Professional Writing and Seminars

Professional Writing and Published Works

BET&R's technical staff are often involved in research and technical projects which result in technical manuals, technical bulletins, research papers, or technical articles. Among completed research projects for which BET&R has delivered papers are the Midwest Roofing Contractors' Association Roof Coatings Analysis, Western States Roofing Contractors' Association's (WSRCA's) Polyisocyanurate Rigid Insulation Study in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and WSRCA's TPO Roof Testing and Research Project in conjunction with the National Research Council of Canada. BET&R is currently working with WSRCA's Waterproofing Committee in authoring the industry standard-setting Principals of a Successful Waterproofing Project. BET&R staff have also contributed numerous articles to Voices of the West and Professional Roofing magazines.

Among published works to which BET&R staff have contributed as authors, co-authors, or designers are:


  • The NRCA Roofing and Waterproofing Manual, Fourth Edition
  • The Handbook of Accepted Roofing Knowledge (HARK), the Low-Slope Text and The Steep Roofing Manual
  • The Low-Slope Membrane Roofing Construction Details Manual (Fourth Edition)
  • The Metal Roofing Manual, the Sprayed Polyurethane Foam-Based Roofing Manual, and the "Low-Slope Roofing Specifications"
  • The Waterproofing & Dampproofing Manual and The NRCA Energy Manual.
  • Tthe NRCA/SPRI Manual Roof Inspection, Maintenance, and Emergency Repair of Single-Ply Roofing Systems
  • The ARMA/NRCA/SPRI Repair Manual for Low-Slope Membrane Roof Systems
  • The WSRCA Roofing Details and Applications Manual
  • The Tile Roofing Institutes TRI/WSRCA Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual for Moderate Climate Regions.
  • The WSRCA's Principles of a Successful Below-Grade Waterproofing Project
  • Roofing Consultants Institute (RCI) 21st International Convention paper titled: "Performance Evaluation of Unexposed and Field-exposed Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) Roof Membranes" – 2006; by Jim Carlson, Ana H. Delgado, Ernie Rosenow, K.C. Barnhardt, and Ralph M. Paroli
  • 12th International Roofing and Waterproofing Conference, paper titled: "MRCA Roof Coatings Research" - A Progress Update - September 2002, Orlando, Florida; by James D. Carlson
  • 11th Conference on Roofing Technology paper titled: "Underlayment for Steep-Slope Roof Construction," September 21-22, 1995; Gaithersburg, Maryland; by James D. Carlson
  • 10th Conference on Roofing Technology, "Problems: Issues and Answers" paper titled: "Field Performance Research of APP Modified Bitumen Roof Membranes and Coatings", April 22-23, 1993; Gaithersburg, Maryland; by James D. Carlson
  • Conference of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Building Thermal Envelope Coordinating Council (BTECC), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) paper titled: "In-Situ Thermal Performance of APP-Modified Bitumen Roof Membranes Coated with Reflective Coatings," December 7-10, 1992; Clearwater Beach, Florida; by James D. Carlson

Seminars and Presentations

Building Envelope Technology & Research (BET&R) is frequently invited to participate in local and national industry events. Among presentations recently given by BET&R are:

  • Waterproof Membranes Conference: Trends and Technical Developments in the International Industry held in Düsseldorf, Germany (October 2009)
  • Montana Roofing Contractors Association's (MRCA) Convention and Trade Show (January 2012 and 2009)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Symposium on Repair, Retrofit and Inspection of Building Exterior Wall Systems (Atlanta, Georgia, 2006):
    • Presented presentation titled, Evaluation and Repair of Earthquake Damaged Historical Building Façade: A Case Study Including Stabilization, Evaluation, Historical Restoration, Life Safety and Hazard Mitigation, and Coordination with FEMA.
  • Roofing Contractors Association (RCA) of Nevada Luncheon (February 2009)
  • Colorado Roofing Contractors Association Luncheon (November 2008)
  • 7th Annual Hawaii Roof Consultants Institute's (RCI) IV Winter Workshop (January 2007)
BET&R has prepared annual presentations for the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) for the past 12 years, and is frequently invited to present seminars to local contractors regarding building envelope issues that may impact their businesses, some of these presentations include:

  • WSRCA TPO 10th-Year Report and Debut of WSRCA's New TPO Repair and Maintenance Guidelines Document (May 2011)

  • WSRCA's Western Roofing Expo 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada (June 2010):
    • Above-Grade Waterproofing Technology - Deck Coating and Reinforced Waterproofing Membranes: What You Need to Know
    • How the 2009 IBC Affects You and the Roofing Industry
    • Issues with Shingles Specified on Lower Slope Roofs
  • WSRCA Convention and Trade Show (June 2008)
    • WSRCA Convention and Trade Show (June 2008
    • WSRCA Convention and Trade Show (June 2008
  • WSRCA Convention and Trade Show (June 2007):
    • Principals of a Successful Waterproofing Project
    • Low-Slope Roofing Design

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