Press Release: ERA Launches New Resilience Website

For Immediate Release Contact: Louisa Hart 301-646-2850 ERA Launches Resilience Website Industry Group Provides Clearinghouse for Resilience Information WASHINGTON, DC, May 8, 2017 – Responding to the heightened interest in and concern over the resilience of the built environment, the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) is launching . The new website details the need… Read More

Congressional Briefings on Infrastructure

Congressional briefings to focus on Building a Secure and Resilient National Infrastructure The Washington based Environmental and Energy Study Institute will be hosting a series of five briefings for Congress in Washington DC over the next four months. State/Federal Emergency preparedness, coastal flooding, national security impacts, and development of resilient building/construction materials will headline separate… Read More

Task Force on Resiliency

The time has come to “spring forward” as we set our clocks ahead one hour, an event that marks the unofficial end of winter and the beginning of spring. And even though spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20, many of us will take the opportunity to bid good-bye with pleasure to what has been… Read More

A Polarizing Perspective? Cool Roofs in Northern Climates

White roof or black roof? This simple question has perplexed and even polarized segments of the construction community for much of the last decade. In 2009, then Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu tried to settle the issue by recommending that the roofs of all “flat topped” buildings be painted white, and all new buildings be… Read More

Press Release: DuCharme is new ERA Chair

Mike DuCharme of Carlisle Construction Materials Named New ERA Chair WASHINGTON, D.C., February 2, 2017 – Mike DuCharme, Vice President – Product Marketing at Carlisle Construction Materials, has been named the new Chair of the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) by the group’s board of directors. He replaces Jennifer Ford-Smith, Director of Marketing and Single Ply… Read More

Press Release: White Paper Confirms Benefits of Dark Roofs in Cold Climates

White Paper Confirms Benefits of Dark Roofs in Cold Climates “Heating Penalty”, Moisture Accumulation Cited as Issues with Reflective Membranes Washington, DC, January 16, 2017 – The EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) is releasing a White Paper, “Cool Roofs in Northern Climates” that reaffirms the value of dark roofing membranes in Climate Zone 4 and above…. Read More

An Artistic EPDM Roof

At ERA, we think of every well-installed roofing system using an EPDM membrane as something of a work of art. But a roof in Grand Rapids, Michigan takes the artistic possibilities of EPDM to a whole new level. The roof of that city’s administration building supports a mural by renowned artist Alexander Calder. The mural… Read More

Tried and True Approach to Cool Roofs in Cold Climates

Once again, as the temperature begins its downward slide, those of us who live in cool-to-downright-cold climates are faced with the reality that winter will soon be here. And once again, the staff and members of ERA feel the need to remind our extended community of roofing contractors, building owners, specifiers and architects that “cool”… Read More

Buildings: Climate Resilience in 5 Steps

Buildings: Climate Resilience in 5 Steps As we continue to deal with the negative effects of climate change, architects and specifiers are starting to consider the importance of resilience when designing a building. A recent article published by Buildings magazine provides 5 strategies for creating resilient buildings, including requiring “enhanced envelope strategies the next time… Read More

Guest Blog: White Single-Ply Roofing Membrane For Your Next Project? Not So Fast!

Today, the majority of new roofing is a white single-ply membrane, either TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) or PVC (polyvinyl chloride). This is due mostly to new energy codes that require reflective roofing to reduce heat absorption into the structure. Over the past several years we have investigated moisture build-up and damage to building materials occurring underneath… Read More