January 2014

President's Update

My Fellow RCMA Members,

It is with great pride that I address you for the last time as your President. It has been an honor to lead your organization.

If you recall, I set a goal for my two-year term that we increase our membership by 8 members. I am pleased to report that we started my term with 38 members and we now have 48. I would like to thank all of you for helping me to achieve 125% of my goal! To all of you who promoted the RCMA and supported my efforts, I will be forever grateful.

Nevertheless, we still need to increase our numbers. Nothing energizes an organization like new members. Embrace our new members and explore their ideas and fresh perspectives. Our organization is much stronger than it was two years ago, but we still have much work to do. Without any delay or trepidation, we must vigorously confront the new challenges that threaten our livelihoods every day. We cannot sit back and be reactive: our association must always be proactive.

In closing, I wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2014, and look forward to seeing you in February.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Blank
President, Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association

RCMA Updates

Government Affairs Committee Update

VOC Updates

  • South Coast Rule 1168 � Adhesives and Sealants

    The RCMA VOC Task Force has been closely monitoring the SCAQMD Rule 1168 amendment process over the past several months, beginning this summer with several industry �working group� meetings. As of December 18, 2013, the rule began the formal public review portion of the rule development; a final rule is expected to be approved at the June 6, 2014 SCAQMD Board Hearing.

    The most recent version of the draft rule has several areas to note:

    • Dimethyl carbonate (DMC) and tert-butyl acetate (tBAC) exempted as VOCs for roofing regulated products only
    • Labeling and annual reporting requirements
    • Replacement of "nonmembrane roof adhesive / sealant" categories with "other roof adhesive / sealant" categories
    • January 1, 2016 effective date
    • Six-month sell-through period; twelve-month use-through period
    • New VOC categories and limits:

    RCMA submitted comments in response to the draft rule in which the association supported the DMC & tBAC exemptions but pointed out several areas of concern in the rule, including the frequency of reporting, the stringency of the VOC limits, and the length of the sell-through and use-through periods. The RCMA VOC Task Force has also been monitoring the �CEQA Assessment� that is analyzing the environmental and health impacts of the rulemaking, and submitted comments on January 14 in response to the CEQA Initial Study.

    To stay updated on the Rule 1168 amendment process, please contact Kelly Franklin at kfranklin@roofcoatings.org to be added to the RCMA VOC Task Force.

    For more information on the rule, please read more here:

  • South Coast Rule 1113 � New Rule Requirements Effective January 1, 2014

    Several new compliance requirements for SCAQMD�s Rule 1113 took effect on January 1, 2014. These changes include reduced VOC limits in nine product categories, new labeling requirements, a reduced default VOC limit for those products that do not fall within a specific category, and limits on colorants added at the point of sale. Following is a list of changes that have now taken effect:

    • Effective Jan. 1, 2014, there are new VOC limits for the following coatings: Concrete Surface Retarder, Dry-Fog Coatings, Clear Topcoats for Faux Finishing Coatings, Trowel Applied Faux Finishing Coatings, Fire-Proofing Coatings, Form Release Compound, Graphic Arts (Sign) Coatings, Mastic Coatings, and Metallic Pigmented Coatings.
    • Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the VOC limit for the default category (e.g., any architectural coating that does not fall into one of the categories listed in the Table of Standards 1) will be reduced from 250 g/L to 50 g/L.
    • Effective Jan. 1, 2014, VOC limits (less water and exempt compounds) are in effect for colorants added at the point of sale as follows: Architectural Coating Colorant, excluding Industrial Maintenance Coatings, is 50 g/L; Solvent-Based Industrial Maintenance is 600 g/L; and Waterborne Industrial Maintenance is 50 g/L.
    • Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the sell-through period for coatings that contain in excess of 0.1% by weight of any Group II exempt compounds listed in Rule 102 expires. Cyclic, branched, or linear, completely methylated siloxanes (VMS) are not subject to this prohibition.
    • Effective Jan. 1, 2014, specific VOC labeling requirements on containers subject to this rule shall be displayed on the coating container such that the required language is: (1) noticeable and in clear and legible English; (2) separated from other text; and (3) conspicuous, as compared with other words, statements, designs, or devices in the label so as to render it likely to be read and understood by an ordinary individual under customary conditions of purchase or use.
    • Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the VOC limits of the rule shall not apply to any architectural coatings in containers having capacities of one liter (1.057 quart) or less, provided the provisions in the subparagraphs (f)(1)(A � C) are met, however, all other provisions apply (including labeling provisions). This exemption does not apply to clear wood finishes, varnishes, sanding sealers, lacquers, or pigmented lacquers.

    Click here to review the full text of Rule 1113, last updated in June 2011.

  • OTC Phase II AIM Rule

    The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) adopted a �Phase II� Model Rule for AIM Coatings in 2011, which would introduce more stringent VOC limits in the northeast. Although the Model Rule lists a January 1, 2014 compliance date, the rule will not take effect in any of the OTC states until it is adopted at a local level, which has not yet occurred. To date, New York is the only state to begin drafting a Phase II rule for their state, and the rule development has been internally stalled for nearly a year. RCMA will continue to monitor the activities in New York and in other OTC states and will alert the membership of any potential changes that will be coming.

GHS / HazCom � Trucking Considerations
As we have discussed at our last few association meetings, there are major changes to OSHA�s hazardous communications standard coming down the road in the near future. One particular set of requirements pertaining to worker training went into effect in December 2013. At the RCMA 2013 Fall Meeting in Oak Ridge, a question was raised about some conflicting labeling requirements between OSHA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Following our meeting, RCMA contacted the American Trucking Association which has been tracking these regulations on behalf of their members.

RCMA was told that OSHA hazardous communications requirements do not apply when the product moves into the transportation realm. Therefore, your companies will still need to use the new safety data sheets, but all markings, placards, and labels will be preempted by the DOT requirements.

The American Trucking Association forwarded the following documents that provide some more clarification regarding the DOT requirements superseding the OSHA requirements:

Federal Lobbying
RCMA is in the process of expanding our federal government affairs program which will allow the association to be better positioned to proactively capitalize on legislative and regulatory opportunities on Capitol Hill. This expanded program will place special emphasis on vigilant monitoring of legislative and regulatory arenas as well as relationship building with key members of Congress, legislative and regulatory staff, and congressional committees. Also, we plan to increase RCMA�s participation in various industry coalitions and stakeholder organizations. An RCMA Government Affairs Steering Group is being created to work closely with RCMA staff in this initiative. More information will be available at the RCMA Annual Meeting.

Technical Committee Update

Sustainability Council
In 2013, Stanford University contacted BASF to announce the offering of a graduate-level Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) class intended to improve sustainability education. Stanford University was soliciting products or systems that their students could use to conduct an LCA. The students were required to complete an ISO-14040 series compliant sustainability analysis using LCA methods and engineering design techniques. BASF reached out to RCMA to see if there was interest in roof coatings taking advantage of this opportunity. The RCMA Sustainability Council provided information to the Stanford students during the fourth quarter of 2013 and continues to coordinate with them on this project.

The LCA is being performed to determine the advantages and disadvantages of two commercial roofing system alternatives, factoring in minimized cost, material use, and environmental impact. The project considers two options for restoring a failing 50,000 square foot commercial building roof in Southern California. The first option consists of the replacement of the entire roof with a new built-up roof that has a 30-year useful life expectancy and which necessitates an insulation upgrade from R-24 to R-36. The second option replaces only 30% of the failing roof, maintaining the lower R-24 insulation, and resulting in 20 more years of useful life. Due to California Title 24 building requirements, both options utilize a protective white acrylic elastomeric roof coating. More information will be shared at the RCMA Annual Meeting.

Alternate Test Methods
RCMA has initiated a research study using alternate measuring methods to determine reflectance and/or emissivity. The study will see if there is a mathematical correlation with the results obtained using these alternate methods compared to those obtained by the D&S reflectometer and/or thermal emissivity sensor. In late January and early February, four optic equipment manufacturers will send their machines to Oak Ridge National Labs for testing and analysis. These four companies are Surface Optics, Minolta, PP Systems, and BYK. We hope to have results to share with the members by the RCMA Annual Meeting or very shortly afterwards.

Rough Substrates for Coatings
After reviewing the results of the RCMA and RRCI roof coatings substrate studies, CRRC concluded that the data showed smooth substrates resulted in higher reflectance values. As a result, CRRC approved that testing of roof coatings be done on a defined smooth substrate and textured substrate to provide a range of expected performance. After consultation with RCMA, the CRRC Technical Committee approved a procedure for the creation of a defined �rough substrate� that will be required for testing all field-applied coatings. Jason Smith, The Garland Company, has been working closely with several labs and manufacturers to ensure the new testing procedures can be achievable by the industry. In 2014, CRRC will conduct a round robin to determine the repeatability and reproducibility of ratings developed using this process. Once the round robin is complete, the issue will move to the CRRC Board of Directors for final approval.

Codes & Standards
We have started the New Year with a bang, as construction codes activity continues to keep us engaged. Here is a recap of some of the venues we are monitoring and stakeholder activities:

  • ICC. The International Code Council wrapped up the development of the 2015 I-Codes, with the notable exception of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). The 2015 International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), International Existing Building Code (IEBC) and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) (and other codes) code development process has been underway over the past two years. The IgCC, an overlay code to the rest of the I-Codes, is next in line with committee hearings set for late April in Memphis, TN. After the committee hearings are complete, the IgCC will be subject to a public comment process culminating with Public Comment Hearings scheduled for October in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
    • IECC. The 2015 IECC will include a new reference to CRRC ratings as an alternative to the ASTM standards for roof reflectance. Other proposals that would expand cool roof requirements into Climate Zone 4 and into the residential energy code requirements were not successful.
    • IgCC. Big topics for discussion at the upcoming IgCC code committee hearings will include roofing reflectance, vegetative roofing, roof replacement and recovering requirements for energy efficiency, whole building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), material or product LCA, Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), and so-called �chemicals of concern�. The proposals, submitted to ICC in early January, will be posted on March 10.
  • ASTM. As part of our expanded code efforts, RCMA staff is considering attending and monitoring roofing standards activities at ASTM. More to follow in our next edition...
  • ASHRAE. ASHRAE standards for building energy efficiency (for both residential and non-residential building occupancies) as well as �green building� are subject to continuous maintenance. RCMA staff member Mike Fischer, Director of Codes and Regulatory Compliance, attended ASHRAE meetings in New York City this month. Mike will report on code proposals and related research activities affecting standards 90.1, 90.2, and 189.1 in a future edition.

As the 2014 code development cycle at ICC continues, we should remember that January 5, 2015 is the deadline for proposal submissions into the next ICC cycle - including the 2018 IBC! RCMA�s Codes & Standards Committee, led by chair Steve Heinje, will be considering code proposals during committee calls and meetings this year. If you have any suggestions for improvements to the model building and energy codes, please bring them to the committee�s attention.

Solar Reflective Coatings Council (SRCC) Activities

  • Reflective Roofing Rebates Database

    Don�t forget to make use of the RCMA�s Reflective Roof Rebates Database! Available on the RCMA website in the Members Only section, the database provides you the latest information on rebates and tax credits for installing reflective roofs across the country. Whether you search by state or zip code, your sales team will be thrilled to have access to this customized search tool which includes financial incentive information on reflective roofs across the country. Just log in using your username and password, then click on �Roof Rebates� in the upper right-hand corner.

Member Services Committee Update

RCMA Membership Program
RCMA enjoyed a banner year for membership in 2013. Through the efforts of our current members and through new RCMA offerings and events, such as this summer�s GHS / HazCom training session, the association�s VOC monitoring and VOC webinar, and the Reflective Roofing Database, the association added six new regular members and one new associate member:

  • New Associate Member
    Archway Sales
  • New Regular Members
    American WeatherStar
    Duro-Last Roofing
    General Coatings Manufacturing Corporation
    GreenRoof Manufacturing Corporation
    National Coatings Corporation
    Progressive Materials

The RCMA Membership Program will ride this success into the new year, with plans to continue to grow and improve the association. Membership packets will be prepared and circulated to prospective new members at the International Builders Show (IBS), International Roofing Expo (IRE), the RCI International Convention and Tradeshow, and the American Coatings Show.

The upcoming RCMA International Roof Coatings Conference also promises to be a perfect opportunity to introduce potential members to the great programs and work that the RCMA is doing. Please encourage companies associated with the roof coatings industry to come to the IRCC and continue to spread the word to the industry to help make 2014 another year of explosive membership growth.

RCMA Industry Communications Program
For the first time, RCMA implemented a comprehensive Industry Communications Program in 2013 which was very successful. Media placements in fall 2013 included:

  • Carolinas Roofing (Sept/Oct 2013) � �The Purpose of Roof Coatings: Balancing Considerations Will Help Determine the Proper Type of Coating for Your Specific Project,� Joe Mellott, The Garland Company.
  • Building Operations Management (Oct 2013) � �RCMA: Roof Coatings Can Save All Kinds of Green,� BOM Staff with RCMA member interviews.
    • �Part 1: Roof Coatings Can Protect Environment, Help Maintain Operating And Capital Budgets�
    • �Part 2: Solvent-Based, Water-Based Roof Coatings Have Pros and Cons�
    • �Part 3: Plan Re-Coating Schedule To Help Maintain Roof�

In 2013, eight press releases highlighting RCMA activities were drafted and distributed to industry media outlets. A number of industry publications and internet media picked up our press releases, including Durability + Design, Coatings World, Professional Roofing, Roofing Contractor, Construction Dive, HousingZone, and Building Design + Construction, to name a few.

We want you to help author articles and provide editorial feedback in 2014! Please contact RCMA Industry Affairs Coordinator Kelly Franklin at kfranklin@roofcoatings.org to learn more about joining the RCMA Communications Task Force.

At the RCMA Annual Meeting there will be a full wrap-up of the 2013 activities of the Communications Task Force and the initiatives taken to put roof coatings in the spotlight in industry publications in the past year.

RCMA 2013 Meeting Wrap-Up
2013 marked a highly successful year for RCMA programming. In conjunction with the RCI Expo, the RCMA Annual Meeting started the Association off to a strong start in February. This past summer, RCMA members convened in Washington, DC for a one-day GHS /HazCom training session that highlighted the key considerations for complying with Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals  / Hazard Communication requirements. Immediately following the training session was an RCMA Government Affairs Lobby Day, featuring a keynote address from United States Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) followed by meetings on Capitol Hill between RCMA Members and 70 different congressional offices. Attendees discussed three main issues of interest to the roof coatings industry: clarifying IRS Tax Code IRC 25C to include the use of roof coatings, extending or making permanent the Commercial Building Tax Deduction (IRC Sec. 179D), and opposing the EPA from further lowering the National Ozone Standard. Finally, the RCMA Fall Meeting in October featured a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a day and a half of RCMA programming and committee updates.

2014 International Roof Coatings Conference

July 14-17, 2014
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel
Baltimore, MD

2014 International Roof Coatings Conference Partners:

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
  • National Research Council Canada (NRC)
  • Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA)
  • Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA)
  • Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA)
  • European Cool Roofs Council (ECRC)
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
  • Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)

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July 14-17, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight

RCMA relies on our meeting sponsors to help offset the costs of bringing you great programming at our events throughout the year. We would like to take a moment to thank our generous sponsors who helped make our fall meeting and tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory possible!

2013 Fall Meeting Sponsors


Thank you to all of our sponsors for your continued support of the association!

In This Issue

President's Update

RCMA Updates


Sponsor Spotlight

RCMA Staff

John Ferraro
Executive Director

Michael Fischer
Director of Codes and Standards

Kelly Franklin
Industry Affairs Coordinator

Shawn Richardson
Codes and Technical Affairs Coordinator

Laura Dwulet
Staff Associate

Penny Alston
Meetings Manager

RCMA Board of Directors

Brian Anthony
The Brewer Company

Jeffrey Blank
SR Products

Jonathan Dietzel
The SWT Group

Steve Heinje
Quest Construction Products

Skip Leonard
Henry Company

Debra Light
Central Fiber

Joseph Mellott
The Garland Company

Tom Meyer
Coating & Foam Solutions

Helene Hardy Pierce

Chris Salazar
The Karnak Corporation

Jon Shaffer

Committee Chairs

Solar Reflective
Coating Council

Tom Meyer
Coating & Foam Solutions
Craig Smith
Superior Products International

Technical Committee
Jason Smith
The Garland Company
Jordan Blank
Special Materials Company

Government Affairs Committee
Gregory Johnson

Member Services

Debra Light
Central Fiber
John Stubblefield
Polyglass USA, Inc.

Codes & Standards Task Force
Steve Heinje
Quest Construction Products


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