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|
I have been looking forward to writing this newsletter article because we had a great February and there is a lot to talk about in the CRA.
I was looking back at the weather we had in the month of February… we had three days that were between 71 and 75 degrees, and a total of 15 days where the temperatures were above 58 degrees. What a great month to be a roofer in Colorado. March is shaping up nicely as well.
I know I talked about the trade show in my last article, but I just want to highlight, again, what a great Trade Show it was and thank all the vendors that were part of it. I continue to receive great feedback about it.
On Thursday February 16, 2017, we experienced a record setting temperature of 75 degrees for the metro area as well as setting a record at the 16th Annual CRA Awards Dinner, with over 400 attendees. The Awards Committee had to move the cocktail reception to the lobby so we could add more tables inside the banquet hall to accommodate all of our guests, and it worked out great. (On a side note, when they said they were adding more tables, I was saying to myself, “great, more people to talk in front of!” I was already nervous about getting up and talking in front of a group at all. The biggest group I’ve ever talked to before that night was 60 people at one of the CRA luncheons). It was such a beautiful night for our Awards Dinner.
Thank you to the whole Awards Dinner Committee for putting together another wonderful evening. A special thanks to Brad Moody, Moody Insurance, and Brad Evans, Advanced Roofing Technologies, for filling in for Rob McReynolds at Flynn Southwest. I hope you’re feeling better and recovering quickly, Rob.
I want to recognize and congratulate all the runner-up’s and winners of the contractor awards. It is always so impressive to see all the projects that are submitted. We had another record for submittals at this year’s dinner, reaching 28. Great job to the first-time submittal honorees – Colorado Roofing Solutions and High Impact Roofing; thanks for getting involved with the Awards Dinner. To our winners of the Community Services Awards – Advance Roofing Technologies, Academy Roofing, Inc. and Black Roofing, Inc. – you should be very proud of what you have done to help others. I like the way the CRA has structured the judging, by having out-of-state contractors pick the winners. It just makes it that much more important and rewarding to win a CRA Award. Also, a big thanks to our out-of-state judges for taking time out of their own busy schedule to help us pick our winners!
I am also very glad that the new “Legacy Award” category was created for and presented to, non-CRA members. It is a perfect award to give to someone that has helped improve our whole profession. Thank you, Mr. Bill Good (former NRCA CEO), for your 28 years of leadership and dedication and for joining us at our Awards Dinner. You are so deserving of this award.
I don’t know if many people know this, but the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award is kept a secret to everyone except the Awards Committee and the winner… what’s wrong with that picture! Not even the CRA President gets to know the winner until they are presented with the award that night! Every year, at luncheons and meetings, we try and guess who the winner might be by looking at what companies has a lot of tables reserved for the event, or which groups are sat up front, close to the stage. And yet, every year they change it up on us and move the table arrangement around.
I was so pleased to find out who the winner was for this year. Congratulations to Amy Hawkins for receiving an award that represents a lifetime of experience, and thank you for helping this association and our profession. I saw Boulder Roofing with three tables, but I didn’t put the two together. I thought it was just for the submittal for their thatch roof project. I want to restate something that Curt Boyd, from Academy Roofing, said that night. When Amy told Curt that she didn’t believe she had been around long enough to earn that award, Curt said that it is not about how long you have been in the business, it’s about what you have done for the CRA and the great image of our profession you help create. And 28 years in business is also very impressive. From being on the Board and being vice president twice, to serving as the CRA President for three years and all the work you have done at the capital and with the community service committee, you have been a vital part of our industry and we are thankful to have you. All I can say is wow and congratulations. I know Clay, and your whole family, is proud of you and all your accomplishments, both in business and personal areas.
If you missed the Awards Dinner, I’m sorry. You missed a great evening with an excited atmosphere and room full of great roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and associates, coming together to celebrate our profession and our members. I truly believe that is one of the best parts of these event. Even though we compete against each other every day, we all have respect of each other and for what we do day in and day out, just to try and make a living. Check out the full list of winners in the recap below.
Have a great March…
Have a great March…
RTP Roofing Company
THANK YOU to our 2017 Sponsors!
|2017 Industry Leader Sponsors|
|ABC Supply Co.||GAF Materials|
|Academy Roofing, Inc.||GCP Applied Technologies|
|Advanced Roofing Technologies||Gulfeagle Supply|
|Allied Building Products||Interstate Roofing, Inc. |
|APOC||K & P Roofing LLC|
|Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal||Malarkey Roofing Products|
|Architectural Sheet Metal Inc.||Moody Insurance Agency|
|B & M Roofing of Colorado||Owens Corning|
|Beacon Roofing Supply||Pinnacol Assurance|
|Black Roofing, Inc. ||Premium Panels|
|Boulder Roofing, Inc. ||RoofLine Supply|
|Daly & Black, P.C.||Spec Building Materials|
Flynn Southwest LP
|Tamko Building Products|
|Front Range Roofing Systems||The Roofing Company|
|2017 Silver Sponsors|
|A to Z Roofing||GBS Enterprises Roofing|
|American Roofing Supply||Johns Manville|
|Boral Roofing||RTP Roofing Co.|
|C3 Group Public Adjusters||Superoofs|
|CertainTeed||Schafer & Co.|
|Cleasby Manufacturing||Tecta America - Colorado|
2017 COLORADO LEGISLATION UPDATE – With the 2017 legislative session well under way, the CRA is working with the Colorado Contractors Coalition (CCC) 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.
SB17-156 | ‘Concerning prerequisites to the authority of a unit owners’ association to pursue resolution of disputes involving construction defects.’ Sponsors Senator Owen Hill (R: Co. Springs) & Representative Cole Wist (R: Centennial). On March 7, 2017, SB17-156 passed the Colorado Senate and will move on to the House of Representatives. The bill will require condominium disputes to proceed through arbitration, rather than through the court system. It would also mandate written consent of a majority of homeowners in the HOA prior to a claim, as well as requiring the disclosure of projected costs, duration & financial impact of a CD claim. We Need Your Help Again . . . Please take a moment and fill in your information through the take action link below so that your Representative will receive your message directly. (You may share your own message or use the one that is already provided.) SB156 TAKE ACTION!
SB17-45 | ‘Concerning a requirement for equitable allocation of the costs of defending a construction defect claim.’ Sponsors include Speaker of the House, Crisanta Duran (D) & President of the Senate, Kevin Grantham (R). The bill threatens to substantially reduce insurance coverage available to construction professionals and substantially increase a construction professional’s litigation costs. As of the date of this advisory the Bill has not been heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
SB17-204 | Improper Denial of Property & Casualty Claims. Sponsors Senator Kevin Priola (R) & Representative Polly Lawrence (R). This bill would take away the ability for a third party to claim double damages and attorney fees ‘on behalf of’ an insured – the homeowner. At this time, we are looking into the details and analyzing the bill. Click here for the full text of the bill.
We also wanted to make members aware of a recent Colorado Supreme Court Ruling that is very bad for subcontractors.
Colorado Supreme Court Ruling on Statute of Repose Not Good for Subcontractors | Goodman vs Heritage Builders – Effectively erasing a wealth of Colorado appellate case law, on February 27, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled a provision of Colorado’s Construction Action Defect Reform Act (CDARA) C.R.S. § 13-80-104, which allows a construction professional to bring claims against third-parties within 90 days of final judgment or settlement, applies not only to the two-year statute of limitations, but also to the six-year statute of repose. A negative outcome of this ruling is that third-parties, including subcontractors and subconsultants, will now be subject to construction defect liability well after the 6-year statute of repose for a potentially limitless time period. Goodman v. Heritage Builders, overturned three prior Colorado appellate decisions that interpreted the timing to bring claims against subcontractors.
In general terms, Colorado’s Construction Action Defect Reform Act (CDARA) C.R.S. § 13-80-104, requires a construction defect lawsuit to be filed within 2 years from the time the defect is discovered. C CDARA’s statute of repose requires that no lawsuit may be filed more than 6 years from the date of project completion; but if the defect is discovered in year 5 or 6, the repose period gets extended 2 more years from the date of discovery. Finally, to discourage the “shot-gun” practice of joining every subcontractor in to the lawsuit, CDARA also provides the general contractor with up to 90-days from the date of judgment or settlement with the plaintiff, to file a separate suit against the subcontractors. Prior to release of the Goodman case, Colorado’s appellate decisions (Sierra Pac. Indus., Inc. v. Bradbury, 2016 COA 132, __ P.3d __; Shaw Constr., LLC v. United Builder Servs., Inc., 296 P.3d 145 (Colo.App. 2012); and Thermo Dev., Inc. v. Cent. Masonry Corp., 195 P.3d 1166 (Colo. App. 2008)) held that the 90-day period for the general contractor to sue the subcontractors, required that claims against subcontractors be filed prior to the expiration of the repose period.
The Goodman decision overturned this body of case law, by holding that regardless of when the repose period expires, a general contractor may still file suit against subcontractors so long as the suit is brought within 90-days from the date the plaintiff in the underlying case either has a judgment against, or a settlement with, the general contractor. In light of this ruling, the subcontractor will remain exposed to a potential lawsuit for several years after expiration of the repose period! Since a plaintiff has up to eight years to file suit against the general contractor, and because such lawsuits could last 2-3 years before final resolution, subcontractors should be encouraged to retain job files for at least 11 years after the project is completed.
Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions or hear of other legislation you are concerned about and would like us to follow! There is a lot out there that we are keeping an eye on!
The Roofing Company
CRA Gov’t Relations Chair
Designing a Culture to Overcome Generational Gaps, Create Engagement and Increase Retention – Membership Lunch – Thursday, March 16, 2017. Presented by Patrick Kelly, Change Point Consulting Co. In this 45-minute session we will talk about what the future of work looks like and what you need to do to find and keep the best talent. There is no doubt there is a divide between generations in the workplace. It is creating challenges for business leaders around lack of engagement and turnover. What is the best way to overcome these challenges? Through a strong culture! In this session, learn about 1) What the future of work looks like, and the larger social, demographic, and technological changes that are changing work, and how Millennials are changing what career and loyalty mean; 2) What it takes to create an authentic culture that your people will buy-in to and engage around that will decrease your turnover; 3) Understanding your unique value proposition for your employees, and what ‘product’ you offer them. Take your lunchtime – bring your coworkers – and LEARN what it takes to INSPIRE the workforce of today and the future around YOUR business and culture. You will be given the knowledge to help make your culture the catalyst for positive growth in your company.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #3
451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)
Free: First 2 Members from Same Company | $20: 3 or more Members from Same Company | $40: All Non-Members | Member CIU’s = 2 per person
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!
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CRA AWARDS DINNER – FEB 16th – HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EVENING & PHOTO GALLERY – We held our 16th Annual CRA Awards Dinner on February 16, 2017 and had over 420 registered to attend and 28 job nominations submitted. We celebrated and honored many deserving individuals and companies. 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! (Click on each individual/company to view a video of their story/project.)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Job of the Year – Under $150,000
1st Place –Boulder Roofing, Inc. – Crane Hollow Barn
2nd Place – Kudu Roofing LLC – The Hockemeier Residence
Job of the Year – $150,001 to $450,000
1st Place – Academy Roofing, Inc. – 515 Race St.
2nd Place – Horn Brothers Roofing – Lake Creek Project
Job of the Year – $450,001 to $850,000
1st Place – Flynn Southwest LP – Safeway Reroof – Freezer A
2nd Place/Tie – Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal – Ketchum Hall – University of Colorado Boulder
2nd Place/Tie – Flynn Southwest LP – Denver Scottish Rite Consistory
Community Service Award
Academy Roofing, Inc. – Little Flower Assistance Center
Advanced Roofing Technologies – Roof Rescue Program
Black Roofing, Inc. – Lyons Flood Rebuild
Colorado Roofing Solutions & High Impact Roofing were as also recognized for their ‘First Timer’ submissions.
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You’re invited: NRCA Roofing Industry Regional Summit | April 25 | Littleton, Co – What can you do to prepare for the issues that will affect your company during 2017 and beyond? Attend NRCA’s Roofing Industry Regional Summit to receive the latest and most reliable information to help you manage your business. You will learn from top industry experts about the latest roofing industry developments and be able to engage with fellow roofing professionals to gather ideas, insights and best practices. The program fee includes continental breakfast and networking lunch. We encourage you to take advantage of this one-day learning experience regardless of your affiliation with NRCA. Click here for more information or to register.
The following city and/or counties have made updates this past month. Please log-in to the Code Guidelines to see their updates.
ARVADA – New Building Code Official and updated handout.
ELBERT COUNTY – New Building Code Official and updated handout.
GOLDEN – New Building Code Official and updated handout.
LARIMER COUNTY – Has new updated handout.
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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.
BEWARE OF IMPROPER ROOF VENTILATION AFTER A ROOFING REPAIR!
Roof repairs aren’t usually a problem for many contractors, but what some roofing contractors don’t know is that by moving the vent stacks on the roof, they can unintentionally cause a carbon monoxide leak, which can be a hidden danger after a roof repair.
It is possible for a roofer to unknowingly cause the portion of the vent pipes he cannot see in the attic to come apart when he works on or near the exposed section of the pipes above the roof line. Sometimes these pipes are only loosely connected and will detach with just slight vibration.
Do you check the attic after completing a reroof or repair? Many roofing contractors don’t, thus putting homeowners at risk.
A fellow CRA member recently took these photos of a contractor who left behind a big mess by not checking the flue connection and ended up putting these homeowners in a potentially deadly situation.
As these pictures show, the likely source and often to common problem is when a roofer installs a new flashing/rain cap on the vent pipe. When this is done, it can sometimes cause the rest of the vent to come apart, either within the joint or directly at the heater itself. Since the decking is already in place, roofers are unable to see the damage that has occurred, creating this leaky and potentially unsafe situation.
Over 400 American citizens die each year from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning and thousands more are admitted to emergency rooms with carbon monoxide-related sickness from exposure.
Don’t put yourselves in this situation. Incidents like these can be avoided by taking the following things into consideration:
- Always inspect the attic after completing a re-roof or large repair to ensure the pipes have not come loose or disconnected.
- Check the venting exit on the roof to ensure it’s not blocked and is clear of debris.
- Some roofing contractors have a trained individual on staff that can fix some issues with ventilation. But most contractors don’t.
- If you do find a problem, our advice is to err on the side of caution and rather than fix it yourselves to contact an HVAC professional or plumber to properly fix any issue. Ensure that repairs and maintenance are performed by a reputable and licensed plumber or HVAC technician. They have the experience and knowledge to properly fix and install components safely, so your clients don’t become victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Online Enrollment now open for the following training courses. Space is limited in all classes so be sure to sign up now!
- March 24 – May 5, 2017 – 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 11-12, 2017 – 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 18-19, 2017 – TPO/EPDM: 2-day course intended for 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.
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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. You will be required to sign a rental agreement. Contact Debbie Hathorne for more information/details.
CRA Sponsored OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety and Health Training (English) | March 30-31, 2017 – CRA in partnership with Pinnacol Assurance, CRA has scheduled an OSHA 10-Hour Training on March 30-31, 2017. 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. REGISTER NOW!
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Illinois roofing contractor cited again for fall hazards and receives additional $205,544 fine – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Robert Barringer III, owner of Barringer Brothers Roofing, Swansea, Ill., Feb. 3 for $205,544 worth of alleged violations; Barringer already faces proposed fines of $485,902 from previous violations and now has passed the $690,000 total fine threshold, according to Bloomberg BNA. OSHA issued four willful violations for not ensuring workers using pneumatic nail guns wore eye protection; not providing workers on roofs with fall protection; and failing to have an accident prevention program. Additionally, five serious violations allege Barringer was responsible for fall-protection hazards such as allowing workers to use fall-protection lanyards that should have been taken out of service, incorrect rigging of fall-arrest systems and not inspecting the systems. Barringer has been cited by OSHA at least 65 times under various company names since 2007 and was placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program in January; the program focuses on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. On Jan. 31, OSHA was granted an enforcement order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago that could turn civil violations from five inspections into criminal violations if Barringer does not comply with final orders from the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
National Update: It’s been said “may we live in interesting times.” Look no further than the first six weeks of the Trump administration, which has been a bit of a mixed bag for the roofing industry. NRCA applauds the efforts of President Trump on the regulatory front. He may prove to be the most pro-business president in our lifetime. Anytime a politician in Washington, D.C., talks about less regulation following more than three decades of regulatory onslaught, we are encouraged. Only time will tell whether the rhetoric will turn into action.
Although Trump’s pro-business stance is positive, NRCA still has concerns. On Jan. 25, President Trump issued the Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States Executive Order. The order significantly could affect the roofing industry as it expands federal immigration enforcement priorities to include “removable aliens” who:
- Have been convicted of any criminal offense
- Have been charged with a criminal offense
- Have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense
- Have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a government agency
- Have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits
- Are subject to a final order of removal but who have not complied with their legal obligation to depart the U.S.
- In the judgement of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security
Immigration attorneys have suggested the criteria significantly broadens the class of undocumented individuals considered to be a priority for deportation beyond those of the previous administration, which prioritized individuals who had been convicted of a felony or at least three misdemeanors. In essence, some argue the new policy provides much broader discretion to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents when targeting undocumented individuals for deportation. An article that provides more information about this issue from the law firm Greenberg Traurig can be found at www.natlawreview.com/article/immigration-raids-and-what-they-mean-us-businesses.
It is important to note this order is different and separate from another order the president issued the same day regarding border security and different and separate from the president’s so-called “travel ban” Executive Order issued Jan. 27, which sought to temporarily stop immigration and refugees from entering the U.S. from certain countries. That order currently is under a court injunction.
As the immigration issue continues to unfold, NRCA recommends you ensure all your employees’ I-9 forms are current and in an easy-to-find location in the event an inspection occurs at one of your job sites or office.
During these interesting political times, many of you may want easier ways to reach your elected officials. You now can do so through the NRCA Grassroots Advocacy Network, which will enable you to quickly and effectively contact your elected officials; share helpful anecdotal stories that can be used in advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill; and offer useful information about relationships you have with elected officials. To begin, go to roofingadvocacy.nrca.net.
NRCA encourages you to participate in our Roofing Industry Regional Summit held April 25 in Littleton, Colo. Members and nonmembers are welcome to join NRCA to learn, network and engage with NRCA leaders and staff. It’s a great way to stay current with the latest developments in the roofing industry and NRCA. To register, go to www.nrca.net/regionalsummit.
On the industry front, Firestone Building Products Co. LLC announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Gaco Western, which manufactures silicone roof systems, waterproofing materials and spray foam insulation.
The solar industry continues its demand for workers. According to Bloomberg BNA, employment in the solar industry during 2016 grew at the fastest pace in at least seven years in all sectors. And one in 50 new U.S. jobs during the past year was in the solar industry. The growth comes while solar installations are slowing as utilities scale back after meeting state mandates and consumer demand for solar rooftops slips after the burden of local policies takes its toll.
And in the win column for the roofing industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has halted its plans regarding posting employers’ injury and illness data on its website. The controversial measure was supported by labor unions, but employer groups fought hard to remove the requirement. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says this is one example of how the Trump administration can remove regulatory burdens without going through a lengthy rulemaking process.
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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