IAPMO Uniform Evaluation Services (UES) last week attended the National Roofing Contractors Association’s 127th annual Convention and International Roofing Expo 2014, the preeminent roofing construction and maintenance event for roofing professionals to gather for face-to-face interaction, product review, education and networking. Held Feb. 26-28 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, the expansive show floor — which was sold out with more than 440 exhibitors — and extensive educational program provided a tremendous opportunity to discover the latest trends, advances in technology and best practices for business growth.
IAPMO UES representatives visited with exhibitors and manned a booth promoting UES’ services. A number of new clients committed to do business with UES, and existing clients brought additional evaluation report needs during the three-day event. The overwhelming sentiment was that UES’ demonstrated speed to the market is key to taking advantage of the market improvement.
“The expo was fantastic,” UES Director Richard Beck said. “UES was able to strengthen ties to current report holders and reach out to future report holders. We learned that the industry has taken notice of our ability to quickly move manufacturers’ innovative new products to market while performing a very rigorous review to ensure the highest quality.”
The IAPMO UES certification program is built upon IAPMO’s more than 70 years of experience in evaluating products for code compliance. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), IAPMO UES operates under ISO/IEC Guide 65, “General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems.”
IAPMO UES representatives attending the event were pleased with the responses of contractors and roofing professionals who visited their booth. Many exhibitors commented on the excellent attendance — which showed a significant increase over last year — and contractors expressed optimism that the industry is improving.
IAPMO coordinates the development and adoption of plumbing, mechanical, swimming pool and solar energy codes to meet the specific needs of individual jurisdictions both in the United States and abroad. IAPMO UES is one of the two prominent evaluation service providers (as noted by SEAOC, see uniform-es.org for details). IAPMO UES Evaluation Reports provide evidence that products and systems satisfy code requirements within the scope and conditions of use as noted in each report.
The 128th annual Convention and International Roofing Expo 2015 will be held Feb. 24-26, 2015, in New Orleans. For more information, visit www.nrca.net.
IAPMO Uniform ES evaluates building products, materials and designs according to all applicable codes and standards, ensuring continuous compliance to such documents. IAPMO Uniform ES is part of The IAPMO Group.