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November 2017

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IL HB 732

The IL HB 732 (Roofing Licensure Exemption Clarification) cleared both the IL House and Senate and went into effect as Illinois law on November 8, 2017. 

What does HB 732, IL Public Act 100-0545 mean to you as a Roofing Contractor, Architect, Building Owner, Manager and most important Building Officials?

It limits the current exemption in the Illinois Roofing Industry Licensing for commercial and industrial building owner’s employees to only be able to perform roof repair without a license. "Roof Repair" was taken from the current International Building Code definition. Roof Repair is "reconstruction or renewal of any part of an existing roof for the purposes of its maintenance".  Roof repair based on HB 732’s language, it is now illegal for a building owner's employees to perform anything beyond "Roof Repair"…such as torching, roof recover, reroofing or roof replacement.  Those activities require that the building owner hire an Illinois licensed roofing contractor for these types of roofing activities.

Who is impacted?

  • Residential Occupancies: Language was added at the request of the Home Builders Association that this new legislation does not apply to residential property.  Residential property owners’ employees can continue to perform roofing without a Illinois Licensed Roofing Contractor. 
  • Commercial: While a commercial or industrial property owner can perform roofing without an Illinois Licensed Roofing Contractor on their property, their employees are only able to perform basic roof repair and are not allowed to do roof replacement or roof recover. This roofing work must be done by an Illinois Licensed Roofing Contractor.

CRCA Crane Survey

CRCA Members have voiced frustration of the low pass rate on the City of Chicago Crane written and practical exam and CRCA would like to help! A CRCA Chicago Crane Exam Survey which will be sent out to members. This survey will provide CRCA’s office with valuable input that will allow CRCA to provide specific data to the city. Keep an eye out in your inbox for the survey this month!

CRCA December Webinar

Register today for the December 7 CRCA Webinar "Understanding OSHA’s Multi-Employer Worksite Doctrine and Unforeseeable Employee Misconduct Defense." Don’t miss out - join us from 10-11 a.m.  

With construction booming, many roofing contractors find themselves struggling to provide enough labor at each project. As a result, more and more roofing contractors are engaging subcontractors to help with the current work load. Subcontracting work, however, does not absolve the roofing contractor of responsibility for safety under OSHA, even in a situation where all of the work is performed by a subcontractor. OSHA can issue a citation to the controlling employer, the correcting employer, and the creating employer, in addition to the exposing employer.

Don’t miss this session! Attorney Philip Siegel with Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel will present. Hendrick Phillips is the NRCA’s National Roofing Legal Resource Center’s attorney and the firm always provides great roofing industry speakers. Register now! 

CRCA Committee Appointments Starting

The CRCA President appoints all committee members to various committees. The 2018 CRCA President Troy Wormley has been hard at work recruiting members to work on CRCA’s Committees. If you get the tap on the shoulder to volunteer, just do it!  Committee members always get back a lot for participating in CRCA Committees. Interested but not been tapped yet? Email Alyssa at for more details.

2018 NRCA & IRE Planning Underway

The 2018 International Roofing Expo isn’t that far away. CRCA Leaders participate in NRCA Board activities including Luke Duffy, Doug Duncan, Alex Hernandez, George Patterson, Rod Petrick and Bill McHugh. Whether it’s the NRCA Board Meeting, IRE Programs on Structural Lightweight Concrete, CRCA is active locally and nationally.  


The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association held its Annual Conference in St. Louis this year. CRCA Board Members Laurie Moore and Jim Peterson both participated in the Conference.  Laurie and her son Jonah presented on a panel that featured family – parents and adult children – and the dynamics that go with working together. MRCA also honored John Daly, Kaw Roofing & Sheet Metal, Kansas City, KS, with its highest honor, the James Q. McCawley Award.

New Illinois Energy Code Coming

The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) is beginning the process for updating the Illinois Energy Code to the 2018 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  CRCA President George Patterson has been appointed by the CDB Executive Director to continue on the Illinois Energy Advisory Council. Teleconferences start in December for adoption of the 2018 IECC, expected sometime in early 2019.  The 2018 IECC R-Values for Rooftops is the same as the 2015 IECC.  We’ll be working heavily on relief for when conditions on existing buildings make the addition of massive amounts of insulation technically infeasible.

Welcome New Members

CRCA would like to welcome its newest members:

Owens Corning, Toledo, OH – Associate Member

Worthouse, Inc., Elk Grove Village – Associate Member

November Recap

CRCA November Membership Luncheon: Thank you to the 100 plus attendees who were at the CRCA November Membership Luncheon.  A special thank you to Jackie Hart and Roland Miles from Estimating Edge for speaking at the Luncheon and presenting on estimating in the new millennium.

Upcoming CRCA Events

CRCA Annual Awards Dinner: Each year, we celebrate the work of CRCA’s volunteer leaders through the CRCA Awards Dinner. This year, we have celebrities joining us. NRCA’s Chairman of the Board, Jim Barr, Barr Roofing, Abilene, TX and NRCA CEO Reid Ribble are making this year’s event. Jim and Reid will provide short remarks about how the industry is moving forward with the new “One Voice” initiative. Chicago Blues legend Buddy Guy’s daughter, Carlisle’s “NuBlu” Band will provide the entertainment.


CRCA Trade Show & Seminars: Join CRCA for the 35th Annual CRCA Trade Show and Seminars “Roofing Week in Chicago – 35 Years Strong” January 18-19, 2018. The education sessions begin on Wednesday, January 17 with the Chicagoland Women in Roofing and Emerging Leader session “Defining Career Path Strategies.” Thursday’s CRCA Roofing Industry Breakfast will give attendees a sample of the full range of all programming with the seminars beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing Friday. Come learn about Ventilation & Balance, Litigation from a Roofing Industry Perspective, I-9 Compliance, Safety, Insurance Claims Navigation, Structural Lightweight Concrete and ending with important code updates. Don’t miss this year’s show! Register today!

Save the Date


December 1: CRCA Annual Awards Dinner, The Drake Hotel, Oak Brook

January 18-19, 2018: CRCA Trade Show & Seminars, Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace


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