Public Roofing Oversight

FACTS about Public Roofing Procurement, and Oversight. Copyright 2010 by Robert R. Solomon

Monday, March 29, 2021

ROOFING "Wall of Shame", and "Hall of Fame". Where will you fall?

 To all good people:

Soon, I will offer a better search dialogue so you can better access posts relevant to your specific interests, and needs.

At the moment, am compiling a list of firms who deserve your consideration, and why.  A "Hall of Fame", and a "Wall of Shame'  It will be based  upon Public Record, and my 45+ years of experience, NOT "OPINION".

I've been taught to never argue a point based upon "Emotion", or "Financial Gain"", and take that to heart.

NOTE:  Retired 2003, do not solicit nor accept compensation or personal advancement of any kind.

Please understand that I research "Publicly Funded Roofing Projects", so will not be listing Privately owned scenarios, like residential roofing, or privately held firms.  I may touch upon Residential Warranties, what they mean, and how to submit them.

"Private Owners" worked for the money, and have every right to do with it as they please.  Absolutely none of my business, nor should it be.  A Private Owner can roof their building in seal fur for all I care.

A bit graphic, but you get the idea.

"Publicly Funded" Projects are my business because you, and I worked for the money, and have a right to "Compete" for our own tax dollars.  The government does not own anything, and has no right to "Exclude" qualified, fiscally sound, bidders.

Sounds simple doesn't it?  Right now, I can show it happening in all 50 states, the United Kingdom, who's doing it to you, and how.  

It is not their job to pick winners and losers, but to be responsible stewards of TAXPAYER money.  For that, they must receive "Serviceability, and Value", and a guarantee the taxpayers not be held responsible for failure to complete.

We'll talk about how to do that in a very inexpensive way.  Performance and Payment bonds are a very cheap insurance to safeguard against this.  We'll estimate that cost to be 2%, and will also cull the herd of pretenders.

School maintenance budgets are being decimated by a form of "Bid Rigging" where the outcome is "predetermined".   You'll find out who they are soon enough.

I've been through a great deal of suffering to bring you this information, but consider it my civic responsibility.  The fact is, I know the game better than the ones who play it, and if I can help your school district (or any other public facility), will be overjoyed to help you.


NOTE:  Retired 2003, do not solicit nor accept compensation or personal advancement of any kind.

I do not "Play Favorites", all things being equal.  The fact that I've refused a paycheck for 18 years, in favor of my "Independence" should tell you something.

It is my privilege to serve you.

I research, and write this material for YOU, people just like you, and with great alacrity.   Many thousands of hours have been spent in research for this purpose.  Every word I say is backed by public record.

The "Lists" will be updated periodically as additional data is available to me.

If anyone disputes my findings, you may contact me directly, and tell me where I'm wrong.  Constructive criticism is encouraged, and welcomed.  PLEASE make statements of FACT, because I cannot argue "OPINION".

NEVER do I discuss Material Manufacturer product quality, but I do analyze "Manufacturer Warranties", and what they mean.  I think you will glean important information from this data, and will better understand what you are "Buying", and "Not Buying".

It can be difficult for the layman to navigate the warranty maze, but want to translate the verbiage in "Point Blank" terms.  Fair enough? 

For what it's worth, hope you end up on the "Hall of Fame" list, and it's very important you know I have no "Axe to grind".  A breach of your trust would be unspeakably ugly, and my reputation ruined.

Here, we tell the truth, and back it up.

Reject negativity in all forms, and always remember to keep looking "UP".


Robert R. Solomon

Public Roofing Oversight

CCC 1325620

Friday, March 26, 2021

Using National Cooperative Contracts:

Using National Cooperative Contracts: Application of P.L. 2011, c.139 Introduction

The recently passed P.L. 2011, c.139 (the “Law” or “Chapter 139”) allows local contracting units to utilize national cooperative contracts as a method of procurement.  

The Division of Local Government Services has consulted with the Division of Law, the Division of Purchase and Property (DPP), and the Office of the State Comptroller in reviewing the Law and its relationship to existing procurement statutes and regulations.  

This Local Finance Notice provides guidance to contracting units seeking to implement the new national cooperative contracting option. 

While the guidance in this Notice has specific application to contracting units subject to the Local Public Contracts Law (“LPCL”) and boards of education under the Public School Contracts Law (“PSCL”), it has general application to all local government contracting units.  

Agencies should review this guidance in context of the new Law and their own procurement laws and regulations to ensure consistency in application.

Contracting units should carefully review this guidance, state laws affecting the agency’s contracting authority, and relevant case law affecting the use of national cooperatives. 

Utilizing national cooperative contracting, in certain circumstances, may make the procurement process more efficient and provide cost savings. Contracting units are advised; however, to not only review this guidance, but also be mindful of New Jersey laws affecting the agency’s contracting authority and relevant case law affecting the use of national cooperatives.
This notice covers the following subjects: A. General Statutory Authority B. Contracting Unit Policy Considerations C. Types of National Cooperatives D. Legal Interpretations Concerning National Cooperative Contracts E. Legal Requirements to Use a National Cooperative Contract F. Limitations, Fiscal, and Reporting Requirements G. Appendix A. Model “Notice of Intent to Award Contract under a National Cooperative       Purchasing Agreement” B.  Purchasing Agent’s Guide to Using National Cooperative Contracts

Distribution Municipal and Freeholder Clerks Municipal and County Chief Financial Officers Authority and Fire District Boards of Commissioners
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A. General Statutory Authority
Chapter 139 added the following language to subsection (b) of N.J.S.A. 52:34-6.2:
     (3)   Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, any contracting unit authorized to purchase goods, or to contract for services, may make purchases and contract for services through the use of a nationally-recognized and accepted cooperative purchasing agreement that has been developed utilizing a competitive bidding process by another contracting unit within the State of New Jersey, or within any other state, when available.  Prior to making purchases or contracting for services, the contracting unit shall determine that the use of the cooperative purchasing agreement shall result in cost savings after all factors, including charges for service, material, and delivery, have been considered.

     For purposes of this paragraph, “contracting unit” means any county, municipality, special district, school district, fire district or any board, commission, committee, authority or agency, which is not a State board, commission, committee, authority or agency, and which has administrative jurisdiction over any district, included or operating in whole or in part, within the territorial boundaries of any county or municipality which exercises functions which are appropriate for the exercise by one or more units of local government, and which has statutory power to make purchases and enter into contracts awarded by a contracting agent for the provision or performance of goods or services.

The second section makes clear that the Law applies to a wide range of local contracting units.  The first section provides the operative language that these agencies must apply to their circumstances.
In context of the LPCL and PSCL, the provisions of this notice apply when the aggregate value of the goods or services (see N.J.A.C. 5:34-8.2) exceeds the contracting unit’s bid threshold.  When the aggregated value of goods and services is below the contracting unit’s bid threshold, a national cooperative contract can be used subject to a contracting unit’s political contribution disclosure (pay-toplay) requirements when soliciting quotations.  

Depending on the circumstances, an award under a national cooperative contract may occur without governing body approval.   B. Contracting Unit Policy Considerations 1) Local officials continue to have responsibility to choose vendors in an open and transparent manner to ensure public confidence in the integrity of government spending.

2) Contracting officials should consider that procurement decisions often try to balance a low price (economy) and an efficient and appropriate procurement process.  If a national cooperative contract is chosen, the calculation of cost savings must be documented.

3) When using online ordering systems, local officials must put in place appropriate internal controls to ensure quote and bid aggregation thresholds are maintained, encumbrances are established, purchases are documented, and that an audit trail exists.

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4) Using a national cooperative contract before an existing contract has expired could constitute a breach of contract, depending on contract terms. C. Types of National Cooperatives

There are generally two different types of organizations (“national cooperatives”) that award “nationally-recognized and accepted cooperative purchasing agreements” (“national cooperative contracts”).  

The first is an organization (profit or not-for-profit) that coordinates and aggregates contracts from different state and local governments and promotes their use.  Such organizations often include a “marketing fee” built into the bid price, which is used to support their marketing efforts and/or provide revenue to the public agency issuing the contract.  

These types of national cooperatives often have websites enabling contracting units to contact vendors who have contracts, obtain contract terms and conditions, and instructions on joining the organization.

The second type of national cooperative is a state, regional, or single government agency that awards contracts for its own use and is authorized under its own laws to extend those contracts to other government agencies.  This is similar to the N.J. Division of Purchase and Property’s Cooperative Purchasing Program for New Jersey contracting units.  These agencies may also charge a marketing or service fee and have a website, though membership is not usually required.  D. Legal Interpretations Concerning National Cooperative Contracts

Consider the following elements in making decisions to use a national cooperative contract.

1) General interpretation:  The use of the term “notwithstanding any other law to the contrary” in this statute means that public bidding is not required when using a national cooperative contract. However, national cooperative contracts are still subject to procurement laws and rules that apply to all other contracts awarded by a New Jersey contracting unit.

For example, like all other contracts of a local unit or board of education, governing body approval is required when the value of the contract exceeds the agency’s bid threshold.  Internal control practices, along with other requirements such as affirmative action compliance, submission of a business registration certificate, statement of corporate ownership, and other routine submission and compliance requirements are not eliminated under the Law and national contractors are obliged to meet these requirements.

Please note that contracting units under the LPCL and PSCL do not have authority to negotiate terms and conditions of national cooperative contracts. 
2) National cooperative contract standards: The following three requirements make a contract part of a national cooperative: a. The national cooperative contract must have been awarded through a “competitive bidding process” that complies with the laws covering the issuing entity.  In this context, a
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“competitive bidding process” requires open competition, or competition among those qualified or pre-qualified, submission of bids, and awarded pursuant to a “lowest responsible”, “most advantageous to the public entity, price and other factors considered”, or other similar standard employed by a public entity.  This excludes contract awards based on unadvertised, “invitation only,” negotiated, local preference, or sole source procurement practices.

b. The contract being awarded pursuant to the national cooperative model must have been awarded by a contracting unit as defined in  c. 139, and cannot have been awarded by a non-profit or private organization, even if a member of the cooperative.  Stated differently, Chapter 139 only permits contracting units to access national cooperative contracts that were solicited by another “contracting unit” as defined by the statute. 

c. The original bid must have been advertised as a national cooperative contract (or a regional contract that includes New Jersey in its region) – not as a strictly local contract that is made “national” or “regional” after the receipt of bids.  This is required so that vendors that bid on these contracts know the scope of government agencies outside of the issuing agency that could potentially use the contract.  Such information can affect pricing and the range of bidders.  E. Legal Requirements to Use a National Cooperative Contract  

Depending on the source of the contract (a national organization or a state government), the following New Jersey legal requirements must be met by contracting units planning to use a national contract.  

1) Documentation requirements:  The contracting unit must verify that vendors on a national cooperative contract comply with applicable New Jersey procurement documentation requirements.  For example, vendors will need to comply with the following New Jersey laws by submitting the required forms to the New Jersey contracting unit as if the contract was originally awarded by that contracting unit: 
i. New Jersey Business Registration Certificate for the contractor and any subcontractors (i.e., copy of certificate) ii. Statement of Corporate Ownership (an original form prepared for the contracting agency awarding the contract) iii. Public Contract EEO Compliance (Employee Information Report form or proof of participation in a federally approved affirmative action program) iv. 

A non-collusion affidavit (only if required by a local unit) Purchasing agents should review national cooperative procurements to ensure compliance with any other laws that may apply.  Electronic copies are acceptable for forms not requiring an original signature.

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 “Cost-savings” determination: The Law requires that a contracting unit can use national cooperatives only when the contracting unit determines “that the use of the cooperative purchasing agreement shall result in cost savings after all factors, including charges for service, material, and delivery, have been considered.”  

Considering a  Division of Purchase and Property procurement, which applies a similar standard for cooperative contract participation (most cost-effective), a court has agreed that the contracting unit need not do an advertised procurement, in order to compare the prices obtained with the cooperative prices.  Nonetheless, the statute still requires “cost savings” be demonstrated in some fashion.  Suggested methods of demonstrating cost-savings include. 

i. Comparing current State contract pricing, available to other government entities, to that of the proposed national cooperative.  ii. Comparing pricing for comparable goods or services under the contracting unit’s current contracts or contracts available to it (i.e., New Jersey government based cooperative purchasing programs) to that of the proposed national cooperative.. iii. Comparing recently procured comparable contracts entered by other public entities to that of the proposed national cooperative.  

Other factors that should be considered as part of the analysis of whether there is a cost-savings. iv. The ability to avoid the cost and time of a separate procurement v. Lower minimum purchase requirements at a lower price that allows for the public entity to purchase the needed quantities and avoid storage costs.   vi. Additional costs which have been factored in before contract award, such as: a. Administrative cost factors required to participate in the cooperative agreement b. Shipping costs, if any c. Vendor rebates

The contracting unit is ultimately responsible for developing its own procedures for implementing and documenting the due diligence necessary to reach a cost savings determination that survives legal scrutiny.  The documentation, which would be reviewed as part of an audit, and which is subject to disclosure under the Open Public Records Act, should be kept on file as part of the award package.  

Whatever factors the contracting unit uses in determining the cost effectiveness of a national contract, the court cases referred to below in Subsection 4 strongly suggest that documentation of the cost saving determination is a necessary and vital prerequisite to a contracting unit’s award of a national cooperative contract under Chapter 139. 

Before using a national cooperative contract, the contracting unit should first check with the Division of Purchase and Property to determine if the contract was awarded as a State contract and is open to use by local governments by cooperative partners. In such a situation, the contracting unit is not making an award under Chapter 139.  
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1) Political contribution disclosure: National cooperative contracts are also subject to New Jersey’s Pay-to-Play laws.  New Jersey contracting units have different rules to apply as follows:

a) Agencies subject to the Local Public Contracts Law (municipalities, counties, local authorities, etc.) are subject to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 and 20.5 (pay-to-play laws).  These laws require all contracts (over $17,500) to be entered into through a fair and open process, or otherwise be subject to contribution disclosure rules.  In this case, the contracting unit awarding the contract must comply with these laws.  The contracting unit using the contract must verify that the “competitive bidding process” used by the issuing agency (see D-2 above) met the fair and open definition of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.7 (below, formatted for clarity):

“Fair and open process" means, at a minimum, that the contract shall be:  i. Publicly advertised in newspapers or on the Internet website maintained by the public entity in sufficient time to give notice in advance of the contract;  ii. Awarded under a process that provides for public solicitation of proposals or qualifications; iii. Awarded and disclosed under criteria established in writing by the public entity prior to the solicitation of proposals or qualifications; and  iv. Publicly opened and announced when awarded.  The decision of a public entity as to what constitutes a fair and open process shall be final. In most cases this standard would be met by obtaining information from the issuing agency or national cooperative administrator about the bidding process that was used.  If the bidding process did not meet the above definition of a “fair and open” process, the vendor would have to submit a Business Entity Disclosure Certificate (BED-C) and Political Contribution Disclosure (PCD) form to the contracting unit as required by pay-to-pay laws.  Otherwise, a contract cannot be executed.

Similarly, a contracting unit that desires to use a national contract for “window contracts,” those contracts that are between $17,500 and the contracting unit’s bid threshold, can treat a national contract like any other window contract procurement.  A national contract can be used if it is found to be “most advantageous, price and other factor considered” and that the contract was awarded in a fair and open process by the issuing agency as described above. 

b) Boards of education under the Public School Contracts Law are not subject to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5; they must, however, follow the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-6.3.  Among other matters, this rule requires boards of education to comply with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.26.  Also required in N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-6.3 is submission of political contribution lists by all contractors awarded contracts,
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including those that are publicly bid.  This will likely require the contractor to submit supplemental documents to the contracting unit.  Without the documentation the contract cannot be executed.  These requirements also apply to charter schools.  
2) Legal advertising requirements: While not referenced in Chapter 139, recent case law involving the use of national contracts by the Division of Purchase and Property (“DPP”) strongly suggests that a contracting unit must provide public notice to current contract holders and prospective bidders of their decision to utilize a national cooperative purchasing agreement that would otherwise require public bidding1. 
Given the similarities in the statute reviewed by the courts and Chapter 139, a contracting unit is advised to employ notice practices similar to those in the formal bidding process before passing a resolution to award a national cooperative contract above the contracting unit’s bid threshold.  

A contracting unit that employs notice practices different than provided herein should check with its attorney to ensure that notice practices utilized will survive judicial scrutiny.  There is no need for such notices when a contracting unit joins or uses another authorized New Jersey cooperative contract.

The advised notice practices include the contracting unit providing notice of its intent to utilize a national cooperative contract with a sufficient time period for a vendor to offer alternative approaches.  This notice should be treated like any other procurement legal notice and must be printed in an official newspaper (similar to advertisements to receive bids) with at least 10 days’ notice before the next action is taken.  The Division suggests a public notice template that contains the following elements (a sample is included as Appendix “A” of this Notice):

“Notice of Intent to Award a Contract under a National Cooperative Purchasing Agreement”:    i. Name of the entity that awarded the contract ii. Title of contract (description of the contract, i.e., office supplies) iii. A web link to where the contract can be viewed online iv. Length of contract (must be consistent with length of public contracts law regulating the contracting unit) v. A statement naming the vendor to whom the contracting unit intends to award the contract vi. A statement of the authority under which the contract is being awarded; generally this will be N.J.S.A. 52:34-6.2(b)(3) vii. A notice of when the comment period ends

                                                 1 In the Matter of Protest of Award of N.J. State Contract A71188 for Light Duty Automotive Parts, 422 N.J. Super. 275 (App. Div. 2011); In the Matter of Challenge of the State’s Award of Contract to Staples Business Advantage, decided Aug. 25, 2011  (Appellate Division, unpublished; Docket # A-0476-09T2).
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 Once the notice is published, the contracting unit should also post the notice on its local website.  At this stage, the contracting unit should have prepared the appropriate documentation to support the award (as described in section E of this Notice).

3) Miscellaneous requirements:
a. National cooperative membership: Often the contracting unit may be required to join or become a member of the entity.  If a contracting unit is using a national cooperative contract, it must follow the national organization’s instructions for joining or becoming a member prior to using a contract awarded by the organization.  Under all circumstances, a copy of that documentation should be kept on file for audit trail purposes.   

Depending on the degree of authority given to a contracting unit’s purchasing agent, the governing body of said unit may need to approve membership in the national cooperative.  Authorization to join a national cooperative can be included in the same resolution as that awarding a national cooperative contract. b. Time limits: 

The contracting unit should be aware that its agreements with vendors under a national cooperative contract will expire when the original issuing agency’s contract expires.  Unless the national organization or sponsoring contracting unit extends the contract, the contracting unit will have to rebid or otherwise make alternative arrangements for procuring the goods or services. c. Both the contractor and the contracting unit must meet the requirements of any other laws that may cover a given contract, including, for example, “Buy American” requirements and length-of- contract limitations.   

d. Pricing must be for a known period, and contracts with prepayments or down-payments are not permitted (unless otherwise permitted by New Jersey law).   e. The contracting unit is responsible for determining what documents are needed for a given procurement.  F. Limitations, Fiscal, and Reporting Requirements 1) Not applicable to public works/construction contracts: The use of national cooperative contracts only applies to contracts for goods and services; it does not apply to “public works” or construction contracts.  

This prohibition may affect a contracting unit that plans to construct or install turf and synthetic turf fields, masonry, fencing, roofing, or indoor carpet flooring projects.  There are several national cooperative contracts offering time and material contracts for work that may fall under New Jersey public works or construction laws.  Before using such a time and material national contract, the contracting unit should review the project to be sure the work is not covered under New Jersey’s public works contracting laws.

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Limits on GSA/FSS and other New Jersey agency contracts: The Law does not apply to contracts issued by federal agencies, particularly General Services Administration/Federal Supply Schedule (GSA/FSS) contracts.  These contracts continue to be subject to the Division of Purchase and Property authorizing them as State contracts, and cannot be used unless authorized by DPP.    Note that vendors who are on GSA schedules may also have been awarded contracts through a national cooperative procurement in which case, Chapter 139 allows the contracting unit to participate in the national cooperative contract. 

Contracting units remain able to utilize only those State contracts that are authorized for local use by the Division of Purchase and Property pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:16.1, and may use only those local cooperative contracts that are authorized by the Division of Local Government Services pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:34-7.

3) Vendor Payments:  Some national cooperative contracts require online payment as vendors may not accept purchase orders or vouchers.  Currently, local government units that fall under the provisions of the Local Fiscal Affairs Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:5-16 and rules at N.J.A.C. 5:30-9A) can take advantage of using “Procurement Cards” (P-cards) as means of meeting statutory requirements that vendors certify in writing that their goods or services were delivered.  Current rules limit the use of P-cards in online transactions to 15% of the contracting unit’s bid threshold.  The Local Finance Board is proposing amendments that will eliminate this limit.  Please note that boards of education do not currently have authority to use P-cards.

Until the P-Card transaction limit threshold is eliminated, the contracting unit must take into account its applicable laws and rules when choosing a national cooperative to ensure that vendor payments are made consistent with law. 4) Reporting to the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC):   N.J.S.A. 52:15C-10 requires contracts exceeding $2,000,000 but below $10,000,000 to be reported to the OSC within twenty (20) days after award, and that proposed contracts exceeding $10,000,000 must be approved by the OSC prior to awarding the contract.  Contracts awarded under a national cooperative agreement are subject to these requirements. In addition, the OSC may audit or review contracts of any amount or type and may audit or review the records of the vendor as well.  

Consequently, the OSC has adopted a regulation, N.J.A.C. 17:44-2.2, that requires contracting units to insert the following language into all contracts:  "The vendor shall maintain all documentation related to products, transactions or services under this contract for a period of five years from the date of final payment. Such records shall be made available to the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller upon request."  This language should be included in any national cooperative contract or purchase order issued to a national cooperative.
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Appendix A Model “Notice of Intent to Award Contract under a National Cooperative Purchasing Agreement”
Notice of Intent to Award Contract under a National Cooperative Purchasing Agreement - <name of contract>

The <name of contracting unit> intends to participate in the <name of agency issuing contract> contract for <name/purpose and number (if applicable) of contract name> to purchase <goods or services being purchased>. 
Information regarding the contract may be found at the <name of the location where information is available> during regular business hours, as well as on the <name of agency issuing contract> website at: <website link>.
The <name of contracting unit> anticipates joining the <name of agency issuing contract> contract on <date of award>.  The <name of agency issuing contract> contract term is <provide start and end date>. 
Contract Period: <contracting beginning and ending period> 
It is the intent of the <title of contracting agent> to make a contract award to <name of vendor> pursuant to the proposal submitted in response to the <name of agency issuing contract> <type of award, i.e., Request for Proposals, Request for Bid(s) as appropriate>.
The <name of contracting unit> is permitted to join national cooperative purchasing agreements under the authority of N.J.S.A. 52:34-6.2(b)(3).
Comment period ends <date comment period ends>.
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 Appendix B
Purchasing Agent’s Guide to Using National Cooperative Contracts
Once a decision is reached to utilize a national cooperative contract where the amount is over the contracting unit’s bid threshold, the purchasing agent should take the following steps: (Refer to Local Finance Notice 2012-10 for guidance and forms).

 1. Conduct due diligence on a national contract to determine if the contract will result in cost savings after all factors, including charges for service, material and delivery, have been considered.  Ensure there is documentation backing up this determination. Considerations to use a national contract can include: • Economy versus efficiency • Comparison of the national contract pricing to the current State contract price, to other national cooperative contracts, to comparable goods in other cooperatives, and any existing contracting unit contract • Savings of time in avoiding the time and cost of a separate procurement • Any record of satisfactory vendor performance  • Administrative cost factors required to participate in the national cooperative agreement  • Other factors such as rebates offered and unique needs to a particular situation 2. Review any national contract under consideration to determine if it meets New Jersey standards: • That the contract was based on a publicly advertised request for bids (or proposals) that stated that the contract would be made available to other government agencies that would have included New Jersey contracting units. • It was awarded under a competitive bidding process that met NJ “fair and open” criteria • Obtain the statutorily required forms or determine related compliance matters as necessary, including but not limited to:  New Jersey Business Registration Certificate   Statement of Corporate Ownership disclosure statement (Chapter 33)  Proof of New Jersey Public Contract EEO compliance  Compliance with Political Contribution Disclosure Laws (Pay-to-Play)  Non-collusion Affidavit (if required)  New Jersey’s “Buy American” Law  Americans with Disabilities requirements
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 If the contract to be issued by the contracting unit is over $10 million, report the proposed award to the Office of the State Comptroller thirty days prior to the anticipated award date  3. Publish a “Notice of Intent to Award Contract under a National Cooperative Purchasing Agreement” in the official newspaper, on your official website, and on “Bulletin NJ” when available.  
• Allow a minimum of ten days between the advertisement and award for affected providers to protest the award.   • Consider comments received prior to the award and act accordingly. 4. Prepare a contract and related documents (i.e., Certificate of Availability of Funds, etc.) for governing body action.  Include the State Comptroller’s language requiring the vendor to maintain records for five years in the contract document.
5. Execute contract pursuant to routine practices.  If the contract is above two million dollars but below ten million dollars, report the contract to the Office of the Comptroller within twenty business days of award.
6. Keep documentation of award on file for audit purposes, as with any other 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Asphalt Shingles and Solar Collection Devices are NOT Compatible. Here's WHY.

 Welcome Good People;

Today's topic is rather basic, but extraordinarily important.

Clients getting BAD INFORMATION regarding Solar.

Posting false information like this is both unscrupulous, and uneducated. First, let's analyze these comments;

"Material of Roofing:

Many people wonder whether solar panels hurt their roof? Fortunately, most roofing materials can accommodate a solar panel installation without harming the roof itself. First, let’s focus on the most common roofing material — ASPHALT SHINGLES, also called composite roofing.

ASPHALT ROOFING works great for solar panels and involves a simple installation process.
Tile roofs are also highly compatible with solar panels and make them easy to install. The roof type that is most compatible with solar panels is a standing metal roof. The standing seam allows for easier and cheaper installation without drilling into the roof."


Asphalt shingles elevate heat, and retain it well into the evening. Easily reaching 180 degrees F., creating an energy burden of 20%. The solar panel is MAXIMUM 20% efficient.

-20% BURDEN due to asphalt heat gain.
+20% SOLAR PRODUCTION , much less at the outlet.


With asphalt shingles, you are 20% in the red before you even consider solar collection devices.  

I am proposing that we apply synthetic membranes like we do on large low slope commercial projects.  

This prototype was created to illustrate how synthetic membranes (commercial grade) in the shape of shingles, installed over a high quality synthetic underlayment (SharkSkin for example). 

You cannot place a concentrated energy form (asphalt) in the sun and not expect it to get hot.

I've written another post called "Stop Paving Our Roofs".

I've worked with both Dr. Art Rosenfeld, and Dr. Ronnen Levinson, Director LBNL "Heat Island Group".   After shipping the prototype to them, we had a talk.  Dr. Art said:  "So Ron, it's just that simple"?  Dr. Levinson said, "Ron, you have a beautiful model here, but it just seems too good to be true".

Both of them are correct.

If anyone thinks what I say has merit, I will share testing parameters.





·          Extremely high initial SRI over 80.

·          Extremely low radiant energy retention which translates into a surface heat reduction by up to 80 degrees F.

·          NO OIL in finished form.

·          Exceptional resistance to solar UV, ozone, and oxidation, thereby maintaining a “like new” appearance and structural integrity for the life of the product.

·          Chlorine free.

·          Plasticizer free.

·          Provides CLEAN STORM WATER RUNOFF which does not inhibit microbial growth, vegetation, or affect wildlife.

·          Outstanding puncture and tear resistance.

·          LEED COMPLIANT.   Satisfies Heat Island Effect by over 200%, 100% recyclable. 

·          Highly fungal resistant.

·          VOC free.

·          Synthetic self adhering system provides outstanding secondary water barrier (self adhering titanium).

·          Dual attachment methods greatly increase wind resistance.

·          May be offered at economical price point upon mass marketing, compared to existing products with few of the above benefits. 

·          Lightweight at approximately 100 lbs. per 100 sq. ft.

·          Reduction of soft tissue injuries due to much lower weight.

·          Titanium underlayment is 20X stronger than asphalt felt, and may be left exposed for an extended period of time if necessary.

·          Quicker installation to reduce labor costs.

·          Comes in a range of colors, textures and shapes.


    All sheet metal flashings would be prefinished Kynar 500 to eliminate maintenance.

I came up with this idea in 2008, and entered it into "Sustainable Florida" initiative. it placed 2nd. to Multi-Billion dollar energy provider, Progress Energy. In this case, 2nd. was good enough for one man on a budget of $0.00.

Ideally, would like a material manufacturer, government entity, or investor to take it from here. Simply put, my limited physical ability does not allow me to pursue it further. If anyone sees the value in what I'm saying, please contact me.

"Syngle" eliminates all the drawbacks of asphalt shingle roofing, and at a price comparable to common asphalt shingles.

I'd like to thank the good people at:

"Forever the Cinderella of climate and energy policy, two reports published this week say we should remember to invite energy efficiency to the ball.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says investing in efficiency can boost growth, jobs, health, government budgets, industrial productivity – and those are just the benefits backed by robust analysis.

Meanwhile left-leaning thinktank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says efficiency could reduce EU reliance on Russian gas.

It’s an impressive list of benefits. So what’s going wrong?

Multiple benefits

The positive effects of energy efficiency investment are “a reality that is often overlooked” according to the IEA’s report, Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency. Efficiency can make a major contribution to five strategic aims shared by most governments around the world, it says."

I am seeking someone to develop this synthetic system, and take it off my hands.

My philosophy is about SAVING energy, and someone else can focus on CREATING energy. Without one, you cannot have the other.

Reject negativity in all forms, and always remember to keep looking "UP".


Robert R. Solomon
Public Roofing Oversight
State Certified  CCC 1325620
Licensed Roofing Consultant
Tampa, Florida


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