March 2016 Newsletter

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IN THIS ISSUE…

President’s MessageSafety Spotlight
Event AnnouncementsCode Notices & Updates
Legislative WatchCommittee Announcements
Items of NoteTraining Center Courses
Member Benefits & ToolsNational News from NRCA

President's Message

Ray-hat-sm

Wow….. back to back great events. First the CRA Trade Show, and now the CRA Awards Dinner- what a great night. Congratulations to all the winners and runner ups.  I also want to congratulate all the other companies for their incredible entries.   I hope you all enjoyed the night; we had a great time at our table.  I was fortunate enough to be seated with two past CRA Presidents, Chuck and Amy. We spent the night talking to Clay, with Boulder Roofing, about his “Thatch Roof” project he just installed, about the year coming up, and much more.

I thought the whole Awards night was just a great time of fellowship, camaraderie, and a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere.  Thank you to the whole Awards Committee for putting on another great night.

Congratulations to Rich Boon for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.  I have just gotten to know Rich more in the past couple of years and I had no idea of all his other achievements and experiences that he has accomplish over the years- amazing!  Rich, you had a great acceptance speech and you had us all laughing in our seats.  I’m very glad I can tell people I know you and tell them what you mean to us here at the CRA and to the roofing profession as a whole.

I want to thank Brad Evans for presenting the President’s Annual Report.   Brad, once again, you did a great job.   He  joked with me earlier that he would set the bar low for me knowing how much I am not looking forward to speaking in front of a big crowd.   Well….that was not the case.  I have now made it my goal to meet as many of our members as I can, that way when I stand up there next year to give the annual report, it will just be like talking to old friends.

For those who came for the first time, thank you.   I hope you enjoyed the night, and if you are anything like me, you were just amazed by some of the roofing projects that our members take on.

This was the first time I brought one of my field supervisors to the event and I wanted to know what he thought of the Awards Dinner.  He too was amazed with the projects that were completed.  He thought it was great how we can all come together in one place and put the competitiveness aside and support and appreciate each other.  I know there is a fine line in the relationship  between the boss and the employees, but I think it was good for my employee to see the boss with his hair down, with his family,  talking with other roofers and seeing us all getting along.   He wanted me to thank Curt Boyd for thanking the actual laborers for all the hard work they do, day in and day out, that makes us look good.  Next year think about bringing someone who has never been to the dinner and don’t stop there.  Remember to bring someone new to one of the CRA luncheons, pin-point seminars or other special event.

I hope to see all of you on Friday March 11th 2016, for 1st CRA Luncheon of the year.

Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President
ray@rtproofingco.com


THANK YOU to our 2016 Sponsors!

2017 Industry Leader Sponsors
ABC Supply Co.GCP Applied Technologies
Academy Roofing, Inc.
Gulfeagle Supply
Advanced Roofing Technologies
Interstate Roofing, Inc.
Allied Building ProductsK & P Roofing LLC
APOCMalarkey Roofing Products
Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal
Moody Insurance Agency
B & M Roofing of ColoradoOwens Corning
Beacon Roofing SupplyPinnacol Assurance
Black Roofing, Inc.
Premium Panels
Boulder Roofing, Inc.
RoofLine Supply
Flynn Southwest LPSpec Building Materials
Front Range Roofing Systems
Tamko Building Products
GAF MaterialsThe Roofing Company
2017 Silver Sponsors
A to Z RoofingJohns Manville
American Roofing SupplyRTP Roofing Co.
Boral RoofingSuperoofs
C3 Group Public AdjustersSchafer & Co.
Cleasby ManufacturingTecta America - Colorado
GBS Enterprises Roofing

EventAnnouncements

GroupSillouette
Learn to identify the different generations and highlight each one’s unique values, ideas and expectations about work.

MANAGING GENERATIONS AT WORK – Pinpoint Seminar – Wednesday, April 6, 2016.  Generation Z is making its entrance into the labor market, and many employers are now challenged with managing five distinct generations at work.  Misunderstandings and conflicts often emerge as generation gaps affect communication and productivity.  In this session we will identify the different generations and highlight each one’s unique values, ideas and expectations about work.  We will develop frameworks and language for discussing and addressing the generational issues you face in your company and identify real strategies and techniques for managing them.  Employing diverse generations can be difficult for even the best leaders, but the rewards can result in a competitive advantage for your organization.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #1
451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$25 Member/$50 Non-Member

REGISTER FOR APR 6 PINPOINT NOW!

REMINDER – Be sure to take advantage of the CRA SPEAKERS and PROGRAMS. These seminars are an inexpensive and quick way to invest in yourself and your TEAM. You and your TEAM don’t want to miss the opportunity to gain valuable tools and tips for yourself and your company!


Awards Dinner – February 24, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 15TH ANNUAL AWARD RECIPIENTS!  

We held our 15th Annual CRA Awards Dinner on February 24, 2016 and had over 400 members in attendance and 21 job nominations submitted. Thanks to all who attended and all our sponsors for making the evening such an overwhelming success! Please join us in congratulating our award recipients!

Lifetime Achievement Award
Rich Boon

Job of the Year – Under $100,000
1st Place – Kudu Roofing, LLC – The Robinson Residence
2nd Place – B&M Roofing of Colorado – Thompson Residence

Job of the Year – $100,001 to $350,000
1st Place – Horn Brothers Roofing – Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
2nd Place – Academy Roofing, Inc. – Crystal Ridge Road

Job of the Year – $350,001 to $750,000
1st Place – Formula Roofing & Remodeling – Cherokee Castle & Ranch, Sedalia*
2nd Place – Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal – Mt. Carmel Monastery

Job of the Year – Over $750,001
1st – Black Roofing, Inc. – DIA Terminal Transit Center
2nd – Black Roofing, Inc. – CU Sustainability, Energy & Environmental Complex

Community Service Award
Advanced Roofing Technologies –  Roof Rescue Program
Advanced Exteriors – No Roof Left Behind

Safety Innovation Award
Black Roofing, Inc. – CU Sustainability, Energy & Environmental Complex

 *Formula Roofing was as also recognized for their ‘First Timer’ submission.

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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.

Legislative Watch as of 3/9/16 – With the 2016 legislative session under way, the CRA is working with the Colorado Contractors Legislative Advocacy Council (CCLAC) to review and monitor bills of importance to the construction industry.  After reviewing a very long legislative tracker, we feel the following bills stand out and are worth mentioning to the CRA membership.

  • HB16-1001 – Would require that all companies performing work under a state contract comply with the Federal equal pay standards.
  • HB16-1002 – Requiring employers of 50 or more to provide up to 18 hours of unpaid time off to attend children’s school functions.
  • HB16-033 –  Public health notice for those restaurants/food establishments that don’t provide at least 5 days of paid sick leave for their workers.  Would require the posting of a notice indicating that by entering the premises they (you) are at risk of catching a communicable disease.
  • HB16-1156 – Pay transparency.  Employers would not be allowed to fire any employees for inquiring about the pay of other co-workers, sharing pay information, etc.
  • HB16-1166 – Would prohibit employers for seeking salary/pay history of prospective employees.
  • HB16-1202 – Mandatory use of e-verify.  Would require that every employer in the state use  e-verify for hiring any new employees.
  • HB16-1301 – Construction industry apprenticeship.  Would allow a state tax credit for either hiring construction trade employees that were either entering a pre-apprenticeship program or graduates of an apprenticeship program.
  • SB16-002 – Tax imposed for paying the costs of the state health exchange program.  This would establish a 3.5% tax on all health insurance policies written in the state in order to fund the operating costs of the Colorado State Health Insurance Exchange.

To get additional information on any of the above legislation, click here to go to the Colorado State Legislature search page and just enter the bill number to view the details of each bill.  If you are aware of legislation not listed above that you would like us to look into, please email Rick Rosendahl, CRA Gov’t Relations Chair.

CodeUpdates

codenewsupdatesThe following city and/or counties have made updates this past month. Please log-in to the Code Guidelines to see their updates.

  •  Centennial & Parker – these two municipalities have updated their page on the CRA code page this past month.
  • City of Littleton – Littleton now requires that all contractors schedule and pass a PRE-ROOF inspection and final inspection.  The pre-roof will replace the mid-roof on all permits issued beginning Feb 1, 2016.  The pre-roof must be scheduled after the roof covering is removed, appropriate decking is repaired and/or installed, the dry-in, new underlayment and ice and water shield is all installed per building code.  Finish material cannot be installed until you have scheduled and passed the PRE-ROOF inspection. Click here for details.
  • City of Denver  – Denver is behind on inspections and are 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’s 3rd party inspections policy (ADMIN 130.2B).
    Denver’s list of approved 3rd party inspectors

  • City of Boulder & Aurora  – It is our understanding that you can no longer do ballasted roofs on re-roofs at 15′ in both Aurora and Boulder .

Have you heard of upcoming building code changes? Please share them with us by emailing the BC&S Committee via Debbie at debbie@coloradoroofing.org. 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.

Commitee

COMMUNITY SERVICE – Giving back to the community is a top priority of the Colorado Roofing Association and just as important to the many members of our association. Our members recognize the need to help other individuals and organizations that face economic or physical difficulties. Working together to reach our community outreach goals each year, our members give back to our community through volunteering, donated items/materials/labor and providing financial assistance to local charities, non-profit organizations and individual homeowners in need.  Do you know of a struggling non-profit or homeowner in need of assistance that you can’t handle yourself, let us know and we will see if we can work together as an association to get them the help they need.  Here is a “Request for Help Form” you can share with them or send the lead our way and the committee review the project.  Click on the appropriate link below and submit your application for review by CRA’s Community Service Committee.

Application for Help – Non-Profit/Commercial Projects
Application for Help – Residential Projects

In 2016, CRA  also continues our “Roof Over Your Head” partnership with Habitat for Humanity.   If you have not had a chance to volunteer to assist with labor on a Habitat home, please contact us and we’ll add you to the list of volunteers to be contacted.

ItemsofNote

WELCOME 8 New Members(s). Citywide Roofing & Exteriors, 7808 Cherry Creek South Dr #202, Denver, CO 80231, Ph: 303-940-7238 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Colorado Superior Roofing & Construction, Inc., 950 Wadsworth Blvd Suite 306, Lakewood, CO 80214, Ph: 303-937-7000 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Impact Claim Services, LLC, 8361 S. Sangre De Cristo Rd #110, Littleton, CO 80227, Ph: 303-506-4181 (Claims Adjuster); K & P Roofing LLC, 4980 Monaco St, Unit B, Commerce City, CO 80022, Ph: 303-853-0072 (Roofing Contractor – Residential); Progressive Roofing, 4701 Jackson St, Denver, CO 80216, Ph: 303-286-8200 (Roofing Contractor – Commercial);  Select Roofing Contractors, LLC, 2614 S. Timberline Road #109-182, Fort Collins, CO 80525, Ph: 970-290-5393 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Triton Roofing & Solar, 5170 N. Union Blvd Suite 102, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, Ph: 719-322-3673 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res) and Wapiti Enterprises, LLC, 8454 Sugarloaf Road, Larkspur, CO 80118, Ph: 303-921-2558 (Roofing Contractor – Residential).

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airventlogoAttic Ventilation: Ask the Expert™ Technical Seminar – Denver, CO – AirVent coming to town with their popular Ask the Expert seminar on Tuesday, March 24 at the Embassy Suites Denver Southeast, 7525 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, CO 8023.  AirVent is committed to helping roofing professionals improve their understanding of how to specify and install an effective attic ventilation system — whether it’s their products or those of their competitors.  Sign up for Air Vent’s Attic Ventilation: Ask the Expert™ seminar and learn field-tested strategies to explain the need for attic ventilation to clients, the most common – and problematic! – installation mistakes to avoid and calculation shortcuts to speed your bid and impress your customers. Click here for more information or to register.

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Energy Star Tax Credits Reinstated for 2016 – A number of tax credits for residential energy efficiency have been renewed.  These tax credits are available for purchases made in 2016, as well as retroactive to purchases made in 2015. If any of your customers installed any of the eligible products in 2015, you could notify and send the proper tax forms to your customers.  ENERGY STAR products eligible for tax credits are independently certified to save energy, save money and protect the environment.  Click here for information on roof and solar integrated credits.

 

training

TC15Photo22Online Enrollment now open for the following training courses.  Space is limited in all classes so be sure to sign up now!

  • Apr 1 – May 6, 2016 – INTRODUCTION TO ROOFING: will expose students to the basics of roofing and teach them what they are doing, why they are doing it and give them an understanding that roofing can lead to several career paths within the industry.  6-week course/Fridays only.  REGISTER NOW .
  • May 12-13, 2016 – METAL ROOFING: 2-day course will to expose students to working with different types of metal, issues to consider and learning proper techniques. Class is intended for students who have background in roofing and/or for installers who have not yet worked with sheet metal. REGISTER NOW.
  • May 19-20, 2016 – TPO/EPDM – SPANISH:  2-day course intended for Spanish speaking installers who are newer to the industry who are seeking in depth knowledge of TPO and EPDM systems as well as learning proper installation methods for membranes and flashings.  REGISTER NOW.

SafetySpotlight

oshaOSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety and Health Training –  In partnership with Pinnacol Assurance, CRA has scheduled an OSHA 10-Hour Training for March 31- April 1, 2016.  The Member cost is only $50.00. You can’t beat this price for a day and ½ course with food!!  Topics Include:  Occupational Safety and Health Act Overview, Materials Handling, Personal Protective Equipment, Fall Protection, Electrical Safety, Health and hazard communication, Hand and power tools, Stair and ladder safety, Scaffold safety and Excavation and trenching safety.  Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive an OSHA Construction Safety Health 10-Hour Card.  Class registrations will be taken on a first come first serve bases. Class will hold 40 – limit 4 per company.  Click here for more information and to REGISTER NOW.

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Recognizing the national Fall Stand Down and remembering the lives lost! – OSHA, NIOSH and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) have announced the third-annual Fall Safety Stand-Down scheduled for May 2-6, 2016. The purpose of the Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Falls are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for 1/3 of on-the-job injuries and deaths in the industry. Last year’s Stand-Down was a tremendous success, reaching more than 2.5 million workers.  Companies can participate and conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. More information and tools including suggestions to prepare for a successful Stand-Down are available on OSHA’s website.  CRA is encouraging our members to participate.  Look for more information from us next month as well.

NRCANews

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The 2016 International Roofing Expo® (IRE) and NRCA’s 129th Annual Convention were great successes.  Attendance reached an all-time record. The final numbers are still being calculated, but NRCA expects the total to exceed 10,000 for the first time. And of that total, nearly 10 percent came from 57 countries outside the U.S. It truly has become an international event.  The 2017 IRE will be held March 1-3 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continues to make news this month.  A final rule addressing occupational exposure to silica is in the final stages of development. NRCA’s Tom Shanahan, Harry Dietz and Duane Musser met in February with officials from the Office of Management and Budget to make a case why the proposed rule will create additional safety hazards and be far more expensive for employers than OSHA estimates. The agency has also provided an online method to report injuries and fatalities—a year after it was promised. The online form allows employers to provide notification of fatalities within eight hours and hospitalizations, amputations or eye losses within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration is reported to be close to issuing its final rules addressing the commercial use of drones. The FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking included provisions that would make it easier to use drones but not without regulation. NRCA expects the final rule to require operator certification, limit drone weight and restrict the air space where they will be allowed to operate.

According to a report by the Solar Foundation, the U.S. solar industry’s work force grew 20 percent in 2015 as federal tax credits and falling panel prices encouraged more people to power their homes and businesses with solar energy. Installation workers average $21 per hour, according to the foundation, and the cost of an average system has declined 67 percent since 2010.

In December 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which funds all federal agencies through the remainder of fiscal year 2016 (through Sept. 30) and makes significant changes to the tax code. NRCA issued an Industry Issue Update about the measure earlier this year, which they encouraged all their members to review with their tax advisers. Among the key provisions of the new law are the following:

  • A permanent extension of small-business expensing provisions
  • A permanent extension of a provision that reduces the holding period for the Built-in Gains Tax from 10 years to five years
  • A five-year extension of bonus depreciation for qualified property and equipment
  • An extension of the renewable energy tax credit for five years
  • A work opportunity tax credit available to employers for hiring people from certain targeted groups, including qualifying veterans and unemployed workers
  • A two-year extension for energy-efficient improvements, including roof system improvements, to residential building envelopes
  • A two-year extension of the tax deduction for energy-efficient improvements to commercial buildings
  • A two-year delay of the so-called “Cadillac Tax” authorized by the Affordable Care Act

These are all significant measures, and many are the result of years of work by NRCA’s Washington, D.C., staff.

Plans are under way for this year’s National Roofing Week, which will be held June 5-11. NRCA is planning for special events to be held each day and once again will be conducting a children’s art contest. In addition, NRCA will use the week to highlight signature roofing projects, tell the story of charitable activities their members are involved with and highlight the good work your crews and office staff do, every day. Watch for more information soon.

And finally, NRCA held a press conference at the IRE to announce plans for Bill Good, NRCA’s CEO, to retire at the end of this year. He will stay in his current position through the end of December and work in a part-time role through May 2017. NRCA is in negotiations with former NRCA President Chairman of the Board—and current U.S. Congressman—Reid Ribble to assume Bill’s position Jan. 1, 2017.

MemberBenefits

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 303-759-8235.

Delivery of the E-Newsletter to Your Inbox

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