Resilient Schools, Safe Children

The threat of a natural disaster presents a unique set of worries for the parents of school-age children. If an earthquake, tornado, flood or windstorm strikes during school hours would their children be safe? Would the teachers and other adults at the school have the needed resources to care for their students until emergency help… Read More


Interface is the technical journal of RCI, Inc. The association intends that Interface educate and inform, establish common ground for discussion, and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and technical knowledge. A regular feature is the Industry Group Profile, a series on industry associations and organizations to inform readers about players in the building envelope world…. Read More

Resilience Recommended to Trump Administration

The prestigious National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), empowered by Congress to identify ways to strengthen the built environment, has issued a series of recommendations to the Trump Administration, and resilience is at the top of their agenda. For the past four decades, NIBS, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization, has identified solutions to problems such as… Read More

RICOWI Study Finds EPDM Offers Superior Protection Against Hail

For the past decade, ERA has disseminated science-based information about the superior protection that EPDM membranes offer against hail damage. In 2007, ERA commissioned independent laboratory testing comparing many types of roofing materials and their resistance to hail up to three inches in diameter. The results of the study showed that EPDM roofing membranes did… Read More

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