Category: <span>2021</span>

RT3 Plans Activities Around the 2021 International Roofing Expo

July 28, 2021 –- Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), a group of progressive roofing professionals focused on technology solutions for the roofing industry, announced activities scheduled for the International Roofing Expo (IRE) 2021.

Boxabl, a housing technology startup based in Las Vegas, Nevada will host RT3 members. to tour their new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Company executives will share their vision behind their Boxabl Casita, a 375-square-foot Accessory Dwelling Unit that is delivered with a full-size bathroom, kitchen, appliances and tall ceilings with big windows for under $50,000.

RT3 will also host an educational panel on Wednesday, August 10 at 7:45 a.m. The session is titled: Roadmapto end the paper trail and make your business 100% digital. It features four contractors sharing their successes and challenges with implementing technology to take their businesses to the cloud.

The panel will be moderated by RT3 member Heidi Ellsworth, Partner at RoofersCoffeeShop® and attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the first steps to taking a business digital
  • Learn from the mistakes made by others to ensure a smoother process
  • Hear tips on how to get the rest of the team on board
  • See what different solutions work for residential and commercial companies

The panel participants include RT3 contractor members Steve Little, President of KPOST Roofing and Waterproofing; Ken Kelly, President of Kelly Roofing; Curtis Sutton, CEO of Rackley Roofing; and Wendy Marvin, owner of Matrix Roofing.  

“The contractors on the panel are committed to helping their peers find success taking their businesses to an all-digital operation,” stated Karen Edwards, RT3 Director. “They share how they got started, pitfalls to watch out for, budget and tips for team success.”

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About Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3)
Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) strives to find innovative technology solutions to be used within the roofing industry.  RT3 provides insights from progressive thought leaders both inside and outside the roofing industry along with practical resources for implementing potential solutions successfully. The organization will encourage and enable contractors to embrace technology as they seek to grow their businesses.  With a commitment to disseminate technology advancement information, RT3 will help build the professionalism and appeal of the roofing industry. Learn more at www.rt3thinktank.com

RT3 Members Kelly Roofing and Reliant Roofing Announce Partnership

Naples, FL. – Kelly Roofing, a Naples-based roofing company, announced today that on June 25, 2021, they formed a strategic and financial partnership with Reliant Roofing. Based in Jacksonville, FL, Reliant is a specialized residential and commercial roofing contractor who also installs solar systems and hurricane shutter protection.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Sean Shapiro, Cameron Shouppe and the talented team at Reliant,” said Ken Kelly, President of Kelly Roofing. “The combination of our businesses will expand our presence across the state of Florida and help us in our goal of creating the premier residential roofing company in our geography. We welcome Reliant and their clients to the Kelly Roofing family.”

“As we continued to build Reliant, it was critical for us to find a partner with similar aspirations in both growth and quality of service,” said Sean Shapiro and Cameron Shouppe of Reliant. “Kelly Roofing is the perfect fit for Reliant and we look forward to growing the combined business alongside their team.”

Kelly Roofing is a family-owned company, serving South Florida since 1972. They have helped over 60,000 roof owners save money and live a worry-free life. As the 2019 Roofing Contractor of the year, Kelly Roofing understands how to eliminate the stress of unexpected roof costs. All Kelly Roofing employees live by the core values of Care, Communicate and Consistency, allowing them to provide outstanding workmanship using the most advanced methods. To learn more about Kelly Roofing, go to www.kellyroofing.com.

RT3 members team up to talk bi-directional API technology

Join RT3 members JOBBA and RoofersCoffeeShop on June 30, 2021 at 2 p.m. as they team up for a webinar to discuss bi-directional API technology and how streamlined workflows can help contractors get their software to work for them.

With so much new technology and software applications out there to help, it is easy to end up with a system that is siloed and unconnected. Copying data from one system to another can take hours and cause delays, errors and ultimately affect the bottom line.

Scott Keith, Eugene Zukowski and Steven White from Jobba will help us understand API Technology and how to customize these systems to work for your business.  They will walk us through some of Jobba’s essential software tools as well as updated functions to the platform.  

Join us for a discussion on how their contractor-driven approach streamlined the workflow process and gets software to work for you. Jobba is more than a roofing CRM that helps you optimize your business; they seek partners who work with you to ensure you are getting the most out of your investment.  

This RLW will touch on the latest API, how essential it is to customize functions and tools around the customer, updated functions and Jobba customer support. You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to learn how to get the most out of your software and painlessly unify your data on one powerful platform. 

Register now for this RLW to learn API technology, customizing systems that work for your business and how to unify your data.  

Roofing Technology Think Tank Announces Two New Board Members

The board supports the RT3 mission and leads the organization in its efforts to educate and advance technology in the roofing industry.

June 16, 2021 –- Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), a group of progressive roofing professionals focused on technology solutions for the roofing industry, elected Andy Centauro of Elmer W. Davis, Inc., Rochester New York and John Kenney of Cotney Attorneys and Consultants, Tampa, Florida to fill two openings on the board of directors.

“We are very excited to welcome Andy and John to the board,” said Karen Edwards, RT3 director. “They have both been longtime active members of RT3 and will help us continue to be the voice of technology in the roofing industry.”

RT3 would also like to extend its gratitude to Heidi Ellsworth of HJE Consulting and RoofersCoffeeShop® and Ryan Groth of Sales Transformation Group for their contribution to the organization. “Heidi and Ryan contributed tremendously to the growth of the organization and the two will stay actively involved with Ryan continuing to host the RT3 podcast and Heidi as an active member of the meetups task team,” said Edwards.

Other board members include:
• Anna Anderson, CEO of Art Unlimited
• Brad Beldon, Chief Culture Officer and CEO of Beldon Roofing
• Wendy Marvin, CEO of Matrix Roofing & Home Solutions
• Tom Whitaker, President of Harness Software

The think tank meets six times a year, four virtual and two live with a focus on learning about new and emerging technologies. Past live meetings have been held at innovative locations that help educate the group on progressive technologies that can make a difference in the roofing industry, including 3M Innovation Center and Roofing Granule Lab, OMG Roofing Products, Vanderbilt Wond’ry, Microsoft Innovation Lab, Georgia Tech, BuiltWorlds and the U.S. Capitol.

The next live meetup is planned for the UNLV Solar Decathlon project prior to the start of the International Roofing Expo (IRE). Following the meetup, RT3 contractor members will be participating in a panel at the 2021 IRE to share tips and information to other contractors about the journey of taking a roofing business digital and ending the paper trail.

Stay up to date with RT3 news and events by signing up for the RT3 SmartBrief newsletter at www.rt3thinktank.com.

About Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3)
Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) strives to find innovative technology solutions to be used within the roofing industry. RT3 provides insights from progressive thought leaders both inside and outside the roofing industry along with practical resources for implementing potential solutions successfully. The organization will encourage and enable contractors to embrace technology as they seek to grow their businesses. With a commitment to disseminate technology advancement information, RT3 will help build the professionalism and appeal of the roofing industry. Learn more at www.rt3thinktank.com.

RT3 member Mycocycle announces it has joined The REMADE® Institute

REMADE is the only national institute focused entirely on the development of innovative technologies to accelerate the U.S.’s transition to a Circular Economy.

Mycocycle, Inc., a leader in using mycoremediation to process toxins out of waste, announced today that it has become a member of The REMADE Institute, a public-private partnership established by the United States Department of Energy.  

“It was important for Mycocycle to become a member of The REMADE Institute because our core values are aligned,” explained Mycocycle CEO and Founder Joanne Rodriguez. “As we continue to imagine a world without waste, the development of platforms that explore new uses for our waste streams is vital. Through the collaboration of industry, academia, and national labs we know we will get further faster.

Mycocycle has already joined forces with some of the REMADE members to tackle new opportunities around waste streams within the healthcare system. “We are excited about opportunities to work with all of the thought leaders represented through REMADE Institute focused on driving systemic changes in industrial processes which will result in lowering our carbon emissions now and in the future,” concluded Rodriguez.

About Mycocycle

Mycocycle, Inc. was founded in October 2018. It is a woman-owned, early stage cleantech company using mycoremediation to process toxins out of waste. Mycocycle was recognized as a Finalist in Fast Company’s 2020 and 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards issue, a presenter for NREL’s 2020 Industry Growth Forum, a 2020 Innovation selection in the EPA’s Innovation and America Recycle’s Fair, and the winner of the Cleantech Open National 2020 Resiliency Challenge.  Mycocycle has been named a 2021 Illinois Qualified New Business Venture under the Angel Investment Tax Credit Program. This program provides Illinois-based investors a state tax credit of 25 percent of their investment up to $2 million.

For more information visit www.mycocycle.com.

About REMADE

Founded in 2017, REMADE is a Manufacturing USA™ Institute and public-private partnership established by the U.S. Department of Energy. REMADE is the only national institute focused entirely on the development of innovative technologies to accelerate the U.S.’s transition to a Circular Economy. In partnership with industry, academia, and national laboratories, REMADE enables early-stage applied research and development that will create jobs, dramatically reduce embodied energy and greenhouse gas emissions, and increase the supply and use of recycled materials. The cumulative, five-year embodied energy savings, greenhouse gas reduction and increase in recycled materials use expected to result from REMADE’s investment is approximately 1 Quad of energy, about 50 million metric tons of CO2equivalent greenhouse gas reduction, and more than a 40 million metric tons per year increase in the supply and use of recycled materials, respectively. For additional information about REMADE, visit www.remadeinstitute.org.

RT3 member Kelly Roofing partners with HGTV and Velux on the HGTV Smart Home Sweepstakes

Kelly Roofing is excited to announce being hand-picked by HGTV and Velux to take part in building the HGTV Smart Home 2021 for the HGTV Smart Home Sweepstakes. The episode of the build is airing now.

“I am honored a national television network chose Kelly Roofing for their roofing needs on this one-of-a-kind home,” states Kelly Roofing President Ken Kelly. “This was an opportunity to work with the best designers, builders, and engineers showing homeowners how easy it is to create a modern smart home while keeping the home warm, cozy, and inviting.”

The latest products and building techniques were used throughout the project. The HGTV® Smart Home 2021 home celebrates Naples, Florida, using a timeless, sophisticated design paired with a coastal style. The color palette includes an updated 1960’s flair of lime green, tones of cool blue, white, and black. Even the inviting backyard has space for relaxing, entertaining, and dining with all the latest smart technology.

Kelly Roofing participated by installing the concrete tile roofing and 14 skylights. These Velux “Fresh Air” Skylights bring natural light and air into the home and are brand new to the market. At the first sign of rain, a sensor automatically closes any opened skylights to keep water and worries out. The remote control operation of the blinds to control the amount of shade with the touch of a button. These skylights highlight how to create an innovative and smart home of the future. Even the roof was installed with the latest technology, including Kelly Roofing’s patented hybrid tile installation method. The installation combined with the materials used provides insulation (for lowering energy bills), secondary waterproofing (for lowering homeowner’s insurance costs), and increased wind uplift (for hurricane protection).

Most of the Kelly crew did not know at the time of building this home would be part of the HGTV Smart Home Sweepstakes. Due to the exclusivity, the team dubbed it “The Top Secret Project” before they knew what they were working on. They are now excited to see who will win the house they helped build.

The episode showcasing this project build is airing now on HGTV. This Smart Home is also part of the price in the national HGTV Smart Home Sweepstakes. Other prizes include a 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet and $100,000 from LendingTree. To take a virtual tour of the home, watch videos about the Smart Design, or enter the drawing to win the house, visit https://www.hgtv.com/sweepstakes/hgtv-smart-home.

Kelly Roofing is America’s Roofing Contractor of the Year, serving the Florida market since 1972. They are family-owned and have helped over 60,000 roof owners save money and live a worry-free life. Kelly Roofing understands how to eliminate the stress of unexpected roof costs. All Kelly Roofing employees live by the core values of Care, Communicate and Consistency, allowing them to provide outstanding workmanship using the most advanced methods. To learn more about Kelly Roofing, go to www.kellyroofing.com.

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Mycocycle Selected as Finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas

The 5th annual awards honor the products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet.

(Bolingbrook, Illinois) May 4, 2021 – Mycocycle, Inc., a leader in using mycoremediation to process toxins out of waste, announced today that it has been named a finalist in the Best World Changing Idea North America and On The Rise categories as part of the 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 33 winners, more than 400 finalists, and more than 800 honorable mentions—with Health and Wellness, AI & Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. Plus, several new categories were added, including Pandemic Response, Urban Design, and Architecture. The 2021 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Brazil to Denmark to Vietnam.

“We are honored to be recognized by Fast Company as a company that is creating solutions that are good for the environment,” said Joanne Rodriguez, Mycocycle founder and CEO. “Mycocycle’s vision is to create new circular economies that transform environmentally unstable processes into financially viable material opportunities. Mushrooms will change the way we manage and use waste now and in the future.”

Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company said, “There is no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times. So, it’s important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability, and passion to solve these problems.”

About Mycocycle

Mycocycle, Inc. was founded in October 2018. It is a woman-owned, early stage cleantech company using mycoremediation to process toxins out of waste. Mycocycle was recognized as a Finalist in Fast Company’s 2020 and 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards issue, a presenter for NREL’s 2020 Industry Growth Forum, a 2020 Innovation selection in the EPA’s Innovation and America Recycle’s Fair, and the winner of the Cleantech Open National 2020 Resiliency Challenge.  Mycocycle has been named a 2021 Illinois Qualified New Business Venture under the Angel Investment Tax Credit Program. This program provides Illinois-based investors a state tax credit of 25 percent of their investment up to $2 million.

For more information visit www.mycocycle.com.

About the World Changing Ideas Awards

World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.

Roofing Technology Think Tank Opens Nominations for 2021 Innovator of the Year Award

The award recognizes a roofing contractor who has demonstrated a commitment to technology and the advancement of the roofing industry.

Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), a group of progressive roofing professionals focused on technology solutions for the roofing industry, announced that it has opened the nomination period for the 2021 Innovator of the Year Award.

This award was created to nationally recognize a roofing contractor that has contributed to the advancement of the roofing industry through technical innovation and/or product development in one of the following areas:

  • Production/Technology Efficiency
  • Safety Innovation
  • Client Service/Quality of Delivery 
  • Employee Recruitment/Training/Retention
  • Environmental Impact

Award judging criteria will be based on innovation, results, design and strategy.

The 2021 recipient will be announced at the Best of Success conference, September 19-21, 2021 at the Omni Hotel in Frisco, Texas. To be eligible, a roofing contractor must be licensed and bonded for a minimum of five years and have a minimum $5 million in annual revenue. They also must be a member of a professional industry association and be able to cite community enrichment ties through support of non-profits or company culture programs.

Previous winners include Scott Riopelle of Denver, Colorado-based Interstate Roofing (2020) and Curtis Sutton of Carthage, Tennessee-based Rackley Roofing (2019). 

For more information and to submit an award application visit https://rt3thinktank.com/award/. There is a $50 nomination fee to cover processing and award costs. The nomination period closes July 31, 2021.

About Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3)
Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) strives to find innovative technology solutions to be used within the roofing industry.  RT3 provides insights from progressive thought leaders both inside and outside the roofing industry along with practical resources for implementing potential solutions successfully. The organization will encourage and enable contractors to embrace technology as they seek to grow their businesses.  With a commitment to disseminate technology advancement information, RT3 will help build the professionalism and appeal of the roofing industry. www.rt3thinktank.com.

RT3 Member GAF Manufactures Industry’s First Asphalt Shingles Containing Recycled Waste Shingles

GAF, a Standard Industries company and the largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer in North America, announced a new patented shingle recycling process that has successfully produced the industry’s first asphalt roofing shingles containing recycled material from post-consumer and post-manufacture waste shingles that may have otherwise been landfilled. 

GAF asphalt shingles manufactured with recycled material from post-consumer waste shingles

This breakthrough represents an important milestone in delivering more sustainable, affordable roofing materials and has significant implications for improving sustainability and circularity across the roofing supply chain.

“This latest innovation from GAF represents the first major step towards a circular economy for asphalt roofing shingles,” said Jim Schnepper, President, GAF. “We envision a future where every homeowner, when replacing their roof, can do so with high-quality, affordable shingles made with recycled asphalt.”

The new shingle recycling process reduces the amount of raw materials required to make new shingles without compromising product quality or performance. During its successful tests, GAF was able to reclaim more than 90 percent of the waste shingle material, by weight, to be reused in the manufacture of new shingles. GAF additionally demonstrated its ability to manufacture new shingles containing up to 15 percent recycled material that were UL-certified for their safety and effectiveness. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued GAF three patents covering this new shingle recycling process. 

GAF is committing more than $100 million to bring the recycling process to commercial scale, including the development of a pilot operation in 2021 that will enable the company to conduct additional research and development on its process. Through the pilot GAF expects to assess the maximum amount of recycled asphalt that can be used to make new shingles meeting the company’s high standards while optimizing the manufacturing process prior to scaling it across its operations.

“This innovation has the potential to reduce a significant waste stream in the U.S. and represents an important advance within the roofing industry,” said Tad Radzinski, Certification Officer, GreenCircle Certified, a third-party certification organization. “Through the recovery of valuable end-of-life roofing materials, GAF is setting the course to reduce environmental impacts across the shingle product life cycle and provide a truly circular, sustainable solution for roofing products.” 

As the leading manufacturer in North America—where one in four residential roofs are covered by GAF—the company is uniquely positioned to extend the impact of this innovation across manufacturing facilities to help reduce landfill waste and continue to offer more sustainable roofing options to its customers.

About GAF
GAF is North America’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer and a part of Standard Industries. GAF’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of roofing and waterproofing solutions for residential and commercial properties as well as for civil engineering applications. GAF provides end-to-end support for architects, specifiers, contractors and property owners seeking high-quality performance and technical guidance. Through its innovative and customer-driven solutions, the company has protected homes, businesses, families and communities for over 130 years. Learn more at www.GAF.com.