The Education Committee has embarked on an initiative to provide members with easy access to resources in and outside of NWiR for technical education. Topics will include areas such as metal roofing and metal edging, asphaltic systems and products, single-ply materials, fluid applied roofing, etc. Stay tuned to the NWiR blog and newsletter for monthly updates with upcoming topics.


The theme for the month of April is All Things Asphalt. We are highlighting educational information offered in the asphalt segment of our roofing industry. When we move to the next month with new topics, you’ll still be able to see this content in the content resource library. The titles below are linked to the source.



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Asphalt Roofing Systems presented by Firestone Building Products

Although built-up roofs are the oldest type of low-slope roofing systems, gaining an understanding of the advantages and characteristics of modified bitumen membranes will help you select the asphalt roofing system that improves performance and saves on installation costs over traditional asphalt roofs. Learn how “mod bit” roofs, whether APP or SBS, provide improved durability with stronger reinforcements, resist hail and traffic damage, and provide factory-controlled quality manufacturing.

SBS Roofing Technology & Design presented by Soprema

April 26, 2021 @ 4pm eastern time

1 credit AIA HSW/IIBEC

Learning Objectives:

  • History and development of SBS-modified bitumen waterproofing systems, including addition of FR additives impacting sheet performance in catastrophic fire events allowing protection for building occupants.
  • Modified bitumen sheet anatomy, incorporating discussion of self-adhesive and sanded sheet cold adhesive sheet installations and their impact on building occupants.
  • Methodology of roof system application, including pertinence to environmental and safety impact
  • Review modified bitumen membrane surfacing including highly reflective surfacing material options and their impact on building performance and subsequent occupant comfort.

The theme for the month of March is March Metal Madness. We are highlighting educational information offered by manufacturers in the metal segment of our roofing industry. When we move to the next month with new topics, you’ll still be able to see this content in the content resource library. The titles below are linked to the source.

ATAS Aluminum: Innovative Technologies for the Sustainable Building Envelope

1 LU/HSW & 1 GBCI CE Hour

  • Discuss how metal cladding uses sunlight in heating climates to provide a building with preheated ventilation air.
  • Explain how cutting-edge cool roof technologies, including UV-reflective pigments and above-sheathing ventilation, provide relief in cooling climates.
  • Identify how metal roofing provides a solar-ready platform for photovoltaic systems.
  • Define how metal cladding on roofs and walls can contribute to green building objectives, including LEED certification.

S-5: Solar-Ready Roof: Optimize the Design

With the demand for sustainable power on the rise, building owners and homeowners alike are turning to solar power as a supplemental power generator. Choosing the right platform for the solar panels is a critical step in the design process and can have a significant impact on both initial and long-term costs. This course discusses the basics of photovoltaic systems, including the components and rooftop applications. Comparisons between traditional roofing and standing seam metal roofing platforms are examined, and the benefits of a non-penetrating clamping system are discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the basics of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, the components, their energy efficiency, and rooftop application
  • Summarize steps of the design process for solar-ready roof including the durability of the roof material selection and solar panel orientation.
  • Explain why a long-lasting metal roof is a perfect solar platform including their durability, recyclability and sustainability
  • Discuss how non-penetrating mounting systems are easily installed, economical, help mitigate wind uplift and reduce damage to the roofing material

Metal Construction Association: Metal Roof Installation Manual

This installation training manual addresses the installation of metal roofing material and related accessories. It includes information pertaining to both new construction reroofing and retrofit projects. The MCA installation training manual was developed to improve the installation of metal roofing within the construction industry. The goal is to eliminate avoidable problems and reduce the need for additional work due to callbacks.