Learn More About the Roofing Alliance’s Past Programs and Funding Efforts Part 2

The Roofing Alliance, the Foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is committed to advancing the roofing industry. Over 20 years ago, the organization was founded on the principal of supporting the industry and shaping the future of roofing. Past and present efforts supporting initiatives related to technology, philanthropy, sustainability, and education have helped the Roofing Alliance get closer to achieving this long-term goal. Today, the Roofing Alliance is proud to have founded and supported dozens of programs and initiatives that are committed to a better tomorrow in roofing. 

In this three-part series, we are discussing some of these past efforts (and a few ongoing ones). In the first part, we focused on training programs funded by the Roofing Alliance. In this part, we will focus on funding efforts for roofing studies and organizations the membership-based group has supported. For many years, the Roofing Alliance has supported studies and projects dedicated to roofing technology and roofing innovation. To learn more about how you can make a difference in roofing, please visit the Roofing Alliance’s website.   

Funding Roofing Studies 

One of the primary reasons why the Roofing Alliance was founded 23 years ago was to provide funding for research projects and studies that promote roofing innovation. This also includes studies dedicated to work culture and retaining talent in the workforce. In 1997, the Roofing Alliance provided funding for a Gallup study that focused on worker satisfaction in roofing. The Roofing Alliance has also provided funding for several other studies committed to the roofing industry, including a 2002 study that focused on recruiting, training, and retaining roofing professionals and a 2003 study that identified and documented the best practices to reduce injuries related to repetitive stress and strain.    

Over the years, the Roofing Alliance has provided a significant amount of funding to projects that focus on roofing technology, innovation, and the environment. A few recent studies have focused on the following areas of roofing:  

  • In 2013, the Roofing Alliance provided funding for a project that assessed the impact of air movements on roofing systems. 
  • In 2016, the Roofing Alliance funded a research project related to moisture release in concrete roof decks in certain climatic regions of the United States. 
  • In 2017, the Roofing Alliance funded a data collection project related to worker exposure to silica. 

To read more about the roofing studies funded by the Roofing Alliance, read this article

Establishing and Supporting Roofing Organizations

To strengthen the roofing industry as a whole, the Roofing Alliance has established and provided funding to a variety of institutions and organizations that are also dedicated to the industry. In order to combat a labor gap and continue to grow as an industry, we must cultivate a diverse workforce. The Roofing Alliance provided funding to help establish National Women in Roofing (NWIR). This volunteer-based organization is committed to educating, mentoring, and offering more opportunities for women roofing professionals. The Roofing Alliance also approved funding for the Bilingual America Cultural Training Program, a six-week training program that provided leadership training to companies that employ Hispanic roofing professionals.    

To learn more about completed projects the Roofing Alliance has participated in funding, please read the final part of this article. 

Membership opportunities with the Roofing Alliance are available to all roofing professionals. For more information on our organization’s objectives or how you can join the Roofing Alliance, please contact us today.