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This course provides information on most current practices with respect to roofing design, maintenance, management and rehabilitation.

Course Outline
After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:

• Specify the roofing components most suitable for your roofing needs
• Supervise to ensure quality of construction of your industrial buildings roofs
• Achieve cost savings in roof maintenance and repair
• Develop and implement a roof inspection program
• Diagnose and remedy roof integrity problems
• Assess the maintenance requirements of existing roofs
• Prevent premature failures of roofing systems by implementing a well-organized, attentively followed maintenance program
• Evaluate and analyze roofing degradation problems to minimize roofing deterioration
• Avoid potential problems by understanding causes of roofing failures
• Use for your benefit the clear understanding of  warranties from the standpoint of owners, consultants, manufacturers and contractors
• Select and appoint contractors for your roofing work and how to manage extras and contract close outs


The absence of maintenance of a roof structure can have significant economic impacts.   Water leakage on plant personnel and production equipment, heat loss and degradation of the roof support framework are the effects of a deficient roof.  Roof structures should be correctly maintained and repaired expediently and in a cost effective manner.

The many different and evolving roofing materials and systems in the market can present a large challenge in the selection, maintenance and rehabilitation of roofs.   This course provides information on most current practices with respect to roofing design, maintenance, management and rehabilitation.  Participants find out the latest about the available materials and systems, learn how to avoid common pitfalls in selecting roofing systems, learn how to determine and select the right amount of insulation for roofs and how to improve drainage on the roofs.  Those involved in the maintenance of roofs learn the different types of maintenance required for roofs, economic justification for maintenance, determining the trade-off between repair and replacement, understanding the major types of roof replacement options and improving the design of roof during roof replacement. Participants leave with practical learning and full of new ideas, which enable them to perform their roofing projects with increased confidence resulting in enhanced economy and efficiency.

The course will also discuss the environmentally attractive Green Roofing concept.


• To provide current knowledge on the types and components of roof structures
• To present the relevant code requirements and standards
• To provide an understanding of the requirements for the design, construction, maintenance, repair and replacement of roofing systems
• To provide an outline for the development of a roof preventive maintenance system

Who Should Attend

Building owners and managers of institutional, industrial, commercial or multiple-unit residential buildings,
civil engineers, plant managers/engineers; maintenance managers; specification writers, roofing consultants, contractors and suppliers of roofing materials, technicians and technologists, construction supervisors; industrial engineers; plant operations managers and supervisors; consulting engineers and architects; facilities managers and superintendents.

Program Outline

Day I

8:00      Registration and Coffee

8:20      Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:30      Roof Design and Materials  
• Types of roof structures: advantages and cost: Decks, vapour retarders, insulating materials, membranes, surfacing,
               fasteners/attachment components and the role each play in making a successful roofing system
            • Materials, past, present and future: roofing membranes  including BUR, Modified Bitumen Membrane, EPDM, PVC and other single ply
            • Roof loading from the elements
            • Roof loading from equipment
            • Membranes
            • Curbs 
            • Insulation

10:30    Refreshments and Networking

10:50    Wind Design Guide for Roofing 
 • Wind is one of the essential considerations in roof design. Poor design or faulty construction, or the selection of non-compatible
               materials, can result in severe wind dam¬age to the roof, the cost of which is often exceeded by losses associated with interior 
               damage and interrup¬tion of occupancy.  A new publication from the Institute for Research in Construction provides engineers, 
               architects and building officials with information on how to better design mechanically attached flexible membrane roof assemblies to 
               resist wind uplift. This publication, “A Guide for the Wind Design of Mechanically Attached Flexible Membrane Roofs,” will help improve 
               roof performance and reduce losses as a result of roof failure in high winds.

12:15    Lunch

1:00      Penetrations and Flashing 
• Types
            • Materials
            • Installation

2:00      Condition Assessment 
• How to perform a roof condition assessment
            • Common roofing problems to investigate
            • Reports and cost estimates

2:40      Refreshments and Networking

3:00      Roof Maintenance
• Elements of an economic preventive maintenance program
            • Locating problem areas (leaks)
            • Economic and effective corrective maintenance practices
            • Records
            • Examples of roof problems and repairs
            • How to make the most appropriate choice to roof replacement
            • Needs analysis- what is needed
            • Developing specifications and contract documents
            • Short listing and selecting contractors
            • Changes that can be made to improve the roof design during replacement
            • Managing extras
            • Managing project close outs

4:30      Adjournment

Day II

8:30      Green Roofing
• Description: minimizing the burden on the environment, conserving energy, and extending roof system life spans
            • Operation and Maintenance
            • Examples

9:15      Codes, Regulations and Safety
• Access to roof structures
            • Working on roof structures
            • Codes and regulations governing roof structures

10:10    Refreshments and Networking

10:30    General Roofing Issues 
• Steep roof maintenance
            • Drains, gutters and downspouts 
            • Roof traffic
            • Re-roofing
            • Financial benefits of a maintenance program

12:00    Lunch

1:00      “Viewing Your Roofing As An Asset” – Life Cycle Performance
 • The benefits of a proactive roof maintenance program will be examined along with the consequences of inactivity.  During the
               presentation information will be provided on the life cycle costs of roofs and the economics of roof maintenance to assist decision 
               makers in planning and allocating the resources necessary to ensure that their roof assets provide acceptable performance and their 
               expected service lives are realized.  Various  tools and methods currently availailable for determining the condition of the roofs and the 
               level and type of intervention required to keep the roof functional will be presented.

2:00      Administration of Successful Roofing Performance Warranties 
• Materials
            • Workmanship
            • Inspection
            • Records

2:40      Refreshments and Networking

3:00     Case Study
WIND-RCI – Wind - Roof Calculator on Internet
            • National Research Council of Canada developed a web-based calculator, which can eliminate possible misinterpretations of code 
               language. It is named as Wind RCI (Wind - Roof Calculator on Internet). During this presentation, professionals are encouraged bring 
               their lab top with wireless connection. Hand on calculations and theory behind the procedures will be discussed. Calculation of the roof 
               cover wind uplift design loads involve several parameters such as roof structure, slope, wind speed, building height, roof areas, building 
               terrain, building type and building openings.

              Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

4:00      Closing Remarks and Final Adjournment 


Bas Baskaran

Dr. Bas Baskaran is a Group Leader for the Roofing Sub-Program at the National Research Council of Canada, Institute for Research in Construction (NRC/IRC). At the NRC, he is researching the wind effects on building envelopes through experiments and computer modeling. He also acts as adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa. He is the vice-chairperson for the Roofing Committee on Wind Issues (RICOWI) and a member of ASCE, SPRI and CIB technical committees. He has authored and /or co-authored over 150 research articles in the area of wind effects on buildings. Being a professional engineer, Baskaran received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Annamalai University, Madras, India. His master’s degree in engineering and Ph.D. were from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Both research topics focused on the wind effects on buildings and earned best dissertation award from the Canadian Society of Civil engineers.

Peter Kalinger
Peter Kalinger has been the Technical Director of the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association since 1993. He has over 35 years of experience in the roofing industry, having worked for roofing contractors and roofing product manufacturing firms. Prior to joining the CRCA, he held the position of Director of Technical Services for a major engineering firm, specializing in building sciences. Mr. Kalinger has published numerous papers and articles in various technical and scientific journals. He has presented papers at national and international symposia on roofing technology, including the 4th International Symposium on Roofing Technology, the 12th Conference on Roofing Technology, Roofing Workshops at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, National Research Councils Building Better Roofs seminars, and the US Construction Specification Institutes Cold Weather Roofing and at numerous Construction Specifications, PM Expo and Construct Canada expositions. Kalinger is active on numerous Canadian roofing standards committees, including NRCs Aroof Top Garden Consortium, NRCs Special Interest Group for the Dynamic Evaluation of Roofing Systems, ULCs Thermal Insulation and Air Barrier Committees, CGSBs Modified Bituminous Membrane Committee, and CSAs Bituminous Roofing Committee. In addition, he is an active member of International committees such as CIB Rilem, and ASTM. He is also a member of the Roof Consultants Institute, and Construction Specifications Canada. Mr. Kalinger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Public Administration from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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