October 22, 2008

James Baker
(202) 207.1114

New Coalition Formed to Address Residential Roof Ventilation

[Washington, DC]  — The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) along with six key industry roofing ventilation companies joined together to form the Roof Assembly Ventilation Coalition (RAVC). Based in Washington, DC, the RAVC is a coalition created under the umbrella of ARMA to help identify sound science regarding steep-slope roof ventilation.

The Coalition emerged out of a need for a better understanding of roof ventilation and material performance as it relates to the code and regulatory bodies and other forums. The Coalition will act as the voice of the industry, while identifying areas which need additional research compiled. The Coalition intends to communicate state of the art developments in roof ventilation while educating specifiers, builders, architects, engineers, building code officials, municipalities, the public and other parties as to the benefits of proper roof ventilation.

The Charter Members of the Coalition are Diversi-Plast, Inc., of Minneapolis, MN; Benjamin Obdyke of Horsham, PA; Lomanco of Jacksonville, AR; Hunter Panels, Inc, of Portland, ME; Metal-Era, Inc., of Waukesha, WI; Air-Vent, Inc., of Dallas, TX; Canaplas/Duraflo, of Canada.

ARMA’s Director of Industry Affairs, James Baker, said, “The response from these manufacturers has been outstanding in stepping up to the plate and developing a coalition of companies with a united goal of filling a long overlooked void in the roofing industry and ARMA is pleased to be associated with the Coalition and looks forward to a long and prosperous working relationship.”

The Coalition will be the established voice of an industry which has previously not been represented in the roofing community and will advocate on behalf of roof assembly ventilation stakeholders when steep slope roof assembly ventilation is considered.

About the Roof Assembly Ventilation Coalition
The Roof Assembly Ventilation Coalition mission is to study, monitor, and promote the interests of steep slope roof assembly ventilation through sound theory backed by scientific data. For more information please contact James Baker at 202-207-1114 or email