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NRCA and Informa Markets partner to launch roofing expo in Asia

NRCA has partnered with Guangzhou Jianke Citiexpo Co. Ltd., a joint venture of Informa Markets, to launch the International Roofing Expo® in Asia.

After creating a unique account on the website, a member can link directly to his or her company’s website or upload PDFs, as well as provide brief descriptions of available positions. Available jobs will be posted for 30 days.

The inaugural IRE Asia will be held concurrently with WINDOOR EXPO 2022 and take place in Guangzhou, China, March 11-13, 2022. Founded in 1995, WINDOOR EXPO is the first window, door and façade exhibition in China. The two trade fairs will cover an exhibition space of 100,000 square meters and are expected to draw more than 700 exhibitors and 60,000 visitors.

A series of keynote seminars and conferences will accompany the exhibition to discuss the current building envelope industry, standards and certification processes, and how to enhance the quality of properties and deliver case studies and insights regarding current commercial and residential projects.

“We are excited by this partnership with NRCA,” says Shea Xie, general manager of Guangzhou Jianke Citiexpo. “The launch of the IRE brand in Asia will make this a must-attend event for the construction marketplace for the domestic China and wider Asia markets. The combination of IRE Asia and WINDOOR EXPO will cover a wider range of construction exhibits showcasing innovative products and technologies and presenting world-class education programs.”

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The Roofing Alliance is accepting award entries

The Roofing Alliance is seeking nominations for its 2022 Gold Circle Awards program, which recognizes NRCA and Roofing Alliance members for their outstanding contributions to the roofing industry. Gold Circle Awards categories include outstanding workmanship, innovative solutions, and safety preparedness and performance. Unique roofing-related projects, programs and services completed between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2021, are eligible for the competition. The deadline for entries is Oct. 22.

The Roofing Alliance also is accepting entries for its Most Valuable Player Awards Program. MVP Awards formally recognize outstanding workers who achieve work-related and personal goals to which others aspire. Workers employed by an NRCA member or nonmember roofing contracting, distributor or supplier firm are eligible. From roofing contracting firms, any field worker, foreman or superintendent can be nominated, and from distributor and supplier firms, any warehouse employee, warehouse foreman, driver or equipment operator can be nominated.

Nominations are based on significant contributions in two categories: outstanding on-the-job performance/workmanship and outstanding performance/other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace. Each category is judged separately, and individuals can be nominated for one or both categories. The deadline for entries is Nov. 19.

MVP Awards winners will receive two complimentary coach airfare tickets and two nights’ hotel accommodations for NRCA’s 135th Annual Convention Feb. 1-3, 2022, in New Orleans. Each winner also will receive one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2022 International Roofing Expo,® two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, and a $100 American Express gift card. Winners will be formally recognized during the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 2.

One MVP Awards winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best. Co-sponsored by Professional Roofing and OMG® Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass., the recognition will include a special prize and feature article in Professional Roofing magazine.

All MVP Awards winners will be recognized in Professional Roofing magazine, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter, the Roofing Alliance Update and on the Roofing Alliance’s website, Winners also will be the focus of press releases sent to local and national media and industry trade press.

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Build Your Future launches website geared toward Gen Z

Based on research collected from students, construction industry members and counselors, Build Your Future recently launched a new website,, with enhanced resources, according to Build Your Future is the National Center for Construction Education & Research’s national image enhancement and recruitment initiative for the construction industry.

With a shifted focus on Generation Z, the website puts additional emphasis on authenticity while continuing to showcase construction as an industry of choice.

With Gen Z expected to make up 27% of the global workforce by 2025, it is critical the industry get the attention of young people while encouraging them to enter the construction field. For a deeper understanding of this key demographic, Build Your Future conducted research regarding two key audiences: Gen Z students and school guidance counselors.

It found Gen Z values authenticity and diversity in advertising and educational materials, highlighting the importance of spotlighting real craft professionals. Gen Z students also expect technologically advanced and innovative industries, so it is key to demonstrate construction is an industry that will put employees at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. A clear opportunity for career advancement and financial security also are important.

With the launch of the new website, Build Your Future increased its focus on connecting with counselors and educators, who actively have conversations with students about careers and influence career decisions. Build Your Future created classroom materials, a career plan template and a landing page with unique resources to meet their specific needs.

During the fall, Build Your Future will release recruitment toolkits to help industry members and educators encourage students to explore careers in construction. The toolkits will include instructions for outreach, tips and tricks for engagement, printed resources and swag for students.

NRCA releases EPDM training package

NRCA has made available a new Training for Roof Application Careers packageEPDM Roof Membrane Installation. The package provides new and inexperienced workers with the knowledge necessary to work on an EPDM roof system installation crew.

A one-time TRAC package purchase provides more than 30 hours of online content and unlimited use of training materials. A Spanish version of the package will be available soon.

Increased COVID-19 testing helps contractors protect job sites

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads throughout the U.S., a single case on a job site significantly can affect a project if the entire crew is required to quarantine.

Ezra Laniado, owner of Landmark Construction Crew, Los Angeles, told he quickly learned that to keep projects running smoothly, anyone who got sick needed to stay away and immediately get tested.

Contractors say widespread availability of COVID-19 testing and quick turnaround times for results drastically have increased the ability to prevent spread on job sites.

“Testing is one of the basic things we can do to mitigate spread,” says Brian Cruz, a physician and regional medical director at Connecticut-based PhysicianOne Urgent Care, which consults with employers regarding workplace health. “It allows you to isolate those who are positive and remove them from the workplace.”

Cruz also says though vaccinated people who were exposed but are not experiencing symptoms should wear masks and get tested three to five days after the event, CDC guidance says they do not have to quarantine unless they receive a positive result.

There currently are two main types of tests—rapid antigen tests, which look for specific proteins on the surface of the virus, and polymerase chain reaction tests, which detect genetic material from the virus at the molecular level.

Cruz said polymerase chain reaction tests still are the most accurate, but rapid antigen tests can be more than 90% accurate when symptoms are present. However, they are less reliable in detecting asymptomatic cases.

Sheri Dizon, chief financial officer of Landmark Builders, San Jose, Calif., says because testing is so quick, workers generally stay away from work voluntarily if they feel sick. If they believe they may have COVID-19, they get tested. She also says her firm’s workers and subcontractors self-monitor to help prevent workplace spread, using a site screening app that can address current symptoms, whether workers have had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and vaccination status. Peacock Construction, Milpitas, Calif., has partnered with a local lab and sends any workers displaying symptoms or not feeling well to get tested immediately, with same-day results.

“We’ve gotten through at least this first part of the pandemic with zero job-site transmissions,” says Kyle Peacock, CEO of Peacock Construction. “We did have some cases on-site, but we were able to identify them, isolate them and then contact trace from there.”

NRCA launches peer networking program for contractor members

NRCA has launched its Peer Networking Program to enable contractor members to connect one-on-one with other members who are willing to share their experiences, insight and expertise.

Members who take advantage of the free benefit can select from a list of industry peers to network with to discuss major issues affecting their businesses and how to address them; discover new ideas and perspectives to help improve business; and learn from experienced roofing professionals who understand the industry and business challenges.

Register for the program by completing the online form at It may take up to 10 days for NRCA to complete a peer connection. To learn more, contact Jorge Rivera, NRCA’s director of membership development, at (847) 493-7559 or



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