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RCMA E-Newsletter – September 2016


RCMA President’s Update

Fellow RCMA Members,

It has certainly been a busy and eventful summer for RCMA!  I’m happy to report that our 3rd International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) and RCMA Summer Meeting in Philadelphia were a great success.  We packed an enormous amount of activities into the four days which allowed attendees to participate in a wide variety of educational forums, committee updates and presentations as well as industry networking opportunities.

Special thanks to RCMA staff as well as to all of our IRCC speakers and participants.  The breadth and depth of the insightful technical information presented was outstanding which made it worthwhile for people to attend.  If you’d like to reference them, all of the IRCC presentations are located on our RCMA’s website.  And speaking of website links and IRCC, make sure you also check out the photos from our volunteer event where we worked alongside the Energy Coordinating Agency to coat 18 row house roofs in Center City.

The 2016 IRCC had record attendance – 41% higher than our 2014 event which, by the way, well exceeded our numbers of 2012.  And the feedback we’ve received with regards to the conference’s value to the membership has been exceptional.  We’ve already begun laying the groundwork for the next IRCC in 2018 as the association continues its commitment to advancing the science and technology of roof coatings.

After the IRCC, we had a lengthy discussion at the Summer Meeting reviewing the various potential paths forward with regards to association advocacy to best advance and defend the industry’s interests in Washington.  The RCMA Board followed up at our Board Meeting by approving the creation of a federal Political Action Committee (PAC).   Given his background as well as his knowledge of our industry, we’re excited to report that Scott Paradise of Mine Creek Strategies has agreed to set up and administer the association’s PAC.  As Scott is Richard’s son at Derbigum who is a long-time member at RCMA, we feel confident that Scott will work intelligently to guide us both onto the runway and into flight with this initiative.  Next steps:  Given Washington’s attention presently towards the upcoming elections, we understand it is best to use the remainder of 2016 to get our paperwork and general planning in order and then look to launch this in early 2017.  Much more information to come and there will be further discussion at next month’s Fall Meeting in Denver.

One item we also touched on at our Summer Meeting was the general need to establish a forum for stronger, deeper bandwidth between our manufacturer and associate members.  Providing platforms to allow the relationships to pivot away from what might at times be considered an old-school, transactional approach towards a richer one focused on the manufacturer members and associate members working more closely together to create sustainable value.

To this end, I encourage you to search out a terrific article published last year by Frank Cespedes and Steve Thompson at Harvard Business Review titled “Don’t Turn Your Sales Team Loose Without a Strategy”.   The authors speak towards the importance of developing deeper customer relationships in order to avoid “commodity competencies”. Most telling for us as an association, it’s explained that while essential to consider markets and segments when formulating a strategy – it’s also vital to recognize that a market never buys anything! Only a customer buys. The “last mile” connecting markets and segments also connects the business development efforts and strategy. Our association could do more facilitating this “last mile” and we will continue to look for ways we could enhance these manufacturer-associate linkages to the long-range betterment of the association’s members.

Registration is now open for our Fall Meeting – this year it’s October 10-12 in Denver, CO.  We have a full agenda with a number of dynamic presentations, timely updates, local guest speakers and other activities and events.  One highlight will surely be a tour of the Johns Manville Technical Innovation Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the material performance research conducted by JM with walk-throughs and presentations of their fire, glass, acoustics, and microscopy laboratories. This is a terrific opportunity and we genuinely appreciate JM’s invitation to the association to observe and learn.

On Tuesday Night in Denver, we’re also planning an offsite reception where we’ll feature bowling, billiards and table tennis.  Make no mistake; this event will definitely be a blast.  If you recall at our meeting in Phoenix, we had a great deal of spirited fun with our bowling outing connected with the party we threw for Skip Leonard.  And table tennis in particular has developed quite the sub-following lately at RCMA with some of our members actively seeking out late night tables for some vigorous, competitive play.  Since moving out of my childhood home in Dayton, OH many years ago, I haven’t picked up a paddle, but look forward to getting in the game and taking on all comers!

We look forward to seeing everyone next month in Denver.

Warm regards,

John Stubblefield
President, Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association

RCMA Committee Updates

Government Affairs Committee

RCMA VOC Task Force

RCMA Meetings with the South Coast Air Quality Management District Board – In early May and late June, RCMA Government Affairs Co-Chairs, Greg Johnson and Will Lorenz, along with Chelsea Ritchie, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator, met with thirteen of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Board members. They also had an industry alliance meeting with Ron Johnston, Director of the Union Roofing Contractors Association, and an Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) meeting with Executive Officer, Wayne Nastri, and District staff members, Phil Fine and Heather Farr.

The meetings went extremely well, as Board members shared their frustrations with former SCAQMD Executive Officer, Barry Wallerstein, and a ballot measure in the California State Senate and Assembly to expand the Board appointed seats so that three more environmental justice advocates can be on the Air Quality Management Board.

The meetings were also successful because RCMA had an exclusive opportunity to speak of priority issues to the industry and form a positive relationship with the Board members long-term. During the duration of the trip, Lorenz, Johnson, and Ritchie met with seven Republicans and six Democrats.

Congressional Activity – On June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ozone bill H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act – by a vote of 234-177.

Recall that RCMA worked closely with Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) and the Energy & Commerce Committee to draft the legislation. The bill seeks to extend state deadlines to submit implementation plans for the new ozone standard of 70 parts per billion until 2026. The bill also extends the statutory review cycle for all of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards from five years to ten years, and would order EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee to provide advice to EPA on the new standards’ adverse public health, welfare, social, economic or energy effects.

Looking at the companion bill in the Senate (S.2882), RCMA is currently working with the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for the passage of the bill before the end of the year.

For updates on HR.4775 and S.2882, please contact Chelsea Ritchie, critchie@kellencompany.com.

Technical Affairs Committee

  • Sustainability Task Force – RCMA’s Sustainability Task Force is continuing the development of the Product Category Rules (PCR) for Roof Coatings. RCMA is working with NSF International, who serves as the program operator for the PCR development.  A drafting group made up of RCMA-member LCA and Sustainability experts have met numerous times in 2016 to develop the PCR text.  The PCR is based on a system approach so the LCA and EPDs can include the ‘use phase’ in future EPDs.  Inclusion of the use phase in an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) will allow inclusion of energy saving calculations, which are a strength of roof coatings.  The PCR includes many types of roof coatings, and each type includes two subcategories with different service lives.  The PCR draft has been sent out for public comment twice to a large number of roofing industry groups and other PCR/LCA provider-groups.  The PCR for Roof Coatings is modeled on the American Coating Association’s PCR on Architectural Coatings, with roof coating-specific changes.

As the STF is finishing the development of the PCR for Roof Coatings, we will be looking for direction, assistance, and data from RCMA members to develop an industry-average Life Cycle Analysis (LCA).  EPDs are developed based on the information in the LCA.

  • Field Study– RCMA’s Field Study will examine the effect that the application of a reflective, elastomeric coating has on new and aged single-ply membranes (i.e., EPDM, PVC and TPO).  Samples have been built; coatings have been applied.  The rooftop mounting devices and shipping crates have been built.  We’ve been working with RCMA members who have generously volunteered the use of their rooftops for this study to determine delivery and installation logistics.  The samples should be in place on rooftops in AZ, FL, and MN, in early fall.

Thickness over scrim, tensile strength, elongation, tear strength and low-temperature bend will be initially evaluated and at specific yearly intervals over a 10-year period.  RCMA member RCMA Americas, Inc. (formerly MTi) will be performing the physical tests.

  • Codes and Standards Task Force– RCMA’s Codes and Standards Task Force (CS TF), after our successes with our ICC code proposals, only needed to submit two (2) Public Comments for the Final Action Hearings (FAH).  Staff will attend a portion of the Final Action Hearings in Kansas City, which are held from October 19-25, to support RCMA’s public comments.  The two public comments were to remove the word “approved” as a modifier for “manufacturers installation instructions.”  While it seems a small matter, the word “approved” can lead to unintended consequences, so it’s appropriate to remove.  On September 9, the ICC will release the full list of public comments (monograph) that were submitted based on April’s Committee Action Hearings.  The CSTF will develop any necessary strategies for non-RCMA public comments that are relevant to our efforts.  Stay tuned.

CRRC’s Rough Substrates Working Group presented data at their recent Technical Committee meeting in August.  The CRRC Technical Committee recommended to the Board to implement dual ratings for rough substrates.  If approved, this will result in reflectivity values for coatings over rough substrates on CRRC’s website.

RCMA donated funds to help revise and validate the ORNL Roof Savings Calculator (RSC).  The current RSC can be found here.  Be cautious with results given the disclaimer.  The revision process is just beginning; the initial meeting of the steering group was 6.  RCMA will keep you informed of the progress, specific items of interest, and questions that arise during the revision process.

Reflective Roof Coatings Institute

  • RCMA Speakers Bureau – RCMA continues to seek opportunities for member volunteers to present this educational presentation on reflective roof coatings. Interested in presenting, or have a potential venue in mind?  Fill out an online sign-up form.

The End User Outreach Working Group is developing the next communications piece – an industry magazine article titled “Choosing the Right Coating for the Substrate” that will be featured in Roofing Magazine in October 2016. Contact RCMA staff to receive Working Group notifications.

Communications, Membership and Education Committee

  • RCMA Articles & Press Releases: RCMA has published four industry articles this year and recently contributed to CoatingsPro Magazine’s inaugural Roof Coatings/Roof SPF Supplement article. A highlight this month was RCMA’s Association Profile published in RCI Interface. Catch up on RCMA’s most recently published industry articles. RCMA put out 6 press releases this summer! RCMA’s most picked up press release was our joint press release with the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) highlighting RCMA members and ECA volunteers participation in applying reflective roof coatings to row homes in Philadelphia the week of the IRCC. This press release was even featured in the Philadelphia Inquireriladelphia Inquirer.  Read more of our most recent press releases.
  • RCMA Industry Publications Survey: Thank you to everyone who filled out CMEC’s 5 question survey! The results showed that about 90 percent of survey participants seek industry news from online publications and websites, 80 percent from print magazines, and 75 percent from industry e-newsletters. 60 percent of survey participants look to these online publications/websites outside of their individual company for updates on industry news daily or multiple times a day. The most popular publications noted were Professional Roofing, Roofing Magazine and CoatingsPro Magazine. The survey participant breakdown consisted of about 75 percent manufacturers, 17 percent suppliers, 5 percent “other”, and 3 percent consultants. CMEC will use this survey feedback when looking at what articles to write and where to place them.
  • Associate Member E-Blasts: RCMA offers Associate members the chance to gain exposure to manufacturer members, promote new product offerings, and announce relevant company news and info via once a month Associate Member E-blasts. As of now, the months of October, November, December are open for Associate member e-blasts! Please contact RCMA staff if you are interested.
  • Joint RCMA/FacilitiesNet FastCast: This past spring, RCMA participated in a webcast in conjunction with FacilitiesNet on the benefits of reflective roof coatings. Jim Kirby, RCMA’s Codes and Standards Director, led the webcast and answered participant questions after his 30 minute presentation. Due to positive member feedback on the previous webcast, RCMA is organizing another joint FastCast to debut in March 2017. RCMA and FacilitiesNet are looking for webcast sponsors to make this opportunity possible. Be on the lookout for more information on the advantages of being a FastCast sponsor and how to participate in the webcast. Potential FastCast topics and details will also be discussed at RCMA’s Fall Meeting in October.

For more FastCast information, please contact RCMA Staff or Brian Terry with FacilitiesNet.

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Associate Member News

Advanced Marketing International’s Introduces Nano-Silicate Additives For Coatings Application
Advanced Marketing International, working in conjunction with Admark Polycoats, India, has introduced a series of nano-silicate additives, for coatings applications.  These additives provide extraordinary hydrophobic behavior, increased physical properties, as well as scratch resistance.

Features of these products include:

  • Products are heavy metal free and Eco Friendly
  • Nano-silicates help in improving tinting strength.
  • Small required dosage of less than 3%, replace current silicate additives.
  • Compatible with a wide range of resin systems, including: acrylic, polyurethane, epoxy, polyamides, epoxy esters, and selected alkyds and silicon resins.

Products and Applications:

  • WN-100. Improves anti-corrosive and adhesive properties.  Example of salt spray test below, using our TP-120 product…
  • TP-140. Excellent water repellent for solvent based coatings.

TP140 – a nano sized powder with a hydrophobic surface treatment. When added to a coating, TP-140 has excellent dispersion properties, by adding just 2-5% it will provide excellent water repellency to the entire surface. This can lead to a longer roof life. In addition to water repellency, TP-140 can increase scratch resistance by up to 30%.

  • TP-190. Excellent water repellant for water based coatings and would be used in water based systems instead of TP-140.

You may also refer to this link, https://youtu.be/eIwOlSYrYWI , for a look at the lotus effect on a polyurethane coating.  For additional information on this line of products, please contact Josh Spencer at Admark, jspencer@admarkintl.com.


Central Fiber Shifts Focus Towards Industrial Fiber Business Sector
Central Fiber LLC, based in Wellsville, KS, is a leading producer of specialty cellulose fiber products used in industrial applications worldwide.

In the fall of 2015, Central Fiber announced the divestiture of their erosion control and insulation businesses. This decision allowed Central Fiber to shift all of their focus towards the industrial fiber business sector.

After a great deal of investment and strategic planning, Central Fiber is proud to announce that their new manufacturing facility in Wellsville, KS is now fully operational. This new facility has augmented fiber capacity from the existing fiber line, and has facilitated their commitment to the industry by helping Central Fiber to provide shorter lead times and quicker deliveries. The new plant has not only enhanced Central Fiber’s ability to supply current customers, it provides additional capacity to support new business and new products. Central Fiber’s goal is to continue to supply the high quality, reliably consistent fibers their customers have come to expect, while maintaining highly responsive customer service.

For more information, please visit www.centralfiber.com or call 800-654-6117

RCMA E-Newsletter – June 2016


RCMA President’s Update

Fellow RCMA Members,

It’s summer and the workflow in the roof coatings industry has taken on an accelerated dynamic. We’re now entirely into the heart of “the season” and focused largely on executing those business plans we drew up back in the winter months when the pace was very different. Now it’s all hands on deck securing the right products, at the right place, at the right time, with the right people and the right support.

This is why it’s so vital to take a few minutes right now to look well beyond the daily order log and the Outlook inbox, to consider both your company’s as well as our industry’s future – which by definition will be led by the next generation. To advance, our companies must make the effort to reach out and embrace that youthful spirit, energy and creativity. As such, one of the action items in the current RCMA strategic plan is to obtain greater involvement from the younger generation of roof coatings professionals. Recently, a team led by Ryan Blad of 838 Coatings and Ben Borns of Sherwin-Williams spearheaded efforts to make sure there are specific RCMA programs and activities geared towards this demographic. The program’s kickoff is the RCMA Emerging Leader Award which was designed to recognize an individual who is making strides towards becoming a leader in the roof coatings industry.

The honoree is recognized based on the following criteria:
• Under 35 years of age, and/or involved in the roof coatings industry for less than three years at the time of nomination for the award;
• Demonstrates an ongoing commitment and engagement in RCMA through committees and task forces;
• Contributes to the advancement of the roof coatings industry.

The Emerging Leader Award winner will be selected by the RCMA Nominating Committee and this year the award will be presented at the RCMA International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) next month in Philadelphia. I encourage you to take a close look inside your organization for who might be considered this year as well as who could be groomed for a future nomination. To submit a nomination for the inaugural 2016 award, please contact RCMA Staff Member Jared Rothstein jrothstein@kellencompany.com.

Speaking of IRCC, we are now only weeks away from our 3rd biennial conference July 18-21 in Philadelphia! The conference agenda has been released and is exceptional in terms of the breadth and depth to which we will explore the latest advances in the science and technology of roof coatings. Plus, RCMA staff has put together several terrific networking opportunities. And special thanks to Lee Martucci of GAF who has volunteered to be our Master of Ceremonies by taking on the responsibility of cordially introducing our presenters.

The IRCC is a terrific “in season” break to absorb the latest research, to challenge the longstanding paradigms, and to actively engage with fellow industry members. In other words, your opportunity to re-ignite your youthful spirit.

I look forward to seeing you this summer at the IRCC in Philadelphia.

Warm regards,

John Stubblefield
President, Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association

RCMA Committee Updates

Government Affairs Committee

RCMA VOC Task Force

For the past several months, RCMA has worked closely with Rep. Olson (R-TX) and the Energy & Commerce Committee to draft HR 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act. The bill would extend state deadlines to submit implementation plans for the new ozone standard of 70 parts per billion until 2026. The bill also extends the statutory review cycle for all of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards from five years to ten years, and would order EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee to provide advice to EPA on the new standards’ adverse public health, welfare, social, economic or energy effects.

The bill was voted out of the Energy and Commerce Committee on a party-line vote last month. It has quickly moved through the legislative process and will be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives next week. The Obama administration has aired displeasure with the bill, but has not yet issued a veto threat, something that usually happens shortly before legislation hits the floor.

The passage of this bill would mean a delay in the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards and a major win for the industry.

For updates on HR 4775, please contact Chelsea Ritchie, critchie@kellencompany.com.

RCMA VOC Task Force

OTC

In April, the OTC Stationary Area Source Committees held a Stakeholder Meeting in Washington, DC. Delaware’s Ali Mirzakhalili didn’t have any new updates on AIM coatings, but announced that he is forming a Stakeholder Working Group to finalize the SIP Voluntary Compliance Program. Recall that Ali spoke at the RCMA Annual Meeting, and we submitted comments on his SIP proposal. If you are interested in joining this Working Group to finalize the OTC Voluntary AIM Compliance Program, please contact Chelsea Ritchie, critchie@kellencompany.com.

Maryland

Please note that the Maryland AIM rule was published in the Maryland Register and went into effect on April 15, 2016. The new rule’s (COMAR 26.11.39) compliance date is January 1, 2017. Based on the draft of the rule, the new limits are anticipated to be the following below.

Aluminum Roof Coatings450
Bituminous Roof Coatings270
Bituminous Primers350
Metallic Pigmented Coatings500
Roof Coatings250
Primers, Sealers & Undercoaters100

Delaware

The state is moving forward with the OTC Model Rule II, by proposing a revised AIM rule with a 1/1/2017 compliance date. RCMA submitted comments to their proposed revisions, emphasizing the bituminous category reductions and quality of coatings. The state has an upcoming public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, 2016. For a copy of the proposed rule, presentation, comments, or questions, please contact Chelsea Ritchie, critchie@kellencompany.com.

California

San Joaquin

San Joaquin is in the process of developing their AQMP. Fortunately it appears that they intend to move forward with a NOX heavy approach, based on a March 22nd meeting – “Prioritizing NOx reductions over VOC reductions in 2007 Ozone Plan and 2013 Plan for the Revoked 1-Hour Ozone Plan (2013 Ozone Plan) – NOx emissions reductions have been demonstrated through numerous research studies and modeling efforts to be the most effective control strategy (precursor) for reducing the formation of ozone in the Valley, with VOC reductions found to be much less effective than NOx reductions in reducing ambient ozone concentrations. The 2007 Ozone Plan and 2013 Ozone Plan place great priority in reducing NOx emissions, and maximize the reduction of ambient ozone concentrations and associated health benefits.” For a copy of the AQMP, notes, and updates, please contact Chelsea Ritchie, critchie@kellencompany.com.

Yolo Solano

Please note that similar to South Coast, Yolo Solano’s District has also developed their proposed AIM Rule. Yolo Solano is seeking to reduce roof coatings from 250 g/L to 50 g/L, and bituminous coatings from 300g/L to 50g/L. RCMA is participating in public workshops and comment period to address the drastic reductions. For a copy of the notice, draft rule, staff report, and notes, please contact Chelsea Ritchie, critchie@kellencompany.com.

SCAQMD

California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has the following updates to keep in mind:

  • 2016 AQMP – SCAQMD circulated a preliminary draft of the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) section on proposed sources of reduction in the coatings, solvents, adhesives and sealants categories. Of particular note, the District is proposing to achieve 1 to 2 tons per day of reductions from the coatings industry by 2031 to work toward attainment with the 2008 ozone air quality standards. Candidly, SCAQMD has told us that they expect approximately 1 ton per day of VOC emissions reductions to be achieved by restarting the amendment process for Rule 1168 for Adhesives and Sealants, and they don’t expect many reductions beyond that 1 ton per day. As you may recall South Coast suspended the amendment process for Rule 1168 pending the resolution of a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on whether TBAC qualifies as a toxic air contaminant. If the HRA finds TBAC is a known toxic air contaminant it would be regulated as a hazardous air pollutant and likely be no longer available as an exempt compound. For a copy of the draft, questions, or to get involved, please contact Chelsea Ritchie, critchie@kellencompany.com.
  • Method 313 Round robin – In February, SCAQMD staff was instructed by the Board to conduct round robin testing using Method 313. RCMA is participating in the Working Group to discuss the round robin study and help define its parameters. Based on the discussion, District plans on reviewing 12 labs over the coming months to ensure they have optimal instruments to participate in the round robin. If you are interested in participating in the Working Group, please contact Chelsea Ritchie.
  • SCAQMD Rule 314 Compliance Reminder – please be advised that SCAQMD Rule 314 reports were due on May 31, 2016. To avoid penalties, please contact District staff through Chelsea Ritchie at critchie@kellencompany.com

Technical Affairs Committee

  • Sustainability Task Force – RCMA’s Sustainability Task Force is developing Product Category Rules (PCR) for Roof Coatings.  RCMA is continuing to work with NSF International, who serves as the program operator for the PCR development.   The small drafting group made up of RCMA-member LCA and Sustainability experts have held a number of meetings to develop the PCR text.  The PCR is based on a system approach so the LCA and EPDs can include the ‘use phase’ which will allow some form of energy saving calculation.  There are two levels included for each material type, each with different service lives.  The PCR draft went out for public comment to many roofing industry groups and other PCR/LCA provider-groups.  The PCR for Roof Coatings is modeled on the American Coating Association’s PCR on Architectural Coatings, with roof coating-specific changes.
  • Field Study – RCMA’s Field Study will examine the effect that the application of a reflective, elastomeric coating has on new and aged single-ply membranes (i.e., EPDM, PVC and TPO).  Samples have been built; coatings have been applied.  Coated samples and control samples will be placed on roofs in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota in the summer.  RCMA has secured three buildings and is currently working on site logistics and mounting procedures to ensure samples are secure for 10 years of rooftop exposure.  Thickness over scrim, tensile strength, elongation, tear strength and low-temperature bend will be initially evaluated and at specific times over a 10-year period.  RCMA member RCMA Americas, Inc. (formerly MTi) will be performing the physical tests.
  • Codes and Standards Task Force –RCMA’s Codes and Standards Task Force (CS TF) overall was successful with our ICC code proposals for the IBC, IRC, IECC and the IEBC.  Staff attended the Committee Action Hearings in Louisville, KY, to support RCMA’s code proposals.  Topics for the code proposals include a definition of roof coating, recoating substrates to not trigger reroofing requirements, and D7897. Based on previously discussed strategy, the proposal to add D7897 was withdrawn.  This was based on the work performed by PRI.  The definition of roof coating was approved with a modification to remove “fully.” Removal of the word was part of the negotiations with NRCA so they would withdraw their proposals to remove D6083 from the IBC and IRC.  The list of substrates allowed to be recoated without triggering reroofing requirements remained unchanged and was approved.  The CSTF will be discussing possible public comments.  The Final Action Hearings will be held from October 19-25 in Kansas City.RCMA continues to work closely with CRRC’s Rough Substrates Working Group.  The round robin testing is now complete; samples and controls were tested according to C1549 by 7 labs.  We are waiting for CRRC to release the data.  This work will result in reflectivity values for coatings over rough substrates on CRRC’s website.RCMA donated funds to help update the ORNL Roof Savings Calculator (RSC).  The current RSC can be found here:  http://rsc.ornl.gov/rsc_main.htm?calc=com.  The process is in the beginning stages.  RCMA will keep you informed of the progress, specific items of interest and questions that arise.

 

Reflective Roof Coatings Institute

  • RCMA Speakers Bureau: RCMA continues to seek opportunities for member volunteers to present this educational presentation on reflective roof coatings. Interested in presenting, or have a potential venue in mind?  Fill out an online sign-up form.
  • End User Outreach Project: 
    -The updated RCMA white paper – “Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED v4” – is available on the RCMA website.
    -The End User Outreach Working Group will be reviewing the next communications piece – an industry magazine article – in the coming weeks. Interested in participating? Contact RCMA staff to receive Working Group notifications.

Communications, Education, and Membership Committee

  • RCMA Articles: Read our most recently published industry articles.
  • Fill out this 5-Question Survey to let us know where you receive your news and information about roof coatings. This will ensure RCMA is getting content placed in the right magazines and forums and help streamline our communications outreach efforts.
  • NRCA Roofing Week takes place this week (June 5-11). This is an opportunity to promote the good work of the roofing industry and to provide more visibility to the roof coating industry in particular, by engaging on RCMA’s LinkedIn page and informing your contacts and the public about the essential role roofs and roof coatings play. Share your company’s successes – your company’s story, staff updates and appreciation, worker training, and roofing projects.

Associate Member News

Advanced Marketing International Now Offers Esterol
Advanced Marketing International., Inc., in conjunction with Yil Long Chemical, is working together to offer Esterol Alcohol (Esterol), as an alternative to Texanol in the U.S. Market.  Esterol Alcohol is a state of the art coalescent for paints, inks, and coatings.  It may be readily added to formulations, especially in situations that are difficult to form films. Esterol enhances the performance properties of the paint, including color development, coalescence in low temperatures, scrub resistance, weather resistance, and viscosity stability. Esterol is a low toxic, Non-VOC, environmentally friendly, product.

To get additional information or have any questions, please contact Josh Spencer at Admark. jspencer@admarkintl.com  (910)- 392-0508.

Central Fiber Announces New Manufacturing Facility in Wellsville, KS
Central Fiber is excited to announce our new cellulose fiber manufacturing facility in Wellsville, KS is scheduled to be fully operational by June. It’s “new” in every way, a new building, state-of-the-art control system, and the latest processing and packaging equipment.

central fiber cellulose fiber line

This new line will more than double fiber production at our Wellsville, KS plant, augmenting fiber capacity from the existing fiber line. It also provides custom sizing, blending, and contract packaging services.

For more details, click here to see the press release.

RCMA Americas Announces Position Opening 
RCMA Americas, Inc. seeks a Senior Account Manager for our synthetic rubbers and chemicals to be based in the United States. We are a global distribution and laboratory services company specializing in the marketing of thermoplastic elastomers, resins, latex, polymers, and additives mainly in North America. This key position is responsible for maintaining and expanding sales of our complete synthetic product offering to large volume accounts in North America.  A BS degree and a minimum of 10 years chemical sales experience are required. It is preferred that applicants have a knowledge of our products as well as the roofing, asphalt paving, and/or adhesives & sealants industry. There is a minimum of 50% travel. We would prefer the candidate work out of our Akron, OH office, but there is also a possibility of working remotely. Interested candidates are encouraged to e-mail their resume with salary requirements to allison.mramor@rcma.com.

STI Polymer Completes On-Site R&D Center

Customers in the adhesives, paint and coatings industry turn to STI Polymer for custom formulas and manufacturing that cater to their application requirements. STI was born from a strong technical history and is investing in more R&D resources every day. With the official completion of our on-site research and development center, we are able to execute our strategy of growing in the elastomeric coatings industry.

Warehouse before and after

Warehouse Before & After

Additionally, our 14,000 square foot warehouse expansion has provided vast areas of further growth. The recent inclusion of additional storage tanks is only the beginning. We strive to be a flexible partner with the willingness to work with companies regardless of their volume needs and these improvements help us to do just that.

Need a product unique to your company’s needs? Visit our website or give us a call to see what we can do for you!

www.stipolymer.com       800-874-5878

STI Polymer. You Drive. We Navigate.

Surface Chemists of Florida: Surfactant Supplier Wins Employee Ownership Award

Surface Chemists of Florida (SCF) – a long time supplier of surfactants and specialty additives to the Roof Coating marketplace – was recognized this month for its successful transformation into a wholly employee-owned company. The Employee Ownership Award was presented by the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) at their annual conference in Kent, Ohio. SCF was honored for their smooth transition into the new ownership structure and success in fostering an entrepreneurial culture within the new organization. The company posted record commercial growth numbers in 2015 and is on-track to exceed those numbers again in 2016.

SCF, founded in 1969, had been privately held in the past and celebrated the completion of their first full year as an employee owned organization earlier this month. With all employees sharing an equal ownership role in the growth and direction of the company, the new structure provides an effective means of sustaining SCF’s science –based approach to problem solving, while assuring that the company stays focused on long-term, strategic growth. The OEOC award recognized the company’s flexibility and responsiveness to customers, as well as the disciplined teamwork required to begin a new organizational structure.

RCMA E-Newsletter – March 2016


RCMA President’s Update

RCMA Members,

It is my honor to communicate with you in this Roof Coating Manufacturers Association’s e-newsletter as your President for the 2016-2017 term.  Over the years, I’ve seen first-hand the work that the RCMA can do, our commitment to member services, developing our influence with government bodies, and furthering our industry’s recognition.  As a result, I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to join the ranks of the impressive RCMA Presidents who have come before me and I hope that each of you will be active and engaged members during my term.

Before I proceed further, I would like to personally thank our outgoing President, Helene Hardy Pierce, for her visionary leadership over the past two years.  This period included not only her management of the successful integration of the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute, but also a dynamic website overhaul and a steady influx of new members to the association.  A job very well done.  Also, a tip of the ball cap for the efforts of two prior Presidents, Jeffrey Blank and Van Ripps, who among other accomplishments, were masterful in navigating our association through the great recession.

We’ve kicked off 2016 with our RCMA Annual Meeting in Orlando, a successful, productive meeting led by Helene Hardy Pierce and RCMA Staff.  Looking forward, some great initiatives are underway including our 3rd RCMA International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) July 18-21 in Philadelphia.  I urge you not only to register for the IRCC, but to encourage others in your organization to attend as well.  This is an ideal event to bring those members of your company who are involved in the science and technology of roof coatings, but due to their commitments on roofs or in the lab aren’t always included in industry events.  Plus, my ol’ hometown is really a vibrant place to visit in the summer and RCMA staff is working on some terrific networking opportunities for the conference as well.  You do not want to miss this event.

From a broad perspective for 2016, perhaps the association’s biggest challenge in this Citizens United era is that our industry’s voice can be suppressed without a determined, well-financed effort.  The value proposition of our industry’s products is greater than ever, however we will have to work increasingly harder in the political sphere to both defend the industry interests as well as to communicate the robust benefits our products and systems deliver.  We cannot sit back and be reactive: our association must always be proactive.  More to come on this in 2016 as the Board is working to understand the advocacy potential of several approaches, but it is vital that we all recognize what is at stake.

We have an exciting year ahead of us all, and I look forward to seeing you this summer at the IRCC in Philadelphia.

Warm Regards,

John Stubblefield

President, Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association

RCMA Committee Updates

Government Affairs Committee

RCMA VOC Task Force

  • SCAQMD Rule 1113- On Friday February 5, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Governing Board approved the proposed amendments to Rule 1113 – Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings. From June 4, 2014, RCMA remained active in the rulemaking and pushed for changes. Due to Industry and RCMA advocacy efforts, the rule is much better than the original proposal.  The amended rule can be found here.

Per RCMA’s recommendation, the District has agreed to revise the definition for mastic coatings to reduce confusion with mastic cements that fall under Rule 1168 – Adhesives and Sealants. Additionally, the District agreed to hold off on making any changes to the tBAC exemption until the release of an OEHHA assessment in early 2016.

For a copy of the RCMA comment letter, changes in Rule 1113, or questions regarding the District, please contact Chelsea Ritchie.

  • OTC – At the RCMA Annual Meeting, Ali Mirzakhalili, Director of Division of Air Quality with Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) Regulatory Chair provided an update on OTC’s air quality priorities for 2016. He also spoke with members on a labeling proposal as part of the initiative for a national VOC verification. RCMA members provided Mirzakhalili with initial feedback and a letter with specific action.

Please note that Maryland is close to AIM rule adoption and RCMA is continuously active in the discussion.  A public hearing was held on February 22 at the Department of the Environment in Baltimore, Maryland.  Maryland anticipates that the regulation will become effective March 28, 2016, with a January 1, 2017 compliance date. For a copy of the proposed rule, or questions regarding OTC and Maryland, please contact Chelsea Ritchie.

  • RCMA GHS/HazCom Task Force – On February 17, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the hazard classification guidance document for the 2012 Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The guidance document can be found here.

The guidance seeks to address supply-chain confusion and clarify the ambiguity of GHS labeling of hazardous materials. Please recall that RCMA provided extensive feedback to OSHA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) conveying industry concerns with the implementation of the 2012 GHS. For questions regarding GHS and the revised Hazard Communication Classification, please contact Chelsea Ritchie.

Technical Affairs Committee

  • Sustainability Task Force – RCMA’s Sustainability Task Force is developing Product Category Rules (PCR) for Roof Coatings.  RCMA selected and is working with NSF International, who serves as the program operator for the PCR development.   A small drafting group made up of RCMA-member LCA and Sustainability experts are developing text; the drafting group will bring questions and requests for data to the STF and the RCMA membership at-large.  At the annual meeting, the STF discussed a number of ideas that need resolution as the PCR is developed: system vs material approach, inclusion of service life, best ways to include energy savings during use phase, types: typical vs high-performance, inclusion of toxicity disclosure.  The PCR for Roof Coatings is modeled on the American Coating Association’s PCR on Architectural Coatings, with roof coating-specific changes.
  • Field Study – RCMA’s Field Study will examine the effect that the application of a reflective, elastomeric coating has on aged and new single-ply membranes (i.e., EPDM, PVC and TPO).  Samples have been built; coatings will be applied to samples this winter.  Coated samples and control samples will be placed on roofs in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota in the spring.  Thickness over scrim, tensile strength, elongation, tear strength and low-temperature bend will be initially evaluated and at specific times over a 10-year period.  RCMA member RCMA Americas, Inc. (formerly MTi) will be performing the physical tests.
  • Codes and Standards Task Force – RCMA’s Codes and Standards Task Force (CS TF) developed and submitted ICC code proposals for the IBC, IRC, IECC and the IEBC.  Code proposals were submitted prior to the January 11, 2016 deadline.  Topics for the code proposals include a definition of roof coating, recoating substrates to not trigger reroofing requirements, and D7897.  ICC released all submitted proposals (the monograph) on March 8, 2016.  The CS TF will review all RCMA-relevant code proposals and prepare a plan for support and opposition statements.  RCMA staff will attend the ICC Committee Action Hearings in Louisville, Kentucky, from April 17th to 27th.

RCMA continues to work closely with CRRC’s Rough Substrates Working Group.  RCMA helped develop the rough substrate round-robin testing protocol and managed the preparation of samples.  Samples and controls are being tested according to C1549 by seven labs.  As of mid-February, five test labs completed their portion of the round robin, and final results are expected in April.  This work will result in reflectivity values for coatings over rough substrates on CRRC’s website.

RCMA issued a memorandum regarding a new version of ENERGY STAR specification for Roof Products.  The new version is version 3.0.  The revised version takes effect July 1, 2017.  The memo is available on RCMA’s website.

Reflective Roof Coatings Institute

  • RCMA Speakers Bureau RCMA member Joe Sorrentino, UNIFLEX Fluid Applied Roof Systems, will be delivering RCMA’s Speakers Bureau presentation at Building Operating Management’s NFMT in Baltimore, Maryland on March 24, 2016. If you are interested in volunteering to deliver the Speakers Bureau presentation, please contact Chelsea Ritchie to be notified of upcoming speaking opportunities, or fill out the online speaker application.
  • RCMA White Papers – The updated RCMA white paper – “Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED v4” – is available on the RCMA website.
  • RCMA Reflective Roof Rebates Database – Take advantage of this database of rebates, loans, grants, and tax credits for reflective roof coatings applied to low slope and steep slope roofs. The searchable database is available on RCMA’s website.

Communications, Education, and Membership Committee

RCMA’s Communications Task Force plans to distribute 1-2 press releases per quarter, publish 2 articles per quarter, and continue to expand content updates on the RCMA website and LinkedIn page in 2016. The task force will hold its kick-off call in March which will focus on exploring new communications platforms and further discussing the RCMA end-user outreach project. If you would like to participate in this call, please contact Cecily Alfonsi.

Communications Task Force

2016 RCMA Articles:

2016 RCMA Press Releases:

IRCC Working Group – The International Roof Coatings Conference Task Force has finalized the topics and speakers for the 2016 conference, and is planning additional sessions and networking functions for the event.

Membership and Program Task Force

RCMA continues its member recruitment efforts. Our newest members are:

Metacrylics
Channel Prime Alliance
Lansco Colors

Please continue to spread the word about RCMA to companies associated with the roof coatings industry!

Associate Member News

Advanced Marketing International Now Offers Esterol
Advanced Marketing International, is now offering Ester Alcohol (Esterol).  Esterol is a state of the art coalescing agent for water based coatings.  Esterol is a low toxicity, non-VOC, environmentally friendly product.  Please contact Josh Spencer, at jspencer@admarkintl.com , if you would like more information.

Channel Prime Alliance Acquires New Lead Jack McLaughlin
Channel Prime Alliance, a Ravago company, distributors of rubber and plastics to the roofing industry worldwide has expanded their elastomer products team with the addition of Jack McLaughlin to lead their butyl rubber business line. Jack has over 27 years’ experience in the rubber business and was formerly the head of the butyl business in North America for Lanxess.  Jack has been a member of the RCMA in the past and has rejoined with this new assignment.  The use of their high quality reprocessed polymers falls within the sustainability programs for the industry.

STI Offers Booth at American Coatings Show
STI Polymer is the partner of choice for custom formulations and manufacturing of adhesives, paints and coatings. STI has built a reputation of proven performance, from providing manufacturers of paints and adhesives with the basic functional components of their formulations to producing private labeling of high-quality products for leading global corporations. Our robust technical foundation and agility to meet the emerging needs, combined with an emphasis on long-term partnerships, drives customer success.

When you are developing new products, so are we. As you break new ground, count on us to do the same. We work closely with you to create the formulas and manufacture the products that make yours stronger. We were built on R&D and loyal relationships and you’ll still see that today. With continual investments in facilities and resources, we maintain our nimble operations with the technical strength to match. So go ahead, set the bar, we’ll meet you there.

Nexeo Solutions Solves Manufacturer Business Needs, Offers Specialized Product Types
Nexeo Solutions, a leader in chemical distribution, supports both manufacturers and roof coatings formulators with a broad product portfolio, exceptional logistical service and the benefit of leading technology.  Our technical teams, in-house formulation and analytical laboratory form a strong foundation for outstanding support to the industry.
Nexeo Solutions, a member of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, works with each manufacturer to solve individual business needs.  We offer formulation and analytical support to produce enhanced products that meet local and national regulations.

Nexeo Solutions specializes in the following product types for the roof coatings industry:

  • Wash Primers
  • Water-Based Epoxy Primers
  • Acrylic Latex Coatings
  • Silicone Coatings
  • Polyurethane and Polyurea Coatings
  • SEBS Coatings
  • Asphaltic Coatings
  • Commodities associated with roof coatings

You can receive more information on our roof coatings capabilities by contacting Nexeo Solutions at www.nexeosolutions.com or calling 800.531.7106 to request a brochure.

Lansco Colors Serves Pigment Industry, Recently Joins RCMA
LANSCO COLORS has been dedicated to serving pigment consuming industries since 1926. Our employees come from pigment manufacturing backgrounds and have expert technical knowledge to help you with your pigment requirements.

LANSCO COLORS supplies RCMA members with the highest quality Aluminum Paste, Titanium Dioxide, Complex Inorganic Color Pigments, Chromium Oxide Green, LANOX Iron Oxides and Anti-Corrosive Pigments.  LANSCO COLORS offers many additional Inorganic Pigments and a complete line of Organic Pigments for the Coatings, Ink and Plastics Industries.

The LANSCO COLORS line of Aluminum Pastes, Powders, and Pellets is manufactured by Carlfors Bruk AB, of Huskvarna, Sweden.  A third-generation family business, Carlfors Bruk was founded 1898 and has118 years of experience as a manufacturer of metallic pigments. Current capacity is 7,500 tons per year from a modern continuous operation.  Carlfors Bruk is the #1 supplier of Aluminum Paste to the Roof Coating Industry, having supplied in excess of 75 million pounds over the last 20 years.

LANSCO COLORS stocks large inventories of our products in 15 warehouses to meet your on-time delivery needs. Our customer service representatives offer a quick response directed at satisfying your needs.

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RCMA E-Newsletter – November 2015


 

RCMA President’s Update

Helene Hardy Pierce, GAF

My Fellow RCMA Members,

As 2015 closes and we look forward to 2016, I hope that you concur that we’ve concluded this year with a great Fall meeting in Phoenix and our association is active, healthy, and clearly focused on our mission of being the voice for the roof coatings industry.

Certainly the challenges ahead are no smaller than they’ve been, but we’ve invested much time and effort in making sure that RCMA provides timely information to our members on those issues that we all are facing.  RCMA, where appropriate, also works hard to provide a unified message of our concerns and often a path forward that assists our companies and our industry operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.

We’ll leave the rest of this newsletter to share updates on several initiatives that may be of interest and simply close with a sincere warm wish that you have a wonderful holiday season and that 2016 is kind to you and yours.

Warm Regards,

Helene


RCMA Committee Updates

Government Affairs Committee

SCAQMD Rules 1113 and 314 –As the final part of the rule adoption process, SCAQMD will hold a Board hearing on December 4. As a recap, RCMA submitted public comments on Rules 1113 and 314 in September, and worked with the District staff during the Stationary Source Committee meetings in October. Per RCMA’s recommendation, the District has agreed to revise the definition for mastic coatings to reduce confusion with mastic cements that fall under Rule 1168 – Adhesives and Sealants. Additionally, RCMA pushed for the exemption of tBAC in industrial and architectural coatings – the District has agreed to hold off on making any changes to the tBAC exemption until the release of a peer reviewed analysis in early 2016.

NEXT STEPS – In preparation of the hearing, the District has released the final staff report here, which justifies the proposed Rule amendments. The staff report also includes responses to the RCMA comment letter. Chelsea Ritchie, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator, will attend the hearing to flag industry concerns and represent RCMA. For a copy of the RCMA comment letter, proposed rules 1113 and 314, draft VOC whitepaper, or questions regarding the District, please contact Chelsea Ritchie at critchie@kellencompany.com.

OTC – Please note that Maryland is becoming the first state to adopt OTC’s Phase II Model AIM Rules, and RCMA is active in the proposed discussion. On Monday, September 21, the Maryland Air Quality Control Advisory Council held a meeting to discuss the proposed rule (COMAR 26.11.41). RCMA, and industry partner American Coatings Association, requested an early compliance provision be included in the draft rule (this provision would allow niche categories with higher VOC products to be sold prior to the 1/1/2017 compliance date). The Council approved adding the provision and revised the proposed rule.

NEXT STEPS: Maryland anticipates that regulation will become effective March 28, 2016, with a January 1, 2017 compliance date. For a copy of the proposed rule, or questions regarding OTC and Maryland, please contact Chelsea Ritchie at critchie@kellencompany.com.


Technical Affairs Committee

Sustainability Task Force – RCMA’s Sustainability Task Force selected NSF as the Program Operator to develop the Product Category Rules (PCR) for roof coatings.  A small group of volunteers will work with NSF to develop the initial draft of the PCR.  As the work progresses, the STF and other RMCA members will be asked to provide technical data and relevant information.  The PCR for Roof Coatings will be modeled on the American Coating Association’s PCR on Architectural Coatings.

Field Study – RCMA’s Field Study will examine the effect that the application of a reflective, elastomeric coating has on aged and new single-ply membranes.  Single-ply membrane materials have been obtained; task members began building samples in September.  Additional samples will be built in the next few months.  Completed samples will be placed on roofs in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota in Q1 2016.  Thickness over scrim, tensile strength, elongation, tear strength, and low-temperature bend will be evaluated over a 10-year period.  RCMA member RCMA Americas, Inc. will be performing the physical tests.

Codes and Standards Task Force – RCMA’s Codes and Standards Task Force (CSTF) will be developing model code proposals for the IBC, IRC and IECC; code proposals are due in early January 2016.  A definition of roof coating has been developed and a number of additional code proposal ideas are being evaluated for submission. Topic ideas include a definition of recoating, application of coatings on existing roofs, and editorial clean-up proposals.  Code proposal suggestions are welcome.

The CSTF is preparing a memo about ENERGY STAR V3.0 and the changes regarding the aging of samples for 3-year aged reflectivity testing.  Look for this soon!  The CSTF is also preparing a letter to send to the City of Phoenix offering suggestions about codes and standards related to roof coatings.

RCMA continues to work closely with the CRRC.  RCMA assisted in the development of the rough substrate round-robin testing protocol and managed the preparation of samples. The resulting values for reflectivity in coatings over rough substrates will be showcased on CRRC’s website.


Reflective Roof Coatings Institute

  • RCMA Speakers Bureau The Speakers Bureau presentation was recently delivered by David Ziebarth, Astec Re-Ply Roof Systems at the Palm Beach County Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association meeting on October 28, and again on October 28 by Ryan Blad, Everest Systems Co. at the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association meeting. If you are interested in volunteering to deliver the Speakers Bureau presentation, please contact RCMA staff to be notified of upcoming speaking opportunities.

Communications, Education, and Membership Committee

RCMA’s communications committee continues to focus highlighting the benefits of roof coatings and the critical activities of the association through articles, press releases, internal communications pieces, and RCMA’s website and LinkedIn platforms.

Communications Task Force

The CEMC’s Communications Task Force has placed 12 articles in industry publications so far this year, and has distributed six press releases. Click on the links below to read our most recent articles:

And click on these links to read RCMA’s most recent press releases:

IRCC Working Group – The International Roof Coatings Conference Task Force has begun planning for the 2016 conference. The Working Group is currently reviewing the submitted presentation abstracts to finalize the conference agenda, and is planning additional sessions and networking functions for the event. If you are interested in participating in the Working Group, please contact RCMA staff.

Membership and Program Task Force

RCMA continues its member recruitment efforts. Our newest member is:

Ribelin Sales, Inc.

Please continue to spread the word about RCMA to companies associated with the roof coatings industry!


 Associate Member News

Lion Elastomers now provides a lower molecular weight grade of EPDM polymer

LION ELASTOMERS – a leading supplier of EPDM rubber for traditional roof membrane industry now provides a lower molecular weight grade of EPDM polymer which can be used in roof coating applications.  Trilene® 65, with an average molecular weight of 50,000 Daltons, can be formulated to a coating product with traditional EPDM roof membrane properties, including long durability and super waterproofing capability. The family of Lion Elastomers’ low molecular weight EPDM products, including Trilene® 67, Trilene® 77, and Trilene® CP-600, can also be used as additives for current roof coating products, to improve coating lifetime, ponding water resistance, and adhesion to difficult substrates like aged EPDM and TPO. Trilene® coating technology is based on peroxide curing or natural sunshine curing with proper photo initiators.

Lion Elastomers is a leading manufacturer of synthetic EPDM and emulsion SBR rubbers, serving customers globally with production plants located in Geismar, LA. and Port Neches, TX. With premium product quality and supreme technical service, Lion always addresses customers’ business needs through providing the very best, mutually beneficial commercial and technical solutions. For more information, please contact Greg Ross at Greg.Ross@lionelastomers.com.

STI Polymer Recently Experienced “Explosive Growth”

STI polymer, located in North Carolina, has recently experienced “explosive growth” resulting in advancements in numerous areas. From the beginning, STI has used state-of-the-art technology to produce polymers for a staggering variety of industrial uses including acrylic polymers for elastomeric coatings. As a result of the increase in demand, STI has moved operations from four days a week, to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ensuring a three-fold increase in employment over the last three years.

That’s not all. More facility space is being added to help streamline operations and expand the warehouse, as well as house a new product development laboratory. This allows various expansions and added uses for products; including a popular adhesive that’s free of toxic solvents, but can still hold down waterproof rubber sheeting on a flat roof being pounded by hurricane-force winds.

STI Polymer has successfully created a new face for the company, while never straying from their initial foundation, as they manage this growth and continue to thrive. For more information, visit www.stipolymer.com, email info@stipolymer.com or call 919-777-5995.

National Sales Manager Opening for National Coatings Corporation

National Sales Manager is responsible for oversight and implementation of national sales and marketing activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build, maintain and manage an efficient, well-trained and effective field sales organization
  • Lead sales force toward attaining company objectives and priorities while preserving a high standard of ethics
  • Establish and execute sales programs in accordance with the strategic plan and objectives of the company
  • Establish sales goals for field sales, evaluate performance, and take necessary steps to bring results in line with the financial goals of the business.
  • Plan and conduct training and educational seminars and other presentations for contractors, specifiers, building owners and roof consultants.
  • Develop relationships with key consultants, architects and building owners.
  • Develop and manage key accounts to ensure long term relationships
  • Participate in various trade/industry organizations and functions.
  • Oversee the preparation of marketing and promotional programs and ensure that they are effectively launched in the field.
  • Manage Approved Applicator/Warranty program and drive the sales organization towards value-added sales and high quality application of our materials.

Qualifications

  • College degree in Business Administration, Sales and Marketing is highly desirable
  • At least six years sales and marketing experience, in the building  products industry
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

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RCMA E-Newsletter – September 2015


 

RCMA President’s Update

Helene Hardy Pierce, GAF

My Fellow RCMA Members,

As we look at a smaller and smaller number of work days left in the roofing season, we realize that for much of our efforts, we are on the “back side” of 2015. For RCMA, this has been a year of many initiatives, many “firsts”, and one where we’ve spent the first 8 months loading up our collective plate for what’s to come!

While we are significantly through our first year as the one association representing all roof coatings manufacturers, I would be remiss to not mention our summer meeting which was highlighted by our second Legislative Day on Capitol Hill. For those of you who participated, a sincere thank you for all of your efforts, all of the running from meeting to meeting, and all of collective discussion on a host of issues important to RCMA and our member companies. Our RCMA Staff did a tremendous job organizing our Legislative Day and for those of us that participated, their efforts contributed much to our professional, united, and consistent conversations with members of Congress, the Senate, and their key staff members.

Facing all of us as manufacturers is an ever increasing regulatory environment. RCMA has been helping each of us stay abreast of what’s on the horizon and actively trying to engage in the process. Several times they have facilitated direct discussions with agencies and also proactively provided RCMA member companies the opportunity to testify before committees considering either a regulation itself or the consequences of such regulation. Several members of RCMA along with RCMA staff have continued to investigate how we can better serve our member companies on the regulatory front. Certainly our vigilance about what’s on the horizon needs to stay focused and we need to continue to communicate internally to our members about what’s going on, and communicate externally to insure our voice is heard.

Looking forward, we are excited about our Fall meeting – this year October 12-14th in Phoenix, AZ. We have a very full agenda and a wonderful destination – what a great combination! And we’ve added an opportunity to show off your bowling prowess or simply enjoy some comradery with your fellow RCMA members by taking to the bowling lanes on Tuesday evening! Please plan on attending the Fall meeting – where you’ll be keyed into all that’s going on including OSHA and DOT Hazmat requirements (conflicting though they may be), the PCR work of our Sustainability Task Force, an update on our 3rd International Roof Coatings Conference planned for next July, VOC regulations including SCAQMD and PAR 1113, and our white paper “Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED v4”.

If you have ideas as to how RCMA can better serve the needs of you and your company, please feel free to reach out to me, John, or Laura to let us know what we can do to be of assistance.

Warm Regards,

Helene


RCMA Committee Updates

Government Affairs Committee

RCMA Legislative Day

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, RCMA Members met with their Members of Congress and key congressional staffers on Capitol Hill. About 30 members met with over 80 congressional offices, offering a unique opportunity for both manufacturers and suppliers to the industry to communicate issues of importance in the roof coatings industry to lawmakers.

In particular, RMCA members discussed three main issues of interest to the roof coatings industry: opposing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from further lowering the National Ozone Standard, supporting the Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act, and advocating for a federal tax credit for reflective roof coatings.

Congressional Activity

On Tuesday, July 28, 2015 the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power had a congressional roundtable titled, “EPA’s Proposed Ozone Rule:  Potential Impacts on Manufacturing and Jobs.” It was an opportunity for the Representatives to ask questions and gain more information on the proposed national ozone standard (NAAQS). Greg Johnson, Sherwin Williams, was one of a handful of panelists from across the country to speak of the unintended consequences should a lower standard occur.

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Stacey-Ann Taylor, Henry Company, testified to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Energy and Power, and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade in a congressional hearing on the proposed revisions to the EPA National Ozone Standard. Legislatures discussed how the EPA’s Proposed National Ozone Standard affects manufacturers, jobs, and the roof coatings industry.  Taylor’s testimony along with a recording of the hearing can be found here.

RCMA VOC Task Force

  • SCAQMD Rules 1113 and 314 – On August 26, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held a Public Workshop on proposed Rule 1113 and Rule 314 on architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) Coatings. RCMA submitted comments and asked questions regarding opaque fire-proof coatings, fee implementation, reporting incentives, and bituminous roof coatings.The materials from the Public Workshop and previous Working Group Meetings are available here. These include the preliminary draft staff report and proposed Rules 1113 and 314. SCAQMD also released a VOC White Paper explaining the need for additional VOC reductions.NEXT STEPS: There will be a hearing on Friday, October 2; and a Public Hearing scheduled for Friday, November 6, 2015. For a copy of the draft VOC whitepaper, or questions regarding the District, please contact Chelsea Ritchie at critchie@kellencompany.com.
  • CARB Districts – The California Air Resource Board (CARB) adopted the revised AIM Suggested Control Measure (SCM) in October 2007. San Diego recently adopted Rule 67.0.1 amendments on June 24, 2015 with a compliance date of January 1, 2016. Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD will seek to approve amendments to Rule 442 on September 24, with an effective compliance date of six months after the date of adoption of March 24, 2016. RCMA will submit a comment letter as SMAQMD will change the VOC limits for twelve coating categories.El Dorado and Yolo Solan are the other anticipated districts to seek adoption sometime in 2015.For copy of the proposed rules, notes, comments letters, or questions, please contact Chelsea Ritchie, critchie@kellencompany.com.

GHS / HazCom Task Force

RCMA has ongoing communication with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss the changes to the revised standard HazCom 2012, and reclassification during transport. While OSHA and DOT representatives agree there needs to be further clarification, the publishing date for a joint whitepaper at this time is unknown.

To assist in the guidance process and regulatory revisions RCMA has identified the gaps in the rule to OSHA and the DOT. The Task Force created an interim comparison document between HCS 2012 and DOT shipping requirements to educate and alleviate some of the confusion. RCMA also sent an industry letter to OSHA identifying the compliance and economic considerations, asking that OSHA revise the rule, clarify flammable category 3 with combustibles, and delay the compliance deadline for distribution labeling from December 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016.


Technical Affairs Committee

  • Sustainability Task Force – RCMA’s Sustainability Task Force is evaluating proposals for the development of Product Category Rules (PCR) for Roof Coatings.  The task force is evaluating PCR program operators based on their industry expertise, staff experience, relevant knowledge of roof coatings, subsequent LCA and EPD development, roofing-industry credibility, cost, maintenance, and development schedule.  Once a program operator is selected, members of the STF will be providing technical data and information needed for the PCR.  The PCR for Roof Coatings will be modeled on the American Coating Association’s PCR on Architectural Coatings.
  •  Field Study – RCMA’s Field Study will examine the effect that the application of a reflective, elastomeric coating has on aged and new single-ply membranes.  Single-ply membrane materials have been obtained, and member participants will be building samples in September. Completed samples will be placed on roofs in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota this fall.  Thickness over scrim, tensile strength, elongation, tear strength, and low-temperature bend will be evaluated over a 10-year period. RCMA member Momentum Technologies International will be performing the physical tests.
  • Codes and Standards Task Force – RCMA’s Codes and Standards Task Force (CSTF) will be developing model code proposals for the IBC, IRC and possibly the IECC; code proposals are due in early January 2016.  A definition of roof coating has been developed.  A number of additional code proposal ideas are being discussed and evaluated for submittal.  Code proposal suggestions are welcome.In June, the California Energy Commission approved the 2016 Edition of Title 24, which will go into effect on January 1, 2017.  There are no changes to the reflectivity requirements from the 2013 Edition of Title 24.Also in June, the ASTM D08 task group on D6083 developed a revised version to be balloted this fall.  The revised version of D6083 removes viscosity, and solids by volume and weight.  All physical property requirements remain the same, except low-temperature flexibility will be balloted at -10C (14F), which is a change from -26C (-15F).RCMA continues to work closely with the CRRC. RCMA helped develop the rough substrate round-robin testing protocol and managed the preparation of samples.  This work will result in reflectivity values for coatings over rough substrates on CRRC’s website.

Reflective Roof Coatings Institute

  • RCMA Speakers Bureau  The RCMA kicked off its Speakers Bureau program with a presentation by Joseph Sorrentino, Uniflex/ Sherwin Williams, for the Carolina Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association’s (CRSMC) district meeting. To volunteer to participate as a speaker, please contact RCMA staff.
  • RCMA White Papers – RCMA is finalizing an RRCI white paper titled “Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED” to include updates from LEED v4. The finalized white paper will be posted to the RCMA website.

Communications, Education, and Membership Committee

RCMA’s communications committee continues to focus highlighting the benefits of roof coatings and the critical activities of the association through articles, press releases, internal communications pieces, and RCMA’s website and LinkedIn platforms.

Communications Task Force

The CEMC’s Communications Task Force has placed 10 articles in industry publications so far this year, and has distributed six press releases. Click on the links below to read our most recent articles:

And click on these links to read RCMA’s most recent press releases:

Membership and Program Task Force

RCMA continues its member recruitment efforts. Our newest members are:

Encore Technologies

Johns Manville 

Please continue to spread the word about RCMA to companies associated with the roof coatings industry!


 Associate Member News

Archway Sales Becomes Part of Nexeo Solutions

Archway Sales, Inc., a member and supporter of the RCMA since 2008, is now part of Nexeo Solutions, LLC.  The integration of Archway as the CASE Specialty business group for Nexeo Solutions creates a technical sales and customer service staff of over 70 individuals dedicated to specialty chemical sales, technical services and state-of-the art formulation and analytical laboratory services.  Focused in a regional business model, these capabilities form a foundation of service and problem solving for roof coating formulators.

Technology matters. The Nexeo Solutions product offerings, from leading suppliers, delivers a broad pallet of specialties providing the tools formulators need to improve the next generation of products. Our unique package of resources is dedicated to helping you earn new business.

Technologies:

Resins:  Acrylic, Epoxy, Polyurethane, Polyurea, Silicone, SEBS, Rosins and Hydrocarbon

Pigments:  Titanium Dioxide, Organic & Inorganic Colorants and Aluminum

Additives:  Dispersing, Flow, Rheology, Defoaming, Moisture Scavenging and Neutralizing Agents

Surface Chemists of Florida Announces New Organizational Structure

SCF, a long time supplier of surfactants and specialty additives to the Roof Coating marketplace – has announced that effective July 15, 2015 they have completed their restructuring program and will now be operating as a wholly employee-owned company.

SCF’s former owner, Alice Hudson, who has successfully guided the growth and diversification of the company for more than 45 years, has provided SCF employees the opportunity to purchase the company and continue the targeted innovation business model that has long distinguished SCF from its competitors. Ms. Hudson will remain active as the company’s CEO, while strategic leadership of the organization will now be driven by an elected board of member-employees.

Ms. Hudson sees the new organizational structure as an effective means of sustaining SCF’s science-based approach to problem solving, while assuring that the company stays focused on long-term, strategic growth as opposed to the short-term, investor-driven interests that steer many of the decisions in today’s corporate environment.  The move offers employees an equal ownership role in the direction and growth of the company, while ensuring that SCF customers will continue to receive the benefits of a team focused on solving customer problems and challenges without distraction.

Univar USA Solutions for Increased Water-Proofing Using Dow Corning Silicone Additives

Whether you are formulating a water or solvent-based coating, Dow Corning has a silicone-based additive that will help improve the water resistance of your formulation.  Dow Corning® 87 Additive is a silicone resin emulsion designed for use in acrylic emulsion paints, while Dow Corning® 88 Additive is a silane/siloxane blend that is effective at improving water resistance both in acrylic emulsion paints containing polar solvents and in solvent-based systems.

Dow Corning 87 and 88 Additives improve water resistance by creating a hydrophobic silicone network in the paint that repels water, but is permeable to water vapor coming from the substrate. As a result, water penetration is reduced while cracking and blistering are minimized.

The silicone network formed by Dow Corning 87 and 88 Additives reduces the amount of water absorbed by a coating, even when used at an addition level of 2%. At this use level, Dow Corning 88 Additive is even more effective than a competitor silicone resin emulsion at an addition level of 5%. And, as with Dow Corning 87 Additive, this water absorption reduction is achieved with negligible impact on water vapor permeability.

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RCMA E-Newsletter – April 2015


 

RCMA President’s Update

Helene Hardy Pierce, GAF

My Fellow RCMA Members,

“And then we are one”…Welcome to our first E-Newsletter as ONE industry association representing ALL roof coatings manufacturers! 

So much work and planning went into the merger of RCMA and RRCI, culminating in our first annual meeting this February, where we set a record attendance level and completed a very full meeting as a precursor to the International Roofing Expo. Throughout 2014, we were busy and engaged in planning and executing the merger, and now in 2015, we are one!

And what an exciting time it is! RCMA is actively executing our strategic plan on all fronts and positioning itself as the voice for roof coatings in the roofing industry. Our annual meeting continued as “proof positive” for attendees the value in membership – from engaging discussions about emerging trends to open and honest dialogue about the effects the changing regulatory environment is having on our industry and what we can expect as jurisdictions having authority continue to pursue mandates and regulations. 

In the fall newsletter, I proposed that “success” for the merger will be an even more vibrant and more engaged RCMA – and looking forward at the initiatives we have underway, it’s hard to not be excited about RCMA and what we are about. Monitoring and communicating VOC regulations and proposals under consideration, website updates and improvements, a reinvigorated Speakers Bureau utilizing the educational tools developed and employed by the RRCI, and an active and engaged Codes & Standards Task Force are just a few of the many activities that our members are engaged in through our association. Certainly, if you have not been as engaged as you would like or have been muted in your involvement in RCMA, I encourage you to contact either myself or the RCMA staff, and let us know your area of interest so that you can realize the full benefit of your RCMA membership.

I continue to be excited about what’s ahead for RCMA – our membership is growing and we have a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm. Please feel free to reach out to let us know what we can do to further the goals of RCMA. 

Warm Regards,

Helene


RCMA Committee Updates

Government Affairs Committee

VOC Task Force

SCAQMD Rule 1113

In February and March, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held working group meetings for Rule 1113 on architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) coatings. It’s important to note that:

  • SCAQMD is currently working on the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP), and released the draft “VOC Whitepaper” that frames why the District needs additional VOC reductions. The AQMP will set VOC reduction goals including future reduction goals for Rule 1113.
  • Originally SCAQMD wanted to lower the limit for Flats/Nonflats and Primer, Sealers and Undercoaters (PSU) to 25 g/l, however as an alternative has proposed to revise the Rule 314 AIM fee structure (reduce the fee for products less than 25 g/l, and increase the fee for products over 25 g/l, especially over 275 g/l).
  • Small container exemption (SCE) – remains steadfast in their intention to eliminate SCE for flats, nonflats, Industrial Maintenance, and Rust Preventatives.
  • Will add Method 313 and possible compound exclusion pathway.

For the SCAQMD meeting materials, click here.

NEXT STEPS: SCAQMD requested the next Rule 1113 meeting be in early June, so that they can release initial Rule 314 emissions data for 2014. They also would like to have a Method 313 Exclusion Pathway call in early May to discuss additional testing that they have completed. For a copy of the draft VOC whitepaper, or questions, please contact RCMA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Coordinator Chelsea Ritchie at critchie@kellencompany.com.

OTC

The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) Stationary and Area Source Committee plans to meet on April 23, 2015. Most likely they will discuss sending the EPA their OTC Phase II rule.

Maryland AIM Meeting

Maryland is moving forward to be the first state to adopt the OTC Phase II AIM Model Rule. On April 14, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) held a stakeholder meeting to discuss the proposed MD AIM rule, which is based on the OTC Phase II AIM Model rule and CARB’s Suggested Control Measure(SCM) adopted in California in 2007. The proposed AIM rule updates the current regulation (COMAR 26.11.33):

  • Has a January 1, 2017 compliance date and a 3 year sell through period (12/31/2019)
  • Revises the VOC content limits for many coating categories.
  • Improves definitions for certain coating categories.
  • Some standards and requirements are more stringent than the current regulation.
  • No credits or incentives if manufactures comply before the January 2017 implementation.

NEXT STEPS: MDE will take the proposed rule to Air Quality Control Advisory Council on June 8, 2015. There will be a public hearing sometime in October, which all manufactures are invited to attend. For a copy of the proposed rule, presentation, comments, or questions, please contact Chelsea Ritchie, critchie@kellencompany.com.

CARB

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) adopted the revised AIM Suggested Control Measure (SCM) in October 2007. Since then, 11 CA Air Districts have adopted this SCM (Santa Barbara and Feather River were last two). We believe San Diego, El Dorado, Sacramento, and Yolo Solan will be the next to adopt sometime in 2015.

REMINDER: CARB AIM Survey is due May 1, 2015. Please click here for additional information.

GHS / HazCom Task Force

John Ferraro, Chelsea Ritchie, and Mary Ellen Snow of ErgonArmor recently held a conference call with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) representatives to discuss the regulatory confusion with GHS labeling and the HazCom revised standard during transportation.

Specifically, RCMA discussed products listed as Flammable Liquid Category 3 by OSHA, which means mandatory GHS labeling such as the flammable pictogram.  The same product, under DOT regulation §173.120, would provide manufactures with exceptions to reclass the product as “Combustible Liquid”.  RCMA was able to point out that some transporters and customers have called into question the lack of DOT requirements when they see the OSHA pictogram as they believe the pictogram is also for DOT purposes.

Both OSHA and DOT agree there needs to be further clarification, and plan to publish a joint whitepaper further outlining the changes and how it applies during transport. RCMA has outlined important key areas for this joint document, and will continue to be part of the conversation for OSHA and DOT.

RCMA Summer Meeting & Legislative Day

The RCMA Government Affairs team is excited to have a legislative day on Capitol Hill this July. Speaking with your congressional representative is important, and key to communicating issues at the political level. RCMA members will be able to meet with their Congressional counterparts and talk about RCMA specific topics, such as the proposed revisions to the National Ozone Standard and reflective roofing issues. Register Today!


Technical Affairs Committee

RCMA will be reviewing the NRCA Coating Guide and will provide comments to NRCA staff. This is a proactive effort; NRCA does not currently have a development schedule for the next edition of the guide.

Staff will be writing an article for August edition of Construction Specifier magazine. The article will focus on coating specification issues and topics to assist specifiers as they select roof coatings. The article is due May 22; staff will be looking to members for information and photographs.

Codes and Standards Task Force

The RCMA Codes and Standards Task Force prepared a definition of “roof coating” that is likely to be submitted as a code change proposal in early January 2016. The Codes and Standards Task Force will revisit the definition as we get closer to the submittal deadline. This task force will also be looking at the IECC Performance Path options relative to minimum assumptions about reflectivity, and we will submit code change proposal(s) as necessary.

RCMA staff is attending the ICC Committee Action Hearings in Memphis from April 19-26.  There are a number of relevant code proposals that will be monitored; staff will report back in May. Also, RCMA will develop a bulletin about Florida product approvals and the process. Over the next few months, the Codes and Standards will be working to develop a joint RCMA/RRCI consensus opinion about reflective roofs and their use. Stay tuned!

RCMA’s Codes and Standards Director, Jim Kirby, has been nominated to become a board member of the Cool Roof Rating Council. If you’re a CRRC member, please vote after you receive your ballot in early May.

Sustainability Task Force

The RCMA Sustainability Task Force is working on the coating Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) document. The LCA provided by Stanford will be revised technically and editorially. The original Stanford LCA-modeling files are being located. New task force chairs will be assisting with determining next steps.

RCMA Field Study II

The coating field study test is about to begin. The budget is soon to be finalized, as well as the test protocol, which includes three membrane types, three locations across the US, specific tests, sample sizes and rooftop mounting devices. The field study will run at least 5 years, perhaps 10, to determine the effects of installing coatings on aged roof membranes.

RCMA staff and RCMA’s president, Helene Hardy Pierce, will be meeting with the technical director of NRCA on May 1 to begin the discussion about performing reflectivity measurement of in-place roof coatings. This is the initial meeting, so currently there are no details to share.


Reflective Roof Coatings Institute

The Reflective Roof Coatings Institute continues its initiatives to advance the reflective roof coatings industry through the development of research, marketing materials, and other educational resources. The institute’s current projects include:

  • Beginning a RCMA Speakers Bureau program to educate various end user groups about roof coatings. The RRCI Committee is in the process of finalizing the PowerPoint presentation and accompanying presentation script, and will then be reaching out to various organizations to determine upcoming opportunities for RCMA members to deliver this presentation.
  • Development of RCMA White Papers. RCMA is currently working with Bob Kobet, The Kobet Collaborative, to update an existing white paper titled “Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED.” Kobet will be presenting on his updates to this white paper to the membership at the RCMA Summer Meeting in July.
  • Outreach to End Users of Roof Coatings. RCMA’s Annual Meeting, held in February of this year, featured a panel discussion of end users of roof coatings that addressed topics such as new technologies in roof coatings, challenges with using roof coatings, and industry trends. The panelists were Michael Clark, Michael E. Clark & Associates, Inc.; Dr. Michael Van De Mark, Missouri S&T Coatings Institute; Neal Johnson, Neal Johnson LLC; and Fred Wolfe, Roof Control Services of North Carolina. Wolfe will be working with RCMA to develop communications pieces to reach the roof coating end user audience, and will present to the RCMA members during the RCMA Summer Meeting in July.

Communications, Education, and Membership Committee

RCMA’s communications committee continues to focus highlighting the benefits of roof coatings and the critical activities of the association through articles, press releases, internal communications pieces, and RCMA’s website and LinkedIn platforms.

Communications Task Force

The CEMC’s Communications Task Force has placed six articles in industry publications so far this year, and has distributed two press releases. Most recently, RCMA members have authored or contributed to articles published in CoatingsPro Magazine, Durability + Design, and Roofing Magazine. Click on the links below to read these articles:

These RCMA-authored press releases were picked up by publications such as Professional RoofingRoofing MagazineRoofing Contractor, and Durability + Design. Click on the links to read RCMA’s two most recent press releases:

Website Redesign Working Group

This working group recently completed its project to update the roofcoatings.org website. The goals of the website refresh were to update the look and layout of the website to make it more user-friendly, to edit existing content, and to incorporate new content, such as the valuable resources from RRCI’s previous website. You’ll notice quite a few changes were made to the site, including:

  • Adding a “Reflective Roof Coatings Institute” menu item to incorporate valuable educational and technical information from the RRCI website
  • Editing and reorganizing existing content, and adding new content, for example, the “Roof Coatings” and “Product Listing” pages
  • On the members only side of the site, creating a clear delineation between information available only to members and the general content
  • Restructuring the look of the homepage, using a more interactive drop-down menu, placing additional news content on the main page, and incorporating more photos on the scrolling top banner
  • Adding a site search function
  • Creating an online membership application that can be filled out and submitted through the website
  • And other tweaks to the administrative side of the site to allow staff to make edits more easily

Membership and Program Task Force

RCMA continues its member recruitment efforts, and since the beginning of the year, six new companies have joined the association. Our newest members are:

Gaco Western

Kaneka North America

Kemper System America, Inc.

Lion Elastomers

Momentive Performance Materials

Vinavil Americas

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 Associate Member News

Surface Chemists of Florida Announces New Director of Marketing and Sales

Surface Chemists of Florida (SCF) has appointed Kevin Beairsto to the newly formed role of Director, Marketing and Sales. Beairsto will be responsible for strategic management of the company’s global sales and market development efforts. In this role, he will work with SCF’s innovation team to develop and promote the company’s range of specialty surfactants and polymers for the building materials, roof coatings, and other industries. Beairsto will also help lead strategic expansion of the company’s contract research and performance/application testing services. Beairsto’s 30 year career in the specialty chemical industry has spanned management roles in sales, business management, marketing and strategic development for multinational organizations such as Akzo-Nobel, Novozymes, and Ashland.

In the roof coatings industry, SCF manufactures and markets the roofing surfactants Surtech® AS 309M, Surtech® AS 109, and Surtech® SE-129 to improve viscosity, sag resistance, and wet adhesion properties in asphalt roof cement products. SCF also sells specialty chemicals for a range of other industrial applications including controlled-release polymeric coating systems, dispersants, H2S mitigation, cleaners, corrosion inhibitors, and sealants.

Providing products, consulting, and testing services for chemical manufacturing, research & development, quality control, and product performance, SCF is adept at solving real-world industrial chemical problems in a practical and commercially viable manner. For more details, please visit the SCF website at www.surfacechemists.com.

First Acrylic Instant Set Flexible Roof Coating Introduced by BASF in Jupiter, Florida Project

BASF scientists have introduced a waterborne acrylic coating which cures in just 3 seconds. The coating, called Acronal® 4550 Instant Set, represents a breakthrough and a “game-changer” in acrylic waterborne coating chemistry. Since the coating cures almost instantly concerns about “open-time”, “early wash-off” or “slow cures” are non-factors. Anthony Barbagallo, owner of Go Green Building Supplies completed a 10,000 ft2 roof coating in one day applying around 40 dry mils in a single coat. The roofing substrate was an aged granulated modified bitumen roof with considerable alligator cracking. Mr. Barbagello went on to state, “This is a great product and a game-changer.”  The very next day Go Green used Instant Set Acronal® 4550 to coat a metal roof in the Jupiter, FL area.

More details about Acronal® 4550 Instant Set roof coating are available by contacting BASF at 1-800-251-0612 or email Mike Guibault at Michael.guibault@basf.com.

The Dow Chemical Company Invites You to Participate in the Powering South Africa’s Economy with Cleaner and Smarter Energy Conference and Exhibition, May 27-28 in Johannesburg

The South African Department of Energy (RSA DOE) and National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) in partnership with the Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) and DOW Chemicals invites you to participate in the Powering South Africa’s Economy with Cleaner and Smarter Energy Conference and Exhibition. The event will provide renewable energy solutions to address South Africa’s energy crisis. The aim is to maximize interaction between American academic institutions, government, industry associations, manufacturers and entrepreneurs of Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE) technology with their South African counterparts.

Venue: To be confirmed

Inquiries: Denise Lundall, denisel@sanedi.org.za or +27110384308  or  +27741260891

Arkema, Inc. Extends its Line of Binders for Elastomeric Roof Coatings

Arkema Coating Resins has extended its line of binders for elastomeric roof coatings with ENCOR® Flex 192. The new modified acrylic binder is designed for coatings used in the restoration of low-slope, commercial thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing membranes. Properly formulated, ENCOR® Flex 192 offers outstanding dirt pickup resistance and adhesion to TPO, and can eliminate the need for a solvent primer to help lower roof maintenance and restoration costs.

ENCOR® Flex 192 is the fourth product in the company’s system of coating resins for Cool Roof coatings. In addition to the new product focused on TPO membranes, three systems are available, allowing greater formulation flexibility across different applications from high value to high performance.

For more information, visit www.arkemacoatingresins.com.


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