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NRCA ProCertification™ Qualified Assessor Applications Now Being Accepted

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In the first step in launching its highly anticipated NRCA ProCertification initiative, NRCA is now accepting applications for Qualified Assessors to serve as performance exam proctors, responsible for evaluating and verifying hands-on skills for those seeking to be certified through NRCA ProCertification.

NRCA ProCertification is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become certified roof system installers in specific roof system applications and disciplines.

Qualified Assessors are uniquely equipped by meeting eligibility requirements, completing two self-paced online training modules and passing a proctored online exam.

NRCA ProCertification’s Qualified Assessor Program will teach candidates observation and assessment skills and the policies and procedures required to fulfill their roles in the NRCA ProCertification program. This role is ideal for Registered Roof Observers (RROs) and roofing manufacturer and distributor representatives.

Benefits of being a QA include expanding current business offerings by assessing ProCertification candidates; generating additional revenue by charging ProCertification candidates an appropriate fee for conducting their performance exams; gaining access to NRCA ProCertification materials for specific roof system disciplines; and earning a digital badge and professional recognition as being one of the leaders in the roofing industry.

Application materials may be found at www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

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NRCA Member Frye Roofing Inc. Featured on Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor

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NRCA member Frye Roofing Inc., Bluefield, W.Va., recently appeared in the season finale of Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor, a web-based television series that follows television personality Mike Rowe as he travels across the U.S. in search of people who are giving back to their communities. Each show concludes with those being profiled receiving surprise donations that enable them to continue their charitable works.

Frye Roofing was featured in “Standing With Coal Country,”an episode profiling the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank Inc. in Welch, W.Va. The Food Pantry serves 15,000 residents in McDowell County, a once thriving coal mining region. With most of the areas coal mines now closed, its remaining residents suffer from high unemployment and poverty.

Two years ago, Frye Roofing bid on a project to replace the Five Loaves & Two Fishes’ Food Bank’s failing roof system. The roof system had deteriorated so severely, the food pantry was in danger of closing.

When the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank caught the attention of Mike Rowe and his production team, they stepped in and got the job moving.

Frye Roofing donated the labor for the project, and NRCA members ABC Supply Co. Inc. and Carlisle Construction Materials donated materials. All were instrumental in completing what normally would have been a two-week project in just two days and providing the food pantry with a new $80,000 roof system at no charge.

To see “Standing With Coal Country” in its entirety view the link below.

NRCA Announces Significant Updates to Roof Wind Designer Online Wind-Load Calculator

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NRCA has announced the update of Roof Wind Designer, an online wind-load calculator intended to provide roofing professionals with an easy way to determine a roof system’s design wind loads for many commonly encountered building types subject to code compliance.

The free web-based application has been updated to reflect the significant changes made to ASCE 7, “Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures.” Changes include basic wind map changes; new roof zone layouts; and updates to pressure coefficients.

Roof Wind Designer also added the ability to perform wind load calculations for the 2016 version of ASCE 7 and enables users to choose between three versions of the standard: ASCE 7-05, ASCE 7-10 and ASCE 7-16.

The 2016 version of the application can also be used on flat buildings up to 160 feet using the standard’s chapter 30 Part 4: Buildings with 60ft < h ≤ 160ft (Simplified) , giving users a wider range of buildings that can be calculated. Design wind loads for other applicable buildings are calculated pursuant to simplified low-rise procedures for each standard.

Roof Wind Designer initially was developed in cooperation with the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association and North/East Roofing Contractors Association.

For more information visit www.roofwinddesigner.com.

 

Roofing Industry Stakeholders Meeting with Elected Officials Today for Roofing Day in D.C., the Largest Advocacy Event Dedicated to the Roofing Industry

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More than 400 roofing professionals at breakfast in Washington D.C. this morning before heading to visit their elected officials on Capitol Hill.

More than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from 47 states are in Washington, D.C., today meeting with their elected officials for Roofing Day in D.C. 2018. Led by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and more than 20 partner associations and organizations, the event is an unprecedented effort to elevate the image of the roofing industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 is among the top 10 percent of all national legislative fly-in events and the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. Participants will visit with members of Congress and discuss three issues on which there is broad consensus within the roofing industry: regulatory reform, workforce development and immigration reform. About 85 percent of Congress will hear from roofing industry stakeholders during the event.

“NRCA is excited to lead this industrywide effort to bring the message of the roofing industry straight to our elected officials,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Thanks goes out to the more than 400 stakeholders who travelled to D.C. today to advocate for our great industry.”

Robert McNamara Receives Prestigious NRCA J.A. Piper Award

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Robert McNamara (right) poses with 2017 J.A. Piper Award winner Bruce McCrory (left) on Feb. 7 in New Orleans.

NRCA has announced Robert McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, is the 71st recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at the association’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans. The J.A. Piper award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

McNamara served as NRCA president in 2009-10 and most recently served as the chairman of the association’s Long-term Investment Committee in 2016-17.

Prior serving as NRCA president, McNamara served as NRCA senior vice president from 2009-10; vice chairman from 2006-08; and director from 1996-99, 2002-06 and 2009-10. In addition, he has served on many committees, including serving as chairman of the Budget and Finance and Contractor Management Committees as well as president of the Awards Committee, Industry Advisory Board and National Roofing Legal Resource Center.

F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

“As NRCA president he successfully guided NRCA through the apex of the great recession, while setting an example of optimism during that difficult time,” said fellow former NRCA President and 2017 J.A. Piper Award Bruce McCrory, operations/business development manager at Nations Roof, Gulf Coast LLC.

“The roofing industry has so many great people, great work ethics, and that’s what our great country is all about,” McNamara says. “I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

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.

 

Schwickert’s Tecta America’s Kent Schwickert Elected NRCA Chairman of the Board

Kent SchwickertKent Schwickert, senior vice president of Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minn., has been elected the next chairman of the board of NRCA.

Schwickert will serve for the 2018-19 fiscal year. He was elected during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

“Over the years, Kent has been a significant contributor to NRCA and our efforts to advance the roofing industry,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “He has a tremendous ability to work in partnership with all stakeholders in our industry and to get things done. He will make an outstanding chairman of the board.”

Schwickert previously served as an NRCA vice chairman from 2016-17 and was a member of NRCA’s board of directors from 1999-02, 2003-04, 2010-13.

In addition, Schwickert served as member of many NRCA committees, including Business Leadership, Contractor Management, Health and Safety, Membership and PAC Advisory, as well as the Communications Task Force, Future Executives Institute, Insurance Board of Governors, National Roofing Legal Resource Center and the NRCA Retirement Program.

Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

Schwickert will begin his one-year term June 1, 2018.

STATEMENT: National Roofing Contractors Association Plans Roofing Day in D.C. 2018

STATEMENT: National Roofing Contractors Association Plans Roofing Day in D.C. 2018

All roofing industry stakeholders encouraged to participate

 This statement is attributable to: Reid Ribble, CEO, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)

One of the things I have heard repeatedly from National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) members during my first 11 months as NRCA CEO is an interest in elevating the image of our chosen profession. As a result, NRCA is planning its Roofing Day in D.C. March 6-7, 2018, and seeks 1,000 or more roofing industry stakeholders to participate in the event.

To effect change in Washington and elevate the image of the roofing industry, we must speak with one voice: contractors, distributors, manufacturers, designers, labor and management together. When we are united and organized, we present our industry as a united voting body.

Therefore, NRCA asks all industry stakeholders to help identify the top two or three issues that unite the roofing industry. By doing this, we will present a united front that will minimize the objections of elected officials.

In addition, NRCA is asking members of the roofing industry to participate in Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 and consider bringing one or more employees. For more information, contact Duane Musser, NRCA’s vice president of government affairs, at (202) 400-2592 or dmusser@nrca.net.