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The financial and professional consequences of using unclear warranty language can be huge. Nonspecific warranties and contract provisions have the potential to expose the warrantor to far more liability than intended and may also give other parties greater recourse than expected.. The speakers will offer suggested language to use to hopefully avoid unintended consequences. Brian Must has spent the past 20 years representing manufacturers, building owners, design/build firms, engineers, and contractors in the commercial roofing industry. He has represented various roofing entities in claims or litigation involving hospitals and healthcare facilities, schools and universities, government buildings, and high-rise condominiums. His experience ranges from negotiating and resolving commercial roofing claims and lawsuits to trying cases before federal and state courts and commercial arbitrations. Joshua Baker has represented roofing manufacturers and contractors in alleged roofing failure and contractor error disputes. He also has experience with overall claims management, including policies and procedure development and with writing effective warranties. Read More

Presenters: Matthew Novesky, RA Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Chicago, IL Rachel Will, PE, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Chicago, IL Historically, the performance of mass masonry wall construction relied on the ability of the system to absorb and release moisture through cyclical wetting and drying. In the era of mass masonry construction, the most prevalent roofing systems consisted of built-up, well-bonded, highly redundant membranes. Contemporary construction relies on a cohesive building envelope to provide a continuous barrier at both the roof and walls to prevent moisture and air infiltration to the interior. This evolution in construction methodology—a drive to “tighten-up” existing buildings—has resulted in challenging design, detailing, and construction approaches when reroofing existing historical buildings. Combining the skills, experience, and knowledge of roofers, masons, and design professionals into one team that is aware of the intended design goal supports the comprehensive development of effective, long-lasting details, and applicable installation and integration of roofing and masonry wall systems. Read More

This course is designed for those intending to become more professional as rooftop quality assurance observers.  Although not a preparation course for taking the Registered Roof Observer (RRO) exam, this course provides useful information for the observer who is studying for this registration. The program covers the diverse and challenging aspects of roofing as encountered in the field and is ideal for roofing material manufacturers, general contractors, quality assurance observers, and field inspectors. Course participants will receive objective and detailed information regarding the duties of the roof quality observer. It helps prepare individuals to provide an independent measure of quality and to assist with project communications and coordination. Read More

This 8-hour course is structured for those who have already passed the RRC exam and want a review of skills and to be updated with new information, and those who have the necessary tools to complete the RRC registration exam and desire a quick brush-up on technical topics as a review. Covered during the program: wind design, including ASCE 7 and FM Global requirements; thermal calculations; CSI changes; green-roofing principles; and roof asset management (RAM) calculations. Updated information is provided in all areas. 8 IIBEC Continuing Educational Hours 8 AIA Learning Units and HSW credit Emily Lorenz, Sr. Director of Technical Services, IIBEC Brian Gardiner, Director of Industry Affairs, IIBEC Warren French, President, French Engineering, LLC Jerry Abendroth, Senior Consultant, Intertek PSI Ray Wetherholt, Wetherholt and Associates, Inc. Read More

This course was initially presented at the 2021 International Convention and Tradeshow. Water-related damage is common at parapet terminations with high-rising walls that lack proper integration of the four primary control layers. The speaker has found that except for EIFS manufacturers’ standard details, there are little to no industry-recognized saddle flashing details available at this time to provide guidance to design professionals and contractors for the integration of the four primary control layers. Construction documents often do not include saddle flashing details or specification requirements, and consideration needs to be given to construction sequencing when developing the details. Due to the lack of industry-recognized details, a set of multi-step isometric details was developed by Michael Nagle, showing the integration of the air/weather-resistive barriers, roofing membrane, through-wall flashing, and sheet metal flashing for inclusion in one or more industry-recognized detail manuals. He recently collaborated with the International Masonry Institute (IMI) to construct saddle flashing mock-ups with the assistance of a manufacturer and multiple contractors. The mock-ups will be used as educational tools for masons, roofers, and design professionals. This presentation will provide beneficial guidance to building enclosure consultants, design professionals, building owners, facility managers, and manufacturers.   Michael Nagle, RA, NCARB Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates | Cleveland, OH Michael Nagle is a building enclosure consultant with specializations in façade, windows, and roofing problems in existing, historic, and new buildings. Since joining WJE in 2004, he has provided professional services for numerous projects involving water and air infiltration, condensation, and distress conditions in a variety of building enclosure systems, including brick masonry, stone, terra cotta, windows, curtainwall, metal wall panels, EIFS, stucco, sealants, roofing, and waterproofing. He is an active member in the Cleveland chapter of the Building Enclosure Council and chair of the ASTM C24.10 Building Seals and Sealants Subcommittee. Read More

This presentation initially took place at the 2020 Convention. Wind design for roof systems is rather complicated, and with the latest version of ASCE 7, it has become that much more confusing. Different editions of building codes and, therefore, different versions of ASCE 7 are used in different parts of the country. The three versions that are currently in use are ASCE 7-05, 7-10, and 7-16. While each provides a method to determine the wind loads acting on a building, the specifics of each method vary. There are also groups (e.g., FM, NRCA) that provide methods to determine the wind loads acting on a roof. Once loads are determined, a roof system with a tested resistance greater than the loads is chosen for use. If it were only that simple! The presentation will discuss the similarities and differences between the three versions of ASCE 7 and the roofing industry-developed methods to determine loads. The presenters will provide insights regarding the application of the traditional Factor of Safety in various design methods, as well as design enhancements for improved long-term performance. Lastly, the presentation will take a deep dive into the numerous listing services that provide wind-uplift-rated roof systems, such as FM, UL, and SPRI. Joan P. Crowe, AIA GAF | Northbrook, IL Joan P. Crowe holds a bachelor of science degree in architectural studies and a master of architecture degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In 1988, she began her career at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. In 2000, Crowe joined the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) working in the technical services section. Starting in 2016, she joined GAF as manager of codes and regulatory compliance. Her responsibilities include monitoring building codes, standards and regulations; providing technical assistance to the sales and marketing departments; and producing technical documents. Crowe is a licensed architect in Illinois and a member of the American Institute of Architects. James R. Kirby, AIA GAF | Wilmette, IL James R. Kirby is a building and roofing science architect with his firm. He has a master of architecture degree with a “structures” option. With over 25 years of experience in the roofing industry, covering low-slope, steep-slope, metal, SPF, vegetative, and rooftop photovoltaics, he understands the effects of heat, air, and moisture on a roof system. Kirby presents building and roofing science information to architects, consultants, and building owners, and writes articles and blogs for building owners and facility managers and the roofing industry. He is a member of AIA, ASTM, ICC, MRCA, NRCA, IIBEC, and USGBC. Read More

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