|Thursday, June 15, 2017||
Vegetative Roof Systems - ZinCo USA
Location: Ken's Steak House; 95 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701Abstract: This presentation is approximately 1 hour in length, and will provide a comprehensive look at vegetative roof systems. The presentation will start with a brief but targeted discussion of the fundamentals and functionality of vegetative roofs. Next, Mr. Smith will review the gamut of current research to gain an understanding of the benefits including energy conservation, clean air production, reduction in urban heat island effect, and storm water management in urban areas. Building on this understanding of the science of vegetative roof systems and the findings of recent research, he will review the various holistic system options available, including waterproofing underlayment systems, to help designers to make educated decisions when specifying. This portion of the presentation will include some case studies. Finally, he will review some of the various warranty options available in the vegetative roof industry at-present, and provide some suggestions for roofing design professionals and owners to consider when determining what warranty options fit your specific project. Learning objectives: A comprehensive examination of vegetative roof technology Discussion of the functionality of vegetative roof systems Discussion of system build-ups with project specific examples Discussion of waterproofing options beneath the vegetative roof systems Review of available warranty options within the US vegetative roof industry at-present (including overburden removal)
|Thursday, May 11, 2017||
Addressing Campus Sustainability Through MIT’s Roofscapes
Location: Restaurant Dante; 40 Edwin H. Boulevard, Cambridge, MA 02142Abstract: Roofscapes, the second largest horizontal area on MIT's campus, are considered a key component of the toolkit available to address sustainability, human health goals, climate change, and regulatory requirements. The MIT Department of Facilities Capital Renewal Program and the Office of Sustainability have identified methods to integrate sustainability into its annual roof replacement program through its Roof Sustainability Assessment (RSA). The session will include a discussion of sustainable roof strategies, including increasing thermal insulation, green roofs, blue roofs, solar ready, and renewable energy integration as methods to reduce building energy consumption, mitigate storm water impacts, address urban heat island effects, enhance biodiversity, act as generative surfaces for renewable energy, and serve as living laboratories for MIT's researchers. This session explores the RSA and its evaluation tool; project goals, strategies, and challenges; ways the sustainability tool addresses existing conditions, costs, and other metrics; and shows how the tool addresses roof replacements on campus. Learning objectives: Learn about the kind of tools institutions need to bridge the gap between institutional system-scale decisions about sustainability and the day to day realities and limitations of ongoing operations and maintenance programs Describe how to implement an interdepartmental process in coordination with a consultant team to develop a comprehensive tool to evaluate the integration of sustainability goals in a roof replacement program Learn about the potential of different sustainable roof strategies for existing buildings from various periods with different structural systems Using the Roof Sustainability Tool, evaluate which roof sustainability measures are most effective within the institutional context of a roof replacement program considering various criteria: financial metrics, existing building physical characteristics, ongoing maintenance and operations constraints, and sustainability goals (GHG emissions reduction, stormwater mitigation, urban heat island reduction, human health, etc.)
|Monday, October 16, 2017||
1st Annual New England Chapter RCI Golf Classic
Location: Granite Links Golf Club; 100 Quarry Hill Drive, Quincy, MA 02169NEC RCI's GOLF CLASSIC The 2017 Golf Classic will take place at Granite Links Golf Club, one of the premier golf courses in Greater Boston. It was voted a "Top Ten Best New Upscale Golf Course in the United States" when it first opened in 2003. Not long after the club was listed to the 2010 Golf Digest list of the "100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America". This will be the inaugural year, in what NEC RCI hopes will become an annual tradition. The Golf Classic will be a scramble-style tournament, including over 150 golfers. There will be a number of fun on-course contests, amazing giveaways, and the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop. In addition, a post-play reception will be held following the tournament. WHERE YOUR DONATION IS GOING Funds raised with this event will be used to further the professional education and development of our Chapter members, through reduced program fees for education seminars as well as covering expenses for guest national speakers. NEC RCI provides educational scholarships at the Massasoit Community College, to connect emerging professionals to our industry. Additionally, the past two years NEC RCI supported other charities including Make-A-Wish, RCI Foundation, Hearth, and The Jimmy Fund. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to increase our contributions to these wonderful charities and scholarships.
|Thursday, April 13, 2017||
The Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, Inc. (RICOWI)
Location: Trattoria Il Panino; 280 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 (Do not use the Paramenter Street entrance)Abstract: The Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, Inc. (RICOWI) is the nation’s leading think tank regarding roof design and performance, as it relates to withstanding catastrophic weather events such as hail, wind, fire and cold climate topics. Born out of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, RICOWI is a collaborative effort of North America's leading industry associations, testing laboratories, manufacturers, and designers charged with seeking ways to improve roof system performance overall. RICOWI will be releasing its most recent Hail Investigation Program report at the end of April 2017. This presentation is intended to introduce RICOWI generally, share what it has done over the past 27 years, and where it is headed. Learning objectives: Understand what RICOWI is, and its relationship to the larger roofing industry. Discover the various facets of RICOWI, and how it adds to the larger body of roofing knowledge. Learn how the future of RICOWI will impact the overall roofing industry.
|Thursday, February 16, 2017||
Rooftop Accessories Part 1: Practical Awareness and Design Consideration & Stealing Rembrandts
Location: D'Amelio's Off the Boat Seafood; 306 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151Abstracts: Rooftop Accessories Part 1: Practical Awareness and Design Considerations The presentation (Part 1 of a 4-Part Presentation Series on the wide-ranging topic of Rooftop Accessories) is one-hour in length, and provides an overall prospective on common rooftop accessories. A short question and answer period will follow the presentation. Part 1 categories of the presentation will include the following: 1. Rooftop Mechanical (HVAC) and Electrical Equipment 2. Penthouses/Roof Access. 3. Rooftop Platforms, Stairways, Ladders and Access Equipment. The presentation will include examples of common (and uncommon) rooftop accessories encountered, specific conditions, and common deficiencies to be aware of. Methods of evaluation, investigation and sample design solutions will be visited and discussed. Various exterior penthouse wall systems, materials, equipment, and roof interface detailing will also be covered. Lastly, we will review available products, materials, restoration methods, and design detailing for roofing accessories discussed during this presentation. Learning objectives: Understand the design deficiencies of common rooftop equipment and how to identify and remediate them. Identify and utilize advanced equipment, with superior design and more durable and appropriate materials. Improve access to roof accessories with miscellaneous steel platforms, stairways, and ladders while understanding some of the basic design parameters of accessory access equipment. Stealing Rembrandts: The True Story of International Art Theft Art theft is a multi-billion dollar per year illicit industry, and the world’s most significant heists share one thing in common: the priceless works of Rembrandt. The great Dutch Master’s paintings are known for their value by everyone, from high school dropouts to museum curators. While Hollywood has portrayed the theft of high-value paintings as the work of dashing, likeable thieves working to steal art for evil, reclusive geniuses, in fact that’s nothing like the reality of art theft. Instead, it’s much more interesting. Come behind the scenes of the most notorious of these heists, telling the true story of art crime from the conception of the crime to the recovery of the art. This non-building science related presentation will be presented during the dinner portion of the evening to provide insight into an exciting topic most of us would otherwise never learn.
|Thursday, December 8, 2016||
Roofs and Condensation – A Practical Approach for the Design Professional
Location: CBS Scene; 200 Patriots Place, Foxborough, MA 02035Abstract: This presentation is approximately 1 hour in length and will provide a comprehensive look at roofs and condensation. The presentation will start with a brief but targeted discussion of the fundamentals of vapor movement in roofing systems. Next, we will review the gamut of current research to gain an understanding of the actual incidence of moisture condensation and the key factors that may lead to the accumulation of moisture within single-ply roofing systems. Building on this understanding of the science of moisture movement and the findings of recent research, we will review the tools available to help the designer to make effective moisture control decisions. And we will discuss both analytical tools such as moisture analysis software as well more tangible tools such as air barriers and vapor retarders than can help control condensation. Finally, based on this review of moisture movement in roofing systems and the tools available to assess and mitigate roof condensation, we will offer several useful suggestions for the roofing design professional to deal effectively with moisture movement. Learning objectives: • Understand the basic principles behind vapor movement in roofing systems • Identify the key factors that may lead to moisture accumulation in roofing systems. • Learn how to use available design tools to evaluate moisture movement in roofing systems. • Identify design strategies to reduce the potential for moisture accumulation in roofing systems.