaining stable at elevated temperatures. The dual layer/two-component PowerBond system has been incorporated into several of the company’s premium Peel & Seal, WindowWrap and underlayment products. PowerBond offers savings over other cold weather adhesive systems such as butyl and acrylic formulas.

PowerBond products adhere aggressively to the building substrate, provide self-sealing capabilities around fasteners, and will not crack or dry out for excellent waterproofing protection. The temperature range can be lowered further when using MFM Spray Adhesive during installation. MFM PowerBond products also offer an extended warranty of 12 years.

According to Tony Reis, MFM Sales & Marketing director, “We have seen tremendous growth with our PowerBond products, particularly WindowWrap PowerBond and Peel & Seal PowerBond White 250. Sales for these products have increased in both cold and warm weather markets.” Reis added that the PowerBond adhesive system can be applied to other MFM products as a special order item.

Organize and Protect Gear in Pickup Truck Beds

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DECKED full-sized pickup truck bed storage system

DECKED full-sized pickup truck bed storage system

DECKED, manufacturers of a new full-sized pickup truck bed storage system, has announced its full line of products and accessories are now available for order on the company’s website and from select dealers across the country. DECKED is a storage system that attaches to the tie-downs in your full-sized pickup truck without drilling to provide secure, weatherproof storage for gear while improving the utility and functionality of the pickup truck bed.

The concept for DECKED came from the company’s founder who worked out of his truck for years as an outdoor product salesman. He quickly learned he needed a better way to organize and protect his gear while still retaining the functionality of the truck bed. DECKED is designed to keep gear dry, organized and secure.

The full-sized truck bed storage system incorporates two waterproof, bed-length drawers which roll out to provide easy access to tools, equipment and additional gear. The deck of the storage system is built from 100 percent recycled high-density polyethylene co-molded to a steel sub frame providing a 2,000-pounds load capacity. The drawers can hold up to 200 pounds each and are lockable to provide secure storage. Each drawer can hold tools, parts and supplies, sporting goods, or just about anything that is normally stored in a truck bed. The system is weatherproof and the deck can be configured to accommodate tie downs or rack systems. The DECKED system can be mounted in nearly every full size pickup truck made since the late 1990s, is easy to install, and mounts to the truck bed’s existing tie downs with no drilling required.

Brightsmith Coil Coaters Celebrates Anniversary, Advancements

Brightsmith Coil Coaters recently celebrated its fifth year in delivering high standards in coil coating. From its acquisition in 2008, the facility has continued to raise the bar in the industry, paying close attention to quality control to maximize customer satisfaction.

During the past five years, Brightsmith has taken large strides in improving operations, from adding high-tech equipment to mastering customer relations. “Our customers are incredibly valued, so we’ll stop at nothing to ensure they walk away with a product that they can trust,” says Frank Coffey, general manager of Brightsmith.

Upgrades in equipment have provided ample value to, not only the company, but most importantly, customers. A splicing unit for laminates was added to the production line in 2012. It replaces splicing that was done by hand and accommodates polypropylene and polyester films that are 0.5- to 8-mils thick. This process has significantly decreased material waste and improved timing and efficiency.

“Under Brightsmith’s lead as an energy-efficient manufacturer, we are always looking for ways to think green,” Coffey adds. “The new splicer creates less scrap waste, and that is a great thing for our customers and the environment.”

Sustainable advancements at Brightsmith also have included recycling solvents and water used in the coating process, as well as paint drums; reusing plastic ID rings that come off the ID of coils from steel mills for the packaging of painted coils being shipped out of Brightsmith; and using sponges for cleanup and changeovers at the coaters instead of rags. Sustainability at the facility even includes managing energy efficiency of machinery and lighting. As repairs are addressed, 480-volt motors on the process lines are replaced with energy-efficient motors rated at 98 percent efficient energy rather than the standard motor at 88 percent, and fluorescent lighting ballasts are replaced with energy-efficient ballasts instead of the old magnetic ones.

The capabilities of Brightsmith are diverse. Various materials can be run with thicknesses ranging from 0.008 to 0.10 and widths from 18 inches to more than 61 inches, depending on the substrate. Specializations in two- and three-color print systems, embossed plastisol, laminating, and two and three coat paint systems are readily available. Slitting, blanking, stucco, diamond and rough sawn cedar embossing are all obtainable options at Brightsmith. Additionally, Brightsmith utilizes the Henkel wet chemistry cleaning and pretreatments and single-coat dry-in-place treatments to ensure durability.

The introduction of BRIGHTSITE, a new tool that facilitates customers’ experiences with Brightsmith, has been useful in gauging company performance. The interactive website, controlled with a username and password, allows customers to access inventory and production reports at any time. The site is accessible through the Brightsmith homepage.

Efficiency improvements are steadfast at the Brightsmith facility with the addition of rail service in 2013. With each rail car holding 220,000 pounds of material, four tractor trailers are removed from the road. Increasing the company’s yields and widening customer options, the choice can now be made between truck or rail shipping based on an individual’s specific costs and timeframes.

With five years under its belt, Brightsmith’s vision remains unwavering with quality awareness at the forefront of its focus. The company will be offering increased cross training for its employees so they can discover the roles, technology and advancements. “Our staff has more than 400 combined years of coil coating experience,” Coffey notes. “We are taking these abilities and fostering growth to ensure our employees recognize Brightsmith’s uniqueness. In the end, our employees’ knowledge and skills ensure quality, on-time coated products for our customers.”

Patch a Variety of Poured Roof Decks

SECUROCK Gypsum-Concrete Patch

SECUROCK Gypsum-Concrete Patch

SECUROCK Gypsum-Concrete Patch, formerly known as PYROFILL Gypsum Concrete, is a high-performing patch solution that delivers a professional finish on a variety of poured roof decks. It features more than 500 psi of compressive strength while its fast-setting properties enable foot traffic and fasteners within four hours of application.

  • Easy application to patch many different types of roof decks such as gypsum roof decks.
  • Mill-formulated and composed of specially calcined gypsum and wood chips or shavings.
  • Provides excellent fire performance – non-combustible in accordance with ASTM E136, and it’s fire rated and approved for use in UL Roof Deck Systems (P676, P503, P207, P229, P505, P507)
  • Manufactured to conform to ASTM C317, “Standard Specification for Gypsum Concrete”

Energy Code: New Language for Roof Repair, Recover and Replacement

When existing roofs (that are part of the building’s thermal envelope) are removed and replaced and when the roof assembly includes above-deck insulation, the energy code now requires that the insulation levels comply with the requirements for new construction, according to a proposal approved by International Code Council at public comment hearings held in October 2013.

As a result of this proposal approval, the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) includes new language that provides unambiguous direction on how the energy code provisions apply to roof repair, roof recover and roof replacement.

Each year about 2.5 billion square feet of roof coverings are installed on existing buildings. The opportunity to upgrade the insulation levels on these roof systems occurs once every several decades when the roof is replaced or even longer when existing roofs are “recovered”. Until recently this requirement was prescribed using vague and confusing language.

“There has been a great deal of confusion given the various terms used to describe roofing projects on existing buildings in both the International Building Code and the International Energy Conservation Code, such as reroofing, roof repair, roof recover and roof replacement,” says Jared O. Blum, president, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA).

Moving forward the IECC will use the same definitions found in the International Building code:

  • Reroofing. The process of recovering or replacing an existing roof covering. See “Roof recover” and “Roof replacement.”
  • Roof Recover. The process of installing an additional roof covering over a prepared existing roof covering without removing the existing roof covering.
  • Roof Replacement. The process of removing the existing roof covering, repairing any damaged substrate and installing a new roof covering.
  • Roof Repair. Reconstruction or renewal of any part of an existing roof for the purposes of its maintenance.

“A survey of building departments in many states and regions in the United States found that online roofing permit application forms rarely included any information on the energy code and required insulation levels,” Blum adds. “With the changes to the 2015 IECC, it will be easier for building departments to correlate the building- and energy-code requirements for roof replacements.”

The clarification to the 2015 IECC makes the code easier to interpret and enforce. Along the way, it will help ensure the opportunity to save energy when replacing roofs.

“Numerous studies have demonstrated the energy-savings provided by a well-insulated roofing system,” Blum says. “It is critical to minimize energy losses and upgrade insulation levels when roofs are replaced to comply with code requirements for new construction.”

Another benefit of this update is that the exemption for roof repair is now clearly defined, making it easier for building owners and roofing contractors to perform routine maintenance without triggering energy efficiency upgrades, which would add costs.

Mule-Hide Products Names New President

Jonathan Shepard has been named president of Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of low-slope roofing products and systems. He succeeds Daniel Piché, who was recently named vice president of national business development for ABC Supply Co. Inc.

Shepard comes to Mule-Hide Products from ABC Supply, where he had been low-slope business manager in the company’s Southwest Region. In that role, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of ABC Supply’s top-tier commercial roofing strategy in that region.

Previously he had been regional manager for the Southwest Region of Bradco Supply Inc. before Bradco was acquired by ABC Supply in 2010. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Shepard has a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial distribution.

Equipment Software Management Solution with an App

Dexter + Chaney's equipment management solution

Dexter + Chaney’s equipment management solution

Construction software provider Dexter + Chaney has released a complete equipment management solution for contractors that includes features for preventive maintenance, equipment tracking, and even a mobile app. This new equipment management software works seamlessly with the company’s Spectrum Construction Software, which works completely in the cloud, requiring no software download or specific hardware devices.

Typical investment in construction equipment can be well into the seven-figure range, so saving through better fleet management can result in a significant return on that investment. Spectrum’s new Equipment Management solution gives contractors the tools to gather data and use that data to make maintenance and financial decisions. To design a comprehensive equipment offering, Dexter + Chaney enlisted the expertise and best practices of Dr. Mike Vorster of Virginia Tech.

The latest updates to Dexter + Chaney’s equipment management offerings also include an app that can be downloaded for use on Apple and Android mobile devices. The app allows field staff to easily enter equipment information from the job site and synchronizes automatically with Spectrum Equipment Management.

NRCA Releases 2014 Roofing Manual and Boxed Set

With the changing nature of technical information in the roofing industry, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released an updated volume of The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing, Condensation and Air Leakage Control, and Reroofing — 2014. The new volume updates the 2010 version under the same title, serving as a reference for contractors, architects and roof consultants.

The 2014 manual provides best industry practices and standards for the design, materials, installation and repair of roof systems through information gathered by NRCA from knowledgeable, practicing roofing contractors throughout the U.S.

It is best used with other currently applicable volumes of The NRCA Roofing Manual: The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems — 2013, The NRCA Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems — 2012, and The NRCA Manual: Membrane Roof Systems — 2011. All four volumes can be purchased in a boxed set. A CD version is also available to complement the print editions.

The changing science of roof systems, which has primarily been prompted by technological innovations, contractor experience and new product development, requires roofing contractors to stay updated on the latest industry advances. NRCA’s 2014 manual and boxed set gives the industry the most up-to-date, authoritative technical reference concerning the design, materials and installation of quality, long-lasting roof systems.

Purchase the 2014 manual boxed set. The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing, Condensation and Air Leakage Control, and Reroofing — 2014 is also available for separate purchase. The NRCA Roofing Manual CD — 2014 also is available.