Permeable Pavers Reduce Storm Water Runoff

Black Locust Lumber offers ProFlow Permeable Pavers, a patent-pending design utilizing Black Locust, which is naturally rot-resistant. Black Locust Permeable Proflow Pavers panels are available in a variety of models, including Roofline, a lightweight version ideal for green-blue roof applications. In storm water management applications, the pavers reduce runoff volume and rate, filter pollutants, and help restore and recharge groundwater resources while reducing the heat island effect. Permeable Proflow Pavers can satisfy prerequisites and earn points towards LEED, BREEAM, and Living Building Challenge certifications.

The Black Locust paver panels or setts (12 blocks each) are attached to a recycled wire mesh that lays flat for easy installation. The paver panels can be laid next to each other for quick and simple installation over large areas. The 3⁄8-inch joints are then fastened with joint filler. 

According to the company, ProFlow Permeable Pavers have a life span greater than 50 years. The light color and material properties of Black Locust make it a cooler alternative to concrete and other landscape surfaces, thus reducing the heat island effect. All Models are ADA compliant with the exception of the Hi Flow model. 

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Sheffield Metals Launches New Comprehensive Learning Center & Website

Sheffield Metals International (SMI) announced the launch of its newly redesigned website at The new website features a modern design, enhanced functionality, and a more personalized navigating experience. Plus, users will notice a more prominent and improved search function, which allows users to type in their questions or topics and easily find answers or solutions. The most notable improvement to the new Sheffield Metals digital space is the completely new Metal Roofing Learning Center. This section brings all Sheffield Metals’ videos, articles, posts, downloads, e-books, and more into one easy-to-navigate interface. The Learning Center is searchable and able to be filtered by topic, audience, and media type.

“Beyond selling metal sheet and coil and supporting our customers, one of our biggest focuses as an organization is producing educational content that people in the industry can learn from,” said Adam Mazzella, Vice President of Sheffield Metals. “We’ve experienced significant growth as a company and in our digital presence, so we knew it was time to upgrade our website and create a better experience for everyone who interacts with or learns from us online.”

In addition to the Metal Roofing Learning Center, the new Sheffield Metals website includes: 

●Improved navigation based on audience – The new main navigation now shows the specific products, support, and resources available for contractors, manufacturers, architects, engineers, and homeowners or property owners.

●A revamped gallery and case studies page – View photos and watch videos of completed projects that utilized Sheffield Metals products. Plus, users have access to the free Sheffield Metals Color Visualizer, which allows anyone to upload their own photos to bring their metal roofs, walls, and trim to life by creating detailed digital mock-ups of their projects.

● Streamlined, user-friendly product and service pages – Enhanced product pages provide a clear look at the variety of products and services available when partnering with Sheffield Metals. 

● Complete panel profiles and engineered systems section – This section was specifically designed for users who need to download documents or engineering reports for their architectural metal panel projects. 

“We’re excited to have this brand new digital space available for our customers, future buyers, colleagues, and any other industry professionals to visit and find exactly what they’re looking for when they need it,” Mazzella said. 

The website is accessible and responsive on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. 

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Roofing Alliance Announces Successful Completion of First Clemson Roofing Class

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is proud to announce the successful completion of the first three-credit roofing course developed by and offered as part of Clemson University’s Construction Science & Management (CSM) Department. The Roofing Alliance provided funding for the development of the course in response to the growing industry concern over the lack of a qualified workforce. Clemson developed and implemented the college course to introduce construction management students to the basics of the roofing industry and to expose them to potential career paths.

The Roofing Alliance funds research studies, projects and initiatives every year that address both the current and future needs of the roofing industry. Seeing that the construction industry has been facing the predominant challenge of a declining workforce, Clemson University submitted a funding request to support the development and implementation of a roofing course in the spring of 2019. Working hand-in-hand with Roofing Alliance members, Dr. Dhaval Gajjar, a professor in the CSM department developed the curriculum that would bring roofing knowledge to the construction management program.

Once the course was developed and the curriculum, syllabus and testing finalized, Gajjar invited Roofing Alliance members to participate in the class. The roofing professionals shared real-life scenarios and industry-specific knowledge to help students understand the basics of the industry and to expose them to potential career opportunities. Student reviews for the class confirmed the success of both the roofing course and the involvement of the roofing professionals.

“The study was successful with 21 students (both graduate and undergraduate) enrolled in the course for spring 2020,” stated Gajjar. “Sixteen Roofing Alliance member companies participated in the classroom as guest lecturers and 90+ companies donated course material used for developing the content for this course.”

 “The course was remarkably interesting. I got to learn a lot about the different materials used for roofing and also their application procedures. The first half of the course that included lectures from industry experts was extremely exciting and I liked the pattern of the course. I would definitely recommend my friends from the CSM and Civil Engineering department to take this course in the future,” stated one of the Clemson students.

“Clemson also participated in the Roofing Alliance Student Competition at the 2020 International Roofing Expo. The combination of the roofing class and the first-time appearance as a finalist in the student competition show the emerging interest in roofing and hope for continued recruitment of the future generation,” stated Bennett Judson, Executive Director of the Roofing Alliance.

The three-credit roofing class curriculum is now available. Initially, the Roofing Alliance will be donating the course materials to construction management schools who are members of the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). It will be available for purchase to all others. “I am looking forward to working with other colleges and universities in implementing the course in their Construction Management schools,” stated Gajjar. “As part of this funding project I am available to answer questions and support the expansion of this course in other universities, community colleges or even vocational schools.”

For more information on the Roofing Alliance, its funded projects or the student competition contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at or visit

GAF Energy Honored with Renewable Energy Leaders Award by Los Angeles Business Council

GAF Energy was presented with the prestigious “Renewable Energy Leaders Award” by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) for the company’s contributions towards innovative financing solutions and progressive support for rooftop PV solar projects in the Los Angeles region. The LABC also recognized the GAF Energy team for bringing financing opportunities within the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Feed-in Tariff, a renewable energy program that allows property owners and developers to generate and sell clean energy to help achieve the city’s renewable energy goals. 

“We are honored to receive this award from one of California’s most influential economic and environmental leaders,” said Jason Barrett, Vice President of Residential & Commercial Sales for GAF Energy. “LABC has been a critical partner for GAF Energy in the Los Angeles area, helping advocate for innovative public-private partnerships that lead to greater clean energy deployment across the state.” 

“The LABC applauds GAF Energy for their ongoing commitment to deliver renewable energy projects to California,” said Mary Leslie, President of the Los Angeles Business Council. “Thanks to GAF Energy’s contributions to innovative financing solutions, the Los Angeles area is now experiencing greater solar adoption that supports a healthy economy and a cleaner environment.”

The award was presented to GAF Energy at the 2020 LABC Sustainability Summit, an annual convening of business, government and nonprofit leaders. The summit seeks to address critical topics like international climate policy, regionalization of the energy grid, and California’s resilience strategy in the face of growing natural disasters. 

For more information on financing opportunities, please contact Charles Yawson, Director Renewable Energy Investments at GAF Energy:

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Stone Coated Steel Cool Roof System Enhances Energy Efficiency

The Boral Steel Cool Roof System, manufactured by Boral Roofing, is a high-performance roofing solution designed to keep the home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The system consists of Boral Steel Stone Coated Steel roofing, a lightweight roofing material at just 1.5 pounds per square foot which boasts the structural strength of steel, along with three additional key components: Boral MetalSeal Underlayment, BoralElevated Batten System (EBS), and a variety of hip and ridge ventilation products. Combined, these elements work in concert to greatly enhance the roof’s energy efficiency performance, providing the homeowner with a lasting roof as well as meaningful return on investment.

Notably, the Boral Steel Cool Roof System incorporates Above Sheathing Ventilation (ASV). Hot air rises, creating a natural convection effect, and is then exhausted through ventilation with continuous airflow across the roof deck. The result is a cooler attic and living space in the home below. According to the company, no matter what installation method – whether direct-to-deck or EBS battens, a Boral Steel Stone Coated roof with ASV can help provide improved energy savings.

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North American Roofing Contractors Invited to Apply to ARMA’s 2021 Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program. ARMA encourages all roofing contractors to submit their best low and steep-slope asphalt roofing projects from the past three years for consideration by December 1, 2020. 

“We received a record number of submissions last year — all of which emphasized the many reasons why asphalt is the preferred roofing solution — and anticipate similar engagement for the 2021 program,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “We look forward to seeing the impressive, innovative ways that contractors have used asphalt roofing materials in their projects over the past three years.” 

There is no limit to the number of entries a company may submit as long as each project meets the program criteria. Projects will be judged in four categories: 

• Beauty – Does the project embody the true beauty of asphalt roofing? 

• Performance – Does the project demonstrate asphalt roofing’s reliability, durability and overall system strength? 

• Asphalt: The Roofing Solution – Why was asphalt chosen for this project? 

• Distinction – Is the project clearly distinct from its peers? 

Winning companies will be recognized during the 2021 International Roofing Expo, April 14-16 in Las Vegas. Winners will receive a monetary prize (Gold – $2,000; Silver – $1,000; Bronze – $500), plus recognition in national trade media, local media, and on ARMA’s website and social media. 

The Excellence Awards submission form, along with the full program guidelines, can be found at

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Morin Names New Regional Sales Manager for Central Territory

Morin, a Kingspan Group Company, announced that Michael Allen has joined the Morin Team as Regional Sales Manager – Central Territory. He will be covering Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Allen has worked for half a decade with architects and engineers through independent representatives designing louvers and sunshades based on codes and design requirements. He then was able to get into the finer details of architecture and design with a highly technical product. Allen has also spent time working as an Architectural Design Manager covering the Midwest and aiding architects in specifications and code requirements for glazing. 

According to the company, Allen thoroughly enjoys the design process and his consultative approach appeals to many. He is looking forward to this new opportunity and readily available to assist in the design process, write specifications, and help deliver quality high-end architectural complete projects.

Allen is local to the regions, graduating college from University of Missouri – Kansas City. In his personal time he is a coach for baseball for his boys, builds and designs furniture, and enjoys laid back family time.

Allen can be reached by email at

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Reusable Parapet Anchors

Malta Dynamics introduces its reusable parapet anchor, designed specifically for flat roofs surrounded by parapet walls. These parapet anchors are fully adjustable and can be installed on wall thicknesses from 2.36 inches all the way up to 14.1 inches. Parapet walls must be at least 9 inches high to install this anchor, which supports workers up to 310 pounds.

This anchorage device is non-penetrating and requires no tools to install. The dual tightening handles allow for even force distribution, and rubber protective pads eliminate damage to the parapet wall.

“Our parapet anchors are so easy to install, you can be up and running in just a few minutes,” said Damian Lang, owner and CEO of Malta Dynamics. “They provide a great cost savings because these reusable anchor points can be transferred from one jobsite to another.”

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Polyglass to Showcase Self-Adhered Membranes at the 2020 IIBEC Virtual Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. will be highlighting its modified bitumen membranes, commercial roofing systems, and roof coatings at the 2020 IIBEC Virtual Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium, a cutting-edge educational program taking place September 22-24, 2020. On virtual display will be Elastoflex SA V Polar Base and Elastoflex SA P Polar Cap, Polyfresko G SA, and PolyFlash 1C.

Polyglass experts will be featuring Elastoflex SA V Polar Base and Elastoflex SA P Polar Cap at the virtual booth. Elastoflex SA V Polar Base and Elastoflex SA P Polar Cap are low-temperature membranes designed for cold weather applications in temperatures that are between 25°F – 60°F (4°C – 16°C). They are designed with unique qualities that improve efficiency and performance. Elastoflex SA V Polar Base is fiberglass-reinforced for excellent dimensional stability, and is finished with laylines for ease of application. Elastoflex SA P Polar Cap has a UV-stabilized granule surface and is polyester-reinforced for exceptional puncture and tear resistance. It also features SEALLap Ultra and FASTLap for immediate and more effective bonding of side and end lap seams, saving time and labor costs.

Also to be showcased is the Polyfresko G SA; a highly reflective, self-adhered granular surfaced APP modified bitumen roofing membrane. The membrane performs to ENERGY STAR standards for reflectivity, is a California Title 24 compliant membrane, achieves Class A fire rating, and has been tested to ensure long-term performance in the most extreme environments. Polyfresko G SA membrane is listed with the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) with a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 96.

PolyFlash1C is a one-component, state-of-the-art, silane modified polyurethane flashing compound designed for sealing and waterproofing roofing details, flashings, and penetrations on a wide variety of roofing systems. PolyFlash 1C has the unique ability to be applied as an immediate, but temporary emergency leak repair over wet or damp surfaces. When combined with PolyBrite reinforcing polyester fabric this product can permanently solve typical and challenging flashing needs. 

For more information, visit or speak with Polyglass experts at the IIBEC 2020 Virtual Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium.

Roofing Alliance Seeks to Fund Initiatives That Advance the Roofing Industry

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its annual Call for Funding. Committed to promoting and funding the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic programs, the Roofing Alliance is seeking to fund initiatives that will contribute to the advancement and growth of the roofing industry. This year’s deadline for funding applications is January 1, 2021.

 Each year, the Roofing Alliance provides funding for research, educational initiatives and technical programs that address current issues and work to secure the future of the roofing industry. Roofing Alliance Executive Director Bennett Judson shared that in 2020, a total of $272,253 in project funding was approved. “While much of our funding is earmarked for our ongoing initiatives, the Roofing Alliance is always looking to support new programs that can fulfill a need within our industry and contribute toward the betterment of the U.S. roofing industry,” said Judson. 

A notable example of a successful funding request was that of Clemson University, who used the funds to develop a three-credit roofing class for use in construction management programs throughout the country. The Roofing Alliance will be donating the course materials to construction management schools who are members of the American Council for Construction Education. 

For 24 years, the Roofing Alliance has been committed to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives, all for the purpose of securing the industry’s future excellence. Ongoing initiatives include committee projects and programs including the ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities®, the Roofing Alliance Student Competition and construction management partnerships with universities. 

Requests are due by January 1, 2021. For information on specific criteria and the funding review process please visit To learn more about the Roofing Alliance, please visit or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at