By Colin Sheehan, RCS Reporter.
Cotney Attorneys & Consultants is a national law firm that represents construction businesses and professionals in legal disputes and transactions. However, their value to the roofing industry doesn’t end there – they are also behind a myriad of educational resources designed to help contractors succeed and stay on top of important legal changes that could affect their businesses.
Recently, Cotney Consulting Group CEO John Kenny virtually sat down with Pascal Civati of the International Federation for the Roofing Trade (IFD), to discuss the federation’s goals, practices and what their organization contributes to the trade.
“The IFD is a federation where we are associated with the national [organizations] and industry partners,” said Pascal. “We are working together, we are creating guidelines, new rules, where we try to improve the work of the crafts [people] all over the world.”
The IFD was founded in 1952 with the simple mission of improving the quality of work for the roofing trade across the globe. The organization developed from an international working community in Munich by four roofing professionals. Originally, their aim was to, “Exchange experiences and establish a common and strong representation of interests,” as is written on their website. Through half a century of existence, the Federation has become a needed link between the internationally affiliated organizations.
As it stands, the IFD represents a variety of professionals in the sphere of the trades, including professional and specialized associations, enterprises, producers and trade organizations. In the United States, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and Slate Roofing Contractors Assocation (SRCA) are among a few of IFD’s members.
“Together with all our members [we work] to create guidelines to [foster] quality [workmanship]. You may have the best product for the roof, but if the work is not in a quality which is needed, then it [will be unsuccessful],” said Pascal. “So this is always the most important [objective], to have good crafts [people], educated people, [who will] do a good job.”
Watch the entire video to learn more about the IFD and how it supports the global roofing industry.