With just over a week to go until this year’s BMI Apprentice of the Year competition closes , there’s still time for aspirational and ambitious roofing apprentices to enter the competition. May 3rd 2019 is the closing date and all those recognised as an apprentice by their employer, or those working towards qualified status, are encouraged to enter.
Two prestigious titles – one for pitched and one for flat roofing – will be awarded and winning the competition identifies that person as possessing commitment, ability and the potential to achieve great things, whether as a leading employee, independent businessperson of the future or a college lecturer. Beyond the prestige and kudos, there is also a trophy and prize bundle; plus ongoing support from the team at the BMI National Training Centre.
Mat Woodyatt, BMI UK & Ireland’s Technical Training Manager, says: “We are currently receiving high quality entries from colleges across the country and will do right up to the wire. With the deadline of May 3rd is looming, there’s every reason why trainees and tutors should bid for victory in this great competition now.”
To enter, candidates are asked three questions about how they see change affecting the sector in the next five years; and then have to submit a short personal statement on how their training has seen their attitude to roofing change. Twenty candidates are then shortlisted and invited to the competition final which takes place over two days at the BMI National Training Centre in Gloucestershire.
Finalists receive professional coaching on all aspects of running a roofing business – including business planning, presentation skills, and technical skills – before being assessed, making this a complete learning experience. The two-day event concludes in the Apprentice of the Year awards dinner – consisting of the finalists, their tutors, and judges – where the winners of the 2019 competition will be announced.
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There’s no time to lose, and so for further information about this year’s BMI Apprentice of the Year competition, including entry details please visit https://bit.ly/2S9Lt8R.
Janelle: So, you’ve been the chair of ERA for two years now, right?
Mike: That’s correct.
Janelle: Great. What changes have you observed in the industry as you’ve been chair?
Mike: We’ve seen certainly a lot of changes in the industry. You know, I’ve been in the overall roofing industry for over 35 years in roles ranging from technical roles to sales roles to product development and product marketing.
And we’ve seen a lot of changes. We’ve seen a higher focus on roofing performance, desire for roofs to last longer. You know, where as in years past, people might have been tolerant with a roof that lasted 10 or 15 years. Now, the expectation is that a roof will last 20, 30+ years.
It’s also been a lot of push and trend towards increased energy efficiency, trying to have roofs that help the building conserve energy. So, there has certainly been a drive towards putting more insulation on the roof to improve the efficiency of buildings.
Janelle: Great. What do you think is driving that?
Mike: I think it’s a dollars and cents issue. As energy costs continue to increase, people are looking at how they can get more out of those dollars.
Janelle: Makes sense. And resilience has been a focus for the association too, right?
Janelle: Great. What made you decide to take that on as an organization?
Mike: Well, what we saw, certainly there has been a lot of dialogue on climate change and its impact on building performance. We’re seeing a lot of negative impacts – storm damage, flooding, things like that – that have impacted buildings that isn’t really addressed in some of the current codes and standards.
So, we thought that this was an important area to dig into and to try to help the industry by providing information. In years past, there was a lot of discussion on the topic of sustainability. And sustainability is similar in that that’s a focus on how to make buildings more energy efficient, how to make building materials be used more efficiently.
But it didn’t have as much focus on roof performance, especially in severe conditions. So, that’s where resilience comes in.
Janelle: Sure. How do you answer clients who say that they can’t afford to create a resilient roofing system?
Mike: Well, it is a question of your current spending dollars versus the future. What the National Institute of Building Sciences has determined is while you might spend some dollars today, for every dollar spent today mitigating and potentially preventing damage to the roof, you can save $11 in the future.
Mike: So, it’s a big savings. You gotta spend a little bit more upfront in some cases, but you’re going to get a much better performing building out of it.
Janelle: Excellent. So, let’s talk about tools. What resources are out there to help people create resilient roofs?
Mike: There are a lot of good articles. ERA has taken the lead in presenting information in a lot of the architectural forums on that topic.
We’ve also developed a guide that’s available on the website, EDPMroofs.org, that pretty much goes into the issue in detail as to the costs that are potentially occurring due to climate change, some of the steps you can take to mitigate and potentially prevent damage to your building, some of the enhancements you can make to a roof system to make sure it will resist, whether it’s high winds or flooding or whatever it might be.
Janelle: Great. Can you tell me a little more about what’s in it and what kind of conclusions you came to as you were researching it as an organization?
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Mike: Yeah. It certainly gives a lot of the good background information. But I think the meat of it is really getting into the enhancements you can make to a roof system to ensure that it’s going to perform long-term.
And some of them are very basic. It can be things like the inclusion of a cover board or a thicker membrane to ensure that the roof can resist potentially wind-blown debris or hail damage, elements like that.
So, sometimes it’s just little tweaks to the roof system that’ll really enhance performance.
Janelle: Great. And what trends do you see in 2019? What are you looking at going ahead?
Mike: Well, there’s certainly going to be this ongoing focus on resilience. In general, even beyond resilience, one of the trends we’re focused on are issues related to the workforce and how we can help mitigate the labor shortage by providing more efficient roof systems. So, there’s a real drive to improve the technology to make sure they’re not even tough and storm resistant, but they can also be put down more easily.
Janelle: Excellent. Mike, thanks for joining me again today. This has been Janelle Penny at the International Roofing Expo. Please be sure to check out the rest of our podcasts at buildings.com.
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WHY GREEN ROOFING CAN BE KEY TO SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
Sustainability is becoming a key mission for organizations as environmental awareness grows. Exploring sustainable options allows organizations to drastically reduce carbon emissions while developing new technologies. Green roofing is one solution that is becoming popular. Here is a detailed guide to its advantages beyond simple sustainability improvements.
Green Roofing & Its Benefits
Green roofs are covered with vegetation and plants, either partially or entirely. Vegetation is planted over a growing medium placed atop a waterproof roofing membrane. Additional features may include root barrier systems and drainage or irrigation systems.
Green roofs can be installed with new construction or retrofit for existing facilities. They are increasingly utilized as roofing for commercial, industrial, and municipal buildings. While this technology is well-established across Europe because of legislation and financial support provided by governments, green roofs are still growing in understanding, acceptance, and implementation across the United States.
Intensive green roofs consist of a thicker roofing material that can support a wider plant assortment—they are heavier, require a minimum depth of 12.8 cm, and need more maintenance to upkeep. Extensive green roofs are shallower, weigh less, and require less maintenance. Green roofs can also support other green technology, such as photovoltaic solar panels or solar thermal collectors.
Some environmental, economic, and social advantages of green roofing include:
Aesthetic improvement of facilities
Improved rainwater management
Longer roof lifespan
Improved thermal performance
Wildlife habitat support
Air quality improvement
How Green Roofs Contribute to Sustainability Efforts
Green roofs contribute to the sustainability efforts of an organization through:
Conserving energy by insulating the building and mitigating thermal heat gain, which reduces the need for heating and cooling. This also improves the service life of HVAC systems due to decreased usage.
Extending the lifespan of the roof by shielding it from the elements. Green roofs offer protection that can double or triple the useful life of the structure. This keeps more roofing materials out of landfills, reducing waste.
Decreasing stormwater runoff on average of 40 to 60%, keeping runoff out of local sewer systems, and reducing wear and tear along with potential damage that can lead to contamination.
Improving air quality by trapping airborne particulates and gases and performing photosynthesis to reduce pollution while decreasing urban heat island effects that produce ozone and diminished water quality.
Providing habitat for local wildlife, decreasing the impacts of urbanization to local populations.
Absorbing radiation to better the microclimate of the immediate area.
While green roofs aren’t as widespread in the United States as they are in Europe, they can make a major impact on local organizations and communities. With a variety of installation options for new and existing buildings and the ability to incorporate further sustainable technologies, green roofs have the power to greatly bolster an organization’s sustainability efforts.
Drones Can Cut Property Inspection Costs—but Are They Safe?
Building inspectors who used to rely on binoculars and ladders are turning to drones to check property exteriors for signs of damage or deterioration that could lead to injuries.
But use of drones for this purpose is causing a dilemma. Their lower cost and greater thoroughness is coming into conflict with another public safety concern: the danger drones pose to other aircraft or people on the ground.
In New York, which has thousands of old skyscrapers, drone use is largely prohibited and the technology isn’t being considered for property inspection. The Department of Buildings “does not use drones for building inspections, and there are currently no plans to start using drones in the future,” a department spokesman said.
Drones, which had early applications in warfare and surveillance, increasingly are being adopted by a wide range of businesses—from package delivery to underwater exploration. Business applications have grown significantly since 2016, when the Federal Aviation Administration enacted a new rule making it easier to become a commercial drone operator.
Since the rule passed, technological developments have made drones smaller, more reliable and easier to fly, causing a growing number of residential and commercial building inspectors to embrace them. “We’re able to inspect areas of a building we have never inspected before,” said Vincent Boccia, founder of New York consulting engineering firm Engineered Building Inspections PC.
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Mr. Boccia pointed to the inspection of a cathedral in Long Island, N.Y. Using a drone, inspectors could examine the cathedral’s chimney without having to erect scaffolds—the difference between a $1,000 inspection and an estimated $10,000 scaffolding inspection, Mr. Boccia said. Using a drone also can shorten a weekslong inspection to a day, he said.
“It is realistic that a $10,000 drone inspection could cost over $100,000 of hanging scaffolding,” Mr. Boccia said. His company, which inspects up to 150 facades a year, retains an outside company to fly the drone.
Nick Gromicko, founder of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, said about 8% of its 21,000 members based in the U.S. use drones for inspections. Four years ago, he said, “everybody was afraid to use drones.”
Since the technology improved and became more mainstream, Mr. Gromicko introduced a training course and began working with the FAA in hopes that his organization can certify inspectors as drone pilots.
National Property Inspections Inc., the parent company of National Property Inspections in the U.S. and Global Property Inspections in Canada, began training franchisees on operating drones for building inspections in 2016, according to Randy Yates, a training supervisor for the company. Mr. Yates became aware of the technology’s potential four years ago, but couldn’t spearhead training until the FAA passed its 2016 rule.
“The whole intent was to keep our guys safe, so they wouldn’t have to climb up on a roof, and not damage building materials,” he said.
Still, in dense urban areas, especially near airports, drone use is highly restricted. Nile Berry and Pablo Marvel, co-founders of the New York digitalization agency Nova Concepts, looked into the potential of drone inspections in New York City, considering that building height can significantly limit the scope of inspections. But they hit a dead end.
“In New York, buildings over five stories must be regularly inspected, and it’s one of the most old-school processes that exist,” Mr. Berry said. “An inspector goes out with binoculars, field notes, a pen and paper.”
Some of these obstacles could be removed as drone companies invest heavily in technology. Industrial SkyWorks, based in Canada, has developed software allowing drones to take images of a property and use the data to develop building models and issue inspection reports.
The FAA also certified Industrial SkyWorks to carry out nighttime drone inspections of walls and roofs, according to Michael Cohen, the company president. Such inspections allow inspectors to accurately track where energy is escaping from buildings, Mr. Cohen said.
Phil Larsen, global director of sales and operations for ABJ Drones, a consulting agency, said there’s “tremendous value in real estate” when it comes to drone development, particularly with software that analyzes buildings.
But he pointed to the many obstacles that still exist in the U.S.
“The three major hurdles are transparency, privacy and protection of manned aircrafts,” he said. “It’s difficult for many municipalities to use the technology beneficially because they may be close to an airport.”
Mr. Larsen estimated that drone technology undergoes significant updates about every three months.
George Mathew, chief executive of the industrial drone company Kespry, said the company is “pushing the edge of where this technology is at present, within the regulatory framework.”
Still, Kespry has developed technology in which a drone can fly automatically without a ground pilot to inspect buildings—something not yet allowed by the FAA. “It’s not a technology question of how much drones can do,” he said. “It’s a question of if the regulatory framework will open up in the next several years.”
Up to 50 design decisions to consider in a high-performance roof
The design and construction of a roofing system is a complex undertaking that can involve up to 50 considerations. To ensure that state-of-the-art roofing practice is incorporated into the finished product, the licensed design professional, architect, engineer, building owner, facility manager or roofing contractor should have the latitude to select the most suitable product, system and assembly available on the market.
The factors that will impact roofing system design include:
Type of structure that needs to be protected. Interior usage of the structure. Geography and climate where the building is l
ocated. Extreme weather conditions the roof will need to withstand (hail, high winds, etc.). Orientation of the building. Climatic impacts of the building. Planned longevity of the roofing system and structure, as well as the recyclability of the roofing membrane. Environmental impact of the materials to be used in the construction process. Given these factors, the roofing professional can then determine the specifics of the roofing system design. This will include basic considerations such as how will the roofing membrane be attached to the roof deck. Options such as fully adhered, mechanically attached, and ballasted systems each offer unique benefits: a fully adhered system, for instance, which is attached to the substrate with adhesives, is essential to protect a roofing system in an area that frequently experiences high winds.
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This complex orchestration of interdependent design and construction decisions requires a steady hand, a wealth of experience and access to a broad range of design solutions, not prescriptive requirements that limit creative choice.
Over the last two decades, the roofing industry has undergone some major changes, one of which is a growing recognition of the value of roof space other than keeping occupants warm and dry. Two veteran roofing professionals share their thoughts on the changes that have been, and where they see the industry heading in this ‘black arts’ segment of On The Roof With…..John Robinson, Sika Sarnafil and Ed Jarger, American Hydrotech.
1. In your opinion, what do you think has been the most significant change to the roofing industry over the last two decades?
JR. The most significant change has been emergence of the single ply roof system as the most predominant system. Built up Roofing (BUR) and hot asphalt systems are losing market share due to environmental issues, cost factors and labor concerns. The combination of installation speed and efficiency and the movement away from high labor-based systems has accelerated the change. This will continue as manufacturers develop systems that are more labor efficient and more environmentally sensitive. Another more negative change has been the practice of accepting lower cost materials and systems versus performance, so called “value engineering”. This has led to more premature failures in all types of roofing systems.
EJ. There has been a marked shift in how roofs are viewed by building owners and developers over the last 20 years. Besides its primary function, to keeping water out of a building, the rooftop is increasingly expected to provide more value and functionality. A roof may become a building amenity, such as a podium deck or rooftop terrace for tenants to enjoy. Or, perhaps assist in handling the stormwater challenges many urban areas must contend with by incorporating a vegetated roof or even a blue roof assembly in the overall roof design. Resistance or concern regarding a roofs ability to perform multiple functions has given way to acceptance over the last few decades, as good roof design and the use of quality roofing products and assemblies have proven successful.
Whether you’re bA ROOFING BUYER’S GUIDE – THE OPTIONS AVAILABLEuilding a new house or you need to update your current roof, when it comes to putting the plans together, it’s important to remember that the roof is our first line of defence (other than the walls) from nature’s elements and also helps to buffer noise, so the plans need careful consideration and plenty of research.
Although roofing is foremost a practical home feature and we couldn’t live without it, from a design point of view the roof is the single largest surface area of a house and therefore has quite a bit of room for creative freedom. With lots of plans to consider including; budget, functionality and style considerations, we’ve put together this guidebook to take you through the options available, which hopefully will show you that there’s more than you thought.
The guide outlines the roofing shapes you can get, the types of tiles and slates which will be persuaded by design choice and budget, eco-friendly roofing options, window installation options and insulation varieties. There’s even a glossary at the end of the guide which outlines some of the key terms used in the roofing industry!
When it comes to building a house from scratch or adding an extension, there are a couple of options you can go for in regards to the roof design. There will however be certain factors that affect your final decision, this might be your budget, where you live and the type of weather you get all year round, as well as whether you live in a neighbourhood or not, as your roof shape might be influenced by your neighbouring roof shapes.
Different roofing shapes have different pros and cons. For example, a ‘Hip Roof’ might be more stable than other roof types however more expensive to build. A ‘Gambrel Roof’ will help to provide additional living space in the loft, however this type of roof shape isn’t recommended for heavy wind areas. So it’s important to weigh up all the pros and cons of each roofing types. Check out some of the below links for further reading and information on the different roofing shapes and styles available to you.
Updating your existing roof enables you to add value to your home and communicate your personal tastes and creativity. While the roof framing, structure and proper installation is the most important, the materials for your roof can really upgrade the exterior of your house and add an additional layer of protection.
From asphalt shingles and clay tiles to natural slate and stone roof tiles, your chosen roofing material is a crucial consideration that contributes to the overall look and style of your home. Budget, overall style and weather conditions all come into play for your roofing plans. There’s also colour consideration, as well as eco-friendly options which are outlines in the chapter after this one. Take a look at the below links for some guides on choosing roofing materials.
If you’re looking to invest in making your home more eco-friendly to help both the environment and your wallet, then you might not be aware of all the options available to you. Going eco-friendly isn’t as drastic as you might think either (especially if you’re looking at replacing/updating your roofing anyway).
You can avoid heat loss from your home by insulating your roof/loft (which is outlined in the chapter below), as well as looking at installing solar panels on your roof, solar tiles and even EcoLogic roof tiles. EcoLogic tiles feature a unique coating that removes nitrogen oxides and pollutants from the atmosphere. In addition to the eco-friendly coating, the EcoLogic tiles also include higher levels of recycled content.
There’s also the option of recycled shingles, wood shingles and even metal roofing! Metal roofing is great as many of the products include recycled materials and then they can also be recycled when they have filled their purpose. Plus, they can also last up to 50 years.
Take a look and see what other options there are for eco-friendly roofing…