News and notes from the NRCA.

NRLRC to Host Seminar

The National Roofing Legal Resource Center, Rosemont, Ill., a separate but related organization of the National Roofing Contractors Association, will host its annual seminar, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, Sept. 11-13, in Santa Barbara, Calif. The seminar will address current legal, technical, insurance and safety issues affecting professional roofing contractors.

Session topics will include American Institute of Architects contracts, additional insureds, electronic legal issues, fire prevention, wind blow-off, construction defects, California’s Proposition 65, prevailing wage requirements, the effects of recent case decisions and others.

To help contractors make sense of the legal issues they face, the following speakers will lead sessions: William Callahan, Ph.D., executive director of the Associated Roofing Contractors of the Bay Area Counties; William Chopak, assistant vice president and construction defect claims manager of the CNA Construction Defect Unit, Brea, Calif.; Mark Graham, NRCA’s associate executive director of technical services; Todd Hohn, national director of construction risk control of CNA Construction Unit, Downers Grove, Ill.; Stephen Phillips, partner with the law firm Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Flatt, Atlanta; Philip Siegel, attorney with Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Flatt; and Thomas Smith, AIA, RRC, president of TLSmith Consulting Inc., Rockton, Ill.

For more information or to register, contact Janice Davis, NRLRC’s manager, at 847.299.9070 or 800.323.9545, ext. 7505; or e-mail

NRCA Releases Annual Market Survey

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released the NRCA 2002-2003 Annual Market Survey exclusively on CD-ROM. The survey provides statistics and information about the roofing market, including commercial and residential roofing activity, roofing material usage, regional breakdowns, insulation installations by material type, roofing squares applied by respondents and industry sales volume. The survey also addresses buying decisions, such as who decides which roof system type and manufacturer to use and what influences these decisions. By analyzing the survey, roofing contractors will gain knowledge about industry trends and manufacturers and distributors will find data about roofing material, equipment and vehicle expenditures.

The CD-ROM is available for $150 to NRCA members and $225 to nonmembers. To order the survey, contact NRCA InfoExpress at 866.ASK-NRCA or visit

NRCA Releases Second Toolbox Talks

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released NRCA Toolbox Talks II, a series of 52 safety lessons. The toolbox talks allow foremen and trainers to review one of 52 safety lessons with their crews each week. To make the trainers’ jobs easier, each lesson has been structured to allow for various presentation styles and includes safety training tips and illustrations that detail key points to stimulate questions and discussion.

Topics addressed by this toolbox talks series include electrical safety, equipment safety, fall protection, fire prevention, general Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, hazard communication, asphalt safety, personal protective equipment, personal safety, repetitive-stress disorders and more.

NRCA Toolbox Talks II is available for $75 to members and $95 to nonmembers. The original NRCA Toolbox Talks is available for $45 to members and $60 to nonmembers. Both toolbox talks sets can be purchased for $95 and $125, respectively. To order the toolbox talks, contact NRCA InfoExpress at 866.ASK.NRCA or visit