Highlights of ROOFTech 2005
This biennial event, organized by the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) - Association Canadienne Des Entrepreneurs En Couverture (ACEC) was held April 5th and 6th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It featured the latest roofing products, processes and trends.
Attendance was up from the last time. Now in its 7th year, ROOFTech provides a "hands-on" educational experience on all aspects of roofing for contractors, building inspectors, engineers, property managers, architects and anyone directly involved with roofing construction and maintenance.
This year, it featured three seminars and six major demonstrations including informative and practical guides to Green Roofing, Steep Slope, Modified Bitumen Systems and more. Of particular interest were the sessions about Green Roofing, the next major trend in building design and construction. Green Roofing is becoming so popular that in November 2004, Federal Environment Minister Stephane Dion stated that he would like to plant trees and flowers on every federal building. Peter Kalinger, CRCA's Technical Director discussed green roofing in Canada during the April 5th seminar followed by a live demonstration of the practical construction of these structures.
ROOFTech 2005 placed special emphasis on green roofing and Canada's commitment to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and the recent adoption of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. These initiatives have put increasing pressure on contractors, specifiers and manufacturers to provide "Eco-efficient" roofing products and systems.
Supported by Gold Sponsors like IKO Industries Ltd., Firestone Building Products Company and other leading material and systems manufacturers this years show was worth the visit. Participants and attendees from across the continent made the show pleasurable and informative. This year the event was hosted by the Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association (OIRCA) and managed by York Communications.
The next ROOFTech is planned for Calgary in 2007 and will continue its unique and successful formula of combining a traditional exhibition format with seminars and demonstrations of actual roof system installations. The exposition will include over 100 exhibits and provide an ideal environment for all participants to stay informed about the latest developments in roofing technology.
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