Spray Foam Professional - Fall 2012 - (Page 27)

SUSTAINABLE ROOFING GETTING SUSTAINABLE ROOFING RIGHT NEW SUSTAINABLE ROOF RATING SYSTEM OFFERS OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SPF CONTRACTOR EVERY YEAR in the United States over 3 billion square feet of nonresidential roofs are installed on new and existing buildings. If these roofs were installed using the best energy guidelines available today, the fi rst-year savings in heating and cooling demand would exceed 36 trillion BTUs. The cumulative energy savings after 10 years would exceed 2 quads – the equivalent of 72 million tons of coal. In addition to significant energy savings, broad adoption of the best available sustainable roofing practices would deliver many additional benefits: • Clean rooftop energy exceeding the capacity of 25 Grand Coulee Dams • Improved urban air quality and reduced storm water pollution • Less construction waste sent to landfi lls • Increased building service life • Enhanced building occupant safety, health and productivity Unfortunately, no green rating system exists to release the massive energy and environmental promise of commercial roofs... until now. In an effort to tap this unrealized potential, the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofi ng has developed RoofPoint, a green rating system to help building owners and managers select roof systems based on long-term energy and environmental benefits. RoofPoint features 24 specific strategies to address all critical environmental aspects of modern roofi ng systems. These strategies are scored against measureable goals, and the achievement of each roofi ng project is summarized as a total point score. Roofi ng projects meeting a minimum score overall and in each major category are then recognized to as registered RoofPoint roofs – roofs that embody the key principles of sustainable roofi ng. During a year-long pilot program starting in the summer of 2011, dozens of RoofPoint evaluators were recruited and nearly 100 roofi ng projects were BY DR. JIM HOFF, DBA evaluated for RoofPoint certification. The evaluators were drawn from a cross-section of the roofi ng industry, representing roofi ng contractors, roof consultants and local roofi ng sales representatives. And the roofi ng projects evaluated represented a similar crosssection, featuring a balance of both new construction and reroofi ng, public and private projects, and warm and cool climates. In addition, the pilot program procedures and forms were easy to use, with consistent and reliable results. One of the most important accomplishments of the RoofPoint pilot program was that the majority of projects were submitted by individual roofi ng contractors. And the roofi ng contractors who participated in the pilot program including several past industry This RoofPoint certified SPF roof for the Springs Home Owners Association in Ranch Mirage, California features above-code thermal insulation for energy savings, high reflectivity to reduce the urban heat island effect, and a durable granule surfacing to resist abuse and extend service life. (Photo courtesy Western Pacific Roofing Corporation, Palm Springs, Calif.) www.sprayfoam.org | SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL 27 http://www.sprayfoam.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spray Foam Professional - Fall 2012

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
ABAA NEWS
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SAFETY FIRST
BEHIND THE FOAM
2012 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS
GETTING SUSTAINABLE ROOFING RIGHT
MILITARY STANDARDS AND SPRAY POLYURETHANE FOAM INSULATION – PART 2
IRAQ – U.S. MILITARY IN IRAQ BENEFITS FROM PERFORMANCE OF SPF
ASK THE EXPERT
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM

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