ROOFTech 2013 Toronto, April 23 and 24

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            Canadian national roofing exposition to attract thousands for exhibits, forums and demonstrations unavailable anywhere else

Ontario Construction Report special feature

ROOFTech 2013, the Canadian Roofing Exposition, provides a special opportunity for roofing contractors, suppliers and manufacturers to congregate, learn, do business and build relationships.

The event, Canada’s only national roofing industry show scheduled for April 23 and 24 at the Toronto International Centre, only occurs in Toronto once every six years.

Canadian Roofing Contractors’ Association (CRCA) executive director Bob Brunet says the show, held every two years, rotates between Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

“Wherever we take the show, people come out,” he said. “This is the only Canadian roofing expo so it provides the exhibits, educational forums and demonstrations people can’t get anywhere else.

“This year the event has been relocated, from our traditional location in downtown Toronto, to the International Centre. This site has better airport access, free parking and outdoor exhibit space, which we don’t normally get. People are already sending us very positive feedback on this.”

ROOFTech committee chair Peter Serino, says show organizers have already sold 95 per cent of the 175 exhibit spaces and will likely be the largest ROOFTech ever.  “We have an international flair with companies from the U.K., Belgium and the United States,” he said. “The outdoor component is somewhat weather dependent but we’re hoping it will allow us to do things we haven’t before.”

Seminars on topics like Factory Mutual (FM) approvals (third-party global commercial and industrial property insurance certification) and the realities of re-roofing vegetative roofs have been schedule. There will be demonstrations for green and built-up roofing, and light-weight insulated cellular concrete. “Our steering committee is made up of industry suppliers and manufactures and they’ve driven the seminars and demonstrations to provide people with informative topics of real interest,” Serino said.

Government organizations and provincial roofing associations such as the Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association are also participating, enhancing the networking opportunities.

Brunet, who became the CRCA executive director five months ago, says these opportunities help keep the industry strong. “Roofing has become less labor oriented and on the commercial side, is more technology influenced. One of the fastest growing aspects is solar and other green technologies. Shows like this give people the information and visual demonstrations they need to succeed.”

Brunet added that there is nothing in the current edition of the National Building Code of Canada specifically aimed at vegetated roofing assemblies. He said the CRCA, in collaboration with the National Research Council and several vegetated roof suppliers, is working to establish a research project to help establish benchmark criteria for them.

The show, which typically attracts between 2,000 and 2,500 attendees, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For more information, visit http://www.rooftech.ca/2013.

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