FGIA Updates Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a document intended to help one understand the value and effective application of plastic glazed skylights and sloped glazing in a building design as well as the features and benefits of different plastic glazing materials. This is the second update to AAMA PSSG-20, “Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing,” originally published in 2016.
“PSSG provides the architect, engineer, contractor and property owner the with guidance to best leverage plastic glazed skylights and sloped glazing advantages by giving sound technical information on the various aspects and considerations that need to be taken into account when incorporating them into a building design,” wrote Neall Digert (Solatube) and John Westerfield (CrystaLite), two leaders within the Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing Review Task Group, in a joint statement about the document. “Plastic glazed skylights and sloped glazing can be used to provide significant energy savings and enhance the aesthetic appearance of a building as well as the appeal of its interior spaces, flooding them with the warmth and illumination of natural daylight.”

This document is part of a suite of documents generated to educate interested parties in the proper design, selection, specification and use of skylights. The reader is encouraged to explore all the skylight publications for a complete understanding of the properties associated with skylights. The following list is a list of all current AAMA skylight documents:
* AAMA SDGS-1-89, “Structural Design Guidelines for Aluminum Framed Skylights”
* AAMA 1607-14, “Voluntary Installation Guidelines for Unit Skylights”
* TIR A7-11, “Sloped Glazing Guidelines”
* AAMA SSGPG-1-17, “Structural Silicone Glazing (SSG) Design Guidelines”
* AAMA GDSG-1-87, “Glass Design for Sloped Glazing and Skylights”
AAMA PSSG-20, as well as other AAMA documents available from FGIA, may be purchased from the online store at the discounted member rate of $20 or the non-member price of $60.

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

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 bjudson@roofingalliance.net or visit www.roofingalliance.net

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 www.asphaltroofing.org/excellence.

For more information about ARMA, visit www.asphaltroofing.org.  

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 http://www.roofingalliance.net/About/Funding. To learn more about the Roofing Alliance, please visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net

IIBEC Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium Virtual Event Launches September 22-24

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) announced that the 2020 Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium will be held September 22-24, 2020. The virtual will include six technical presentations and designated trade show hours. Attendees can earn continuing education hours from their home or office. After the Symposium concludes live, the technical presentations will be available for attendees for 31 days on IIBEC’s online event website.

For more information about the online platform or to register, click here. For more information about IIBEC, visit https://iibec.org

The Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the opening of the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program for the 2021-22 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. who is recognized not only as a great industry leader, but also as a person who has devoted much of his life to the cause of education.

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; Jim and Suzanne MacKimm; Melvin Kruger; and OMG Roofing Products Inc. (two scholarships).

In its second year, the Accredited Career Technical Education Scholarship is also available to help 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 Accredited Career Technical Education 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. Reid and DeaNa Ribble provided named scholarships for the Accredited Career Technical Education opportunity.

“Since the program began, a total of 131 students have received $890,000 in scholarship awards,” said Kyle Thomas, owner of Thomas Roofing 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.”

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

MCA Welcomes Four New Member Companies

Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to introduce its newest members. The association will be collaborating with these new member companies as it continues to educate people on the importance of metal in the building envelope. The four newest members are:

Metal Panel Systems – This manufacturer of custom-formed commercial and residential metal roofing and architectural panels has been in business for nearly three decades. Located in West Chester, Ohio, the company specializes in architectural standing seam systems and accessories including fasteners.

TrueCore – Headquartered in Laurens, S.C., this division of Nucor produces insulated metal panels for the cold storage and industrial markets in North America. Among the sectors they service are agricultural, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and warehousing.

Metalhouse, LLC – Based in Orlando, Fla, Metalhouse is a privately-owned supplier of iron and steel products including steel making raw materials, steel wire rods, steel beams, channels, and merchant pipes.

Falk Production LLC – FALK Panel supplies insulated metal panels for exterior and interior walls and roofs, metal profiles and required accessories. The company is located in Walker, Mich.

MCA members represent a broad array of companies including metal roof, wall panel, shingles and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers, MCM fabricators and contractors.                                                                            

“Metal Panel Systems joined MCA to surround our company with the industry’s best talent and to gain access to experts who have experience in what we do every day,” says Ben Mackie, Operations Director at Metal Panel Systems. “We hope to come away with new friendships, as well as connections and unlimited technical resources.”

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities and connections among suppliers and industry leaders in research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

“We’re excited to work with all of our new members and show them all of the benefits MCA offers,” says MCA’s Executive Director Jeff Henry, MBA CAE. “We look forward to building meaningful relationships that help our members network with fellow industry leaders and  expand their businesses.”

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

Latest MRA Industry Research Show Jump in Metal Roofing Demand for U.S. New Home Construction

The latest industry report for the U.S. residential roofing sector shows that growth for metal roofing for new home construction has doubled in the past year, and continues to enjoy an ongoing steady demand among the repair/remodel market segment.

According to the recent 2019 Dodge Report data commissioned by the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), metal roofing is the second most popular type of residential roofing in the U.S. For new construction, market share doubled from four percent in 2018 to eight percent in 2019. The repair/remodel market share for metal roofing held steady at 12 percent for 2019.

The MRA attributes the increased demand for metal roofing among U.S. home builders to the adoption of more resilient building products that deliver better, long-lasting performance in climate extremes. The Mid-Atlantic region, where severe storms and hurricanes are common, saw the greatest increased use of metal roofing. Other factors that have helped boost the popularity of metal roofing include the desire among consumers for more environmentally-friendly choices and greater familiarity and knowledge of metal roofing.

“Home builders have their finger on the pulse of what today’s homeowners want and the latest trends in the market,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director. “As consumers become more educated about their options and gravitate towards building materials and practices that are resilient, sustainable and long-lasting, we’re seeing that reflected in what builders are choosing to use.”

Other factors driving demand for metal roofing include the increased adoption of residential solar systems and rising popularity of net zero homes. As a stronger, durable and lighter-weight material that lasts for decades, metal is an ideal platform to outlast residential rooftop solar panels, and can help maximize a home’s energy efficiency to lower utility bills.

Design and style also play a major role in driving the demand for metal roofing. Overall, metal roofing offers more styles, colors and design options than any other type of roofing material. Since 2015, the annual Dodge report has showed an increase in the popularity of metal roofing styles—including those that mimic shingles, shake, tile and slate—from 22 percent to 34 percent for 2019 in the repair/remodel market. The use of higher end materials such as copper also has increased from five percent in 2015 to nine percent in 2019.

The research indicates that today’s homeowners also understand the benefits of high-tech metal roofing coatings to boost energy efficiency and deliver low maintenance benefits. While even bare metal roofs are more energy efficient than asphalt, their use decreased from 32 percent in 2015 to 23 percent in 2019, while the adoption of pre-painted metal roofs jumped from 53 to 61 percent during the same time period for the repair/remodel market. As the industry’s leading resource for driving metal roofing education and awareness, Ramey says homeowners are increasingly savvy about options that will improve their home’s long-term performance, as well as maximize curb appeal and resell value.

Yet there is still room for improvement. While the 2019 Dodge Report shows the rising popularity of metal roofing, many regions prone to dangers such as wildfire, have been slower to adopt metal roofing even though metal roofs offer a Class A fire rating and are ignition-resistant to flying embers and sparks. According to the MRA, as knowledge of metal roofing benefits continue to grow, so too will its market share, especially in regions grappling with severe climate threats.

“The need to re-evaluate and do things differently in light of a changing climate will continue to lead homeowners and builders to construct more resilient homes in every region,” said Dick Bus, President of ATAS International and the MRA.  “As an MRA member, our goal is to make sure all homeowners, whether they are replacing their roof or building a new home, have the resources and information they need to make the best choice possible.”

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

Leap Presents Free Webinar on Aligning Sales and Marketing for Success

Leap is hosting a free webinar titled “If Your Sales and Marketing Teams Aren’t Working Together, You’re Losing Money!” The live webinar will be held on Sept. 8 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern time. Speakers Heidi Ellsworth and Karen Edwards have been helping business owners build results-oriented marketing strategies for years — and their advice has helped marketing teams work harmoniously with the rest of the company.

According to Ellsworth and Edwards, successful marketing plans aren’t developed in isolation; they require collaboration across sales and operations to see the greatest results.

The webinar will cover topics including: 

  • How home improvement companies can add marketing strategies into their sales efforts to achieve higher profitability and revenue 
  • Build a strong brand for lasting success through sales and marketing collaboration
  • Learn why collaboration between sales and marketing teams is essential for any contracting business’s long-term profitability and growth
  • How your workforce can be your best marketing source by creating brand ambassadors that provide ongoing opportunities for sales  
  • Learn about the best tools to help integrate sales and marketing efforts

For more information or to register for the webinar, click here.  

MRA Announces Updates, New Benefits Available Through Its Contractor Membership Program

Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), the nonprofit organization supporting the residential metal roofing industry in the United States and Canada, has announced updates and changes to its contractor membership program, giving contractors more benefits and ways to build and promote their business than ever before.

“The U.S. and Canadian residential metal roofing business is growing, and our goal is to help members maximize the opportunity while showcasing the outstanding work being done in the industry to help drive that demand,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director. “MRA stands for quality metal roofing, and that is well represented by our members’ participation and commitment.”

With Gold, Silver and Bronze level memberships available, MRA’s contractor member benefits now include:

Greater digital exposure: With thousands of visitors to its site every year, the MRA website (www.metalroofing.com) is a leading source for homeowners to learn, compare and search for metal roofing. Gold and Silver MRA contractor members can now feature their own personalized homeowner testimonials, including images, and upload an unlimited number of residential project images to their company profile on MRA’s member pages (Bronze members may upload a limit of five images). Gold level members also can now feature honors, achievements and awards received. 

Stronger lead and prospect support: MRA Gold and Silver level members will receive qualified consumer leads and additional detailed information about homeowners searching for metal roofing contractors in their area. Gold members will receive leads real-time, as soon as they are submitted via the MRA website, while Silver level members will be emailed leads within the hour. For future sales opportunities from consumers who indicate they are interested in learning more, but are not yet ready to be contacted for a project quote, Gold members also will be sent a monthly “MRA prospects” list to use for educational outreach and as a potential future sales opportunity. 

Expanded promotional support: Gold members may request customized marketing support of MRA-produced literature and promotional materials, updated with their own company logos and contact information. Silver members can request customizable templates. Gold level members also can promote news and information via MRA’s newsletters and social media posts, and on MRA’s Member News page. Silver members can take advantage of newsletter and Member News page support. Gold members also now have access to regional advertising support through the MRA and both Gold and Silver members can utilize MRA-produced promotional materials, including literature and signage, to support their local home shows.

MRA Gold level contract members also can participate on the MRA Contractor Advisory Board, which helps review and guide the organization’s contractor membership program to support the continued growth of members. All MRA contractor members require nomination by an MRA manufacture member and approval by the MRA board of directors. For more information about MRA membership opportunities, visit https://www.metalroofing.com/professionals/

For more information about MRA, visit https://www.metalroofing.com.