Chapter News – February 2017

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February 8, 2017

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Chicago Area Chapter Honors Tom Billish With Distinguished Service Award

by Dennis McNeil, RRC, RRO, CCS, FRCI
Program Committee, CAC-RCI
Tom Billish received the distinguished service award at CAC-RCI’s annual meeting.
The Chicago area chapter of RCI, Inc. (CAC-RCI) presented retired Emeritus Member Thomas P. Billish, RRC, RRO, CDT with the chapter’s distinguished service award on January 18, 2017, at an award presentation ceremony following the chapter’s annual program and meeting in Oak Brook, IL. The award honors Billish for his long-term commitment, service, and exceptional leadership.

Billish’s career began in the early 1970s. He worked first as an apprentice roofer with James Mansfield Roofing in Lyons, IL. By 1978, he was a foreman. He later moved to Esko & Young Roofing in Chicago, where he worked as a roofing/waterproofing estimator and project manager. Eventually, he started his own business, Crawford Roofing & Maintenance, which he sold in 2011.

Billish joined RCI on October 19, 1987, and has been an active member until his recent retirement. He was approved as an emeritus member on December 9, 2015. This prestigious status is awarded to those professionals who have been members in good standing for at least 20 years, have reached the age of 70 years, and have been recommended for such status by documented application to the secretary of RCI, Inc.

One of the original founders and a charter member of CAC-RCI in 2002, Billish has been actively involved with the chapter. He has served as its director, secretary, treasurer, vice president, president, and immediate past president.

Billish is a Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) and Registered Roof Observer (RRO) with RCI, Inc., and Construction Document Technologist (CDT) with the Construction Specifications Institute.

Chicago Area Chapter Holds Annual Winter Meeting

by Dennis McNeil, FRCI, RRC, CCS, RRO
Program Committee, CAC-RCI

The Chicago Area Chapter of RCI (CAC-RCI) hosted an annual winter meeting for the 14th consecutive year on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at “Hamburger University” on the corporate campus of McDonald’s in Oak Brook, Illinois. A record-setting attendance of 114 consultants, roofing contractors, architects, engineers, facility managers, and manufacturers participated in the one-day program. Featured were four technical presentations totaling 6.0 continuing education hours (CEHs), and three informational update presentations.

Eleven table-top exhibitors included: Carlisle Syntec, Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA), Division 7-23 Group, International Leak Detection, Insulfoam, Siplast, SJ Mallein (Firestone), Sto Corp., Tecta America, TuffWrap, and USG Securock, who all displayed their respective materials and systems. As with previous years’ programs, CAC-RCI coordinated its efforts with The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA), which was holding its 34th Annual Trade Show at the nearby Drury Lane Conference Center over the following two days. A number of CRCA members attended the RCI program, and CAC-RCI members attended the CRCA’s Architects/Engineers/Consultants Breakfast Seminar the next morning, followed by the CRCA Trade Show.

Laverne Dalgleish, with the Air Barrier Association of America, was the second speaker.
The first technical presentation of the day, by Rolf Snobeck, RRC, with TECTA America, “A Review of Roof Warranties,” began with a request to the audience for frequently asked questions dealing with warranties (or guarantees) so he could direct his presentation accordingly. Snobeck prefaced his remarks by relating some of his experiences first as a consultant and now as a contractor as to how warranties are perceived and marketed. He then reviewed the many types of warranties, what coverages are available, and typical exclusionary language found in many warranties. Advantages and downsides of some warranties were explained in detail, along with various “what-if” scenarios given the realistic conditions experienced in contemporary building construction.

The morning’s second topic, by Laverne Dalgleish with the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), was “Achieving High Performance Air Barrier Systems: Materials, Codes, Installation, and Site Quality Control.” Dalgleish first distinguished differences between air barriers and vapor retarders, a key difference being the necessity for sealed continuity with an air barrier. He then discussed seven commonly used air barrier materials, along with installation issues unique to each type, and methods of field testing and inspection of work in-progress and after completion. In conclusion, he outlined the nine components of a quality installation, as suggested by ABAA.

RCI President Robért Hinojosa updating the audience on RCI activities, and promoting the Anaheim Convention
After the morning’s second technical presentation, RCI Region III Director Ray Makiejus, RRC, discussed chapter activities and events within the region, followed by RCI President Robért Hinojosa, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, RRO, PE, who discussed RCI, Inc. activities and programs and promoted the upcoming 32nd International Convention & Trade Show in Anaheim over March 16-21.

CRCA Executive Director Bill McHugh described the activities planned for this year’s trade show and the technical seminar topics.

Matt Dupuis, PhD, PE
The day’s third technical presentation by Matt Dupuis, PhD, PE, with Structural Research, Inc., “Technical Issues in Contemporary Roofing Systems,” began by observing that roofing material problems seem to be decreasing (compared with failures in the 1970s-1980s); however, problems with both moisture and workmanship are on the rise. Dupuis related three concerns with polyiso insulation these days: dimensional stability of the board and linear depressions in the board surface caused by “knit-lines;” true “R” value of the board, as it relates to the temperature of the test sample; and facer performance (paper vs. glass). Other “hot-button” topics included membrane surface reflectivity and how it is tested, air intrusion from outside inward, moisture in lightweight structural concrete, and evolving and more stringent wind design standards.

The fourth presentation of the day, by James Ortega with Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), was titled “Introduction to WUFI Passive.” WUFI Passive is a software program developed by Fraunhofer IBP, PHIUS, and Owens-Corning to combine passive building energy modeling with WUFI’s well-known hygrothermal analysis capabilities. Ortega provided an overview of the software, associated outputs, and heat balance calculations. The presentation also included an overview of “passive” building, in which defined design principles are used to attain extremely energy-efficient buildings. Ortega presented a case study in which WUFI Passive software was used to design a single-family house that attained PHIUS + Certification. Whole building air leakage testing performed immediately after construction confirmed that stringent air leakage requirements were met, a key to achieving the required building performance.

After the conclusion of the afternoon’s technical sessions, President Jeff Button convened a brief CAC-RCI Annual General Meeting before turning over the president’s gavel to John Dashner. The next CAC-RCI program is scheduled for Friday, May 19 in the Oak Brook, IL area, with two technical presentations totaling 2.0 CEHs – topics to be determined. The proceedings then adjourned to the CAC Building Envelope Foundation’s Second Annual Cocktail Reception.

Great Lakes Chapter Holds Annual Meeting

By Sue Baumberger
Industry Director, Great Lakes Chapter of RCI
Ron Kinne receives 2016 Colthurst award
On December 1, 2016, the Great Lakes Chapter held its annual banquet and membership meeting. The festivities included the presentation of the Barton D. Colthurst Memorial Award. In honor and memory of this long-time peer and friend of the consulting community, the chapter presents this award annually to the individual who best promoted change, ideas, and guidance for the chapter’s growth. Congratulations to Ron Kinne for being the 2016 recipient! In addition, the membership voted, and the announcement of the 2017 Board of Directors was declared as:

President: Ron Kinne
Vice President: Joe Sobas
Secretary: Jim Markiewicz
Treasurer: Rick Bresso
Professional Director: Mark Breitner
Professional Director: Paul Majkowski
Professional Director: Jeff Scott
Professional Director: Natalie Thompson
Industry Director: Sue Baumberger
Industry Director: Terry Owens

2017 Board of Directors

Upcoming Chapter events are shown below. Mark your calendars now!
2/9 – Winter Technical Session
4/20 – Spring Technical Session
5/22 – Chapter Putting Contest sponsorship at the SMRCA golf outing
9/11 – Chapter Benefit Golf Outing
10/12 – Fall Technical Session
12/7 – Annual Banquet & Membership Meeting

Details will be sent to the membership well in advance of all scheduled events.

Volunteers are important to any organization. If you would like to help, please contact chapter President Ron Kinne at 734-591-4444 or

Third Annual Joint Meeting of Iowa RCI Chapter and IRCA

By Jennifer Sansone, Iowa Chapter Secretary

In January of 2017, the Iowa Chapter of RCI, Inc. partnered with the Iowa Roofing Contractors Association (IRCA) to host an annual educational conference in Ames, IA. This is the third year that the associations have come together to provide a top-notch lineup of industry experts. The topics were not only specific to roofing and waterproofing trades, but also to anyone who is involved in design, testing, and construction as a whole. The attendees heard presentations on Department of Energy (Oak Ridge Laboratories) sponsored research, leak detection methods for roofs, wind modeling and changes to ASCE 7-2016 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as updates to energy code adoption and updates within the State of Iowa. The Iowa Chapter of RCI appreciates the annual opportunity to partner with the contractors’ association. This event has proven to be a productive meeting for all members of our local building envelope community.

Mid Atlantic Chapter Holds Annual Meeting

By Matt Schofield, RCI MAC Chapter Secretary

The Mid Atlantic Chapter (MAC) held its annual dinner meeting on January 14, 2016, at Wildfire Grill in Tysons Corner, VA. This is the same venue as last year’s event, where the food, wine, atmosphere, and attendance were all amazing! Thirty-eight members and guests were in attendance to meet the new chapter board members, thank outgoing President Steve Bentz for his dedication to the chapter, and discuss the chapter’s upcoming 2017 slate of events and educational seminars.

Michael Williams, first vice president of RCI, Inc. summarized RCI, Inc. news and the 2017 event calendar. Walter Rossiter of RCI Foundation, Inc. (RCIF) spoke about the upcoming RCIF silent auction and ongoing scholarship efforts. Michael Violette, Region I Director and Mid-Atlantic Chapter Scholarship Chair, also spoke.

2016 was an impressive year for the Mid Atlantic Chapter, which, together with its Blue Ridge Branch, hosted six educational events offering a total of 34 RCI, Inc. Continuing Education Hours. The chapter looks forward to more of the same in 2017. Their first-quarter educational seminar for 2017 will be held on March 30 in Manassas, Virginia. Venue information, speakers, and registration will be posted to the Mid Atlantic Chapter website shortly. The chapter is currently accepting submissions for presentations for this seminar and others throughout the 2017 calendar year.

For more information about these events or other chapter information, visit the Mid Atlantic Chapter website at, or contact Matt Schofield at, or Steven Bohlen at