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The Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association added the Platinum level membership category in 2005.
The Platinum label is given to a company committed to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism and strives to actively contribute to the success and growth of the reflective insulation and radiant barrier industries.
Because of the dedication and generosity of these companies, RIMA is able to conduct more research and produce additional educational opportunities on behalf of the industry.
The following companies have joined this exclusive group for 2008: RoyOMartin, Astro-Foil/Innovative Energy, Covertech, Reflectix, Inc., TVM Building Products, KdB Isolation SA. Learn more about these companies and more by visiting the RIMA web site at www.rima.net.
Western Roofers show
expects record numbers
The Western States Roofing Contractors Association will hold its 34th annual convention and tradeshow at the Paris-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from June 8-11.
The association is expecting a record turnout to this Southwestern hot spot, as attendance has skyrocketed during the past five years. The show will feature 300 booths on the trade show floor and more than 160 exhibiting companies.
“The Western Roofing Expo represents WSRCA’s commitment to promoting professionalism and excellence in the western roofing industry,” says WSRCA president Sharon Keppler of Evergreen Roofing in White City, Ore. “Every year the show has more attendees than the previous year and we know this is due to the outstanding work of the board of directors and WSRCA staff to make this show what it is today.”
The Western Roofing Expo will showcase the latest in roofing technology, tools, machinery, materials and services available to the western roofing contractor.
The Expo also includes outstanding technical programs that will address both commercial and residential aspects of the western roofing industry.  Industry related seminars will touch base on a variety of roofing topics.
Visit WSRCA at www.wsrca.com for complete convention and seminar information.
Florida Roofing Show to
mentor next generation
Florida’s roofing professionals will be converging on Orlando, Fla., June 18-21, to take part in the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association’s 86th annual convention and Southeast Roofing and Sheet Metal Spectacular Trade Show at the Orange County Convention Center and the Peabody Hotel.
FRSA’s Trade Show — the Southeast Roofing and Sheet Metal Spectacular — is the largest state sponsored trade show within the United States.
The event’s theme, “FRSA Mentoring the Next Generation,” was chosen by FRSA president Billy Cone of RoofTech Roofing and Sheet Metal Company in Ft. Lauderdale, to illustrate the responsibility of today’s roofing professionals to foster the next generation of contractors. Also relevant is the amount of FRSA member companies owning a family business that have and will be passed down through many generations.
Roofing professionals attending the convention can earn continuing education units mandated by the DBPR to maintain their license. Also scheduled are fishing, golf and bowling tournaments; programs designed for ladies and children attending the convention and a 1950’s sock hop theme party. The event closes with a reception and banquet at which the organization swears in its new officers and the Campanella Award is presented to the FRSA member deemed most worthy of recognition for service to the association and to the industry within the preceding year.
Visit FRSA at www.floridaroof.com to register for the convention and show.

AIA sets new industry standard
The American Institute of Architects was scheduled to launch two types of Integrated Project Delivery agreements on May 15th at the AIA National Convention.
 Implementing principles and concepts laid out in Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide (The Guide; www.aiacontractdocuments.org), the new IPD contracts will provide two levels of design and construction integration. The first type is transitional, and, as such, may be a comfortable first step into integrated project delivery; and the second type introduces a fully integrated way of delivering a construction project.
The IPD agreements support processes that build upon the expertise of architects, owners and contractors and rely on transparency and full collaboration. The more transitional agreement being released by the AIA is intended as a comfortable first step into IPD, providing for early collaboration of architect and contractor in an arrangement modeled after existing construction manager agreements. The second type of agreement allows for complete sharing of risk and reward in a “one-for-all-and-all-for-one” approach. With this type of agreement, owner, architect and construction manager work together from the beginning to design and construct the project with mutually agreed upon cost goals and target cost. Both types encourage the parties to implement Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other technologies to achieve efficiencies, increase collaboration and maximize sharing.

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