IN THIS ISSUE…
|President’s Message||Safety Spotlight|
|Event Announcements||Code Notices & Updates|
|Legislative Watch||Committee Announcements|
|Items of Note||Training Center Courses|
|Member Benefits & Tools||National News from NRCA|
Hello Everyone. Wow! July already. Six months down, six more to go! I hope everyone has had a good first half of the year. In our ever turbulent and changing industry, I know there are always ups and downs. However, things seem to be looking up! Fingers crossed that these recent hailstorms are just the beginning for the summer season. With these storms and the new construction startups, we should hopefully have a good end to the year!
I would like to quickly give a big thanks to Amy Hawkins for filling in for me while I was away on vacation. I know we have all missed your excellent articles from your time as President. I am 100% behind what she said in her article and highly encourage us all to reflect on and consider the topic. I would like to highlight some of the main points she spoke about. I agree with Amy’s stance about the mindset of the industry today versus what it was 20+ years ago, when many of us were just starting out. I feel that it is very important that we get back to the old mindset in the roofing industry where a young person could start with nothing and make something of him or herself. We used to learn the trade from experts that had been in the business for many years and get hands on experience in the field then build off of that knowledge. We were able to move up in the industry through hard work and time. We need to start showing young people that this industry provides a legitimate career path and benefits. Thanks again for the great topic, Amy. I would like to have further discussions on the subject in the future.
On a different note, I would like to share some of my experiences from my recent vacation to Italy. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. The amount of history in that beautiful country was astounding. I could barely wrap my mind around how old everything is there and how we don’t have anything even close to that old here in the States. It was also amazing to step off the plane and see nothing but tile roofs as far as they eye could see. My family and I were fortunate enough to be able to stay in an old Villa in a small farm town called Pergola.
The house was built in the 1800s and had a very interesting tile roof. My inner roofer curiosity got the best of me, and like a “Nosy Rosy” I had to investigate it. The first thing I noticed was that there were no nails in the tiles or even holes for nails. I loved the wind clips. If you see the picture below, the clips were just large rocks set on the perimeter of the roof. Another picture shows some of their form of “OSHA permanent safety cable lines” built into the system. All jokes aside, it looks like a very nice system, one that would be easy for the roofers to simply hook on to and use.
Last, I want to follow-up on my May newsletter article on the potential of CRA implementing a Voluntary Licensing program and the short survey that was included at the end. Out of the 1000+ emails we sent out, we only received eight responses back on the survey. Disappointing to say the least. The RCAT (Roofing Contractors Association of Texas) program I referred to gives us hope that there are other solutions out there besides going through the State legislative process and all but one of the responses we received were in support of the CRA implementing a similar program. With this in mind, I want to report that at a recent Voluntary Licensing task force meeting, the decision was made to table the subject for now while we continue to monitor how things go in Texas through the end of this year. At that time, we will talk with RCAT leadership about their initial results and then we will revisit this subject again at that time. In the meantime, I would really love to continue to get feedback from as many of our members as possible on whether or not we should go through with implementing and enforcing a voluntary licensing program. Please use this link to go to the short survey (two questions and extra space to give general comments and thoughts). We would really appreciate it if you could all take just a few moments to respond to the email so I can gauge your stance on the matter.
Thank you all.
RTP Roofing Company
THANK YOU to our 2016 Sponsors!
|2018 Industry Leader Sponsors|
|A to Z Roofing||GCP Applied Technologies|
|ABC Supply Co.||Gulfeagle Supply|
|Academy Roofing, Inc.||Johns Manville|
|Advanced Roofing Technologies||K & P Roofing LLC|
|Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal||Malarkey Roofing Products|
|B & M Roofing of Colorado||Moody Insurance Agency|
|Beacon Roofing Supply||Owens Corning|
|Black Roofing, Inc.||Pinnacol Assurance|
|Elite Roofing||Premium Panels|
|Flynn Southwest LP||RoofLine Supply|
|Front Range Roofing Systems||SPEC Building Materials|
|GAF Materials||The Roofing Company|
|Tamko Building Products|
|2018 Silver Sponsors|
|American Roofing Supply||GBS Enterprises Roofing|
|Boral Roofing||RTP Roofing Co.|
|Boulder Roofing, Inc.||Sheffield Metals|
|C3 Group Public Adjusters||Superoofs|
CRA GOLF TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016. – Join us for the 34th Annual CRA Golf Tournament to be held at West Woods Golf Club at 6655 Quaker Street in Arvada, CO.
We have an exciting event planned that’s sure to offer you a fun and competitive round of golf with friends and roofing associates alike! West Woods Golf Course has 27 holes of golf which allows us to have 216 golfers on the course at one time. All golfers will be playing 18 holes of golf with a tee off at 8:00 am on three different rotations. West Woods has 3 unique 9-hole courses; the Sleeping Indian, Cottonwood and Silo. The 27-hole format breaks down in the following way – 1/3 of our players will play Sleeping Indian/Cottonwood, 1/3 on Cottonwood/Silo, and 1/3 on Silo/Sleeping Indian.
Tournament highlights include: 18 Holes – scramble format, golf cart, range balls, bag handling, goodie bag, breakfast burritos, lunch, awards & raffle ceremony. Plus… you can participate in the following contests: hole-in-one prize, closest to the pin (men and women), longest drive (men and women), ball-on-the-green, speed hole, chipping and dice roll contests.
SIGN UP TODAY! We will max the tournament at 216 players. All reservations are accepted on a first come first served basis. Early Bird Prices End July 15, 2016 (payment and registration must be received by this date to receive discount – no exceptions).
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Click here to view the full 2016 Event Calendar – calendar includes additional event dates, member luncheons, pinpoint seminars, Training Center courses, etc.
Amendment 69 | July 12 Fundraising Event | No on Amendment 69
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
AGC Colorado | 1114 West 7th Avenue | Denver, CO 80204
CRA members are invited to join this ‘No on Amendment 69’ fundraising event being hosted at AGC Colorado. A speaker from Coloradans for Coloradans will be on hand to answer questions. Coloradans for Coloradans is a statewide, bipartisan organization formed to work for the defeat of Amendment 69 – the costly, untested and risky government run health care plan that would double the size of state government.
Please feel free to contact our Government Relations Chair, Rick Rosendahl, if you are aware of legislation not listed above that you would like us to look into or have any questions on the issues covered in this section.
B&M Roofing of Colorado
CRA Gov’t Relations Chair
City of Denver – Denver is seeing unprecedented demand for building permits and inspections, and their limited staff is working harder than ever to keep pace. Denver is taking major steps to improve the services they provide, including hiring, paying overtime, and outsourcing some reviews and inspections. Denver knows your time is valuable, and they will continue to work hard to keep pace with demand, while making changes behind the scenes for long-term success.
As a reminder, Denver is offering the alternative of using 3rd party inspection services. Due to the high volume of requests for roofing permits and inspections caused by hail storms over the past year, Denver sent out a memo giving contractors the option to avoid potential delays by hiring third-party inspectors. Click below for more information.
Denver is doing their best to post current inspection information on their building department website. Click or use the following URL to see the latest update. Select the plus sign next to the ROOFING tab under Additional Information mid-page and refer to the information under “This week’s inspections.” www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-development-services/help-me-find-/inspections.html
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Have you heard of any upcoming building code changes with any of the municipalities you work with? Please share them with us by emailing the BC&S Committee via Debbie at email@example.com. The CRA Building Code & Standards Committee is tasked to represent our members in code, inspection and enforcement issues related to the roofing industry and to facilitate improved communication between the roofing industry and Colorado Building Departments and Code Officials. Through the Code Guidelines on the CRA Website and in this monthly column, committee members share Building Department news and updates.
PR/Marketing Committee Update – The PR Committee continues our advertising efforts this month in an effort to educate members and the general public while maintaining a POSTIVE IMAGE of the roofing industry. Both our summer Select a Trusted Roofer Campaign and our joint #NoRoofScams anti-roofing fraud campaign received a lot of traction last month. If you see either of these campaigns on social media, please be sure to like and share with your contacts and help us spread the word! Click the links below for more information on each.
#NoRoofScams Anti-Fraud Campaign – Along with several other government agencies and non-profit organizations, CRA is part of a joint public education campaign called No Roof Scams. We have joined together with the common goal to educate both home and business owners on what to look for in a professional roofing contractor and sharing information/resources on how to avoid scams and roofing fraud here in Colorado. Use the links below for additional information.
No Roof Scams Anti-Fraud Campaign Info – campaign details
No Roof Scams Joint Micro Website – resources and tips from coalition members
Hail Preparedness Toolkit – tips to navigate the hail claim process from RMIIA & PCI
Summer “Select a Trusted Colorado Roofer” Campaign (www.TrustedColoradoRoofers.com) -From May through October, the CRA is running a billboard and Facebook marketing campaign urging Colorado home and building owners to take the appropriate steps in selecting a trusted roofing contractor, especially in the event of hail or storm damage. Learn more at our campaign landing page here.
WELCOME 1 New Members(s). Altitude Contracting, 3303 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212, Ph: 720-329-4113 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res).
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Dow to STOP manufacturing Powerhouse Solar Shingles – Just five years ago, Dow Chemical Co. unveiled a line of roof shingles that doubled as solar collection panels, calling the technology revolutionary and winning several innovation awards in the process. But now production is wrapping up with much less fanfare. Dow has notified builders in writing that they have until July 28 to place orders for the Powerhouse Solar System 2.0, which was introduced last year to select U.S. markets. The last shipments go out Aug. 10. Read more.
FACILITY RENTAL AVAILABLE – We just want to remind all of you that CRA’s Training Center is available for your next employee/installer training, certification class or product demonstration. Whether you need to teach a new installation technique, train a new crew or showcase a new product, CRA’s training space offers you a ‘roofer friendly’ indoor environment with class space for up to 30 individuals.
The CRA Training Center is located at 1660 Jasper Street, Unit I in Aurora, CO and is designed specifically for roofers and roofing applications. The space can be used for all types of steep and low slope materials and roofing systems. We are ‘application friendly’ and there is no need for you to travel from a seminar room to the parking lot.
OSHA Penalties to be adjusted for inflation after August 1 – Maximum penalties for OSHA violations are set to increase for the first time since 1990 as part of overall federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress last year. The increases were announced by the Department of Labor, which issued two interim rules covering penalty adjustments for several DOL agencies, including OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and Wage and Hour Division. OSHA’s new penalty levels will take effect after Aug. 1, when the maximum penalty for serious violations will rise from $7,000 to $12,471. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase from $70,000 to $124,709. Any citations issued by OSHA after Aug. 1 will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015. OSHA will provide guidance to field staff on the implementation of the new penalties by Aug. 1. Read more.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is in the news again this month in several ways. A new rule regarding electronic submission of injury and illness recordkeeping forms has been finalized. The rule applies to all businesses with more than 250 employees and companies in certain industries—including roofing—with between 20 and 249 companies. OSHA contends the new rule will help provide information about accidents and injuries in a way that will help the agency and others better understand workplace hazards. NRCA thinks it also will lead to mischief. At a congressional hearing in June, NRCA member Lisa Sprick, Sprick Roofing, Corvallis, Ore., testified on behalf of NRCA, arguing the rule conflicts with her company’s employee privacy policies and will enable her competitors to take information out of context and use it against her. She also contended the rule will cost more than the $11.13 per year OSHA has estimated for compliance. The rule will be phased in during a two-year period; electronic filing for 2016 must be done by July 1, 2017.
And as NRCA reported previously, OSHA’s new rule on occupational exposure to silica has been issued in its final form with enforcement beginning June 23, 2017. Because OSHA set a low permissible exposure limit, NRCA intends to conduct air monitoring to enable their members to use “objective data” in situations where the exposures are minimal.
Not to be outdone, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final regulation updating rules for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The rule will more than double the current salary threshold of workers who are eligible for overtime from $455 per week to $913 per week. The rule takes effect Dec. 1. In the meantime, NRCA is supporting legislation to require DOL to analyze the rule’s effects on small businesses among other things. NRCA encourages all roofing industry members to contact their elected representatives and let them know how this rule will affect their businesses—and their abilities to hire new employees.
In their rulemaking agendas, OSHA and DOL indicate they do not plan to let up in the last few months of the Obama administration. According to the agenda, OSHA intends to issue a new rule pertaining to noise in construction, and DOL will be updating its affirmative action requirements for federal and federally assisted contractors and subcontractors.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports there were 200,000 job openings in the construction industry, seasonally adjusted, at the end of April. This was the highest total since 2007. In contrast, the 339,000 employees hired in April were close to the monthly average in the previous six years.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the cap on H-2B low-skilled, nonagricultural guest-worker visas has been reached for fiscal year 2016. May 12 was the last receipt date for new H-2B petitions requesting a start date before Oct. 1. However, employers are able to bring in “returning workers” from fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015 without those returnees counting against the cap.
A report by an organization called the American Action Forum has concluded removing all undocumented immigrants from the U.S. would result in the loss of between 4 million and 6.8 million workers and a reduction in private sector output of between $381.5 billion and $623.2 billion. According to the study, the construction industry would see a drop of between 485,411 and 1,043,222 workers. One of the report’s authors said: “There are not enough American workers to fill all the jobs that undocumented immigrants currently have.” He went on to say removing all undocumented immigrants in the country would “send us into recession.”
BLS recently issued a report on prices for commonly used construction materials. For example, copper prices increased 2 percent in May but were down 16 percent from the past year. Steel mill products were up 4.6 percent in May; they were up 5.2 percent from a year ago. And diesel fuel prices rose 18 percent for the month but were down 28 percent from the previous year.
This month’s highlighted member benefits and tools.
- Start Marketing Your CRA Membership to Consumers! A beneficial marketing tool for you to use in promoting your CRA membership to customers. Just click on the link, print as many as you need and start using in your sales packets and presentations right away.
- Concerning Ladder Liability. Help us in educating consumers and concerned citizens about the liability and risks involved with unattended ladders set for inspectors.
- CRA Safety Group Workers’ Comp Program. Receive a 4% upfront discount, group or individual loss history dividend calculation and much, much more. Members of the program automatically belong to the CRA Safety Group whose focus is on continuing safety education and training and improving safety in the roofing community. In partnership with Moody Insurance Agency and Pinnacol Assurance. Call Kim Burkhardt. at 303-824-6600 to receive additional information regarding this program.
- CRA Dental Program. CRA program offers a choice of competitive dental plan through Delta Dental. Brought to you in partnership with Employee Benefit Designs. Contact Jerry Ressatar for more information at 303-220-8209.
- busybusy.com Smartphone App. Receive 5% member discount and 30-day free trial. This tool provides a mobile time sheet app that helps your employees more accurately track their time, report their location and record the projects they are working on all while saving your company money! Call Pete Scifo at 303-717-8113.
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