A Through Z of Associations: Part 5

There are many associations that roofing manufacturers, contractors, and other industry professionals can be involved with. Some are technical and engineering-oriented; others are sales and networking associations; and some deal with each of these aspects in the roofing and construction industries.

This is the fifth in a series of posts that will discuss the various associations that benefit roofing manufacturers, contractors, and other industry professionals.


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation’s leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; to restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.

The ORNL has also completed in-depth research studies on the reflectivity of PVC roofing systems, and is currently studying vegetative systems along with collecting field data on the corrosion factors that affect ACQ treated lumber.


RCI, Incorporated (RCI) is an international association of professional consultants, architects, and engineers who specialize in the specification and design of roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall systems.

Since 1983, RCI members have offered design, repair planning, quality observance, legal testimony, and general roof management services. The 2006 inclusion of waterproofing and exterior walls in its mission and service scope reflects the understanding that roofing issues often influence the entire building envelope. Increasingly, RCI members are called upon to address building-wide concerns from below-grade to rooftop.


The Roofing Industry Committee of Weather Issues, Inc. (RICOWI) was established in 1990 as a nonprofit organization to identify and address important technical issues related to the cause of wind damage.

In 1996, RICOWI was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation devoted to research and education on wind issues. After reviewing the need for similar education and research in the areas of hail, energy-efficiency, and durability effects, the organization’s objectives were broadened in 1999 to include other weather topics, and “Wind” in RICOWI’s name was changed to “Weather” to reflect the expanded scope. RICOWI is assisted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.