Roofing Technology Think Tank Announces New Board Member

Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), a group of progressive roofing professionals focused on technology solutions for the roofing industry, announced the addition of Ryan Groth to its board of directors. 

 Ryan was one of the original members of RT3 and brings a passion for helping to advance the roofing industry,” said RT3 Director Karen Edwards. “When a board seat became available and Ryan was nominated to fill the seat, it was an easy decision for the rest of the board to approve.”

RT3 Board Member Tom Whitaker agreed, saying, “Ryan is a passionate roofing industry member.  His communication skills and knowledge of how to build a high performing sales team are without question.”

Ryan worked for a leading roofing contractor in Florida and was key to implementing sales software that the contractor created to contractors nationwide. His passion continued to grow, and he founded Sales Transformation Group to share his vision, strategy, structure, systems, and processes that help contractors succeed.  

In addition to his service on the RT3 Board of Directors, Ryan chairs the RT3 Communications Task Team and is in the process of launching a technology focused RT3 podcast that is expected to go live in Q1 of 2020. 

Ryan joins current board members Tom Whitaker, President of Harness Software; Anna Anderson, CEO of Art Unlimited; Heidi J. Ellsworth, Partner, RoofersCoffeeShop; Steve Little, Head Coach at KPost Roofing & Waterproofing; and Ken Kelly, President of Kelly Roofing.  

For more information and to sign up for the RT3 SmartBrief Newsletter, visit www.rt3thinktank.com.

Trent Cotney Named NRCA General Counsel

Cotney Construction Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Trent Cotney as General Counsel for the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). Cotney and the team at CCL will provide ongoing NRCA member benefits of legal consultation that will include a strong emphasis on proactive support surrounding construction, employment, immigration and OSHA law. 

With the appointment of Trent Cotney as General Counsel, the roofing industry will benefit from Cotney Construction Law’s national reach since it is a law firm that employs almost 40 lawyers with 14 offices across the country, all focused on representing the construction industry. Cotney has represented the roofing industry for more than 20 years, and he has built a law firm dedicated to giving back to the construction industries they serve. “Representing roofing contractors and helping their businesses both proactively and reactively is our focus,” said Trent Cotney. “We understand the law and we know construction so we can help contractors avoid getting into legal troubles in the first place.”

Most of what the Cotney team will do will be pro bono including consulting, articles, research and support of NRCA committees. ProCertification has been the prime focus for Cotney over the last 18 months, where he worked with NRCA committees offering legal advice and consultation that helped determine the structure of the certification and training processes at no charge to NRCA. “Trent Cotney has been diligently working with NRCA on the ProCertification program which is our top priority,” stated McKay Daniels, NRCA Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to working with Trent and Cotney Construction Law.”

The CCL team serves as General Counsel or as an affinity partner for Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association and several of its affiliates, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Chicago Roofing Contractors Association, Tennessee Association of Roofing Contractors, National Women in Roofing, Roofing Technology Think Tank, Tile Roofing Institute, IIBEC Florida and the National Slate Association. The firm is well known for their legal content, thought leadership, philanthropy and overall commitment to the roofing industry.

For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.

RIMA International Presents Second Alexander Schwartz Award

The Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International (RIMA-I) selected Robert (Bob) Wadsworth of Innovative Energy in Lowell, Indiana, as its second Alexander Schwartz Award recipient. 

RIMA International established the Alexander Schwartz Award in 2016 to honor individuals who made a significant contribution to the reflective products industry either through technical achievement, leadership, product development, and/or new technology. The award was set up to recognize those that motivated industry representatives and advanced the reflective products industry and/or RIMA International and, in turn, contributed to the overall acceptance of reflective products within the building codes and in the overall marketplace. The award is only presented when the organization deems that a valid candidate meets the outlined criteria and should be recognized for their significant contribution.

RIMA International’s selection of Wadsworth makes him only the second Alexander Schwartz Award recipient. Wadsworth has been engaged in the reflective insulation industry for over 35 years. He has been an active member of RIMA International, is a past president and has served on the board of directors and held every executive office position as well as chaired various committees and task groups over the years. He has conducted a number of seminars at different building industry conferences and trade shows; and he has most recently served as RIMA-I’s Industry Expert fielding online questions and taking phone calls to assist the association in providing reliable information, resources and technical support.

Wadsworth passed away January 20, 2019. Accepting the award on his behalf was his son-in-law Jonathon Hagarbome, who now runs Innovative Energy with his wife, Whitney. The presentation took place at the Fall RIMA International meetings held in Houston, Texas. 

“It is an honor to recognize Mr. Wadsworth for all he has given to this industry and organization and for the friend he was to us all,” said Mary Edmondson, Executive Director, RIMA-I. “He will be greatly missed.”

For more information, visit https://rimainternational.org

RIMA International Past President Bobby Byrd presents the award honoring Bob Wadsworth to Jonathon Hagarbome. 

RoofersCoffeeShop Is a Winner at the 2019 Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards

RoofersCoffeeShop announced that it is a winner of the 2019 Folio: Eddie Award for Website B2B Building & Construction. The website and online community also received an honorable mention in the B2B Social Media/Online Community category. The Coffee Shop has been an industry staple for roofing professionals since 2002. In 2017, RCS also received an honorable mention for B2B Website/Online Community in the Construction & Manufacturing category.

For more than 25 years, the Eddie & Ozzie Awards have recognized excellence in uncompromising journalism and gorgeous design across all sectors of the publishing industry. More than 300 magazine and digital media professionals from all over the country gathered in New York City on October 30, 2019, at the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards to celebrate the B2B, consumer and regional brands who competed for the prestigious honor.

“We are incredibly proud,” stated Vickie Sharples, RoofersCoffeeShop Partner. “We have worked very hard to create strong content and interesting information that helps roofing contractors every day run a better business. We also think it is critical to celebrate the roofing industry, the professionalism and character of the men and women who make this trade strong. To be recognized for that by Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards is a great honor.”

RCS continues to grow with its addition of the RLW – Read Listen Watch initiative, tri-lingual website, classified expansion into Canada and a full analytics dashboard. The ongoing coverage of the roofing industry by the RCS team continues to inform, educate and entertain. 

For more information, visit www.rooferscoffeeshop.com .

USGBC Launches New “Insight” Feature to Help Green Building Projects Prioritize Sustainability Strategies, Improve Performance

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched Insight, a new data-driven tool that highlights building project design features that can lead to better performance. Insight is available as a feature of the Arc platform and provides information on the design attributes of LEED certified buildings within a specified geographic region. Project teams can then compare and rank potential sustainability strategies to see how they stack up against the performance of other buildings. Insight leverages the depth of the existing LEED data to aid designers and builders in adopting smart, practical and achievable sustainability strategies.

“The Insight tool is all about partnership, innovation and green building performance,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “USGBC has a vision of a performance-oriented future and the trajectory of LEED is to continue to improve the performance throughout the lifecycle of buildings. Holistically, LEED enables the best possible buildings – and with tools like Insight, it will also allow building owners and city leaders to better track progress toward their environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.”

Insight can be leveraged by LEED and green building teams to improve the design – and eventually performance – of their buildings by encouraging the implementation of best practices during the design and construction stage. Insight helps green building and LEED project teams identify practices that could improve building performance and eliminate those that pose a risk to their long-term investment. The new tool is part of USGBC’s continued efforts to leverage data and technology to encourage more informed decisions around sustainability.

Insight was created in partnership with Skanska – a project development and construction group – and also USGBC member company and longtime supporter of the green building movement. Experts from both organizations worked together over two years to develop the tool.

“Insight can compare your project team’s aspirations for energy, water and waste savings with results from similar buildings in your region, which allows you to visualize how the performance of your project stacks up to other buildings like yours and will help you make informed decisions about practical and achievable sustainability strategies,” said Beth Heider, FAIA, chief sustainability officer, Skanska USA. “Skanska is proud of this work alongside USGBC that provides design phase insight to the Arc platform.” 

The ability to consider the impact of strategies and decisions will help building teams be more effective in tracking sustainability performance and progress. Insight supports teams pursuing LEED certification, as well as projects that are already certified, but are committed to maintaining a high level of performance or seeking recertification.  

For more information, visit https://new.usgbc.org

WSRCA Announces New Technical Advisor

In efforts to maintain the highest levels of technical information and assistance for its members, the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) is proud to announce a partnership with new Technical Advisor, Kenneth Klein of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). 

SGH is a national engineering firm that designs, investigates, and rehabilitates structures, building enclosures, and materials. The company’s award-winning work encompasses building, energy, civil/infrastructure, and science/defense projects in the United States, Canada, and more than 30 additional countries. 

Kenneth Klein leads the West Coast Building Technology division of SGH and is experienced in the design and investigation of waterproofing of commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. His work addresses issues related to the integrity of curtain walls, roofs, plaza deck, and below-grade waterproofing systems on a wide-range of structures from residential and high-rise building to buildings of historic significance. Klein has consulted with architects, contractors, and building owners to analyze and repair water intrusion problems and construction defects. Well known in the industry, he has frequently presented to groups regarding building-envelope design and remediation.

According to the association, Klein and his SGH team will provide timely and critical technical bulletins to the member community as a benefit. Attendees at the Western Roofing Expo will see him each year as he will present a technical seminar that promises to be informational and enlightening to the roofing industry.

WSRCA members have special access to these sources of technical information, which can be used by contractors, engineers, consultants throughout the roofing industry as a valuable feature of membership. For information about a free 15-minute consultation with the technical advisor, visit https://wsrca.site-ym.com/Login.aspx.

For more information, visit www.WSRCA.com

IIBEC Extends Deadline for ICBEST Abstracts Until December 6

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) announced that the deadline for abstracts for the 2020 International Conference on Building Envelope Systems and Technologies (ICBEST) has been extended. Abstracts must now be submitted by December 6. 

ICBEST 2020 will be held in Vancouver August 31-September 2. The event, co-hosted by IIBEC and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), provides a worldwide forum for the exchange of information and discussion of recent developments in, and applications of building envelope engineering. ICBEST’s scope is to bring together engineers, architects, scientists, and practitioners with a common interest to promote new knowledge and practice of building envelope systems and technologies.

According to IIBEC, abstracts of each paper (200 words) should be filled out digitally on the form on the ICBEST 2020 website. The deadline for abstract submissions is December 6, 2019. Notification of acceptance/regret will be made December 17-20, 2019, and final papers are due to IIBEC on April 3, 2020.

For more information, visit https://icbest2020.com

NRCA Offers Recommendations to Help Homeowners Avoid Roof Damage During Winter

The National Roofing Contractors Association is reminding homeowners to minimize damage to their roof systems by preventing ice buildup during the coldest months. NRCA recommends making sure a roof is properly insulated and attics are properly vented. Insufficient insulation and venting can contribute to the melting of snow closest to the roof surface and can cause an ice dam, or an accumulation of frozen water at the edge of the roof that prevents water from running off.

Throughout the winter, homeowners should check their roofs for ice dams. Where ice damming presents an urgent problem and demands immediate action, it is advisable to remove snow accumulated on the roof to prevent additional water backups. Snow removal from roofs should be attempted only if it can be done safely from the ground level with a roof rake or an extended-handle broom. NRCA does not recommend using ice picks, shovels or any tool with sharp edges that may damage roof coverings. For best results, NRCA recommends homeowners contact a professional roofing contractor for snow removal, especially if snow or ice cannot be safely removed from the ground level.

To locate an NRCA professional contractor and learn more about roof maintenance, homeowners can visit NRCA’s consumer website at www.everybodyneedsaroof.com.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

IIBEC Announces Abstracts for ICBEST Are Due November 22

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) announced that abstracts for the 2020 International Conference on Building Envelope Systems and Technologies (ICBEST) must be submitted by November 22.  

ICBEST 2020 will be held in Vancouver August 31-September 2. The event, co-hosted by IIBEC and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), provides a worldwide forum for the exchange of information and discussion of recent developments in, and applications of building envelope engineering. ICBEST’s scope is to bring together engineers, architects, scientists, and practitioners with a common interest to promote new knowledge and practice of building envelope systems and technologies.

According to IIBEC, abstracts of each paper (200 words) should be filled out digitally on the form on the ICBEST 2020 website. The deadline for abstract submissions is November 22, 2019. Notification of acceptance/regret will be made December 13-17, 2019, and final papers are due to IIBEC on March 13, 2020.

For more information, visit https://icbest2020.com.

The Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the availability of scholarship applications for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program began in 1986 to fund education for employees, their spouses and their dependent children of NRCA contractor and supplier members who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries. The program is named for Melvin Kruger, a former NRCA president, a former Roofing Alliance president and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga.

A maximum of 11 recipients will each receive a $5,000 award that is renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study if they meet eligibility requirements. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside appraisal.

The named $5,000 scholarships awarded through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program are: Beacon Roofing Supply Inc.; Dan Cohen; Firestone Building Products (two scholarships); Fred Good; William A. Good; Melvin Kruger; and OMG Roofing Products Inc. (two scholarships).

The new scholarship category is the Reid and DeaNa Ribble/Career Technical Education Scholarship which helps fund students pursuing an education at a vocational or technical trade school. It is designed to help those who are seeking a professional career inside the roofing industry including but not limited to roof system and sheet metal installers/fabricators, crane and equipment operators, foremen and superintendents, warehouse and inventory specialists, and other roofing trade specialties. This CTE scholarship is not designed for those careers that require a four-year undergraduate degree. There will be a maximum of five recipients who will be eligible to receive a $1,000 award that is not renewable, but winners are eligible to apply again the following year.

“Since the program began, 130 students have received $845,000 in scholarship awards,” said Josh Kelly, VP of Product Development & Innovation, OMG Roofing Products and current president of The Roofing Alliance.  “Supporting students who are interested in careers in the roofing industry ensures that the future of the industry remains strong.  Contributions to the program are always encouraged,” continued Kelly. 

To learn more about the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program or download the application, please visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net. Applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019.