2019 RCI International Convention & Trade Show

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2019 RCI International Convention & Trade Show

March 14-19, 2019 | Rosen Shingle Creek Resort | Orlando, Florida


9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819
rosenshinglecreek.com | 866-996-6338
RCI Attendees’/Exhibitors’ Hotel Reservation Webpage

Register by February 21, 2019  for best availability. Make your reservations directly with the hotel to receive these special room rates. Refer to group name: RCI International Convention and Trade Show.

Room Rates for Convention Attendees

$209 | single/double
$439 | One-bedroom Executive Suite – run of house, as available
$539 | Grande Suite – run of house – as available
No charge for children under the age of 17.
Each additional person is $20.00

Check-in:  3:00 PM | Check-out: 11:00 AM | Guests wishing to avoid an early departure fee of $50.00 should notify the hotel at or before check-in of any planned change in length of stay. Taxes: 12.5% room tax.

ALERT! Be Cautious of Wholesale Room Brokers

RCI has no affiliation with any of these room brokers. While travel firms and booking agents are certainly free to solicit potential customers, it can at times be difficult to determine the legitimacy of their offers, and members who opt for alternatives to the RCI negotiated room rates may potentially find themselves at risk. Specifically, they will offer to make hotel reservations within the RCI block on your behalf, and some will also misrepresent that they are calling from the HOTEL. We strongly encourage you to make your reservations directly with RCI event hotels. 

If you have any questions about our events and the room block or have general questions, we invite you to contact RCI directly at 800-828-1902 or rci@iibec.org.

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort | Orlando, Florida

The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is nestled on a 230-acre site along Shingle Creek just off Universal Boulevard, east of the Orange County Convention Center North/South expansion and just 10 minutes from the Orlando International Airport. Ideally located, it is just a short distance to a variety of Orlando’s best attractions, restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues.

The hotel’s 1,500 guest rooms offer luxurious first-class settings that capture the hotel environment. Capitalizing on Rosen Shingle Creek’s elevation, every single room offers a stunning view of the golf course and the area’s incomparable setting – from the perfectly manicured fairways and greens to the picturesque creek, magnificent cypress trees, and lush natural vegetation.

RCI Attendees’ Visit Orlando Webpage

Visit Orlando welcomes RCI Convention attendees’. A world of thrilling attractions, superb restaurants, championship golf courses, world-class spas, captivating museum exhibitions and performing arts, and more than 1,200 retail shops await you.

Universal Orlando Hotel Partner

The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is a Universal Orlando Hotel Partner, where guests enjoy complimentary scheduled daily transportation from the hotel to and from Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. Reservations are required.

The Spa at Shingle Creek

A 20% discount on Shingle Creek Spa treatments and services (exclusive of service charges) is available to all RCI guests. Appointments based on availability.


Complimentary in-room Internet access is available for guests.


Complimentary self-parking for all convention attendees is offered for the duration of the convention.

Baggage Airline Guest Service (B.A.G.S.)

B.A.G.S. is a Transportation Security Administration-approved remote skycap service that allows guests to receive their airline boarding passes and check their luggage for departures directly from the lobby of Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.  The charge is $15.00 for an unlimited number of bags.  For additional information, please call 800-996-9939.

Ground Transportation

Each year building envelope industry professionals from across North America and abroad gather at the RCI International Convention and Trade Show to participate in over 25 hours of education covering the latest techniques and technologies in building envelope design, repair, and maintenance. This year’s convention will be held in Orlando, FL, on March 14-19, 2019.

RCI Continuing Educational Credit
All registered attendees will receive Continuing Educational Hours (CEHs) based on hourly attendance at educational programs and the trade show.

AIA Continuing Educational Credit
Educational presentations are registered to provide Learning Units for AIA members. Programs will provide 1.0 LU per hour of attendance and qualify for Health Safety Welfare (HSW)* credit.

*The presentation “How to Build A Sustainable, High-Performing Workforce: The NRCA ProCertification Program,” by Reid Ribble and John Schehl, is approved for LU only. It is not approved for HSW.

Trade Show Continuing Educational Credit
Attendees will earn 2.0 CEHs for spending up to four hours on the trade show floor. Attendees who spend more than four hours at the trade show will receive 3.0 CEHs.

Auxiliary Seminars
Auxiliary Seminars are available at additional cost. Auxiliary Seminars offer 6 RCI CEHs and 6 AIA LUs and qualify for Health Safety Welfare (HSW) credit.

Listed below are the sessions that will be presented at the RCI 2019 International Convention and Trade Show.

Dealing with the Challenges of Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction

Auxiliary Seminar – Friday, March 15

This presentation will explain the code changes that have allowed taller buildings to be constructed using wood. Attendees will learn about the characteristics of wood framing that present unique design challenges, the variety of building code issues that serve to reduce the durability of wood-frame buildings, and compatibility issues associated with various construction materials. Finally, the lack of proper communication between construction team members will be discussed, in an effort to focus more on delivering a good building product and less on budgets, schedules, and warranties.

The seminar will be broken down into sections, including:

  • Introduction
  • Designing roofs and balconies to avoid ponding: Design solutions to provide long-term positive drainage for minimum slop assemblies supported by wood framing will be discussed.
  • Best practices for structural framing: Design loads; vulnerability of compression, shrinkage, and long-term creep; and deflection are some of the issues that will be explained.
  • Designing for durability and fire safety: Shortcomings in typical construction practices that can have a negative impact on durability and fire safety will be presented.
  • Keeping the water out: Detailing the building envelope to avoid water intrusion issues is critical to the expected service life of the building.

Scott D. Coffman,

Construction Science & Engineering, Inc., Westminster, SC

Scott Coffman received his BS degree from Purdue University and has over 35 years in structural wood design experience, predominately in engineered wood building components. This includes engineering analysis, code compliance, product testing, and field investigations of FRT lumber, construction-related problems, and product application and serviceability. His work involves a wide variety of buildings, including institutional, light commercial, and residential structures. Coffman has been responsible for diagnosing problems and designing repairs, including the coordination and monitoring of repair activities. He is licensed in nine states.

Jody Gaskin,

Construction Science & Engineering, Inc., Westminster, SC

Jody Gaskin has over 20 years in civil and structural engineering experience in the design of residential, light commercial, and industrial structures. This design experience includes evaluation of structural requirements, structural analysis, preparation of plans and specifications, report preparation, and observations of project site conditions. Gaskin’s forensic experience includes identifying structural deficiencies during various phases of construction and providing comprehensive solutions for corrective repair. This forensic experience involves the assessment of project plans and specifications, industry standards, product manufacturer data, and code compliance research.

Derek Hodgin, RBEC, RRO,  PE, CDT, CCCA,

Construction Science & Engineering, Inc., Westminster, SC

Derek A. Hodgin holds a BS degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University. He has over 25 years of experience as an engineering consultant and is responsible for facility condition inspections, failure analysis, damage assessments, and forensic engineering investigations of all types of structures. He is licensed as a professional engineer in 23 states, as well as having earned his RRO, RRC, RWC, REWC, and RBEC certifications through RCI and his CDT and CCCA with the Construction Specifications Institute. Many of his projects have included analyses of deficient construction cases, including roofs, exterior walls, windows, doors, structural framing, civil site work, and building code review.

Jason L. Smith, AIA,

Construction Science & Engineering, Inc., Westminster, SC

Jason Smith has more than 36 years of architectural experience, including design, master planning, technical detailing, specification writing, and construction management. He has a comprehensive background in building facility physical assessments, facility handicap accessibility, architectural forensics/remediation, contract and construction administration, and environmental hazard assessments. Design projects have included large- and small-scale commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities, high-rise and mid-rise multifamily projects, religious facilities, recreational facilities, and indoor/outdoor aquatics venues.

The Florida Building Code

Auxiliary Seminar – Friday, March 15

This presentation will provide roof consultants, manufacturers, and designers with an analysis of the progress towards the creation of the 2020 Edition of the Florida Building Code (FBC), the centerpiece of a new building code system. The FBC, like all other building codes, is not a static document, it must remain flexible and progress. A building code is ever-evolving and is never the final expression for building matters but must keep pace as new technologies and standards are developed. The notable impact of transitioning from the International Codes as the foundation for the FBC development will be explored and evaluated. One of the new standards which will be assessed is ASCE 7-16 and the effects this standard will have on design, installation, and product approvals. Additionally, the influence ASCE 7-16 will have on roofing application standards and other High-Velocity Hurricane Zone requirements will be considered in the presentation. The creation of the next edition of the building code is at a crossroads. Will the path build upon the legacy of Hurricane Andrew and a continuing effort to strengthen the built environment, or will the track suggest a gradual stagnation or erosion of safeguards for the public?

Michael L. Goolsby, RRC, CDT, LEED BD+C, CBC,

Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory & Economic Resources, Miami, FL

Michael Goolsby has been involved in the construction industry for more than 35 years. He has a diverse and extensive background in the construction industry as a building/roofing contractor, roof consultant, and code official. As Division Director, Goolsby meets the challenges of ensuring the uniform application of the building code and the training of building inspectors, plans examiners, and building officials. He has been a featured speaker at conventions, conferences, and trade associations and possesses the following certifications and licenses: Registered Roof Consultant, Construction Document Technologist, LEED AP BD+C, Certified Roofing Contractor, Certified General Contractor, Building Code Administrator, Miami-Dade County Roofing Contractor, and Standard Roofing Inspector.

Gaspar Rodriguez,

Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory & Economic Resources, Miami, FL

Gaspar Rodriguez has over 30 years of experience in the roofing and general construction industry. His experience includes owning and operating a roofing company, project managing for a large general contractor, and performing building inspections and plans examining for several building departments. He is a graduate of Florida International University with a degree in construction management. Rodriguez possesses the following certifications and licenses: Certified Roofing Contractor, Certified General Contractor, Building Code Administrator, Building Plans Examiner, and Building Inspector. Currently Gaspar is a Senior Code Officer with Miami-Dade County.

Eduardo Fernandez,

Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory & Economic Resources, Miami, FL

Eduardo Fernandez has been involved in the design, inspection, and construction industry for more than 30 years. He gained experience in several architectural and engineering firms, performed design work, prepared construction documents for the permitting process, provided construction management, and performed building and structural field inspections. He has been employed by Miami-Dade County for more than 24 years as a Building Plans Examiner, Building Inspector, Building Inspector Supervisor, Building Code Compliance Specialist, Training and Certification Officer, and staff for the Miami-Dade County Board of Rules and Appeals.

Exterior Concrete Wall Systems

Auxiliary Seminar – Friday, March 15

This auxiliary seminar is specifically targeted at building envelope designers. The purpose of the course is to provide an in-depth understanding of exterior concrete wall systems that serve as part of the building envelope system. This course will cover properties of concrete materials that affect their use in building envelopes, applicable codes and standards, design and construction requirements, and evaluating, repairing, and maintaining exterior concrete walls. Case studies will also be presented for exterior wall repair projects.

Kami Farahmandpour, FRCI, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, PE, CCS, CCCA,

Building Technology Consultants, Inc., Arlington Heights, IL

Kami Farahmandpour is a principal of his firm. He is a licensed professional engineer in several states, an RBEC and Fellow of RCI, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. He has been active in many organizations related to building envelopes. Among his many professional activities during over 30 years in the industry, he has served a three-year term as an associate director of the Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration (SWR) Institute. He also is the coauthor of A Practical Guide to Weatherproofing of Exterior Walls, developed by SWR Institute. Farahmandpour has managed over 300 projects, many of which have involved multiple disciplines and complex building envelope issues.

Josh Summers, REWC, SE, PE,

Building Technology Consultants, Inc., Arlington Heights, IL

Josh Summers is a principal at his firm. He is a licensed structural engineer and a licensed professional engineer. During his 19-year career, he has managed over 350 structural repair and façade rehabilitation projects. Summers’ experience includes investigation of building façades and water leakage issues, structural analysis and design, condition assessments, nondestructive testing, and failure investigation.

Variations in the Free-Fall Velocities of Hail

Saturday, March 16, 7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Hailstorms account for billions of dollars of damage a year to roofing systems. Mitigating this damage is dependent on properly understanding the effect of hail’s impact on roofing systems. Prior research on this issue has depended primarily on data from the National Bureau of Standards’ (NBS’), document, NBS 23, from August 1969, authored by Sidney Greenfeld. The NBS published data stating the free-fall velocities of spherical ice of various sizes with an assumed density of .89 to .91. Resultant kinetic energy was calculated for each of these sizes. This research was based on theoretical data generated by J.A.P. Laurie of the National Building Research Institute in Pretoria, South Africa. The NBS research assumes spherical ice spheres and does not consider other relevant factors such as shape, surface area, air temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure.

To study the effect of these variations in meteorological factors and physical properties of hail, a vertical wind tunnel has been utilized by Jim D. Koontz & Associates. Ice spheres with different shapes, surface areas, and densities have been tested in a vertical wind tunnel with variations in other relevant meteorological factors. This study measures the true free-fall velocity and resultant kinetic energy generated by variations in hail. The information generated will be compared to the NBS data to aid researchers in performing roof damage assessments as a result of hail impact and in developing hail-resistant roofing products.

Jim D. Koontz, RRC, PE,

Jim D. Koontz & Associates, Inc., Hobbs, NM

Jim D. Koontz, president of his firm, is a graduate of Tulane University with a BS in engineering and an MBA. Koontz has been involved in the roofing industry since 1960 and began testing roofing material in 1976. He has experience as a roofer, estimator, consultant, lecturer, researcher, and expert witness. Koontz was first published in 1984 and has numerous articles relating to roofing material/product research to his credit. This includes research on single-ply products as well as hail/wind research on numerous roofing systems.

Building Performance Testing

Saturday, March 16, 7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

This presentation will examine performance test methods for various building envelope components, including façade elements; windows and curtainwalls; air barriers; and electronic leak detection (ELD) for waterproofing. The speaker will share the type of equipment and setup needed for the various testing methods. The speaker will also distinguish between methods for “performance testing of assemblies” versus “diagnostic testing” to pinpoint failure mechanisms. The pros and cons of various types of equipment used for testing, such as building negative pressure chambers as opposed to employing the blower door method, will be discussed. The speaker will also explain the four types of ELD testing methods and equipment, including electronic field vector mapping, high-voltage spark, low-voltage vertical, and low-voltage horizontal testing.

Karim Allana, RRC, RWC, PE,

Allana Buick & Bers, Inc., Palo Alto, CA

Karim P. Allana is the CEO and founding principal of his firm. He earned a BS in civil engineering from Santa Clara University and is a licensed professional engineer in California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Washington. Allana has been in the A/E and construction fields for 35+ years, specializing in forensic analysis and sustainable construction of roofing, waterproofing, and the building envelope. Allana has acted as a consultant and expert witness in 450+ construction defect projects, as lead plaintiff or defense expert, or in defense of subcontractors and manufacturers. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at professional forums.

Panelized Wall Systems – Joint Detailing for Success

Saturday, March 16, 7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Prefabricated exterior wall panels are becoming more popular for their potential to accelerate building construction schedules, better control fabrication quality in a shop setting, and reduce costs; however, without careful detailing, the joints between panels may increase maintenance requirements and prove to be the weak link within the system. These joints are potential vulnerabilities as they often rely on gaskets, sealants, and foams as the primary weather barrier. All three typically require maintenance and make the integration of modern wall barriers (air, vapor, weather, and thermal) complicated. The joints also typically lack redundancy.

In this presentation, we discuss multiple panel joint options, which we have seen both in design and construction, and their advantages and disadvantages, including long-term durability and capability to accommodate building movement and deflection. We also discuss what features designers should focus on when reviewing prefabricated panel designs and how designers can work with the prefabricated exterior wall panel contractors to improve the wall barrier integration and provide redundancy in the joint detail design.

Annemarie DerAnanian,

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Waltham, MA

Annemarie DerAnanian joined Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) in 2004 as a member of SGH’s Building Technology group. She works on projects involving waterproofing investigation and design of building enclosure systems, including plazas, wall systems, windows, and roofing. She has extensive experience with both historical masonry and contemporary wall systems.

Mary Donlon,

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Waltham, MA

Mary Donlon joined Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) in 2014 as a member of the Building Technology group. She has extensive experience in panelized wall systems. Other areas of experience include industrial rope access, roofing, contemporary walls, plazas, windows, and flooring.

Assessing Retrofit Single-Ply Roof Systems Installed Over Existing Metal Panel Roof Systems

Saturday, March 16, 7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Metal buildings with metal panel roof systems are commonly used across the United States, and a retrofit single-ply roof system is frequently installed after the metal roof is no longer providing useful service. Research has been conducted to experimentally and analytically investigate the performance of metal panel roofs retrofitted using single-ply roof systems. Various large-scale assemblies were subjected to an industry-recognized uplift-resistance test to determine uplift resistance and mode(s) of failure. Variations in fastener schedules and type were also evaluated using finite element analysis (FEA) models that were developed and calibrated by experimental testing. Of specific concern are differences in uplift resistance of retrofit single-ply roof systems because of variations in attachment, including fastener types, schedules, and spacing of existing structural members.

The research paper and presentation will discuss the research parameters, the outcome of the physical testing, and the results of the FEA modeling of different attachment scenarios. Best-practice design and installation recommendations will be provided.

James Kirby, AIA,

GAF, Parsippany, NJ

James R. Kirby, AIA, is GAF’s building and roofing science architect for the east coast. Kirby has a master’s degree in architectural structures and is a licensed architect. He has 25+ years of experience in the roofing industry, covering low-slope, steep-slope, metal panel, SPF, and vegetative roof systems, as well as rooftop photovoltaics. He understands how heat, air, and moisture affect roof systems. Kirby presents building and roofing science information to architects, consultants, and building owners, and writes articles and blogs to educate the roofing industry. Kirby is a member of AIA, ASTM, ICC, MRCA, NRCA, RCI, and the USGBC.

Two Fire Stations; Very Different Results

Saturday, March 16, 7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

This is a unique case study of two replacement fire stations designed and constructed for the same owner in the same county at the same time by the same general contractor with the same envelope consultant, but designed by two different architects. The study offers insight into two different design approaches for the building envelope and how detailing, construction, and testing of the materials and systems played out.

The result was that one fire station, when tested for airtightness, yielded a very tight building envelope; the other initially failed, and then later passed following some repairs.

In this case study, we will evaluate the differences between detailing an installation at the critical building envelope transitions at the foundation walls, windows, door openings, roof-to-wall intersections, and interior wall separations between conditioned and occupied spaces and unconditioned apparatus bays.

During the course of construction, both projects were reviewed for compliance with the plans and specifications, and areas of potential air or water leaks were addressed as the work progressed. A number of construction issues arose between the various trades, requiring close coordination between the mason, roofer, air barrier, and exterior sheathing subcontractors.

Prior to occupancy, both buildings were tested in accordance with ASTM guidelines for whole-building air testing, resulting in substantially different findings, which are attributable to the complexity of the designs and the attention to detail during construction. In both projects, the owner has benefited in the form of substantially lower energy costs to operate these facilities.

Timothy Mills, PE, LEED AP,

TAM Consultants, Inc., Williamsburg, VA

Timothy Mills graduated with a BS degree in engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1983. Prior to forming TAM Consultants in 2002, Mills had experience with a number of multi-discipline design and inspection firms. He has published numerous articles and completed nearly 1,500 residential home and commercial building inspections and 300 energy audits. He is an instructor for ABAA training courses that educate and certify contractors in the proper installation of air barriers, as well as a certified ABAA Auditor in their quality assurance program.

International Codes Updates

Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

This presentation will focus on changes to the 2018 International Codes, and upcoming proposals to the 2021 International Codes. The presentation will cover the International Building Code, the International Existing Building Code, and the International Energy Conservation Code. Topics will include changes to reroofing, polypropylene siding, roof coverings, underlayment, building integrated photovoltaics, air barriers, and secondary drainage requirements, along with the reasons for the code changes. Code proposals submitted by RCI and RCI’s position on certain code proposals will be discussed.

Wanda Edwards, PE,

RCI, Inc., Raleigh, NC

Wanda Edwards is the Senior Director of Technical Services for RCI. Before joining RCI, Edwards served as director of code development for the Institute for Business and Home Safety. Previously, Edwards served as deputy commissioner and chief engineer for the Engineering Division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, whose responsibilities included administration and regulation of the building codes. She was a Fulbright scholar to Trinidad and Tobago and previously owned a design/construction/development firm. Edwards earned her bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and architecture from North Carolina State University. She is a licensed professional engineer and serves on various committees within ASTM, ICC, and NIBS.

Good Codes vs. Durable Roofs – Which Is the Missing Link? Where Is the Sweet Spot?

Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Recent frequent occurrences of extreme weather events threaten the performance of the roof assembly in two ways. The first is damage from extreme and sudden catastrophic events (hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornadoes, etc.). The second is from recurring elevated stress over a relatively long period of time. The latter would include more frequent heat waves, droughts, and overall increases in rain and higher sustained winds. When exposed to these extreme weather elements, the durability of low-slope membrane roofs (LSMR) depends on three factors:

  • Good design based on updated code provisions
  • Systematic lab evaluation that closely mimics the weather elements
  • Quality installation with evaluated roofing components

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC), as part of the Canadian climate adaptation initiative, is carrying out a project: Guidelines for Commissioning and Certifying the Resiliency of Roofs Subjected to Extreme Weather Events, which aims to develop field protocols to assess in-situ roof conditions. There are no comprehensive guidelines to assess the capacity of existing roofs after weather events, nor to validate the designed capacity of newly installed roofs. The speaker will present the performance-based solutions to this missing link. This presentation focuses on additional requirements for climate adaptation that are applicable to climatic zones classified as “moderate” and “severe” for respective climatic loads. Requirements will be systematically presented for design and resistance estimation for components and systems through laboratory evaluations and field installation certification of the LSMR.

Bas Baskaran, PhD, PEng,

National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Baskaran is a Group Leader at the National Research Council of Canada, where he is researching wind effects on building envelopes. As adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, he supervises graduate students. As a professional engineer, he is a member of RICOWI, RCI, ASCE, SPRI, ICBEST, and CIB technical committees. He is a research advisor to various task groups of the National Building Code of Canada and a member of the wind load committee of ASCE. He has authored and /or coauthored over 200 research articles and received over 25 awards, including the Frank Lander award from The Canadian Roofing Contractors Association and the Carl Cash Award from ASTM. Dr. Baskaran was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the Diamond Jubilee medal for his contribution to his fellow Canadians.

Dominique Lefebvre,

National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Dominique Lefebvre is a Research Officer at the NRC Canada. At the NRC, her research area focuses on the evaluation of the interface of various roofing materials, as well as the development of tools and techniques for climate adaptation of commercial roofs. At present, she is working on developing the performance requirements of cover boards in low-slope membrane roofing for the creation of a harmonized standard. She is registered with the Professional Engineers Ontario. Lefebvre has authored and /or coauthored research articles and was the recipient of several awards during her graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa.

Challenges Related to Waterproofing Manufacturers’ Standard Details

Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Architects, engineers, and contractors frequently use manufacturers’ standard details (MSD) for construction drawings and/or shop drawings. While these MSDs show system configurations for a variety of situations, they often represent the bare minimum assembly necessary to meet minimum performance requirements. Furthermore, MSDs are typically tested in a laboratory setting, bearing little to no resemblance to actual environmental conditions experienced in the field. Accordingly, relying on MSDs may not provide the desired performance for actual site conditions and should be used with caution or modified to meet the design team’s specific project needs.

This paper will provide background information about the development of MSDs, discuss challenges associated with their use, and propose detail enhancements that may improve system performance for real-world conditions.

David Sacks,

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Chicago, IL

Sacks is a member of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.’s (SGH’s) Building Technology group. He is experienced in the investigation and evaluation of building enclosures, including roofing, below-grade waterproofing, and wall and glazing systems, with a specialty in repair and rehabilitation of existing buildings. Sacks is a member of ASTM D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing, and serves on the board for the Association for Preservation Technology’s (APT’s) Western Great Lakes Chapter. He completed his graduate education at the University of Michigan, receiving master’s degrees in both architecture and engineering.

The Sacred and the Profane: Remediating a Church with Moisture Issues

Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

This presentation will describe the remediation of a church with interior cosmetic and moisture issues. Forensic investigation centered on two problems that developed soon after the original completion of the building: an unsightly crack in the interior plaster of the curved chancel wall, and persistent biological growth in the foundation wall of the fellowship hall. As the investigation progressed, it was further discovered that cracks had also proliferated in the curved CMU structural wall and exterior brick veneer at multiple corners. Additional issues included brick veneer walls with no control joints and no base flashing or weep holes, and the absence of proper slope and drainage away from the building. WDP & Associates (represented by the one author) worked with the church staff and lay volunteers (represented by the second author) to design and administer a series of aesthetically pleasing and functionally sound corrections for these problems. The contracted work was completed in early 2018. The speakers will present the building remediation strategies developed by viewing the building as a system, and describe the collaboration among the designers, contractors, and clients.

Elizabeth Grant, PhD, RA,

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Elizabeth Grant is an associate professor at the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech. She is a registered architect, a member of RCI, and the Associate Director of the Center for High Performance Environments. Grant’s book, Integrating Building Performance with Design: An Architecture Student’s Guidebook, was published by Routledge in 2017. She has also published in RCI Interface, the Journal of Architectural Engineering, the Journal of Green Building, Professional Roofing, and Architectural Science Review. She holds two patents for an omnidirectional roof vent and is active in research critical to roofing design.

Steven Treser,

WDP & Associates, Blacksburg, VA

Steven Treser is a Senior Architectural Engineer and Division Manager with WDP & Associates. He specializes in forensic engineering investigations, analysis, and repair design. He earned a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 2006 and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University in 1983. He has experience in designing new commercial buildings and evaluating and developing repair documents for existing structures. He is involved in nondestructive testing of glazing systems, masonry and concrete structures, forensic field investigations, façade and building envelope investigations, and the development of design and repair documents.

Diagnosing the Installation of Slate Roofs

Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Slate roof installation diagnostics can be difficult and problematic for an inexperienced roof consultant. Yet, failures of new slate roof systems are much too common and often lead to expensive, drawn-out litigation. Slate Roof Installation Guidelines published by the Slate Roofing Contractors Association of North America Inc. point out best practices that help to make a slate roof installation problem-free and successful. The SRCA guidelines are used in this presentation as a basis for evaluating a slate roof installation.

Informational sections will include:

  • Contract documents and supporting information
  • Roofing slate identification, characteristics, and quality assessment
  • General materials, underlayment, nails, flashings, fasteners, and roof decking
  • Slate execution, headlap, starter courses, ridges and hips, and flashing installation
  • Case studies
    • Multi-million-dollar Pennsylvania home
    • Private home in Scottsdale, Arizona
    • Church in New Jersey
    • Shopping center in Louisiana
    • Museum in New York
    • Mansion in Pennsylvania

Joseph Jenkins,

Slate Roofing Contractors Association of North America, Inc., Grove City, PA

Joseph Jenkins is the author of the Slate Roof Bible. He also publishes the Traditional Roofing Magazine, is Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Slate Roofing Contractors Association of North America, Inc., which is itself a member of both the International Federation for the Roofing Trades (IFD), and an Affiliate member of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). Jenkins is also a former Board Member of the National Slate Association. Jenkins was a slate roofing contractor for decades and has personally worked on over a thousand slate roofs. He started roof consulting in 1998 with Ford’s Theater in Washington DC being his first client and has since consulted on slate roofs of all sizes and ages across the USA and in Canada.

Air Barriers in the Energy Code: Updates, Compliance, and Achieving Performance

Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m

New tools and strategies are needed in order to design, build, and verify performance to create healthier, more resilient places to live, work, and play. This paper provides a roadmap and case studies for continuous air barrier strategies to achieve performance in building design, construction, and operations. Continuous air barriers are not only becoming required by recent energy codes, but so are the requirements for field installation verification and building performance testing. This increase in stringency aligns with ASHRAE 90.1 overall building energy efficiency improvements in the base code. With regards to air barriers, this presentation will discuss whole-building performance, design requirements, material and assembly requirements, and installation verification requirements. It will utilize input from experts in the current energy code development process, experience from daily field observations across hundreds of projects, and practitioners who conduct whole-building air leakage testing. In practice, air barrier systems are also being utilized for water-resistive barriers (WRBs) and vapor barriers (VB) to comply with the building code. He will discuss appropriateness of applications and the interaction between the building and energy code requirements. New code development updates, design-based applications, and construction best practices will also be discussed.

Benjamin Meyer, RA, LEED AP,

Engineering Consulting Services (ECS), Chantilly, VA

Benjamin Meyer is a principal architect in the Facilities Building Envelope department of his firm. He has worked previously in building envelope product technical management, commercial design, real estate development, and construction management on a range of projects that included residential, educational, offices, and DuPont industrial projects. He is on the board of directors of the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), a voting member of the ASHRAE 90.1 Envelope and Project Committees, and a past technical advisor of the LEED Materials (MR) TAG. Meyer has MBA, BS, and Master in Architectural degrees from the University of Cincinnati.

How to Build a Sustainable, High-Performing Workforce: The NRCA ProCertification Program

Monday, March 18, 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

It’s no secret that the roofing industry desperately needs a skilled workforce. NRCA will share the industry’s vision and strategies for solving the workforce crisis by creating an unprecedented career path through standardized training, professional certifications, and other resources designed to grow and retain a high-performing, sustainable 21st-century workforce.

The roofing industry needs to be elevated—to be viewed as a profession on par with or above other trades. To make the industry a more appealing, viable career option to younger generations and to develop a highly competent workforce of proud, accomplished craft professionals, NRCA is creating: a standardized, consensus-based national training curriculum for new or relatively new roofing, waterproofing, and rooftop installers; and professional certifications for experienced installers. When a career path is established, workers will see opportunities for growth, achievement, and a fulfilling career in the roofing industry.

Contractors, manufacturers, distributors, consultants, and other roofing industry stakeholders all can partner with NRCA in this endeavor to elevate the roofing industry’s image. Trainers are needed to help installers learn and practice skills. Assessors are needed to verify installers’ hands-on skills. When the industry comes together, everybody wins.

Reid Ribble,

NRCA, Rosemont, IL

Reid Ribble is NRCA’s CEO. Previously, Ribble served six years in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his tenure, he served on the Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, Budget and Finance, and Foreign Affairs Committees, where he was vice chairman of the Committee on Emerging Threats. Yet roofing is in his blood. For more than 30 years, Ribble was the president of his own roofing company in Kaukauna, WI. As a contractor, he volunteered countless hours on numerous NRCA committees and on NRCA’s board of directors. As part of his 25 years of service to the organization, Ribble was NRCA’s chairman of the board from 2005-06.

John Schehl, RRC, CAE,

NRCA, Rosemont, IL

Schehl has designed and facilitated roofing industry training since the mid-1980s. He served 24 years as a roofing contractor in the Chicago market and has been employed as education staff for the NRCA since 1997. He holds a MA in Instructional Design, Human Resource Development; is a Certified Association Executive; a Registered Roof Consultant; and an Authorized OSHA outreach trainer. His experience includes developing and implementing high-impact training and education programs for the construction industry covering numerous topics, including: professional trainer development, workforce safety, solar photovoltaic and roofing technologies, professional leadership and management, workforce development, and engineered management systems.

Why Did My Fully Tested Façade Fail in a Warm and Humid Climate?

Monday, March 18, 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Today, construction is being significantly driven by energy efficiency and sustainability objectives. This is occurring in both the façade and the HVAC system. The speaker will present case studies that show how—despite increased testing and commissioning of today’s building façades—HVAC system performance has an effect on air leakage that is resulting in physical damage to the building and also loss of energy performance, especially in warm and humid climates. This presentation will delineate how, in warm and humid climates, the current façade commissioning procedures need to be adapted to address current HVAC design strategies such as heat recovery systems and dedicated outdoor air systems. This includes field experience on the impact of internal building compartmentalization, horizontally and vertically, that impact the ability of the façade to perform in accordance with desired air leakage standards. The information presented in this session is based upon field testing, diagnosis, and correction of multimillion-dollar mold and moisture problems caused by air leakage through the façade in warm and humid climates.

Charles Allen, AIA,

Liberty Building Forensics Group, Land O’Lakes, FL

Allen is a forensic architect with his firm and has more than 20 years of architectural design and forensic experience centering around building envelopes, roofing systems, wall systems, and design issues that can create opportunities for catastrophic mold and moisture failures. Allen has conducted building envelope analysis on over 250 buildings and mold and moisture remediation in over 2.5 million square feet of new and existing buildings. His experience includes some of the largest and most complicated building failure projects, spanning across multiple markets.

George DuBose,

Liberty Building Forensics Group, Land O’Lakes, FL

DuBose is president of his firm. He has over 25 years of experience in building forensics, with a focus on mold and moisture issues, as well as HVAC and building envelope failures. DuBose is coauthor of three manuals on indoor air quality and mold prevention, which have been used on over $4 billion in construction. DuBose has been retained by domestic and global projects and clients who have needed assistance with some of the most complicated building failures in the world.

Continuous Insulation: Research, Applications, and Resources for Walls, Roofs, and Foundations

Monday, March 18, 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Continuous insulation is used on foundations, exterior walls, and roofs. Primarily, continuous insulation provides maximum thermal performance by minimizing thermal bridging caused by framing and structural details such as floor-wall or roof-wall intersections. When properly coordinated with climate and vapor retarder specification, it provides assemblies that dry and also minimize seasonal moisture variations, creating a stable and durable environment for the building structure and interior. Various continuous insulation products also provide one or more functions, such as thermal insulation, water-resistive barrier, and air barrier (some composites even add a wall-bracing function or roof ventilation function). Hybrid envelope assemblies that strategically use continuous insulation in combination with other materials can optimize cost-effectiveness and performance. While the options and opportunities are significant, the application must be done correctly to accommodate cladding installation, fire performance requirements, and other matters important to overall constructability and code compliance for energy-efficient and resilient building envelopes. This presentation addresses these topics based on a comprehensive body of building science research and knowledge resulting in recent building code and energy code advancements, as well as design guides, calculator tools, construction details, and installation resources available to support appropriate and competitive use of continuous insulation.

Jay Crandell,

Applied Building Technology Group and ARES Consulting, Shady Side, MD

Crandell has over 30 years of experience in construction, engineering, and innovative building technology research for private and public sector clients. He has conducted benchmark studies of major natural disasters and done research to address significant structural, energy, and building science challenges. His work has helped to propel many innovative technologies into the international codes and consensus standards. He is widely published on various engineering, construction, and building science topics.

In the Dark: A Practical Approach to Keeping Low-Slope Wood Deck Roof Systems Dry

Monday, March 18, 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The roofing industry has been focused on the energy-efficiency benefits of cool roofs. Most nonreflective membrane roofs are and have been reroofed with reflective membrane roofs. When this happens, the benefit of the previous dark roof to “self-dry” can be lost when replaced with a reflective membrane. Moving from a dark-colored membrane to a reflective membrane can reduce the drying potential of the roof system due to a reduction of heat gain, thus increasing the potential for damage from condensation in older assemblies. However, it has been very well documented that properly designed cool roof assemblies with appropriate air barriers do not have moisture issues. Additionally, it has been shown that nonreflective, self-drying roofs have concealed design flaws and improper venting due to their significant heat gain.

This study includes extensive modelling of the effects of using dark-colored roof membranes versus reflective roof membranes on existing wood roof deck assemblies. A large-scale case study evaluates the effects of retrofitting a reflective membrane with a dark coating to determine its ability to mitigate condensation within the cool roof assembly that lacks a proper air barrier and the potential to dry out the wood roof deck over time.

Jennifer Keegan, AIA,

GAF, Parsipanny, NJ

Jennifer Keegan is the Director of Building & Roofing Science for GAF. This position is focused on the relationships between individual roofing materials and the overall roof system and building envelope performance. Keegan has over 20 years of experience as a building enclosure consultant specializing in assessment, design, and remediation of building enclosure systems. Her experience ranges from design assist efforts, to forensic investigations, litigation support, and repair design. She provides technical leadership within the industry as the chair of the ASTM D08.22 Roofing and Waterproofing Subcommittee, and as an advocate for women within the industry as the educational chair for National Women in Roofing.

James Willits,

GAF, Portland, OR

Willits has nearly a decade of experience in the roofing industry as an installer, a project manager, a salesperson, and a training manager. As the Building & Roofing Science Specialist for the western region, Willits translates his practical knowledge and experience to building envelope performance, with a strong focus on the roofing materials and the complete roof system. He is well-versed in presenting seminars that cover roofing theories and practice to a range of audiences.

StuccoMetrics: ASTM C1861 – New Paradigms for Stucco Lathing Accessories

Monday, March 18, 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Insights are presented regarding the development and technical content of the new and profusely illustrated stucco industry standard, ASTM C1861, Standard Specification for Lathing and Furring Accessories, and Fasteners, for Interior and Exterior Portland Cement-Based Plaster by its primary author. The standard defines 30 fundamental and generic lathing and furring accessories and fasteners, and defines 11 new lathing accessory-related terms. Recommendations are given to assist designers, manufacturers, craftsmen, and building owners in understanding the function, specification, and use of generic stucco lathing accessories, which are individually presented and discussed in detail, including their intrinsic characteristics, attributes, functions, and limitations.

Jeff Bowlsby, CCS, CCCA,

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, San Francisco, CA

Bowlsby is an architect and stucco consultant with his firm. His nationwide practice includes new building construction and rehabilitation projects, as well as performing property condition assessments and forensic evaluations. He leads the ASTM C1063, Installation of Lathing and Furring for Portland Cement-Based Plaster task group and founded and leads the ASTM C11 Stucco Work Group that develops all ASTM stucco-related industry standards referenced in building codes and construction contracts. He has completed performance testing of stucco assemblies and components, published in industry magazines, is the author of the stucco information resource StuccoMetrics.com, and is a frequent presenter on stucco wall claddings.

Roof Consultants’ New Challenge: OSHA’s 1910 Walking-Working Surface Standard

Monday, March 18, 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For the first time in over 45 years, OSHA has published its final rule on CFR 29 1910, Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment, a document of over 500 pages. This has a significant impact on the way rooftops must be addressed and designed for fall protection. Now, nearly every building erected is required to meet the new Walking-Working Surface Standard. As a roof consultant, you have the ability to design safety systems on a new project to prevent working-at-height accidents.

How can roof consultants’ knowledge assist building owners, managers, and contractors through a proactive design process? Are there benefits to being proactive vs. reactive to these new regulations? In what ways can roof consultants best serve their clients so they can provide a safe workplace for vendors and maintenance employees? The speaker will:

  • Review relevant highlights of 29 CFR 1910
  • Explain and provide examples of when 29 CFR 1926 and 29 CFR 1910 govern and terminate
  • Discuss 29 CFR 1910 training requirements
  • Discuss the specific differences of application between 29 CFR 1926 & 29 CFR 1910.
  • Talk about the value proposition of building owner buy-in to rooftop safety
  • Discuss how the new OSHA standard applies to building clients/owners and what is their additional exposure.
  • Explain how project planning is key to risk mitigation
  • Discuss why the architectural industry should drive the fall protection discussion

Kynan Wynne,

Rooftop Anchor, Inc., Heber City, UT

Prior to entering the fall protection industry, Kynan Wynne owned an Arizona-based high-rise window cleaning company for 20 years. During this time, he served on the board and was president of the International Window Cleaning Association, as well as spending five years on the ANSI I-14.1 Window Cleaning Safety Standard Committee. Wynne worked as a consultant in the fall protection industry from 2000-09. In 2009, he and his partners launched Rooftop Anchor, Inc., where he serves as the president. His company is a voting member of the ANSI Z-359 Fall Protection Standard, with Wynne personally involved in two of the Z-359 subgroups.

Wind Pressures on Low-Slope Roofs: ASCE 7-16 Standard and Fourth Edition of RCIF Monograph

Monday, March 18, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The standard published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) titled Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures is used for designing building structures and their components. The standard is revised periodically. Its latest revision, which was scheduled for publication in 2016, became available in 2017 and is known as ASCE/SEI 7-16. The next edition of the monograph is scheduled for 2022.

ASCE/SEI 7-16 contains a number of revisions in the wind load chapters of the standard. This presentation examines these revisions and how they impact low-slope roof assembly design in resisting wind uplift. It also describes wind uplift design of roof assemblies in accordance with ASCE 7-16, with several illustrative examples.

As the fourth edition of the RCIF monograph Wind Uplift Pressures on Low-Slope Roofs, which is keyed to ASCE/SEI 7-16, is being published, this presentation addresses the topics covered in the monograph with particular focus on the fundamentals of wind uplift on low-slope roofs. The use of wind pressure tables included in the monograph, which allow the selection of wind pressure values without detailed calculations and converting them to FM Global wind uplift ratings, is explained. The paper examines the use of ultimate strength design-safety provisions in wind uplift design of roof assemblies in place of the commonly used allowable stress design provision.

Stephen Patterson, RRC, PE,

Roof Technical Services, Inc., Fort Worth, TX

Stephen L. Patterson is a licensed engineer and Registered Roof Consultant with more than 40 years of experience in the roofing industry. Patterson has been director of engineering/technical director of two roofing manufacturers, general manager of a roofing contracting company, and, for the past 34 years, has been a consulting engineer/roof consultant. Patterson has coauthored Roof Design and Practice (published by Pearson Inc.), Drainage Design (published by the RCI Foundation), and Wind Uplift Pressures on Low-Slope Roofs (published by the RCI Foundation), as well as a number of other technical papers and articles on roofing.

Madan Mehta, PE, PhD,

University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Madan Mehta is a professor of architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. A licensed professional engineer (in Texas), and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he has worked in India, Australia, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Dr. Mehta is the author of several full-length books, a number of monographs, and research papers on architectural engineering (particularly on roofing). His 1,000-page book on Building Construction, published by Pearson Inc., is one of the two most widely used books by practicing architects, students of architecture, and construction engineers in North America.

Water Resistance of Façades

Monday, March 18, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

One of the primary functions of the façade is to control rainwater. But what level of resistance is acceptable? AAMA 101 already provides a method for answering this question for windows. This paper will describe a rational method of applying the AAMA standards to opaque façades. Examples will be shared showing how to communicate these goals to owners, specifiers, and contractors during the design process. Examples of laboratory and field testing will also be shared, showing how these tests can fall short, how testing is misused, and when special attention is needed to ensure test results are meaningful.

In an effort to develop a consensus standard for testing façades, laboratory testing has been performed in collaboration with a national air barrier manufacturer and the Western Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association. The results of testing will be shared, underlining the importance of good enclosure design principles, including drainage, redundancy, and durable materials. Test results also show there is not a one-size-fits-all test to perform during construction to ensure a water-tight façade. Rather, results show how the designer needs to think critically about the waterproofing strategy and customize the testing protocol to be compatible with the designed water control strategy.

Andrew Bishop,

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Emeryville, CA

Andrew Bishop is an architect in California and a senior associate with his firm, where he has provided consulting to owners, architects, contractors, and manufacturers on projects from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Orlando, Florida. He specializes in the design, assessment, and repair of exterior envelopes with an emphasis on curtainwall and fenestration systems. His focus ranges from evaluating design ideas for new construction, to identifying the causes of failures and designing solutions for rehabilitation. Prior to joining WJE, Bishop was a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, and worked for several distinguished design firms.

Seeking Solutions to Cost-Effectively Insulate an Existing Wall Assembly

Monday, March 18, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Retrofitting an existing wall assembly to make it more energy-efficient is a difficult technical challenge. Common approaches include cavity fill techniques, adding continuous foam or fibrous insulation, or adding an insulated cladding or siding product.

Filling wall cavities with loose-fill insulation is the most common practice, but conventional “drill-and-fill” techniques result in damage to interior gypsum board. Performing the task from the exterior side requires the removal and replacement of the cladding system and adds appreciable cost. Even after completion, the wall system is under-insulated by today’s standards, achieving an R-value of only approximately R-10.

Continuous insulation (ci) can be applied to the outside of the exterior sheathing, but it also adds appreciable cost to the project. The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requires ci thicknesses of 1 or 2 in. in building walls with traditional 2 x 4 framing. Additional ci would be required if the existing wall cavities were uninsulated. The addition of this amount of ci requires that all of the architectural details be retrimmed.

Insulated siding—vinyl siding with manufacturer-installed rigid expanded polystyrene foam plastic insulation permanently adhered to it—forms a layer of ci around a home. The international standard for insulated vinyl siding (ASTM D7793) requires a minimum thermal resistance rating of R-2. The added amount of R-value currently available in insulated vinyl siding on the market is very small.

This presentation will report on a research project to produce vacuum-insulated vinyl siding that would represent at least a five-fold thermal improvement from currently available insulated siding products. It has sufficient R-value to meet the ci requirements of the IECC in all climate zones and has a much thinner profile that will facilitate its application to existing homes without the need for expensive retrimming of the architectural details.

André Desjarlais, FASTM,

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

André Desjarlais is the program manager for the Building Envelope and Urban Systems Research Program at ORNL. He has been involved in building envelope and materials research for over 45 years, first as a consultant and, for the last 25 years, at ORNL. Desjarlais has been a member of ASTM since 1987 and serves on Committees C16 on Thermal Insulation and D08 on Roofing, of which he was past chairman. He was awarded the title of ASTM Fellow in 2011. He has served as the chair of ASTM’s committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO). A member of ASHRAE since 1991, he serves on Technical Committees TC 4.4 on Thermal Insulation and Building Systems, TC 1.8 on Mechanical Insulation Systems, and TC 1.12 on Moisture Control in Buildings, and is past chair of TC 4.4. He is also a director of the RCI Foundation.

Weathering the Storm: Climate Change, Buildings, and the Passive House Standard

Monday, March 18, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The climate data are clear – climate change is happening. As the severity and frequency of storms and other extreme weather events increases, it becomes more and more critical that we achieve the targets set out in the Paris Accord. While limiting our global temperature rise to 2°C may seem like an easy target, how we design, construct, and operate buildings will need to change dramatically.

While there are many sustainable building initiatives/programs, Passive House is the most rigorous voluntary energy-based standard in the design and construction industry today. Passive House buildings:

  • Achieve up to a 90% reduction in energy required for space heating and cooling
  • Maintain a habitable interior temperature for weeks without power
  • Have excellent indoor environmental quality
  • Allow design flexibility

Through the course of this presentation, actual project examples will be used to reinforce each of the five key principles of the Passive House Standard and how quality assurance is carried out for each:

  • Low U-value and continuous insulation
  • Continuous air barrier layer
  • Elimination of thermal bridges
  • Use of high-performance glazing
  • Optimization of mechanical ventilation with heat recovery

We will conclude with a discussion on how the standard is being implemented in codes and standards at the local level, using the Toronto Green Standard as an example, and the potential impact of widespread adoption of the standard.

Jennifer Hogan, RRO, CET, LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant ,

Pretium Anderson Building Engineers, Burlington, Ontario

Jennifer Hogan is the branch operations director for her firm and has 11 years of experience in the building science industry. She is a member of RCI, the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC), and the Building Commissioning Association (BCxA). In addition to her extensive experience in the investigation of building envelope failures, building condition assessments, specification writing, contract administration, field review of building condition rehabilitation projects, and capital planning studies, Hogan also has experience in energy and green retrofit analysis, Passive Houses, hygrothermal modelling, building envelope commissioning, and artistic renderings. She is an experienced presenter.

Foam Plastic Insulation: Fire Safety for Exterior Walls on Commercial Buildings

Monday, March 18, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The tragic June 2017 fire at the Grenfell Tower in London has led British authorities to conduct a comprehensive review of building fire regulations intended to provide answers on how the fire occurred and what should be done to prevent a future tragedy. The Grenfell Tower fire has communities outside of England asking, could this type of fire happen here?

This presentation aims to provide U.S. practitioners with answers, information, and guidance on how to harmonize the goals of building fire safety and energy efficiency. Information presented will be derived from consensus codes and standards, industry research and testing, and best practice guidance documents.

This paper will:

  • Highlight specifically how U.S. codes and standards create a system approach to controlling the use of foam plastic insulation products in commercial buildings of varying heights
  • Detail resources that are available to help ensure buildings here in the U.S. are built and renovated to greatly reduce fire incidents and losses when fires do occur
  • Present examples of approved assemblies in a variety of exterior walls that utilize foam plastic insulation for different construction configurations
  • Provide guidance on how fire safety can be maintained throughout the design process and construction phases

Justin Koscher,

PIMA, Arlington, VA

Justin Koscher is the president of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA), a trade association that serves as the voice of the rigid polyisocyanurate insulation industry and a proactive advocate for safe, cost-effective, sustainable, and energy-efficient construction. Before joining PIMA in January 2017, he served as a director at the American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry. Koscher obtained his BA from Illinois Wesleyan University and juris doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.

Lorraine Ross,

Intech Consulting, Inc., Gulfport, FL

Lorraine Ross has been involved in all aspects of the building products industry: manufacturing; technical service; regulatory issues, including building code development and compliance; and testing laboratory experience. As president and CEO of Intech Consulting Inc. and L Ross Consulting, Inc., she is noted for her skill in the development of successful strategies that provide responsible, reality-based responses to the regulatory pressures placed on the construction industry. She has delivered many presentations on sustainability and building code topics at a variety of industry conferences.

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Sika Sarnafil Saturday, March 16 — 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
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Company Booth#
AceClamp (PMC Industries) 1007
Activar Construction Products Group 1030
Acme Cone Company 1011
Advanced Roofing 217
Air Barrier Association of America Inc. 118
A-LERT Roof Systems 1001
American Anchor 412
American Hydrotech, Inc. 415
American WeatherStar, LLC 110
APEC Engineering & Laboratory, LLC 225
ATAS International 915
Atlas Roofing Corporation 626
Attic Systems 927
AVM Industries Inc 316
Axis Building Envelope Designs 116
Babcock-Davis 327
Barrett Company 821
BASF Corporation 119
Berridge Manufacturing Company 416
BluSky Restoration Contractors 907
Butler Manufacturing – Roof Systems 929
C.I.M Industries, Inc 633
Cardinal Roofing & Restoration 117
Carlisle Construction Materials 201
CertainTeed Corporation 714
Chem Link 514
CP Rankin Inc. 101
DERBIGUM Americas Inc 707
Detec Systems 132
Drexel Metals Incorporated 301
Durapax, LLC 710
Duro-Last 129
Dynamic Fasteners 106
Eagle Roofing Products 828
Empire Roofing 809
Emseal Joint Systems Ltd. 835
EPRO Services, Inc. 216
Everest Systems 215
FBC/Laurenco Waterproofing 800
FiberTite Roofing Systems 721
Firestone Building Products 307
Flex Membrane International Corp. 411
FRSA – Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association, Inc 1013
GAF Materials Corp 401, 501
Gardner-Gibson/APOC 322
GE Silicones 720
General Coatings Manufacturing Corp 329
Georgia-Pacific Gypsum (DensDeck® Prime Roof Board / DensElement® Barrier System) 207
GluDown, Inc. 834
Hanover Architectural Products 531
Hartsfield & Nash Agency, Inc. 104
H.B. Fuller Company 521
Henry Company 426
Hunter Panels 417
Hydro-Gard 919
Hyload 621
IB Roof Systems 630
ICP Adhesives & Sealants, Inc. 510
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers 913
International Leak Detection 807
IPS Roofing Products (Metacrylics) 214
IR Analyzers / Vector Mapping 615
ITW Polymers Sealants North America 934
Johns Manville 321
JR Jones 801
Kemper System America 601
Leading Edge Safety 229
Loadmaster Systems, Inc. 830
MAPA Products 221
McElroy Metal 706
Menzies Metal Products 1002
Metal-Era, Inc. 206
Metl-Span 1000
MIRO Industries, Inc 930
Mule-Hide Products 701
National Roof Deck Contractors Association 1033
National Coatings Corporation 314
National Gypsum Co 423
National Roofing Contractors Association 1017
National Women in Roofing 423
Nations Roof 712
Noble Company 912
Novagard 126
O’Hagin LLC 826
OMG Inc 407
Owens Corning 611
Peach State Roofing 607
Pecora Corporation 1005
Petersen Aluminum 735
Polyglass USA, Inc. 123
Polyguard Products 727
R-50 Systems, LLC 910
ReRoof USA 925
Revere Copper Products Inc 931
RoofLogic 1019
Roof Hugger LLC 527
Roof Penetration Housing 1025
Rooftop Anchor, Inc. 829
RTC Waterproofing & Glass Inc 430
Rust-Oleum 1029
S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, LTD 313
Safety Rail Company, LLC 817
Seaman Corp/FiberTite Roofing Systems 721
SFS intec 303
Sheffield Metals International 212
Sika Corporation 713
Siplast 507, 506
Situra Inc 602
SPRI, Inc. 920
Sto Corp. 128
Sutter Roofing 223
T Clear Corporation 518
Tectura Designs, Wausau Tile Brand 529
Thaler Metal Industries Ltd 600
Tremco Inc 722
Tropical Roofing Products 823
Trufast/ ABC U.S. 315
TuffWrap Installations, Inc. 906
Uniflex/Sherwin Williams 635
United Gilsonite Laboratories – UGL 901
USG- Securock® ExoAir® 430 System 623
USG- Securock® Brand Roofing 629
VaproShield LLC 922
VELUX America, LLC 809
Versico Roofing Systems 400
Wasco Skylights 527
Wausau Tile – Tectura Designs 339
Wegener Welding LLC 1028
Western Colloid S.C. Inc. 811
Z6 Commissioning, LLC. 1023
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Industry Media Partners

IIBEC maintains a continuous public relations effort by working closely with industry media to promote and further awareness of building envelope consulting and IIBEC members’ services.

These noted industry media sources cooperative regularly to provide coverage of IIBEC events, programs, and news.

Look for copies of these industry periodicals on display at the IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show and the Building Enclosure Symposium.

Host course for the President-Elect’s Golf Tournament: Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club | 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819

Redesigned by Arnold Palmer Design Company, Shingle Creek Golf Club is an 18-hole, par-72 championship course bordered by moss-hung oaks and native pines meandering along historic Shingle Creek. Featuring bunkers, bends and extra long par 4s and par 5s, this exciting course will inspire and challenge every type of golfer. The exclusive sponsor for this event is Derbigum Americas.

Trade Show, Grand Opening and Reception

Saturday, March 16 | 3:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Attire: Business Casual
Discover the latest products and services on display by exhibitors and sponsors. Live product demonstrations will occur each day. There will be a complimentary reception on Saturday and a full breakfast buffet on Sunday.

CEHs for Attending the RCI Trade Show.
Attendees will earn 2.0 CEHs for spending up to four hours on the trade show floor. Attendees who spend more than four hours at the trade show will receive 3.0 CEHs.

Be sure to visit the display of the RCI Document Competition winners during both days of the trade show. Competition categories include small projects, large projects,special reports, and reports.

applause-awards-smAwards Luncheon

Sunday, March 17 | 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Attire: Business Casual

Don’t miss this celebratory gathering as RCI, Inc. recognizes its outstanding members and volunteers. Support your peers and enjoy the camaraderie at this delicious luncheon.

Discover the history of and previous recipients of the RCI, Inc. awards: Herbert Busching Award | William C. Correll Award | Michael DeFrancesco Award | Richard M. Horowitz Memorial Award | Lifetime Achievement Award

RCI Foundations’ Reception and Event — Get Your Green On

Sunday, March 17 | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Attire: Casual
rcifsAll attendees are encouraged to attend the combined fund-raiser for the United States and Canadian RCI Foundations. There will be live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, and door prizes.

RCI Foundations Auction Item Donation Form – USA and Canadian RCI Foundations

Annual Meeting of the Members (Luncheon)

Monday, March 18 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM 

This is the RCI members’ business meeting and annual election. Members sit down for a meal to discuss RCI business and select leaders for the upcoming year. Boxed lunches will be served.

President’s Reception and Annual Banquet

Monday, March 18 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Reception)
Monday, March 18 | 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM (Banquet)
Attire: Dressy casual – beach

A celebration and finale of the convention. Here’s your chance to reminisce with fellow members over a sumptuous meal and enjoy lively entertainment.

Annual Banquet Entertainment – Volcano Joe and the Hot Lava Band

Remember the best party you’ve ever been to? That little beach bar where you kicked off your shoes, sipped on fruity rum drinks, and danced till dawn while the band played your favorite songs from Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, and all the other great party songs from today’s top hits to classic rock ‘n’ roll to shagging music from the 60s and 70s? Well, you can recreate that feeling again with America’s #1 beach band.

Since 1998, this dynamic seven-piece band has been the go-to act for the country’s finest beach parties. From Maui to Bermuda, from Cancun to Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Nevis, and of course, all across the state of Florida, Volcano Joe is the #1 choice for beach entertainment in corporate America!

The association’s annual event is about the sharing of information and ideas. The opportunities to learn from fellow building envelope professionals, be they consultant, contractor, manufacturer, or facility manager, are plentiful at the RCI 2019 International Convention and Trade Show.

Don’t miss an opportunity to make a friend, develop a new lead, learn about a new technology — or just have some fun.  Read below to see what’s planned.

President-Elect’s Golf Tournament
Friday, March 15 | Shingle Creek Golf Club
Registration and Breakfast: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM | Tee Off: 8:30 AM

Golfers without a foursome will be assigned to one based on handicap or average score. Placements will be determined by the club pro’s system. Golfers will be provided with a list of team and tournament rules at the on-site registration desk.

Spouses are encouraged to participate — there will be pairings for couples at the tournament. The tournament offers prizes for 1st and 2nd places. Contests will include longest drive and closest to the pin. Be sure to stick around for many other contests and raffle prizes immediately following the tournament.

A golfers’ breakfast, tournament buffet luncheon, snacks on and off the course will be provided. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony.

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With a killer four-piece rhythm section, outstanding male and female vocalists, and a one-of-a-kind onstage bartender (DJ), this band offers four hours of continuous entertainment. From the perfect tropical music during dinner, to the rocking dance party after, Volcano Joe doesn’t just stand on stage and play. No! They involve the audience with a variety of interactive events that guarantee everyone in the house will have a great time! Throughout the evening guests will:

  • Play beach ball volleyball on the dance floor
  • Be a star as RCI’s #1 conch blower!
  • Participate in the world’s biggest hula hoop contest
  • Crown the king and queen of the Twist
  • Be a part of a world-class conga line
  • Limbo till you drop

So plan on wastin away in Margaritaville while Volcano Joe and the Hot Lava Band treat you to an evening of casual entertainment, Key West style!

Spouse/Guest Bags
Spouses and guests who register in advance will receive a gift bag.

Spouse/Guest Lounge
For the convenience of registered spouse/guest attendees, a comfortable lounge area will be available for meeting with friends and relaxing. See the schedule of events for lounge hours.

Spouse/Guest Outing — Winter Park Art Festival

Friday, March 15 — 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Shuttle to — 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | Shuttle from — 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

More about Winter Park:

Beyond Orlando’s make-believe landscape, a little-known booming and blooming residential community thrives. Winter Park, central Florida’s oldest community, dating back to the 1880s, charms visitors with European-style tree-shaded avenues, magnificent homes, and a window onto the world of Florida’s past.

The heart of Winter Park is a 10-block area anchored on one end by Rollins College, one of the top private liberal arts schools in the country; and on the other by the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, featuring the world’s most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. In between, trendy boutiques, upscale galleries, and eclectic restaurants and cafés line the streetscape. See the beautiful estates and wildlife sanctuaries nestled around historic Rollins College as you take a pontoon boat excursion on Winter Park’s chain of lakes.

Winter Park is home to several museums, including The Morse Museum, featuring the world’s most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany which will be open to the public at no charge during the festival.

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. The Festival debuted in March 1960 as a community project to bring local artists and art lovers together. It is produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 350,000 visitors each year. Over 1,100 artists from around the world applied for this year’s Festival. An independent panel of three judges selected the 225 artists exhibiting their works. The Festival consistently ranks as one of the top juried fine-art festivals in the country. Recent accolades include the #4 ranking in Art Fair Calendar’s “2016 Best Art Fairs” and Art Fair Source Book’s listing in their “Top 10 Fine Art Shows, 2016.” The Festival is also listed in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “Top 100.”

The Festival features a wide variety of fine arts and crafts in the following categories: clay, digital art, drawings and pastels, fiber, glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2-D, mixed media 3-D, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor, and wood, as well as emerging artists.

Spouse/Guest Outing — Wild Florida Everglades Adventure

Monday, March 18 — 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Shuttle to — 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | Shuttle from — 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park is more than just an airboat tour. We’ve got a Gator and Wildlife Park, the Chomp House Grill, and more ferocious fun in the Middle of Nowhere!

Guests will get a chance to view unparalleled exhibits, attractions, and special presentations, and participate with hands-on activities that tell the story of NASA’s manned space flight program.

Experience a part of Florida that hasn’t changed much from when early pioneers arrived in covered wagons in the 1800s. Climb aboard a U.S. Coast Guard certified airboat and catch a glimpse of alligators, eagles, turkeys, wild boars, roseate spoonbills, and other native creatures. Or stroll through our Gator and Wildlife Park where you can see lemurs, sloths, zebras, and other animals native to South America, Africa, and Australia.

Wild Florida is a feast for the eyes and the soul, but we haven’t forgotten about your stomach. The Chomp House Grill turns out some of the best barbecue around, and our Swamp Slushy – a frozen blend of mango, orange, and passionfruit – is reason enough to visit the Middle of Nowhere.

Don’t forget your cameras!