IB Roof Systems Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced IB Roof Systems Inc., Grapevine, Texas, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative as a partner member.

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry. Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

“IB Roof Systems is honored to become a One Voice member and to partner with the distinguished members of this great association,” says Jason Stanley, CEO of IB Roof Systems. “We are excited for the opportunity to help address and shoulder the issues our industry faces today, as well as those that may affect our dreams for a better future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

For more information, visit nrca.net/onevoice.

Registration Is Open for the IRE Virtual Edition

The International Roofing Expo (IRE) will provide the industry with two events in 2021. This year the IRE is launching a complementary virtual event taking place March 2-4 in addition to the live event, scheduled for August 10-12 in Las Vegas. Registration is now open for the virtual event.

The IRE Virtual Edition will feature both live and on-demand educational sessions, an exhibitor directory, a product showcase, and a networking platform where attendees and exhibitors can engage with each other via chat, video call, and more.

“This is not just another webinar,” said Ray Giovine, group director for International Roofing Expo / Informa Markets. “We are thrilled to provide the industry with more of the education and content they look forward to every year.”

“The virtual IRE event features a variety of worthwhile offerings for industry professionals, including live educational sessions and exhibitor networking opportunities,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to learn and engage.” Each day runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. During this time, attendees have several options: taking their pre-scheduled meetings with vendors, exploring the on-demand education, booking drop-in meetings or poking around the product showcase.

 “By transitioning our live event to August and launching our virtual event in March, we’re able to create an opportunity to connect our audiences across multiple channels throughout the year,” said Giovine.

Event highlights include:  

  • Virtual Exhibitor Directory: Attendees can meet the manufacturers, suppliers and technology vendors that can propel their businesses forward.
  • Live and On-demand Education: Sessions will cover a variety of topics organized by tracks that include Business, Technical, Legal/HR, Workplace Safety, Windows & Siding and Exhibitor Presented Seminars.
  • Products: Attendees can find the latest products and services for the roofing, window and siding industries. Browse the full directory or search by product categories.
  • Matchmaking: Attendees can get matched to exhibitors who have the products they need.
  • Windows & Siding Community: Attendees who currently are involved in or looking to expand into windows and siding segments can find education, exhibitors and products for these categories located all in one place on the platform.

“Each year, we are inspired and impressed by our attendees, who leave the event and apply lessons learned and new tools discovered at the event,” said Giovine. “Although we aren’t meeting in person until later in the year, attendees will still have the resources to move through 2021 with new education and content,” continued Giovine.“And this being a virtual event, it’s possible during the event to devour the education, have some meetings and still go into the field on the same day.”

Registration for the IRE Virtual Edition is now open. For only $55 attendees will receive:

  • Access to the IRE Virtual Edition online platform
  • Access to the IRE virtual conference live and on-demand sessions
  • Access to the virtual exhibitor profiles
  • Access to the virtual product directory
  • Access to the matchmaking technology
  • Video chat meetings & business card drop options
  • Online access to the platform for on-demand viewing until April 2
  • Free Expo Hall Pass to IRE 2021 Live in Las Vegas on August 10-12 ($65 value)

The live, in-person version of IRE will adapt Informa AllSecure, an approach to ensuring the highest standards of safety, hygiene, cleanliness and quality for operating events. In addition to AllSecure, the show will follow all local government guidelines, as well as the Mandalay Bay Convention Center guidelines. Registration for the live event will open in April.

The International Roofing Expo is sponsored by NRCA, and Roofing Contractor is the official show publication. GAF is the title sponsor of the IRE Virtual Edition.

Additionally, NRCA will offer virtual educational sessions during the IRE Virtual Edition, including Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z March 1 and Foreman Leadership Training, Level 1 March 4. Registration for these events is separate from IRE Virtual Event registration, and they will be hosted on separate platforms.

For more information about the International Roofing Expo and the events, visit www.theroofingexpo.com

To register for the IRE Virtual Edition, visit www.theroofingexpo.com/register.

For more information, visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

NRCA Releases Training for Roof Application Careers Foreman Package

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has made available a Training for Roof Application Careers foreman package designed to help foremen preparing for NRCA ProCertification and to show workers who are training to be foremen what to expect. The foreman management training package joins four existing TRAC packages: asphalt shingle installation, thermoplastic roof membrane installation, steep-slope onboarding and low-slope onboarding. More than 1,000 participants already have chosen TRAC to help improve their roofing careers. 

Foremen who engage with the foreman management training package will navigate through scenarios that reinforce safety, customer service, quality and productivity—the four pillars upon which NRCA ProCertification is built. All scenarios are available for download, and participants are encouraged to discuss the best answers for their work environments with their supervisors. 

A one-time TRAC package purchase provides unlimited use of the training materials to enable employers to train employees at any time. 

Additional information about TRAC is available at nrca.net/education/trac

NRCA Encourages All Industry Stakeholders to Virtually Attend Roofing Day in D.C. 2021

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) invites all roofing industry professionals to come together virtually for Roofing Day in D.C. 2021 March 23-24. The annual event provides an opportunity for the industry to speak with one voice regarding key government policy issues. 

Roofing Day in D.C. brings together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals from throughout the U.S. to voice the industry’s priorities to lawmakers. It is crucial members of Congress hear about the critical issues facing the roofing industry.

All roofing business owners and employees are urged to participate in this year’s event. Participants will meet virtually with members of Congress and congressional staff to discuss federal issues of importance to the roofing industry: increased funding for career and technical education to address workforce shortages; inclusion of a strong buildings component in infrastructure legislation; and immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s current and future workforce needs. These issues were selected with input from the Roofing Day Advisory Committee, which consists of NRCA members and representatives from other industry organizations involved in Roofing Day in D.C. 2021.

For additional information about Roofing Day in D.C. 2021 and registration instructions, visit nrca.net/advocacy/roofingday or contact NRCA’s Washington, D.C., office at (800) 338-5765.

Roofing Alliance Announces Complete Building Maintenance Co. as Newest Governor Member

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced that its newest Governor Level member is Complete Building Maintenance Co., headquartered in Lombard, Illinois. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future excellence of the industry. 

Tony Freas, President of Complete Building Maintenance Co., said, “We joined because we understand the burdens and struggles in our industry and the need for investing in the future and the purpose.” 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, remarked, “Our members make it possible for us to fund initiatives that support the development and advancement of the roofing industry. Each initiative that we fund would not be possible without their support and leadership. We are pleased to welcome Complete Building Maintenance as our newest member.”

The Roofing Alliance was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create a permanent endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry. As the Foundation of NRCA, its objectives are to fund research projects while also supporting and funding charitable and educational programs. 

Roofing Alliance members represent the best professionals in the roofing industry and include contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Members meet twice a year to review initiatives and determine the best use of Roofing Alliance funds for the betterment of the industry overall. 

About Complete Building Maintenance: Complete Building Maintenance was formed in 1962. The firm performed masonry and tuck-pointing services and transitioned into roofing for commercial and industrial buildings in the late ’60s. Complete moved from Chicago to Lombard in the late 1970s. The family owned business is unique in the roofing industry in that many of the same key personnel who joined the firm early on still work at Complete today. Additionally, Complete is transitioning to an employee-owned company of which the first round of stocks is currently being released to the group of new owners. Complete is a premium roofing company that inspects, repairs, replaces and maintains commercial and industrial roofs. They have a long-standing reputation for the highest quality roofing. They specialize in existing buildings and complex projects.

About the Roofing Alliance: The Roofing Alliance is 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. Composed of 174 members representing extraordinary leaders from the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and service provider communities, the Roofing Alliance has committed $13 million to enhance the performance and long-term viability of the industry and allocated more than $5.9 million to fund 51 research, education, technical and philanthropic programs and projects. Serving as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Roofing Alliance members are focused on giving back and supporting high-quality educational programs and ensuring timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues. For more information about Roofing Alliance initiatives, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Roofing Alliance Funds Mississippi State Virtual Reality Safety Research

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) celebrating its 25th year, is funding a research program through Mississippi State University (MSU) for virtual reality and safety research. A team from MSU is working with a Roofing Alliance task force to develop a virtual reality training module that will help the roofing industry focus on ladder safety and overall assessment of rooftop safety.

Roofing Alliance task force members have been holding virtual meetings with the Mississippi State University team as the project progresses. The first steps were to identify topics for the virtual reality module(s) being developed. Two main areas were selected: ladder safety and an overall assessment of rooftop safety. The programs are aimed at new hires and entry-level workers with no prior experience. Participants using VR will experience what it feels like to climb a relatively tall ladder and understand some of the key concepts of ladder safety. The task team has also worked with MSU to develop a BIM model strategy for the research and deliverables.

“It’s intended to be part of a new hire’s onboard training before they actually go up on the roof,” stated Josh Kelly, task force chair. “We provided faculty with some elements that are to be included such as assessing the jobsite for best ladder location, selecting which ladder to use based on building height and weight rating, inspecting the ladder, setting it up and securing it.”

The funding request was submitted by Dr. Saeed Rokooei, an assistant professor at Mississippi State University. The proposal named “Evaluating the Efficacy of Virtual Reality Technology for Improving the Roofing Construction Workers’ Safety” was approved for funding in April of 2020.

For more information on how to submit funding requests, current funding projects or the Roofing Alliance 25th Anniversary contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net or visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA Releases Updated Roof Coatings Guide

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released NRCA Guidelines for the Application of Roof Coatings. The new guide updates the 2015 guide and serves as a reference for roof coating designers and installers.

The guide provides technical information about the application of various types of roof coating systems, preparations necessary for their successful performance and quality control guidelines for on-site evaluation. Also included are best practice guidelines for the application of common roof coatings to various types of roof surfaces, such as membrane roof systems or existing coating systems.

 The guide has been reorganized to more closely follow the chronological order of events surrounding the roof coating process, and terms and definitions have been modified, added or removed to better capture the wide range of applications currently available for roof coatings. Step-by-step guidance on some quality control and quality assurance procedures also have been added.

 Hard copies of NRCA Guidelines for the Application of Roof Coatings are available at nrca.net/shop. NRCA members can download the guide for free in electronic format.

NRCA Shares Career Insights With SkillsUSA Students

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recently joined SkillsUSA members nationwide to participate in 12 industry discussion panels as a professional development activity. The trade-specific discussions were hosted by SkillsUSA and held via Zoom to help students and teachers stay motivated and focused on future career paths during an unusual school year that is virtual or hybrid for many students.

More than 500 students at SkillsUSA schools participated in one of 12 simultaneous discussions — organized by career cluster — including architecture and construction, information technology, manufacturing and transportation. 

The discussions connected students and teachers with business and industry professionals who shared insightful information about their industries. After an overview, students broke into smaller groups organized by career cluster for panel discussions that provided industry descriptions, as well as opportunities to ask questions; learn about trends, job outlooks and education needed for specific careers; and connect with successful industry role models.

“The opportunity to reach out and connect with these students about career possibilities in the roofing industry was invaluable,” said Alison LaValley, NRCA’s vice president of strategic partnerships and workforce development. “It’s imperative we continue to educate students and their influencers and advocate for roofing as their trade of choice.” 

 “This collaboration offers our members the information they need at a pivotal time in the career path decision-making process,” said Chelle Travis, executive director of SkillsUSA. “This program is especially exciting as we entered the 2020-21 school year in the context of a global pandemic that has affected education at more than 4,000 SkillsUSA schools nationwide. We are so impressed with our students as they strive to move forward with their education; many will graduate, and our goal is to ensure they are career-ready. We thank our industry partners who are always willing to step up and support student learning through our programs.” 

For more information, visit nrca.net and skillsusa.org

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC, Atlanta, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative as its 40th partner member.

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry. Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

“Georgia-Pacific Gypsum is honored to join NRCA’s One Voice initiative. For more than 120 years, NRCA has been a valued resource for roofing contractors. The vision set forth around safety, training and increasing professionalism throughout the industry is one we all can stand behind,” says Greg Hudson, director of commercial Dens® sales for Georgia-Pacific Gypsum.

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit nrca.net/onevoice.

NRCA Partners with Oplign to Support Military and Veteran Hiring in the Roofing Industry

The National Roofing Contractors Association has entered into a partnership with Oplign LLC, Virginia Beach, Va., to enhance and support NRCA members’ efforts to recruit transitioning military personnel and veterans. Oplign is a labor market data analytics company that uses artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology to align job applicants with job openings.

NRCA and Oplign will work together to provide workforce recruitment resources, educational tools and training materials to NRCA members identifying how roofing employers can build an effective veteran recruitment and sourcing program. In addition, Oplign will offer discounted subscriptions to NRCA members for its advanced services.

“We see this partnership with Oplign as an invaluable resource for our members,” says Alison LaValley, NRCA’s vice president of strategic partnerships and workforce development. “We hope this opportunity will help our members recruit, engage, onboard and train transitioning veterans to the roofing industry.”

“Oplign is excited to support NRCA. The veteran labor pool continues to be an untapped source of dedicated and talented workers,” says Mike Grow, Oplign’s CEO. “If we can increase the ability of architects, engineers and roofing professionals to connect with transitioning military personnel and veterans, we will feel like we’ve added tremendous value to both communities.”

For more information, visit nrca.net/workforce-recruitment.