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|
November – the month to be thankful, the sign that the year is almost to the end and that Thanksgiving will be here soon.
I love Thanksgiving, maybe even more than Christmas. I think It’s because, it is a time when family and friends come together for the day. You’re not worried about getting Christmas gifts or fighting the crowds at the stores. It’s a time to relax and be thankful for the things we have in our lives, including those friends and family members, and enjoy each other’s company.
It’s also a time for me to let my employees know how thankful I am for what they do, day-in and day out, for RTP Roofing Co. I was listening to the radio the other day and they were asking the radio listeners if the stores should be closed on Thanksgiving, like it is on Christmas. My answer is yes; they should be closed. We only have a few holidays that give us the opportunity to slow life down and take a break and catch our breath.
This leads me into the time of the year that you can show off some the great projects that your company has completed and be recognized at the 16th Annually Awards Dinner coming up on February 16th 2017. From big to small, we have many levels for project entries. The Awards Dinner Committee has tried to make it has simple as possible to submit a nomination for your project(s). So please take the time and look back at the year and pick a project or two to show off your company and employees. You should have received your job nomination packet earlier this month. Entries are due 12/2/16, so let’s have a record year for entries and thank our employees for what they do for us.
I want to thank everyone that made it out to the Sporting Clay Tournament last month. What a great time for everyone – congratulations to all the winners. This event is very helpful to the CRA and allows us to help promote the CRA and educate the consumers throughout the year.
We held our last luncheon of the year on November 10th where we held our own election for the Board of Directors followed by a very informative presentation by Harry Dietz, with the NRCA, who talked to us about what new regulatory issues we’ll be facing – specifically with fall protection, silica and the usage of drones in roofing. It was a great lunch.
Finally, I will finish with how I started the message. I hope you, your friends and family, and your employees have a great Thanksgiving Day.
P.S. I’m very Thankful for Debbie at the CRA and all the committee volunteers and board members that make the CRA what it is…
RTP Roofing Company
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 Products||K & P Roofing LLC|
|APOC||Malarkey Roofing Products|
|Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal||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|
|Flynn Southwest LP||Spec Building Materials|
|Front Range Roofing Systems||Tamko Building Products|
|GAF Materials||The Roofing Company|
|2017 Silver Sponsors|
|A to Z Roofing||Johns Manville|
|American Roofing Supply||RTP Roofing Co.|
|C3 Group Public Adjusters||Schafer & Co.|
|Cleasby Manufacturing||Tecta America - Colorado|
|GBS Enterprises Roofing|
Technical Update from NRCA | Pinpoint Seminar – Wednesday, December 14, 2016. – On December 14th the CRA has invited Mark Graham, Associate Executive Director of Technical Services for the National Roofing Contractors Association, to give a presentation featuring a “Technical Update” for the end of 2016 and beyond. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to stay on top of the ever-changing technical side of the roofing industry. Mark is one of our most popular presenters and can easily be called one of the industry’s most knowledgeable and respected experts in roofing and waterproofing. This year’s presentation will be focused commercial applications – specifically air intrusion, R-values, wind design and any other current topics. It is vital to maintain a current understanding of the complex “scientific” side of roofing, be aware of problems and issues contractors see here in Colorado and across the nation along with how changing building codes significantly impact the roofing, waterproofing, and sheet metal sectors of our industry. The pinpoint seminar will be held at Holiday Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express DIA located at 6900 Tower Road, Denver, Colorado 80249 on December 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. $25 Member/$50 Non-Member. Please note that this session will focus mostly on the commercial applications and may not benefit a residential contractor. MARK YOUR CALENDAR, then click here to register.
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CRA FALL SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016 | Event Recap & Photo Gallery – CRA’s 3rd Annual Tournament was a success. For the third year in a row, we couldn’t ask for a nicer fall day…temps were comfortable and topped out at 80 degrees that day. We had over 145 shooters who took time out of their busy season to enjoy some time off of work for a day of camaraderie and to test their shooting skills and abilities. The endorphins surely kicked in for the majority of our shooters as they made their way from station to station. Factor all this in and you’ll understand why our members finished a morning of sporting clays in incredibly high spirits. We want to especially thank and acknowledge our participating members for being considerate and mindful of others throughout the course and for staying SAFE!! Members were treated to a delicious BBQ lunch followed by prize give-a-ways, the announcement of the tournament 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams and our top two individual shooters. The Grand prize went to member Jim Barnes of System Components/Feltex. The tournament made over $19,000 and directly benefits our association by allowing us to do a better job of educating Colorado consumers on making informed decisions about replacing their roof and selecting the right professional roofing contractor. Our fund raising efforts would not be possible without the support of our participating members and station and lunch sponsors. A BIG THANKS to our Sporting Clay Committee members for organizing such a great event — Tracy Spence, American Roofing Supply, Mark Bellitt, Araphaoe Roofing; Mike Kelly, Statewide Wholesale and Ken McLauchlan, Drexel Metals. Congratulations and thank you to everyone for a successful day!
For the expanded version of the Oct 14 tournament recap, click the link below to see the list of winners, sponsors, volunteers and photos of all the teams.
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AWARDS DINNER | Call for Job of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Entries. – We’ve seen and showcased some incredible jobs and honored several amazing industry professionals in the past 15 years. We can’t wait to see the projects completed in 2016. Let’s continue “raising the bar” here in Colorado . . . We want to see your outstanding work! Take the time to showcase the professionalism and expertise in your company. We encourage you to submit one or more of your jobs for consideration of an award.
The Awards Dinner was established to recognize the outstanding work done by members of the CRA. Every company has a job worthy of a nomination. The jobs don’t have to be the largest or the most expensive projects to be considered for an award. Many jobs often have special requirements or need unusual expertise for their completion. The Awards Dinner gives everyone in the Association a chance to see the work that is being done in our industry and to honor the contractors, material distributors and manufacturers who see these projects through to completion.
- Job of the Year – Job of the Year awards are given to roofing contractors in recognition of their outstanding work. Awards are given based on size of contract. Nominated projects must have been worked on and completed between December 2015 and November 2016. See application for complete details, list of all categories and the entry rules.
- “First Timer” Submission– Your company must be submitting a job nomination for the first time in the past 15 years. Based on the numbers of entries received, jobs will be categorized by contract dollar size if necessary.
- Community Service – Contractors, material suppliers, manufacturers and other associate members can nominate a worthy charitable roofing project that has benefited a local community or individual during 2016. Manufacturer/Supplier/Contractor collaborations will be accepted & you can nominate yourselves.
- Lifetime Achievement Award– The Lifetime Achievement award is given to an individual in the roofing industry whose contributions have impacted our industry in a positive way. A Lifetime nominee should be an individual who has contributed to the success, development and continuation of the Colorado Roofing Industry. You may nominate anyone who is currently working in the industry, retired from the industry, or is deceased.
The contractors are the people who really drive the Association. We want you to be a part of the Awards Dinner. Submit a job. Come to the dinner. Join our elite list of winners. Find out about all the really good work that’s being done in our industry. Take pride in being a part of that industry. Let’s make this year’s Awards Dinner the most successful yet.
All entries must be received by December 2, 2016 by 5 pm (no exceptions!) and judging will be conducted by a panel of roofing industry experts selected by CRA.
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TRADE SHOW | Thursday, January 26, 2017 | Call for Vendors – Join us & connect with Colorado roofing industry professionals! CRA’s trade show is designed to provide an educational exhibit of the equipment and materials used in the roofing and associated industries; to provide a platform in Colorado for exhibitors to meet with customers and potential customers on a one-on-one basis; to distribute information on new products and services; and to provide the opportunity for attendees to compare existing products and services.
- CRA’s expanded trade show size and layout at The Denver Mart offers a favorable trade show environment that has sold out for the past several years. Be a part of the show’s continued success.
- CRA’s Tradeshow is a low-cost opportunity (as low as 37.5¢ per person) to make new contacts in a face-to-face environment.
- CRA’s Tradeshow is a way to get in front of many prospects and customers in a relatively short amount of time.
- CRA’s Tradeshow offers prime networking opportunities to make potential connections that will further your future business endeavors.
- It’s your opportunity to showcase your company’s new product(s) and services.
- Exhibitors include manufacturers, suppliers and applicators of roofing products and services in both the commercial and residential markets.
- Complimentary buffet lunch for all show attendees and exhibitors.
- Lastly … Your competition will be there. Shouldn’t you?
Over 1400 of Colorado’s roofing contractors, estimators, project managers, foremen, architects, engineers, consultants and building owners will be invited. Whether you want to showcase your products and services or build your company image, the CRA Trade Show is for you. Sign up today for this low-cost opportunity to meet face-to-face with your customers and prospects.
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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.
As part of our partnership in the Colorado Contractors Coalition, we continue to monitor legislative issues at the state and local level along with public policy processes and municipal & county policy issues. Most recently we have been monitoring payment rights on Public-Private Partnership agreements and wanted to share the following information to keep our members informed.
Public-Private Partnerships (P3 Agreements) – “The construction and surety industries in Colorado should come together to pursue legislation to provide subcontractor payment assurances on public-private partnerships in Colorado,” ASA Chief Advocacy Officer told participants in a meeting of the Building Jobs for Colorado coalition during a meeting on Oct. 28. A P3 is a contractual agreement between a public entity and a private partner in which the private partner invests its own assets and delivers a public facility or service in exchange for compensation. Because most construction projects financed by P3s are on public property, mechanic’s lien rights available for payment protection on private construction are foreclosed. Further, because the financing of such projects is provided by the public entity, the law may not require the prime contractor to provide a payment bond to protect the payment of subcontractors and subcontractors.
In states where the laws authorizing P3 projects do not require the prime contractor to require a payment bond, a subcontractor or supplier considering work on a P3 project needs to be extra cautious to protect its payment rights. This should include:
- Evaluating the authorizing statute, the P3 agreement, the concessionaire and the project. P3 agreements can cover a period of as long as 99 years. A concessionaire may be a single-purpose entity that is thinly capitalized. Contractors and suppliers at all tiers need to make sure that the concessionaire and the prime contractor are financially sound at all times.
- Determining whether the prime contractor has provided a payment bond or whether another contractor in the tiers above you has provided a payment bond. If not, determine whether any other subcontractor payment assurances (e.g., letter of credit, parental guarantee) are in place.
- Obtaining a copy of any payment bond provided by the prime contractor or other contractor higher in the tiers.
- Verifying the authenticity of the bond. The Surety & Fidelity Association of America’s Bond Obligee Guide contains a list of surety companies that have volunteered to be included on this list along with information as to how they can be contacted for the purposes of authenticating a bond. Subcontractors and suppliers also can determine if a surety is admitted in the jurisdiction of the project by checking with the state insurance department; the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Web site has an interactive map that links to each state’s department. The Department of Treasury’s Circular 570, commonly known as the Treasury List or T-List, contains a list of approved sureties for federal projects.
- Reading the payment bond and determine if it meets your needs. Are you covered? Is the bond for a sufficient amount? Can you meet notice and claims requirements? Are there any other terms that would make it difficult or impossible to meet claims requirements?
- If the concessionaire or prime contractor has provided other payment assurances in lieu of a or in addition to a payment bond, such as a letter of credit or a parental guarantee, determining whether it meets your payment assurance needs and whether you can meet notice and claims requirements, etc.
Also, please feel free to contact me 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
We have NO updates to report this month but are planning our annual update process starting December 1 to May 1. If you know of any recent changes, please let us know and we’ll be sure to work on those city/counties first.
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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.
WELCOME 3 New Members(s). C3 Group Public Adjusters, 8400 East Crescent Parkway Ste 630, Denver CO 80111, Ph: 303-880-4423 (Claims Adjuster), Interstate Roof Systems Consultants, Inc, 15954 Jackson Creek Parkway, B-451, Monument CO 80132, Ph: 719-345-6460 (Architect/Consultant/Engineer) and Krueger Brothers Construction, 831 S. Nevada Ave. Ste 115, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, Ph: 719-231-1709 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res).
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New guide will help small businesses comply with OSHA’s silica rule for construction – OSHA has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide for Construction that is intended to help small business employers comply with the agency’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica. The guide describes in easy-to-understand language the steps that employers are required to take to protect employees in construction from the hazards associated with silica exposure. All covered must: provide respiratory protection when required; restrict silica exposure from housekeeping practices where feasible; implement a written exposure control plan; offer medical exams to workers who will need to wear a respirator for 30 or more days a year; communicate hazards and train employees; and keep records of medical examinations. Enforcement of the final rule in construction is due to begin June 23, 2017.
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Tesla shows off camouflaged solar panels – Tesla has unveiled a line of camouflaged solar panels consisting of textured glass tiles with integrated solar cells. A special coating, described as a series of micro louvers, can mimic traditional styles such as textured slate, shingle and terra cotta tile. Read more here.
“SNOW DAY” RENTAL AVAILABLE – It hasn’t arrived yet, but the snow will start flying in the next few months. We want to remind members that they can take advantage of our SNOW DAY rental. Do you keep failing inspections for the same reason? Do you need to work on improving a specific roofing technique, learn a new application or train a new crew? Turn your next snow day into a productive way to improve on installation techniques. 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. You or your foreman become the instructor. We provide the space and mock-ups and you provide your own materials, supplies, tools, etc. This is a half-day rental with time for set-up, tear-down/clean-up and is contingent on date availability. The cost to rent is $500 with a $200 refundable damage deposit. You will be required to sign a rental agreement. Contact Debbie Hathorne for more information/details.
Safety Apps to Help Roofers – Frequent and Regular inspections are required by The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). As stated in OSHA’s Title 29 Code of Federal Regulation 1926.20(b)(2) “Such programs shall provide for frequent and regular inspections of the job sites, materials, and equipment to be made by competent persons designated by the employers.” CRA’s Workers Comp Safety Group recently met and discussed how technology can help contractors stay safe. Here are some tech tools they discussed that can also help you maintain compliance and more importantly, protect your employees on the job.
Even if you don’t like technology very much, these apps are fairly easy to use and can give you guidance out on the job site. These handy applications can help you enhance your ability to perform your job because the apps give you access to information. iAuditor, NIOSH, Crane & Rigger, AccuWeather International, Yahoo, WeatherBug, FEMA, Predictive Solutions, Pitch Gauge, Roof Pitch Factor and so many more. iAuditor includes a checklist specifically for the Colorado Roofing Association. Click here for more information on all these Safety Apps & Tech Tools that you can start using today.
We all scored an important victory in October when the Treasury Department issued its final regulations under Section 385 of the tax code. The rule, as originally proposed, was intended to target corporate “inversions,” where companies move their headquarters overseas for tax-saving purposes. However, the proposed regulations would have allowed the IRS to reclassify certain related-party debt as equity (stock) for income tax purposes. This would have had the effect of increasing the tax burden for many businesses classified as subchapter S corporations.
The final rule took many of our concerns and comments into account. It exempts transactions between pass-through businesses. It provides a broad exemption for cash pools and short-term loans, which many members use to finance their businesses. And it provides an exemption for acquisitions of stock associated with employee compensation plans.
Meanwhile, we continue to get bombarded with new regulations. At the top of the list is a new overtime rule, issued by the Department of Labor (DOL), that is set to take effect Dec. 1. The rule will more than double the current salary threshold for determining overtime eligibility. The House of Representatives recently passed an NRCA-supported bill to provide a six-month delay in implementing the rule, but President Obama has vowed to veto the measure if the Senate passes it.
OSHA has decided to broaden its new rule requiring the electronic reporting of accidents and injuries so they may be posted online for public inspection. OSHA is so concerned about the possibility of employers retaliating against workers for reporting accidents the agency would like to impose limits on post-accident drug and alcohol testing. However, the idea only is discussed in the new regulation’s preamble and not in the body of the rule, leaving everyone confused. NRCA is part of a broad coalition effort to have OSHA reconsider its position.
Another new rule from DOL requires that paid sick leave be provided to employees working under federal contracts awarded starting Jan. 1, 2017. The regulation implements President Obama’s Executive Order. Contractors’ employees will receive at least 56 hours of paid leave per year for a personal illness or to care for a family member.
NRCA continues to work with industry partners to collect air-monitoring data in advance of the enforcement of OSHA’s new silica rule. The rule’s enforcement is scheduled to begin June 23, 2017. We are working closely with the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association and Tile Roofing Institute to conduct exposure testing to determine whether exposures are a concern and develop objective data as the rule allows to help members prepare for OSHA inspections. NRCA will have much more to report as the process continues, and they’re grateful for the support they’ve received from 12 affiliated roofing contractor associations in including us here at the Colorado Roofing Association.
Meanwhile, litigation proceeds against OSHA’s implementation of its silica rule. A suit challenging OSHA’s economic analysis was filed by the American Foundry Society and National Association of Manufacturers, and a separate suit challenging the rule’s feasibility analysis was filed by a group of construction industry petitioners.
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NRCA Action Alert Regarding CTE Reform Legislation. – NRCA supports legislation (H.R. 5587) recently approved by the House of Representatives to reform and improve career and technical education (CTE) programs to make them more responsive to the roofing industry’s workforce development needs. In 2015, NRCA worked to develop policy recommendations designed to improve CTE programs authorized by the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. NRCA is pleased H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, includes its recommended reforms. See more information and view the Action Alert.
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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