What’s SPRI working on?

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.

 

May 2022

Current Technical Task Force Initiative

Code Compliance Interface

– Eric Younkin, Metal-Era, Luis Cadena, NEMO
start date 04/2019
     budget: $0

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

Amanda Hickman, SPRI
start date 10/2010
     budget: $0

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

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
start date 07/2018
     budget: $0

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.

Definition of Low Slope

 Steve Wadding, Polyglass USA
start date 01/2022      budget: $0

This Task Force will develop a standard definition of “low slope” or adopt the definition pending code approval.

DORA® Listing Service

 Michael Darsch, Sika Sarnafil
start date 01/2014
     budget: $0

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.

DORA® Rule for Adding Fire and Impact

Jenny O’Neal, Firestone Building Products Co. LLC. 
start date 10/2019
     budget: $0

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.

EDP Renewal

Randy Ober, SPRI
start date 12/2020
     budget: $TBD (paid for by participating companies

This Task force will review and update the SPRI EPDs for TPO and EPDM. The participating companies are responsible for providing the updated information and will pay for the services of sphera and UL Verification Services

Education Committee

Brian Chamberlain, Carlisle Construction Materials
start date 01/2021
     budget: $0

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.

ES-1 Recanvass

– Martin Moesgaard, Metal-Era, Inc.
start date 05/2022
     budget: $0

The ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1, Test Standard for Edge Systems Used with Low Slope Roofing 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.

GT-1 Recanvass

– Brad Van Dam, Metal-Era, Inc. & Bob LeClare, ATAS International
start date 04/2021
     budget: $0

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.

Lightning Protection

– Brad Van Dam, Metal-Era Inc.
start date 01/2021
     budget: $0

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.

Membrane Plate Standard Development

– Steven Childs, OMG Roofing Products, Flonja Shyti, National Research Council of Canada
start date 05/2022
     budget: $0

This Task Force will create and canvass a standard to test fastener membrane pull-through.

NT-1 Canvass

– David Hawn, Dedicated Roof & Hydro-Solutions
start date 05/2022
     budget: $0

The ANSI/SPRI/RCI NT-1, Detection and Location of Latent Moisture in Building Roofing Systems by Nuclear Radioisotopic Thermalization, will be reviewed, edited if necessary, and canvassed for re-approval as an American National Standard. It will be renamed to reflect the renaming of RCI to IIBEC. This review is required every 5 years per ANSI Essential Requirements.

Rooftop Attachments

– Daniel Blasini, Anchor Products, Stephen Childs, OMG Roofing Products, Jodi Thomas, TruFast
start date 10/2021      budget: $0

The objectives of this Task Force create a guidance document on how to attach rooftop equipment.

RP-4 Ballast Requirements

Randy Ober, SPRI
start date 4/2020
       budget: $0

This Task Force has reviewed the SPRI/ANSI RP-4 standard and determined that a Figure included in the document is incorrect and should be updated. This Task Force will correct the document and recanvass the sections impacted by the error. It will also add guidance to the appendix on how to design ballasted roofs for buildings in Surface Roughness/Exposure D.

RP-14 Revision

Chris Mader, Blueridge Fiberboard
start date 07/2021
     budget: $0

The ANSI/SPRI RP-14, Wind Design Standard for Vegetative Roofing 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.

VOC Regulatory Monitoring

–Justin Bates, H.B. Fuller
start date 01/2017      budget: $0

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