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B.E.S.T. Lab

 Foundation Supports Research on Thermal Bridging via Roof Fasteners

The RCI Foundation has approved funding for a study, titled “Laboratory Testing of Roof Assemblies for Comparison with Simulated Models: Thermal Performance Assessment of Thermal Bridges due to Roof Fasteners” at Virginia Tech. The team, consisting of Dr. Elizabeth Grant and Dr. Georg Reichard, along with their students, as well as industry sponsors Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) and GAF, will conduct selected laboratory tests to compare the thermal performance of physical models of simple roof assemblies under different controlled laboratory environmental conditions with computational models of these assemblies.

The overall goal of the project is to provide a better understanding to the industry of simulated versus tested thermal conductance in 3-D configurations, in support of relative comparison of quantitative thermal effects of fasteners in different roof assemblies.

The expectation is that the study will contribute to a better overall understanding of thermal performance of roof systems, enable both our members and the industry to understand the thermal penalty incurred by the use of roof fasteners in their designs, and ultimately provide validated simulations of approaches geared toward justification of any performance impact.

The expected completion date is June 30, 2020. Following conclusion of the study, the research team hopes to share results through presentations at IIBEC conferences and meetings, as well as through scientific papers.

Funding for this research is made possible through gifts to the RCI Foundation’s General Fund for Research and Education and, specifically, through GAF, as well as through in-kind donations from SGH. “GAF and SGH are both very excited to support this research and the information it will provide for the entire building industry,” said Helene Hardy-Pierce, Secretary of the Foundation and GAF’s Technical Director.

“After running computer models for an SGH-sponsored paper published by ASTM in 2015, it became apparent that roofing insulation fasteners will cause significant thermal bridging,” said Eric Olson of SGH, the lead author of a 2015 paper considering thermal bridging of roofing details. “These effects are not considered by many in the roofing industry, and there exists no clear guidance on how to deal with them. Validation of the computer models with physical laboratory analysis—the aim of the current study—is the next logical step to building practical methods for considering their effects.”

Foundation Funds Update on Roof Drainage Publication

The RCI Foundation has approved funding for the update of the 2003 edition of the Roof Drainage monograph as a result of significant changes in the International Building Code (IBC) and International Plumbing Code (IPC) standards and methods for roof drainage design. This effort is being led by IIBEC members Stephen L. Patterson, RRC, PE, of Roof Technical Services, Inc. and Dr. Madan Mehta, PhD, PE, with the University of Texas – Arlington, School of Architecture.
Stephen L. Patterson, RRC, PE
According to Patterson, “The IPC has eliminated the standard drainage charts that have been used for decades. Additionally, ASCE 7-16 has added a large section of roof drainage and overflow design, which is contrary to the current IBC/IPC standard. We hope to provide an in-depth discussion of drainage design requirements and to research other available international standards. Our plan is to provide a section that addresses combination wind and rain loads, which is a critical aspect of roof design that is often overlooked.”

“We have been thrilled with the results and the feedback from Patterson and Mehta’s work on the updated Wind Uplift on Low-Slope Roofs,” commented Joe Hale, Chair of the Foundation, “and we know their work on the Roof Drainage monograph will also be a valuable tool for our members, industry, and the Foundation.” Hale added, “We need to rethink our unusual weather and how we are having 100-year storms every year now. Rooftop drainage is a critical part of this process.”

Madan Mehta
Madan Mehta PhD, PE
Expected completion date is August 31, 2020. When the publication is finished, the Foundation plans to provide a PDF version of the publication to all IIBEC members through their membership portals. Hard-copy versions will also be available for purchase through the IIBEC publications website.

Funding for this publication is made possible through a gift to the Foundation’s General Fund for Research and Education. If you have questions or would like more information about the Foundation, please contact Development Officer Rick Gardner at rgardner@iibec.org, or call 919-859-0742.


Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners
The RCI Foundation is excited to announce the 2019-2020 recipients of the Robert W. Lyons and Lewis W. Newlan scholarships. The Lyons scholarship is for $5,000 and is specifically for undergraduate education expenses for students studying construction sciences, architecture, or engineering. The Newlan scholarship is for $2,500 and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students—again for studies in construction sciences, architecture, or engineering. Scholarship winners are selected based on financial need, letters of recommendation, and the student’s request for consideration.

Robert W. Lyons Scholarship Recipients:

  • Michelle Lee of Blacksburg, VA, is a junior in architecture at Virginia Tech.
  • Josac Marcotte of Masham, QC, is a sophomore in building sciences at Algonquin College.
  • Maree Rasmussen of Lakewood, OH, is a freshman in construction management with a minor in sustainability at Kent State University.
  • Timothy Vaughan of Roanoke, VA, is a freshman working on his associate of science degree in engineering at Virginia Tech.
Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee
Headshot of Josac Marcotte
Josac Marcotte
Timothy Vaughan
Timothy Vaughan

Lewis W. Newlan Scholarship Recipients:

  • Helena Kim of Flushing, NY, is a sophomore studying civil engineering at Drexel University. Additionally, Kim is an active member of Theta Tau, Drexel University’s only co-ed professional fraternity, as well as a former professional development chair and fundraising chair – vice president for the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Student Chapter in Philadelphia.
  • Katherine Martin of Atlanta, GA, is a senior studying architecture at the University of Oregon, and will be a graduate student during the 2019-2020 academic year. Martin is interested in sustainable design principles and will be pursuing a Master’s degree in ecological design. Alongside her passion for architecture, she is a volunteer for the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity chapter.
  • William Welch of Los Angeles, CA, is a sophomore studying energy engineering at the University of California – Berkeley.
  • Anh Huynh of Burnsville, MN, is a sophomore studying industrial engineering at Dunwoody College of Technology.
Anh Huynh
Anh Huynh
Helena Kim
Helena Kim
Katherine Martin
Katherine Martin
William Welch
William Welch

Thanks to all the Foundation donors who made these scholarships possible. Donations are being accepted to both scholarship funds. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.rcifoundation.org/ or contact RCI Foundations Development Officer Rick Gardner at 919-859-0742 or rgardner@iibec.org


Help Support the Choctaw Academy Initiative
Join the RCI Foundation and RCI Inc. in supporting the renovation of the Choctaw Academy. Help us reach our goal of raising $400,000 to meet the needs of this historically significant project.

Foundations Auction A Success!
The 2019 RCI Foundations' Annual Fundraiser at the Orlando Convention and Trade Show was an overwhelming success.The event themed, Get Your Green On! was another successful fundraiser for both the US and Canadian foundations with silent, live, mystery items, tricky tray and two 50/50 drawings. With over 400 people in attendance, donations and sales for the live and silent auction reaching $72,035. Together with gifts received from the chapters earlier in the convention, the monies raised for the Foundations was over $112,000.

Highlights of the auction included: Jim Fell and Matt Walder both winning 50/50 drawings and donating a portion of their winnings back to the Foundations; tricky tray winners included: Bill Rogers ($250 Amazon gift card donated by the Metro NY Chapter), Cindy Chadwell ($250 Sherwin-Williams gift card donated by Sherwin-Williams), and Tim Thomas ($250 Home Depot gift card donated by OMG). Three mystery items were sprinkled throughout the silent auction sections. Items were a coffee machine and Irish whiskey donated by Helene and Riley Pierce and won by Mike Schwent; a bottle of Jefferson’s Ocean Bourbon donated by Mike Williams and won by Al Nunnikhoven; and a Rotek industrial endoscope donated by Trident Construction and won by Richard Smith.

Highlights of the live auction included lively bidding for Patsy Hale’s handmade Ragged Ann and Andy dolls, won by Ron Vollmer; the Lizard Lounge T-shirt quilt donated by Carol and David Hawn and won by Peter Hicks of Siplast; the 9 days and 8 nights on Cape Cod donated by Peter and Nancy Brooks and won by Scott Snyder; the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Tour (Elton John) package donated by Soprema and won by Zen Szewczyk and Bill Conley; and the Indianapolis 500 Firestone Extravaganza package won by Albert Duwyn.

During the live auction, Stephenie Williams spoke about her experience in Houston last year as a student attendee and how she now is working for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates. In a “Call to Heart” donations were then collected for the RCI Convention Student Participation Fund. Many thanks to our donors who responded, including Aaron Nelson, Steve and Maureen Wadding, Tim and Sandra Kersey, Joe and Patsy Hale, Melanie and Neal Johnson, and Doug Coddington.

A very special thank you goes to all the volunteers that assisted in some way with the auction: Marie Rossiter, Mercy Hankins, Debbie Liscum, Sharon Cook, Laura Levaque, Peggy Gardiner, Brenda Ward, Lisa Darling, Linda Korte, Joe and Patsy Hale, Diane Irvine, Dave Liebal, Linda Bieber, Elaine Broussard, Linda Card, Kitty Clark, Valerie Cogan, Annette Johnson, Eileen Murphy, Dawn Nunnikhoven, Garen Ripley, Denise Roberts, Gina Schaack, Irene Schaeffer, Jessica Schuchmann, Lois Tamburrini, Libby Teitsma,  Peggy Violette, Erika Watts, Vicki Elsdon, and Mary Beth Duwyn. Thanks also to Carol Hawn for helping organize the volunteers for the night’s activities.

Finally, thank you to our auctioneer, Frank Trunzo, as well as the staff of IIBEC who helped plan and facilitate the event, especially Karen McElroy.

 Funding Awarded to Roof Technical Services, Inc.
Funding Awarded to the University of Texas at Austin

How Would You Like to Help?

The RCI Foundation has implemented a focused effort on various initiatives within our organization.  We want to give you, our wonderful donors, the opportunity to choose to earmark your pledges and donations in the areas that matter most to you!
As such, we are garnering focus on five separate initiatives, each encompassing a different area supporting our industry.  Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with what the RCI Foundation is doing!