IRE Housing Is Open for Booking

Attendees and exhibitors of the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE) can now make housing and travel reservations through the official hotel vendor, IRE Housing, powered by onPeak. Offering hotel, airline and car rental discounts through a variety of companies, IRE Housing offers the biggest savings and most valuable perks.

Taking place Feb. 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the show will offer roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

“We negotiated the lowest rates at the most popular and convenient hotels to the convention center,” says Tracy Garcia, Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE show director. “Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to book early as rates will increase as the show approaches.”

The Rosen Centre will serve as the headquarter hotel and will host most NRCA meetings and events.

The 12 hotels within the International Roofing Expo block include:

  • Rosen Centre – Headquarter Hotel
  • Avanti Resort Orlando
  • Castle Hotel
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Sea World
  • Embassy Suites Orlando – I-Drive/Convention Center
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando I-Drive
  • Hyatt Place Orlando Convention Center
  • Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
  • Rosen Plaza
  • Sonesta ES Suites Orlando
  • Vista Cay Orlando Resort by Millennium
  • Westin Orlando Universal Blvd

As the only official housing provider for the International Roofing Expo, onPeak (formerly known as Travel Planners) is the only company that can sell rooms in the official housing block. Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged not to use other housing providers to secure rooms.

To secure the best rates, show participants must book through onPeak’s IRE Housing online reservation system. Reservations may be made online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by calling (855) 992-3353 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

“With the mix of convenience, accessibility and value, reserving rooms early is a breeze,” says Bill Good, executive vice president of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “Attendees and exhibitors will be pleased with the ease and simplicity of the online reservation system.”

Roof Hugger Hosts Webinar for Metal-over-metal Retrofit Reroofing

Retrofit and reroofing accounts for about 80 percent of all roofing construction projects in the U.S. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), it is estimated that there are currently more than 25 billion square feet of metal roofs in the U.S. that are from 25 to 45 years old, most of them needing replacement.

Join New Tech Machinery and Roof Hugger in a webinar and learn key facts needed to be successful in this market.

Roof Hugger Inc. has been in the retrofit roofing market since 1991. Roof Hugger will be hosting a webinar focusing on metal-over-metal retrofit reroofing and sharing expertise. Questions will be answered during the presentation.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT. Click here to sign up for the webinar.

NRCA Releases Updated Toolbox Talks

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has updated its NRCA Toolbox Talks publication to include the latest developments in safety training for roofing workers.

NRCA Toolbox Talks is designed specifically to enable foremen and trainers to review important safety lessons with their crews on a weekly basis. Each lesson is structured for various presentation styles and includes safety-training tips and key points to stimulate questions and discussion.

Hands-on training conducted regularly is the most effective way for roofing contractors to reinforce worker safety, comply with OSHA regulations and improve profitability.

Topics in NRCA Toolbox Talks include equipment safety, fall protection, OSHA requirements, hazard communication, hot asphalt safety and personal protective equipment.

Research Helps Industry Organizations Conclude Ballasted Roofs Provide Energy Savings

During the last decade, the roofing industry has been increasingly impacted by two strong forces: first, rising energy prices with no real end in sight, and, second, increasingly stringent building codes and regulations, designed to limit emissions, reduce energy use and mitigate the impact of urban heat islands.

The first definitive study to measure the energy-saving potential of ballasted roofs was done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 2007.

The first definitive study to measure the energy-saving potential of ballasted roofs was done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 2007. PHOTO: EPDM Roofing Association

The industry response has also been two-fold: In some instances, new products have been created, such as lower VOC adhesives, primers and sealants, self-adhering membranes and a wider variety of reflective membranes. At the same time, roofing professionals have taken a close look at some of the products that have been in use for a generation. Using rigorous science, they have tested these tried-and-true products to see how they measure up against the new standards. And in many cases, they’ve found that products that have been in use for decades are delivering great results in this new, energy-sensitive environment. Case in point: ballasted roofing, which has been available since the early 1970s, is turning out to be a great choice to meet 21st century needs.

2007 Study

The first definitive study to measure the energy-saving potential of ballasted roofs was done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 2007. Andre Desjarlais, ORNL’s group leader of Building Envelope Research, and his colleagues had just completed work in which “we had done a fairly substantial comparison of different cool roof technologies, both membrane types, as well as coatings,” Desjarlais says. At the request of EPDM manufacturers, working together at the newly founded EPDM Roofing Association (ERA), Bethesda, Md., as well as manufacturers within Waltham, Mass.-based SPRI, Desjarlais designed and implemented a second study to assess the performance of ballasted roofing. “We undertook a study to effectively expand what we had done earlier on coatings and membranes,” he says.

Other factors also encouraged ORNL to generate data about ballasted roofing. The California Energy Commission, Sacramento, had just revised its codes, essentially defining roofs with high reflectance and high emittance as the only choice of roofing membranes that would deliver high energy savings. Desjarlais believed this definition of a “cool roof” might be inaccurately limiting roofing choice by excluding other roofing materials, such as ballasted roofs, that would deliver comparable savings.

The California Energy Commission, Sacramento, had just revised its codes, essentially defining roofs with high reflectance and high emittance as the only choice of roofing membranes that would deliver high energy savings.

The California Energy Commission, Sacramento, had just revised its codes, essentially defining roofs with high reflectance and high emittance as the only choice of roofing membranes that would deliver high energy savings. PHOTO: EPDM Roofing Association

In addition, in Chicago, a new Chicago Energy Code was adopted as early as 2001 “with high reflectivity and emissivity requirements that limited severely building owners’ and managers’ roof system choices”, according to a paper presented in 2011 by Bill McHugh of the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association. At the roofing industry’s request, a reprieve was granted, giving the industry until 2009 to come up with products with a reflectivity of 0.25.

Faced with that 2009 deadline, the Chicagoland Roofing Council, Chicago Roofing Contractors Association and Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association began in 2001 to conduct research on products that would help to meet the city’s goal of creating a workable Urban Heat Island Effect Ordinance while giving building owners a wider choice of roofing products. As part of their effort, the industry coalition turned its attention to the energy-saving qualities of ballasted roofing and coordinated its work with the research at ORNL.

Desjarlais points out the concept of thermal mass having energy benefits has been accepted for years and has been a part of the early version of ASHRAE 90.1. “Thermally massive walls have a lower insulation requirement, so there was industry acceptance of the fact that using mass is a way of saving energy,” he says. “But we had a hard time translating that understanding from a wall to a roof. Whether you do that with a concrete block or a bunch of rocks doesn’t really matter. The metric is no different. Roofs or walls.”

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NRCA’s Online Column Outlines Benefits of a Properly Designed Attic Ventilation System

NRCA’s “From the Experts” column outlines the benefits of a properly designed attic ventilation system.

When properly designed, attic ventilation systems can make a home more comfortable and prevent numerous roof-related problems, according to Nick Sabino, president of Cincinnati-based Deer Park Roofing.

Sabino outlines the importance of attic ventilation in his column “The importance of attic ventilation,” the official consumer website of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). The column is posted on the sites “From the Experts” page.

The column states that because attic heat radiates into living spaces, a cooler attic will lead to a more comfortable home and reduced cooling costs.

In addition, roof system components benefit from increased longevity when an attic is well-ventilated. Because all building materials expand and contract as temperatures change, higher attic temperatures lead to increased expansion of the roof, sheathing and structural components, which are negatively affected by an increase in thermal movement.

To read Sabino’s column in its entirety visit the “From the Experts” column on the Everybody Needs a Roof website.

NRCA Announces Winner of Charlie Raymond Award

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced the winner of the Charlie Raymond Award at its 128th Annual Convention.

The 2015 Charlie Raymond Award contractor member winner is NRCA President Rich Nugent, chief executive officer of Nations Roof LLC, Lithia Springs, Ga. GAF, Parsippany, N.J. received the award in the associate category.

Nugent is a first-time recipient of the contractor member award, and GAF has won in the associate category for five consecutive years.

The award is named in honor of former NRCA president and J.A. Piper Award winner Charlie Raymond, who took on the role of NRCA Membership Committee chairman when the association had only 328 members. He recruited NRCA’s 1,000th member in 1973. Each year in his memory, the Charlie Raymond Award honors contactors and associate members for their efforts to recruit new NRCA members.

Colorado State University Wins Student Construction Management Competition

A team from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., was selected as the winner of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress‘ first student construction management competition, which took place during the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) 128th Annual Convention.

Members of the winning team were Tyler Eberhardt, Eric Erikson, Sean Howell (team captain) and Chris Lierheimer.

The competition was part of an educational partnership with three of the top schools of construction management: Colorado State University’s Department of Construction Management, the Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida and the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University. The goal of the partnership is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs, exploring scholarship programs for both students and faculty members and developing an internship program with interested Alliance members.

Teams from each school were presented with a problem statement—they were asked to bid on installing a roof system on a Bass Pro Shop Sportsman’s Center. Each team had to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate proposal to submit a qualified bid package. Each team submitted written proposals and supporting documents and gave oral presentations at the convention.

The winning team received a team trophy and a $1,000 cash prize for its school as well as individual team member trophies that were presented during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception.

NRCA and CNA Honor Delta Exteriors with Community Involvement Award

In recognition of its efforts to help abandoned and neglected animals, St. Louis-based Delta Exteriors has been presented with the third annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and CNA.

The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Delta Exteriors was selected for its $10,000 donation to support Stray Rescue of St. Louis. The donation will go directly to the shelter’s Stacks Fund, which is the shelter’s emergency medical fund. Because a majority of animals rescued require emergency medical care, this fund was created to specifically cover those medical costs.

In addition to the monetary donation to Stray Rescue of St. Louis, Delta Exteriors created a campaign that noted for every roof completed, Delta Exteriors would pay for the adoption process of an animal.

CNA awarded Delta Exteriors with $5,000 for the Stray Rescue of St. Louis. View the video highlighting Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

Additionally, this year’s honorable mentions each received $1,000 from CNA; they are Cole Roofing, Baltimore, for its work with the Carson Scholars Fund Inc. and Four Seasons Roofing, East Farmingdale, N.Y., for its work with Nourish the Children, an initiative of NuSkin Enterprises.

The awards were presented on Feb. 25 at NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans.

NRCA to Hold Southern Regional Conference April 29

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will hold its semi-annual regional conference April 29 at the Soprema Pompano Beach Regional Office and Training Facilities, Pompano Beach, Fla. The conference will highlight roofing industry issues.

Roofing professionals from across the Southeast and southern states are encouraged to participate in this one-day event. The conference will provide in-depth information about the most critical safety, risk management, technical, building code and legislative issues affecting roofing contractors.

Attendees also will hear from fellow roofing professionals about current issues, trends and challenges facing the industry.

NRCA members and non-members are encouraged to attend. View more information or register online.

Kiker Corp. President Receives Award from NRCA

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Don McCrory, president of Kiker Corp., Mobile, Ala., is the 68th recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The J.A. Piper award is a prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

McCrory, who served as NRCA’s president in 2002-03, currently serves on the association’s National Roofing Council.

Prior to serving as NRCA president, McCrory served as NRCA senior vice president from 2001-02; vice president from 1999-2002; officer during 1990-91, 1996-98 and 1999-2000; and director from 1986-89; and 1991-94. In addition, he has served on many committees, including serving as chairman of the Environmental Task Force and the International Relations Committee, Roofing Awareness Program Task Force, Industry Advisory Board, Budget and Finance Committee, Exhibitor Advisory Committee, Convention Committee, National Roofing Service Corp. (NRSC), Nominating Committee and PAC Advisory Committee.

McCrory also helped develop ROOFPAC, NRCA’s political action committee, and NRCA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Kiker Corp. is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

“In the mid-1970s, he decided to start his own business and the rest, as they say, is history,” says fellow former NRCA president and 2014 J.A. Piper Award Rob Therrien, president of The Melanson Co. Inc., Keene, N.H. “The company has become one of the most respected in its part of the country.”

“I have served with such a great group of people who have been mentors and best friends to me,” McCrory says. “I am so honored and humbled to receive this award. It’s the best honor I’ve had in my life other than my faith.”

First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA President Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.