Net Zero Buildings: Magazine Features ERA Supported Weinberg Commons Project

Net Zero Buildings magazine has highlighted the ERA supported Weinberg Commons low income housing development in Washington D.C. in a section featuring building envelope improvements in historic buildings. The article mentions an EPDM membrane being specified for its long term sustainability and energy savings potential in cold climates, and thanks Carlisle SynTec for donating the materials. Source:… Read More

Rubber News: EPDM Used on Washington, DC Housing Project

Rubber News: EPDM Used on Washington, DC Housing Project 09.28.2015 Carlisle Companies Inc.’s Construction Materials unit has donated an EPDM roofing membrane for use on Weinberg Commons, a 1960s low-income multi-family housing project in Washington that was retrofitted to lower energy costs. Carlisle and Weinberg Commons were connected through the EPDM Roofing Association, which produced… Read More

Professional Roofing: More Than Apples to Oranges

“If Einstein were alive, many roofing contractors might be turning to him for help. Faced with the complex problem of choosing roof systems to fit their customers’ budgets and building code requirements, roofing professionals are being bombarded with “science-based” solutions that can be either too simple or too complicated. Although much of the industry discussion… Read More

Roofing Magazine: Vapor Retarders

“The need for, use and design of a vapor retarder in the design of a roof system used to be a hotly debated topic. It appears now—when vapor retarders are needed more than ever—the design community seems to have lost interest, which is not good, considering how codes and standards (altered through concerns for energy… Read More

EDC Magazine: White Single-Ply Roofing Membrane? Not So Fast!

This article explains that white roofing might not be the best choice for San Diego, California. “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… Read More

Phys.org: Give and Take of Temperature Mitigating Technologies

“Cool roofs are a good example. In an effort to reflect incoming solar radiation, and therefore cools buildings and lessen energy demand during summer, painting one’s roof white has been proposed as an effective strategy. Cool roofs have been found to be particularly effective for certain areas during summertime. However, during winter these same urban… Read More

Roofing Contractor: White or Black?

The author proposes to get back to thinking about the basics of building science. Let’s start thinking about buildings as if there was no air conditioning or heating. What color roof would make the building most comfortable to use? It certainly depends on location (geography and climate), building proportions and the amount of insulation in… Read More

Huffington Post: White Roofs, Green Myth?

“The U.S. Green Building Council, Cool Roof Rating Council, legislative bodies and the U.S. Department of Energy are encouraged to reevaluate their stance on reflective roofing. Energy-efficient roofing is a complicated issue, and no one material holds all the answers.” Author: Samir Ibrahim Source: Huffington Post

Buildings: The Cost of Green Building

An in-depth study of 22 green federal buildings across the U.S. showed that on average, the representative buildings chosen from GSA’s regularly outperformed the national averages of building performance data. Author: Janelle Penny Source: Buildings