Continuing Education

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BURSI and Industry Events

We offer customizable education programs that are certified by American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI) and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). We offer anything from one-hour in-office “Lunch and Learns” to a 10-hour, multiple-day seminar, BURSI. Our Better Understanding of Roofing Systems Institute is the longest-running roofing system educational program. Please contact your local sales representative for more information on upcoming BURSI dates or visit our calendar to see the next educational seminar is in your area.

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upcoming events

on-demand WEBINARS


Use It or Lose It—Re-roof or Re-cover of Existing Roof Systems

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate an existing roof to determine long-term solutions: re-cover, replacement or coating.

  2. Explain the effects a re-cover or replacement decision will have on your existing system.

  3. Explain requirements to meet building code and manufacturers’ requirements.

  4. Compare different membrane and insulation product types for advantages and disadvantages.

bursi - How Multi-ply Membrane Systems Give Your Roof Extra Protection

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the history of modified bituminous roofing membranes, including how and why they came to be, focusing on market conditions and raw material availability and performance.

  2. Explain the four SBS system application methods and two APP system application methods and how a facilities location, project timeframe and site conditions could impact which method best fits your project.

  3. Gain an understanding of the physical performance of these roofing membranes, what drives that performance and the various choices available that differentiate the available products in the roofing system family.

  4. Match project design criteria, membrane options, application options and long-term performance to provide multiple solution offerings to your building owners and communicate the differences between these good, better or best type offerings.


Staying Up-to-Date with Low-Slope Roofing Trends, Standards and Innovations

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the benefits of the different roofing solutions available while gaining an understanding of the trends in the market for each and how they could impact your system selection.

  2. Explain ASCE 7, minimum design loads for buildings and other structures. How this standard has changed with the release of ASCE 7-16 and how roof design is impacted.

  3. Identify FM’s Very Severe Hail rating, where and why this is critical for roof design and how to identify roofing systems that meet this rating.

  4. Come up to speed on the most recent best practices and innovations for low-slope roofing. Understand how these are changing the design and installation of these systems.  


Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the different material types, properties and characteristics of TPO, PVC and EPDM roofing membranes.

  2. Describe the different system applications and performance characteristics.

  3. Identify the flashing designs for the different roof assemblies available.

  4. Explore how to match system and installation methods when considering which system would best fit your design criteria.


BURSI - Roofing System Selection and Design

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the criteria that plays a role in defining the proper roofing systems for client and site requirements.

  2. Recognize the right questions of clients to design the right roofing solution for their client and site requirements.

  3. Locate the correct resources, calculations and codes in order to design the proper roofing systems for client and site requirements.

  4. Communicate the reasons why certain systems are selected for certain reasons to clients.

  5. Explain the different types of roofing insulation with their merits and installation methods.

BURSI - Roof Insulation and Cover Board

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a better understanding of both high-density and low-density roofing insulation.

  2. Review thermal resistance design along with dew point calculation.

  3. Complete a comparative analysis of all primary low-slope roofing insulations and coverboards.

  4. Describe tapered insulation and system design.

Web Tools

We offer several design tools on our website. Be sure to check for product information, details, three-part specifications, codes and approvals.