Former President Barack Obama to Keynote the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Informa Connect announced that Former President Barack Obama will speak at the Wednesday keynote of the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. This year’s conference will take place Nov. 19-22 in Atlanta, Ga. at the LEED Gold Georgia World Congress Center. Registration is now open.

“USGBC is deeply honored that President Obama has accepted our invitation to speak at Greenbuild 2019,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “President Obama is a global leader and a longtime friend of the green building community. While in office, his administration negotiated the landmark Paris Climate Accords, expanded the impact of our field and helped open the door for energy efficiency investments in both the public and private sectors. I know that when he joins us on the keynote stage in November, he will impart his ideas, passion and vision to our growing global green building family.”

Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States. He took office at a moment of crisis unlike any America had seen in decades – a nation at war, a planet in peril, the American Dream itself threatened by the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. And yet, despite all manner of political obstruction, Obama’s leadership helped rescue the economy, revitalize the American auto industry, reform the health care system to cover another 20 million Americans, and put the country on a firm course to a clean energy future – all while overseeing the longest stretch of job creation in American history. 

“As the green building movement evolves and continues to permeate our everyday lives, President Obama is a valuable leader to bring that vision to life,” said Andrew Mullins, CEO, Informa Connect. “His commitment to unite humanity in combating a changing climate is a great example to follow. At the 2019 event, our attendees, exhibitors, and all participants of Greenbuild will be celebrating the notion that every human, regardless of circumstances, deserves to live a long and healthy life. There is no better voice or embodiment of that than President Obama.”

Previous Greenbuild keynote speakers have included Ret. Gen. Colin Powell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, famed architect Bjarke Ingles, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, human rights activist Amal Clooney, former Vice President and climate activist Al Gore, and many others.

Greenbuild, the largest green building conference and expo in the world, is produced by Informa Connect and presented by USGBC. Greenbuild 2019 features four days of networking, educational sessions, green building tours, keynote events, and a robust expo floor.

For more information and to register for Greenbuild, visit greenbuildexpo.org.

MRA Offers Discount, Educational Seminars at Metalcon 2019

Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is offering more opportunities to save and learn during MetalCon 2019, held in Pittsburgh, Penn., Oct. 16-18.

As the largest event dedicated to the metal design and construction trade in North America, MRA members and non-members can now register for the event at www.metalcon.com for discounted price of $55 using promo code: MRA2019. That represents a $40 savings off regular MetalCon registration prices (manufacturers, suppliers & distributors are excluded).

MRA also is hosting two expert seminars during MetalCon, exploring topics designed to help attendees capitalize on the booming metal roofing business, including:

Young Installers – The New Labor Force

Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 4–4:30 p.m. (room: PPG theater)

It may be one of the biggest issues impacting the industry today: how to attract, recruit and retain a young workforce. This MRA session will explore tips, tools and inexpensive techniques for how to create an engaging workplace that will appeal to an up-and-coming labor force.

Quality Metal Roofing – Why it Matters

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 from 5–5:30 p.m. (room: Learning Center #1947)

Sub-par materials that do not perform to consumer expectations give the metal roofing business a bad rap. Through testing, research and experience, the industry has developed an agreed-upon set of product specifications to ensure residential metal roofs meet or exceed expectations for durability, aesthetics, longevity and overall performance. Learn how quality metal roofing helps build long-term customer satisfaction, reduces call-backs and increases referrals.

Pre-registration for MetalCon and MRA seminars are available by visiting the MetalCon website at www.metalcon.com. For more information about the Metal Roofing Alliance, including how to become a member, visit www.metalroofing.com.

U.S. Department of Labor Reminds Employers About Submitting Injury and Illness Data to OSHA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers who have not already done so to submit their 2018 OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).

Who is required to submit Form 300A?

How to submit Form 300A:

Submit injury and illness data electronically at www.osha.gov/300A.

For questions about submission requirements, complete the Help Request Form at www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/ita/help-request-form.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Kalkreuth Roofing Charities Donates $31,720 to Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center

West Virginia based Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal’s (KRSM) newly-developed charity organization, Kalkreuth Roofing Charities, held its annual Kalkreuth Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) on the Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones, Jr golf courses at Oglebay Resort’s Speidel Golf Club in Wheeling West Virginia on July 27 and 28. The KAGC is a premier tournament in the tri-state area and hosted over 240 golfers this year.

In addition to the weekend tournament, KRSM hosted its 5th Annual Kalkreuth Vendor Invitation (KVI) on Friday, July 26 as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to nearly 50 valued vendor partners who sponsored the KAGC. This event also took place on the Palmer and Jones courses and was preceded by a welcome dinner on July 25. The initial check presentation to Easter Seals took place after dinner with our two Co-Title Sponsors for the KAGC, ABC Supply and Johns Manville.

Proceeds from these golf events contribute to the annual donation to the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. Their work is to create solutions that change the lives of children and adults with disabilities, or other special needs, and their families. With an overwhelming amount of generosity and continued support including mulligan sales and cash donations on the day of the KVI, the total contributions increased by $4,220, and Kalkreuth Roofing Charities was able to donate a total of $31,720 for 2019. Kalkreuth Roofing Charities has donated over $120,000 to Easter Seals over the last 8 years.

“I’m beyond thankful for the continued support of everyone involved with both of these golf events,” said Chairman John Kalkreuth. “It is because of you that we are able continue this tradition while supporting our community.”

West Virginia based Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal’s (KRSM) newly-developed charity organization, Kalkreuth Roofing Charities, held its annual Kalkreuth Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) on the Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones, Jr golf courses at Oglebay Resort’s Speidel Golf Club in Wheeling West Virginia on July 27 and 28. The KAGC is a premier tournament in the tri-state area and hosted over 240 golfers this year.

In addition to the weekend tournament, KRSM hosted its 5th Annual Kalkreuth Vendor Invitation (KVI) on Friday, July 26 as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to nearly 50 valued vendor partners who sponsored the KAGC. This event also took place on the Palmer and Jones courses and was preceded by a welcome dinner on July 25. The initial check presentation to Easter Seals took place after dinner with our two Co-Title Sponsors for the KAGC, ABC Supply and Johns Manville.

Proceeds from these golf events contribute to the annual donation to the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. Their work is to create solutions that change the lives of children and adults with disabilities, or other special needs, and their families. With an overwhelming amount of generosity and continued support including mulligan sales and cash donations on the day of the KVI, the total contributions increased by $4,220, and Kalkreuth Roofing Charities was able to donate a total of $31,720 for 2019. Kalkreuth Roofing Charities has donated over $120,000 to Easter Seals over the last 8 years.

“I’m beyond thankful for the continued support of everyone involved with both of these golf events,” said Chairman John Kalkreuth. “It is because of you that we are able continue this tradition while supporting our community.”

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2019-2020 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Recipients

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces the Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Recipients for 2019-20.

Since 1986, The Roofing Alliance has invested time and funding not only to educate the roofing industry but also the industry’s youth through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. Named for Melvin Kruger, a former NRCA president and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga., the program is available to NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries.

The Roofing Alliance awarded five new Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships to:

Joseph Castellucia – Dan Cohen Scholarship, son of Joseph Castellucia, vice president, Chris Andersen Roofing Co., Hopelawn, N.J.

Davis Edwards, son of Van Edwards, Chief Op Officer, Midsouth Roof Systems, Forest Park, Ga.

Matthew Killgore – OMG Scholarship, son of Charles Killgore, Vice President, Delta Roofing & Sheet Metal, West Memphis, Ark.

Morgan Patterson – OMG 2nd Scholarship, daughter of James Patterson, Vice President Procurement, Centimark Corporation, Canonsburg, Pa.

Calvin Raymore, son of Calvin Raymore, Senior Vice President of Safety and Risk, Centimark Corporation, Canonsburg, Pa.

In addition, the Roofing Alliance renewed six Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships to:

Salvador Flores Garcia – Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship, attending University of California: Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.

Elaina Krumholz – Fred Good Scholarship, attending the University of Minnesota; Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minn.

Sophia McGuire – William A. Good Scholarship, attending University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Alyssa Merna – Firestone Scholarship, attending Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.

John Paynter – Melvin Kruger Scholarship, attending East Carolina University, Greenville, S.C.

Cameron Tickerhoff – Firestone Scholarship, attending Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

“A total of $30,000 was awarded for scholarship renewals,” stated Josh Kelly, current president of the Roofing Alliance.  “We also awarded $25,000 for five new scholarships for a total of $55,000 for the 2019-20 school year.  To date for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program we have awarded a total of 130 students who have received $845,000 in scholarship awards.  We are very honored to give back to the next generation of roofing professionals in this way.”

Scholarship recipients are awarded $5,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of 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.  Details for the 2020-21 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program and the application guidelines will be available in August of 2019.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

AIA Predicts Continued Growth in Nonresidential Construction Through 2020

Spending on nonresidential building construction is expected to increase almost four percent this year and more than two percent in 2020, according to a new consensus forecast from The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Continued volatility has not impacted construction spending as the projections by the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel—consisting of leading economic forecasters—are largely unchanged from where they stood at the beginning of the year. While some individual construction sectors are projected to see declines over the next 18 months, the consensus projects overall building construction activity will continue to expand. 

“The outlook showing nonresidential construction activity continuing to expand reflects the underlying strength of the economy, even this late in the business cycle,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “However, there are several potential threats to continued healthy growth in the broader economy as well as in the construction industry that would point to slower economic growth in future quarters.”

More details on the latest Consensus Construction Forecast can be found on AIA’s website.

For more information, visit www.aia.org

U.S. Department of Labor Kicks Off Safe + Sound Week on August 12

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will join businesses and organizations nationwide to recognize the importance and successes of workplace safety and health programs during Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18, 2019.

The week-long event encourages employers to implement workplace safety initiatives, and highlight workers’ contributions to improving safety. Businesses that incorporate safety and health programs can help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce workers’ compensation costs, and improve productivity.

“Leadership commitment matters and demonstrates workplace safety is a priority,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “Safe + Sound Week reminds employers that safety and health programs help businesses save money, eliminate injuries, and most importantly save lives.”

Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety to workers, customers, the public, or supply chain partners should participate. Learn more about how to help plan and promote safety and health plans.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Register Now for the National Slate Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

The National Slate Association (NSA) announced that registration is now open for the Bi-Annual National Slate Association Conference, which will take place in Washington, D.C., on October 24-27. Highlights include a tour of the U.S. Capitol and National Mall, a walking tour of slate roofs in the Chevy Chase area, a full day of slate-related speakers, AIA accredited presentations, and installation demos at the Roof Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference headquarters is the Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Chevy Chase Pavilion, an eco-friendly hotel within close proximity of Rock Creek Park and Washington National Cathedral.

Speakers and presentations include Victor Cardenes, “All You Need To Know About Slate”; Reid Ribble, “Vision for NRCA and the Roofing Industry”; and Bill Wilkins, “Artificial Intelligence Driven Roofing Assessments.” Additional Speakersinclude Trent Cotney of Cotney Construction Law, Brad Jones of Buckingham Slate, Ski Wysocki of Chicago Metal Supply, Ken Rule of Black Diamond Slate and John Chan of Durable Slate. 

The full agenda can be found on this Google Doc.

For more information or to register, visithttps://slateassociation.org/events/.

SPRI Appoints New Technical Director

SPRI, the association representing sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry, has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Randall E. Ober as Technical Director. Ober brings more than 35 years of commercial roofing experience to SPRI, and he possesses a wide range of expertise in single-ply materials, the development of new roofing systems, acquisition of code approvals, and promotion of products.

Ober opened his own consulting company, Mr. HeatWeld Consulting Services LLC, in 2016. For the 33 years prior, he held a number of senior positions at Carlisle SynTec Incorporated, including many facets of project management and project engineering. In addition to years of corporate experience, Ober possesses a history of distinguished volunteer work. He currently serves in a number of leadership roles within the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) and is a past recipient of the ASTM Award of Merit and Distinguished Leadership Award.

“I am thrilled to serve as Technical Director of SPRI,” Ober said. “I know I have big shoes to fill in taking the reins from Mike Ennis, but my 35-plus years in the commercial roofing industry has prepared me to be an effective advocate for the SPRI membership.”

Ober replaces Ennis, who has served as SPRI Technical Director for the past 13 years. Ennis began his association with SPRI as an employee of Dow Chemical. He served on a number of committees and task forces, as well as President for the 2004/2005 membership year. After becoming active in SPRI’s Board of Directors and Technical Committees, Ennis became Technical Director in 2007.

“Randy will do an outstanding job as Technical Director of SPRI,” said Ennis. “He is well known for his ability to work as part of a collaborative team and lead that team to consensus. This ability will greatly serve the members of SPRI.”

According to the organization, Ennis will work closely with incoming Technical Director Ober to ensure a smooth transition upon his retirement.

For more information, visit www.spri.org.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Offers Comprehensive Metal Roofing Course

To help support the booming demand for qualified metal roofing installers and providers, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering an extension course this winter entitled “Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc).”  

Held Dec. 5-6, 2019, early registration is now open at https://epd.wisc.edu/course/metal-roofing-systems/. A special $150 discount off of tuition for members of the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) also is available using code S-5DIS.

For contractors, construction and renovation businesses, and others looking to build their expertise in the metal roofing industry, this course is designed to be among the most comprehensive available. It covers fundamental principles and advanced topics in both low-slope and steep-slope metal roofing systems and focuses on a wide breadth of essential topics, such as commonly-specified materials and coatings, typical seam profiles, attachment techniques, sealants, flashings, underlayment, snow retention, re-roofing concerns, and design details.

“Demand for metal roofing is outstripping the supply of experienced, qualified installers and providers. That makes it an excellent time to capitalize on the metal roofing business opportunity,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director, the leading nonprofit trade association representing the industry in the U.S. and Canada. “Comprehensive educational resources like these are key for the industry’s continued growth and expansion.”

“Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc)” is suitable for anyone involved in metal roofing design, manufacturing, construction, maintenance, repair and re-roofing, or those looking to enter the field. Course participants can earn Continuing Education Units (CEU), Professional Development Hours (PDH) and AIA Learning Unit Health, Safety and Welfare (LU/HSW) credits.

For more information and to register for “Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc)”, visit https://epd.wisc.edu/course/metal-roofing-systems/. To learn more about the MRA and membership benefits for trades involved in the metal roofing industry, visit www.metalroofing.com