National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMIC) Director of Technology Soph Davenberry has been named co-chair of the Outreach and Marketing Committee of the newly formed nonprofit Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA).
Formed in January, RAiNA is a coalition of industry experts dedicated to providing a forum to discuss the latest topics impacting rainscreen assemblies and the necessary action to lead the industry into the future.
According to Davenberry, missed opportunities due to lack of communication between project owners, designers, contractors, project consultants, operations managers and the trades led to the creation of RAiNA.
“RAiNA values expertise across the board and will work to connect experts to drive the most effective outcomes,” Davenberry said. “This includes design professionals, enclosure consultants, testing agencies, manufacturers of various wall materials, contractors, etc.”
Dan McCallum, Funds executive director, also joined RAiNA as the co-chair for the Education and Training Committee.
“As industry partners, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation workers (SMART) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) are not only a bridge between the HVAC and building enclosure worlds, but also demonstrate the value of the symbiotic relationship for workers to be well trained and take pride in our work in exchange for equitable compensation,” Davenberry said.
“Our mission at NEMIC is to not only document the expertise of our workforce through certifications, but to advocate for the benefits SMART and SMACNA provide to a variety of decision makers. Through my participation and as a founding member of RAiNA, NEMIC is present at the base layers, in a collaborative effort to bring about better building performance because of the skills and expertise of our members and contractors.”