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Underwriters Laboratories tapped to provide educational programming for 2011 International Roofing Expo

August 30, 2010

UL Renews Participation in IRE Education Alliance to Share Research and Insights on Industry-Wide Safety and Sustainability Standards

NORTHBROOK, Ill., August 30, 2010 - Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in product safety testing and certification, standards development and research, today announced its participation in the 2011 International Roofing Expo (IRE) Education Alliance. UL's 2011 participation in the IRE Education Alliance will mark its sixth year sharing insights and expertise for the IRE's multi-track educational program covering technical issues, workplace safety, management, green building, finance, sales and general business. UL will help develop educational content for an expected 7,500 architects, facility managers, manufacturers and institutional, metal and residential contractors around safety and sustainability based on, testing and standards development efforts and UL-led research.

"As a leader in safety testing and standards development, UL can provide an insider's perspective into current safety, effectiveness and sustainability issues and solutions," said Kevin Faltin, Global Director, UL Building Materials & Suppression industries. "UL is committed to industry-wide educational efforts and we are pleased to have been invited to be part of the Education Alliance for the sixth consecutive year."

Underwriters Laboratories regularly works with the roofing industry to test and certify product safety and develop standards that evaluate and measure distinct characteristics regarding performance of roofing materials and systems. As a member of the Education Alliance, UL will join up to 20 other expert organizations, including copper, asphalt, tile and roofing trade associations in shaping the 2011 agenda. Expertise UL brings to the 2011 program includes results of fire-resistance testing, recent research on the impact of photovoltaic (PV) products on rated roofing systems and details of new industry-wide environmental standards for roofing materials. 

"The IRE is the industry's premier event for roofing professionals to learn and share best practices," said Donna Bellantone, Director of the International Roofing Expo. "The IRE Education Alliance brings the industry the most cutting-edge information.  With current knowledge of new materials and standards affecting the marketplace, UL is an important member of our expert team."

The International Roofing Expo takes place Feb. 16-18, 2011 in Las Vegas. In addition to moderating educational sessions, UL also will be exhibiting at the Expo in booth # 2034. More information about the IRE curriculum can be found at

About Underwriters Laboratories
UL is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for more than a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems from more than 66,000 manufacturers each year. In total, there are more than 20 billion UL Marks appearing on products worldwide. UL's global family of companies and network of service providers includes 68 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 102 countries. For more information, visit:

About the International Roofing Expo
The International Roofing Expo is the must-attend event for commercial and residential roofing professionals to stay abreast of market directions, trends and cutting-edge technology.  Formerly owned by NRCA, the show was sold to Hanley Wood Exhibitions in May 2004.  The official show sponsor is NRCA; the official show publication is Roofing Contractor; and the official residential publication is Replacement Contractor.    

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood, LLC is the premier media company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Exhibitions [Dallas] conducts events serving the industry's strongest market segments, including World of Concrete, one of the top 20 trade show events in the country.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is one of the ten largest B-to-B media companies in the United States. Hanley Wood is owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, which uses CCMP Capital Advisors to manage this investment.