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Mark Graham, vice president
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mgraham@nrca.net


Mark S. Graham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. In 1984, he began his career in the roofing industry when he joined F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc. in Milwaukee as an estimator and project manager. In 1986, he joined Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., in Northbrook, Ill., as a project engineer specializing in the investigation, design and repair of roof and waterproofing systems.

Graham joined NRCA in 1993 and is responsible for the association's Technical Services Section. Responsibilities of this section include response to inquiries for technical information and assistance, serving as the association's technical liaison with outside organizations, and developing and maintaining the association's technical documents, including The NRCA Roofing and Waterproofing Manual. Graham is the staff liaison to NRCA's Technical Operations Committee and Manual Update Committee. He also is contributing editor for Professional Roofing magazine.

Graham is a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and is active in ASTM Committees D-8—Roofing and Waterproofing, C-16—Thermal Insulation, E-5—Fire Standards, and E-6—Performance of Buildings. He also is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc., International Code Council and National Fire Protection Association.

The following is a list of technical articles and papers written by Graham:

2017
Not quite measuring up

Recommendations for better shingling

Keeping out the air

Cover board considerations

The situation with steel decks

Polyiso recommendations

Steep-slope update

The fully adhered misnomer

2016
Understanding underlayments

An ASTM primer

A quest for clarity

Putting shingles to the test

New roofing rules

Keeping up to date

Updated guidelines

PIMA disagrees

Shingle specification

Considering the winds

A new consideration

Another Round

Revisiting mod bit testing

Staying up to date

2015
Know your options

Long-Term Reflective Performance of Roof Surfaces in the Chicago Area

The cutting edge

A call for collaboration

Understanding oil canning

Design challenges

Analyzing insulation payback

Single-ply advice

Specifying polystyrene

Understanding fire ratings

Testing R-values

Keeping up with I-codes

An updated standard

Concerns with steel roof decks

2014
Revisiting important issues

Ice damming season

Unvented, conditioned attics

Guidelines for attic ventilation

Complications for mechanically attached single-plies

Complying with ANSI/SPRI ES-1

Designing for rooftop safety

Roofing research findings

A question of accuracy

Updating energy codes

Specifying wind design

Quality-assurance guidelines

A discrepancy in polyiso's R-values

2013
A troubling issue

Fire classification changes

Maintaining residential roof systems

How hot is hot?

New LTTR values

Alternative asphalt shingle products

Understanding code requirements

Revising PV testing

Revising LTTR

Too many options

Specifying CERTA

Changes reduce some FM classifications

2012
Cold weather application

Reroofing requirements

Making sense of metal

Reasons for ongoing concern

A conversation about coatings

New guidelines for sheet-metal flashings

Understanding the New Green Building Code

Air barriers and the new energy code

Revised wind maps

R-value concerns

Putting mod bit to the test

The benefits of maintenance

A concern with fiberboard insulation

Roofing Building and Energy Codes are Changing

New information for a new year

Concrete deck dryness

2011
Changes in roofing requirements

A growing concern

Developments with TPO

Roofing and electrical conduit

A new EnergyWise

The shortcomings of using prescriptive specifications with emerging roof technologies

Repair guidelines for TPO membranes

Green code development update

Concerns with ASCE 7-10

Testing polystyrene's R-vlues

Energy codes and tapered insulation

A joint effort

TPO developments or lack thereof

The newest edition

Fire testing roof-mounted PV systems

2010
Revised R-values

Green code development

Fire testing slate

Testing vegetative roof systems

ANSI/SPRI RP-14

Issues with TPO membranes

ASHRAE 189.1

Guidelines for air barriers

R-value concerns

New CERTA guidelines

New fire classifications

Conserving energy

Green codes are coming

Moisture in concrete roof decks

New manual updated guidelines

Unintended consequences

2009
Comparing wind speeds and uplift pressures

Differentiating mod bit sheets

Understanding ANSI/SPRI ES-1

Is thicker better?

Chinese gypsum wallboard concerns

Concerns with Consumer Reports

FM 1-52 revised

Construction generated moisture

Building code compliance for green roof systems

A new wind design standard

Fastener corrosion and treated wood

Removing self-adhering membranes

Wind uplift of green roof systems - final report

Steep-slope deck materials

Fahrenheit 570

NRCA's 2009 manual

2008
Experiences with FM global guidelines

Unvented attics and shingle warranties

Unvented attics and shingle warranties

Concerns with impact testing

Concerns with cold-process adhesives

Increasing insulation

Other options

Concerns with FM 1-52 testing

Using ANSI/SPRI ES-1

SPRI WD-1

Rooftop photovoltaic applications

ASTM International symposium

NRCA's new manual

2007
Performance criteria update

FM 1-29 updated again

Changes to Energy Star

Using underlayment as a temporary roof

Code compliance for green roof systems

Selecting shingles for wind resistance

NRCA's new green roof systems manual

Update on fire testing

Asphalt shingle selection

Additional considerations for steel roof decks

Understanding wind resistant design

FM update

Roof deck: key to roof system performance

NRCA's wind-load calculator

The new manual

2006
Flash

ARMA's new manual

Analyzing self-adhering underlayments

Asphalt shingles tear strengths revisited

Concerns with field uplift testing

Specifying polyiso

FM 1-29 revisited

Edge metal flashings

Attaching plywood and OSB sheathing

Putting TPOs to the test

FM 1-29 updated

Winds of change

IBC 2006

Report on fire testing

BUR concerns

Updating the manual

Testing LTTR

2005
Cooling down Chicago

Do you overspecify?

Updating ASTM's polyiso standard

Considerations for green roofs

Update on building codes

Unvented conditioned attics

Cool roofing conference

FM Roof Nav

Enhancing wind resistances

Asphalt shingle standards and compliance

Study on roof system reflectivity and near surface air temperatures in Chicago Illinois

Treated wood and roof assemblies

The importance of proper roof slope

NRCA's new waterproofing manual

PIMA's advice about storage and handling

2004
Concerns with perlite board insulation

Roofs reflectivity listings

Hurricane Charley: A preliminary report

Keeping current with ratings

What will happen to aggregate?

Shingles' new wind resistance methodology

Asphalt shingle developments

Designing for torch safety

Insulation thickness tolerances

Building code update

Roofing research revealed

Maintaining metal roof assemblies

2003
Updating NRCA's manual

Nail pull out testing in plywood and OSB

TPO membrane standard

When do shingles comply?

Understanding fire ratings

Fundamentals of wind design

EPS is a closed-cell Foam / EDU got it backwards

IBC 2003 edition released

Cool roof rating council

Comparing polyiso R-values

Letter to PIMA regarding LTTR data

RoofWise - version 2.0

NFPA 5000 a new model building code

Concerns regarding NFPA 5000

Consolidation of code organizations

2002
Who's made the blowing agent conversion?

An end to a debate?

Updated steep slope standards

NRCA's performance standards initiative

The effects of moisture and heat on the tear strength of glass fiber-reinforced asphalt shingles

Are laminates tolerant?

What is BCEGS?

Reports on industry research

An EVT review

Polyiso update

Mold and the roofing industry

FM research approves NRCA details

Do TPOs comply?

Are fire ratings permanent

2001
IBC update

Testing the differences

ASTM polyiso standard updated

Roof insulation: Necessary or not?

Differences among steel roof decks

New ASTM roofing standards

Retrofitting wood panel roof decks

Letter to NRCA members regarding ASTM C 1289

Energy Star update

Material storage and handling

Are labels always accurate?

Revised thermal insulation requirements

Polyisocyanurate update

Materials guide changes

Maintaining the manual

Polyisocyanurate update

NRCA receives an approval listing

Principles of attic ventilation

Draft guidelines for torching and hot mopping to Dens Deck

2000
IWA research papers

Hail resistance guidelines

Fiber cement product performance

Discussion of building codes and standards applicable to roofing in the United States

Factory Mutual

Underwriters Laboratories

The background of NRCA's manual

New technical bulletins released

Minimizing SBS blistering

Reports of blistering are increasing

New building code offers unified standards

Asphalt shingle application tolerances

Continuing concern about polyiso

Preventing ice damming

1999
Revisions made to model building code

Maintenance is the key to performance

More information about research papers

Synopses of technical papers

BOCA's code changes affect the industry

ASTM: Standards for the roofing industry

Issues regarding polyiso insulation

EIFS: A cause for concern

Wind resistance of asphalt shingles

Who is in compliance?

Properties of rigid roof insulation

An update on direct-to-deck polystyrene insulation - technology today

Symposium offers technical information

Roofing materials and roof systems

Energy Star roof products program

1998
Wind resistance of aggregate surfacings

The importance of proper slope

Wind resistance of contractor fabricated metal panel systems

Standards for polymer-modified bitumen sheet products

Test cuts are not quality assurance

Identifying the differences

Concern with fiberglass shingles

Determining a roof system's energy efficiency and cost

Guidelines provide basis for quality assurance

1997
Manual provides thermal analysis guidelines

Building code revisions influence roof system design

Polymer modified bitumens offer broad product diversity

Manual provides waterproofing guidelines

1996
Project Pinpoint data reveal roof systems' strengths and limitations

Guidelines for ice dam protection

Buckling of plywood roof decks

Short of replacing the deck can a buckled plywood deck be repaired?

Changes to BOCA's code impact roofing

Codes now mandate minimum requirements for thermal insulation

Quality control for built up roofing

Is it appropriate to perform a field wind uplift test as a quality control measure?

1995
Determining R-values for tapered roof insulation systems

Opportunities for the use of superinsulations in roof applications

Considerations for steel deck roof

What type of finish is recommended for replacement steel deck: primed, painted or galvanized

Adequate attic ventilation critical for performance - Q & A

Considerations for concrete roof decks

ASTM provides material standard for roofing slate

1994
Stone ballast size gradation is expanded

Three tab asphalt shingle - Closed cut method of installing valleys

Cutting of asphalt shingles for closed cut valley

Wind speed is not directly reflected by FM designation

Maximum height recommendation composition flashing- Q & A

Is there a maximum flashing height

RIC/TIMA 28-1 available

Analytical approach needed when comparing mod bit products

R-value recommendation will apply until new standard is completed

Maximum number of recover before tear off

Manufacturers differ on minimum slope

Common roof edge drainage detail not included in construction details

Repair of detached wall base flashing

Use of temporary roof membrane can save time and money

Use of a temporary roof membrane can save time and money





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