During October 2006, NRCA hosted three visitors from a Russian
shingle manufacturing company. During the meeting, our guests made
the matter-of-fact observation that The NRCA Roofing and
Waterproofing Manual, Fifth Edition, is widely used by
specifiers and designers in their country.
I didn't think much of the comment at the time—after all,
we expect the manual to be widely used. But it's a pretty powerful
statement about the effect your association has.
It's likely that 20 years ago most roof systems in Russia were
built to a government specification and certainly not to any
specifications coming from the free world. And when Russian
designers began to have options available to them, they must have
had a variety, including guidance from other countries' government
agencies and manufacturers from all over the world. Instead, they
looked to NRCA.
Visiting China in 2005, an NRCA delegation arranged to meet with
China's minister of construction (yes, there is such a thing, and
yes, we should be grateful in this country for small favors).
During that conversation, the minister told the group how he'd been
spending time on NRCA's Web site and was quite sure much
of our technology will be put to use in the construction of the
Olympic Village for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. It's hard to
imagine such a conversation...
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