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Current Technical Task Force Initiatives

The SPRI Technical Committee works on projects initiated by SPRI members, which are of interest to the commercial roofing industry. Each project approved by the SPRI Board of Directors is completed by a Task Force of SPRI members working together. SPRI Task Forces change as project objectives are achieved and new projects are initiated. Consider joining SPRI to add your voice to the conversation, and to start new conversations.

 

February 2021

 

Current Technical Task Force Initiatives

 

The SPRI Technical Committee works on projects initiated by SPRI members, which are of interest to the commercial roofing industry. Each project approved by the SPRI Board of Directors is completed by a Task Force of SPRI members working together. SPRI Task Forces change as project objectives are achieved and new projects are initiated. Consider joining SPRI to add your voice to the conversation, and to start new conversations.

 

Air Barriers

– Al Janni, Duro-Last

The Air Barriers Task Force is working with the Air Barrier Association to create a set of air barrier detail drawings

 

BPT-1 Standard Development Task Force

Chris Mader, Blue Ridge Fiberboard, Inc.

The objective of this Task Force is to develop BPT-1, Comparative Pull-Through Strengths of Stress Plates and Substrate Board Materials Used with Low Slope Roofing Systems. The proposed standard will be based upon practices currently in use at FM Approvals.

Code Compliance Task Force

– Eric Younkin, Soprema, Luis Cadena, NEMO, Lynsey Hull, NEMO

SPRI has created an industry coalition to identify common challenges in receiving Code Body approvals. Its objectives are to improve the speed of the approval process, create a process for better acceptance of third-party data, and create a road map for sharing changes in procedures.

Code Development Task Force

– Amanda Hickman, SPRI

The objective of the Code Development Task Force is to develop and advocate for safe, technically correct, and easily enforced code language while also promoting the goals of the SPRI’s membership

 

Education Committee Task Force

– Brian Chamberlain, Carlisle Construction Materials

The objective of this Task Force is to develop and conduct training programs for code officials, designers, installers and other interested parties. When appropriate, the Task Force will join with other industry organizations to expand the educational content.

 

Codes & Standards

– Randy Ober, SPRI

The objectives of the Codes & Standards Task Force are to provide timely and pertinent information on Codes & Standards that may affect the sale and use of sheet membrane roofing systems and the components used in those systems. The Task Force will respond promptly to issues relating to Codes and Standards based on the consensus of the SPRI membership. As of January 2014, the Cool Roof Codes update will be provided in the Codes & Standards meeting.

 

D6878 TPO Consideration for Revision

Will Sanborn, Johns Manville

The objective of the Task is to investigate whether there are performance benefits realized with a fleece back Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) membrane versus smooth back; physical performance and potential impact resistance. The D6878 standard currently combines these products under one membrane type. All discussion and activity of this Task Force will focus on potential updates to the ASTM standard D6878.

 

DORA® Listing Service

– Mike Darsch, Sika Sarnafil

The DORA® Marketing Task Force is charged with working with industry stakeholders to educate them on the value of using the DORA Listing Service. The Task Force provides education sessions at industry events, publishes articles, and works with organizations such as MASTERSPEC to increase the exposure of the program.

The DORA® Database Task Force is responsible ensuring that the program is being implanted in accordance with the approved Program Guidelines, and to work with the Program Manager to continue to adapt and improve the program as it gains industry acceptance.
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DORA® Rule for Adding Fire and Impact

Jenny O’Neal, Firestone Building Products Co. LLC.

This Task force will develop rules for adding roofing assemblies to the DORA database tested in accordance with fire and impact standards referenced in Chapter 15 of the International Building Code (IBC) for single ply and modified bitumen roof systems.

 

FX-1 Recanvass

Stan Choiniere, StanCConsulting

 

GT-1 Recanvass

– Brad Van Dam, Metal-Era, Inc. & Bob LeClare, ATAS International

The ANSI/SPRI GT-1, Structural Design Standard for Gutter Systems, will be reviewed, edited if necessary, and canvassed for re-approval as an American National Standard. This review is required every 5 years per ANSI Essential Requirements.

 

IA-1 Recanvass

– Stephen Childs, OMG Roofing Products

The ANSI/SPRI IA-1, Standard Filed Test Procedure for Determining the Uplift Resistance of Insulation and Insulation Adhesives over Various Substrates, will be reviewed, edited if necessary, and canvassed for re-approval as an American National Standard. This review is required every 5 years per ANSI Essential Requirements.

 

IBHS Training

– Mike Darsch, Sika Sarnafil

The Task Force will develop a single-ply commercial roofing training program for the Fortified Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Roofing System. This training program will be outlined and modified from the IBHS Fortified Steep Slope Training program already implemented. The objective of this program is to train the contractor on how to install a fortified roof and explain why extra steps are required.

 

Impact of Wind Loads on Flexible Roof Systems

Randy Ober, SPRI

This Task Force will work with the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and other industry representatives to determine cost to develop a test plan to evaluate the impact of wind loads on flexible roof systems. The Task Force will then determine the next steps for the project.

 

Installation of Roof Components to Concrete Roof Decks

–Joe Schwetz, Sika Sarnafil

This Task Force will review the ASTM Standard, “Practice for Preparing Concrete Slabs to Receive Adhered (Bonded) Roofing Systems”, specifically the testing requirements the standard places on material suppliers. It will then determine if SPRI should issue guidance on the standard and prepare an educational paper on the issues of roofing over concrete

 

Lightning Protection

–Brad Van Dam, Metal-Era Inc.

The objectives of this Task Force are to review industry feedback along with NFP 780 and ED1, ES1 for gaps, outline gaps and solutions and develop guidance, and seek ANSI consensus approval if Task Force determines appropriate.

 

RP-4 Revision Ballas Requirement

–Todd Taykowski, Firestone Building Products Co. LLC, Randy Ober, SPRI

The objective of the Task Force is to monitor the content of the ANSI/SPRI RP-4 Standard and make additions / modifications to reflect any concerns of the user or changes within the industry. Current projects are adding guidance for designing ballasted systems located in Exposure D and incorporating a method to determine proper parapet height and ballast size for buildings over 150 feet. These additions would be to the Commentary section (non-mandatory) of the Standard.

 

VOC Regulatory Monitoring

–Jason Bates, H.B. Fuller

The mission of this Task Force is to monitor, inform, and address any VOC changes that could affect the roofing market in ways that would are in compliance with SPRI’s Antitrust policy.