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Spring 2019 Events

RICOWI Sponsoring Organizations and Affiliate Members are pleased to invite you to join us for the spring 2019 events in Orlando, Florida.

Hurricane Michael Inspection Results
Dave Roodvoets / DLR Consulting

Have the newer building codes have influenced roofing performance in wind storms? To learn about this RICOWI sent 4 teams to Panama City FL. Oct.25-27 2018 to inspect roof damage due to the Category 4 winds of Hurricane Michael. This presentation will provide summaries of the inspections. The inspections concentrated on buildings that were roofed since the mid 90's and covered all types of roofs in the impacted area. A key point in all of the RICOWI wind damage research has been, what failed first, the findings will be applied to suggest solutions to prevent the onset of wind damage problems.

Hail and Wind Damage to Commercial Properties: A Review of the Last 3 Years of Events
Parthiv Dangodara / AIG

The last few years have seen very active hail and hurricane seasons resulting in major damage to commercial properties. How have commercial properties performed relative to expectations? Were losses lesser or greater than expectations? Have the building codes evolved sufficiently to address the wind and hail hazards? Have the trends in construction materials, methods, and practices affected the extent of losses? This presentation will provide some perspective to these questions from one of the largest commercial property insurers.

Rooftop Fire Resistance - Lessons from the 2017 Northern California Fires and Elsewhere
Phil Dregger / Salas O'Brien

New roof coverings are required to pass certain fire resistance tests; as they should be. Investigations following the 2017 Northern California fires, however, reminded us that damage to roof coverings during a fire often depends on conditions not addressed by standard tests of fire resistance. In addition, it turns out that something as simple as adding insulation as part of a reroof project can compromise the fire-resistance of a rated assembly.

Learning Objectives - By the end of this presentation attendees will understand:

  • What UL 790 (ASTM E108) fire-resistance tests tell you and what they don't.
  • How relatively small embers can burn down several inches into a Class A fire rated roof covering.
  • How fire-fighting activities can inadvertently "damage" portions of roofs not damaged by fire.
  • Code requirements regarding adding any material to a fire-resistance rated assembly that could change it capacity to dissipate heat (e.g., adding insulation to "thin" concrete deck assemblies)

Investigations Of Roofing Performance In 2018 Hurricanes
Arn Womble / IBHS
Chuck Miccolis / IBHS

The devastating hurricanes of 2018 underscore our nation's vulnerability to severe wind and cataclysmic flooding, and the importance of resilience to reduce damage and disruption. The IBHS Post-Disaster Investigation Team conducted wind damage assessments following Hurricanes Florence and Michael in Fall 2018. The investigations targeted FORTIFIED residences and neighboring residences in areas that experienced a variety of maximum wind speeds in coastal North Carolina (Hurricane Florence) and along the Florida Panhandle coast (Hurricane Michael). The team also investigated wind damage to commercial structures affected by Hurricane Michael. This session will share observations from residential and commercial structures from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, discuss lessons learned, and identify solutions (such as the IBHS FORTIFIED program) to rebuild better and to mitigate damage from future hurricanes.

No Fastener Left Behind: A Look at the Effect of Installation and Maintenance on Hurricane Roof Damage
Derek Stedman / RMS

Roof cover types, installation and maintenance are highly variable. Different regions adhere to different codes and building practices, which have changed over time. Even within the same region, different contractors have different installation practices and methods. When a hurricane hits, these differences lead to significant variability in the observed damage. Additionally, no two hurricanes have the same impact due to differences in duration, wind speed and rain intensity etc. These physical factors impact the overall performance of roofs in varying degrees. This presentation focuses on observations from recent U.S. hurricanes with respect to differences in observed damage due to differing installation and maintenance of various types of roofs as well as the physical nature of the hurricane event. This information will then be discussed in terms of how these differences are quantified in a catastrophe model for loss estimation.

Event Agenda
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pmFoundation Board Meeting
6:30pm - ?Optional group dinner — gather in lobby
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
7:00am - 8:30amBoard of Directors
8:45am - 9:45amClimate Resilience Committee
10:00am - 11:00amUnderlayment Committee
11:00am - 11:15amBreak
11:15am - 12:15pmHIP / WIP Committee
12:15pm - 1:15pmLunch
Membership / Promotion Committee
1:15pm - 2:15pmCode Committee
2:30pm - 3:00pmRICOWI Annual General Meeting
3:00pm - 3:15pmBreak
3:15pm - 4:45pmRICOWI Membership Meeting
6:00pm - 6:15pmGather in lobby — depart at 6:15pm
7:30pm - 10:00pmGroup Event at Sleuth's Mystery Dinner show
Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:30am - 8:30amRegistration: Continental Breakfast
Education Committee
8:30am - 8:45amOpening Remarks
8:45am - 9:45amHurricane Michael Inspection Results
Dave Roodvoets / DLR Consulting
9:45am - 10:45amHail and Wind Damage to Commercial Properties: A Review of the Last 3 Years of Events
Parthiv Dangodara / AIG
10:45am - 11:00amBreak
11:00am - 12:00pmPresentation
Thomas Sputo
12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch
Conference Committee
1:00pm - 1:45pmRooftop Fire Resistance - Lessons from the 2017 Northern California Fires and Elsewhere
Phil Dregger / Salas O'Brien
1:45pm - 2:00pmBreak
2:00pm - 2:45pmInvestigations Of Roofing Performance In 2018 Hurricanes
Arn Womble / IBHS
Chuck Miccolis / IBHS
3:00pm - 4:30pmNo Fastener Left Behind: A Look at the Effect of Installation and Maintenance on Hurricane Roof Damage
Derek Stedman / RMS
5:30pm - ?Gather in lobby for optional group dinner
Friday, March 15, 2019
7:30am - 4:30pmArea tours (optional)

Registration Forms and Information
Register Online
Download a registration form ( .pdf )
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
Registration Information

Seminar Fees
Fee (US $) Early Registration After February 13th
Member $325.00 $350.00
Non-Member $425.00 $450.00

Cancellations after February 13, 2019 are subject to $75.00 fee; no shows are non-refundable.

Additional Information

For additional information, or if you are interested in sponsorship opporunities, contact RICOWI's Executive Director

Hotel Information

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

Reservations:
Online or call 1-866-966-6338

Reserve through February 13, 2019 to get the group rate of $209.00 for single/double occupancy. Each additional person is $20.00.

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