Roofing Magazine: The Building Industry Is Working to Reduce Long-term Costs and Limit Disruptions of Extreme Events

ERA Executive Director Jared Blum has written an article published by Roofing magazine that discusses the importance of resiliency – the ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and to withstand and recover rapidly from deliberate attacks, accidents, or naturally occurring threats or incidents – in the building industry. He writes: “Hurricane Sandy… Read More

Building Envelope: Green Buildings That Make Sense

While there are numerous areas in which the LEED program has contributed to the USGBC’s stated purpose, the LEED point for installing a reflective roof to address urban heat islands should be changed. The author suggests limiting the LEED point for white roofs to urban or city settings in southern climates where cooling demand outweighs… Read More

Rubber News: EPDM vs TPO Debate

“Roofs are based on a variety of factors,” said Ellen Thorp, associate executive director of the ERA. “To dictate one of those variables without an intimate understanding of that building’s location, usage or number of occupants is short-sighted. All of those things go into what kind of a roof to put on there. A roof… Read More

Forbes: Green Schools?

“While ending the LEED-certification mandate won’t make a huge dent in the state budget holes, it seems wasteful to pour millions into LEED when we should be focused on improving classroom instruction and our ability to compete in the international community.” Author: Anastasia Swearingen Source: Forbes Read full article.

EPDM VS TPO DEBATE

From Rubber News: “Roofs are based on a variety of factors,” said Ellen Thorp, associate executive director of the ERA. “To dictate one of those variables without an intimate understanding of that building’s location, usage or number of occupants is short-sighted. All of those things go into what kind of a roof to put on… Read More

Buildings: EPDs at a Glance

A new supplement to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) offers a faster way to compare environmental impact information. Source: Buildings Read full article.

Western Roofing: Cool Roofs and Condensation

“It’s not so unusual. Right after the first couple sunny spring days you get a call. The owner complains his roof is leaking but it hasn’t rained for a week. You investigate. It is not a roof leak. It is condensation. And, “dripping” is just part of the problem. You find a wet roof deck… Read More

Western Roofing: LCA Data

“Based on a recent life-cycle analysis (LCA), CertainTeed Vinyl Siding, CedarBoards Insulated Siding and Cedar Impressions Polymer siding outperformed other exterior siding products in terms of environmental and economic performance.” Source: Western Roofing

Building and Operating Management: LEED Credits Target Certified Products

The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USG-BC’s) pilot credit system allows LEED users to test drive credits for extra points before those credits are incorporated into the actual rating systems. As USGBC puts it, the pilot credits are “a testing ground for new and innovative credit ideas”. Author: Greg Zimmerman Source: Building and Operating Management

Interface: New Life Cycle Data for EPDM, Outstanding Performance in Reducing Environmental Impact

Thanks to a growing number of factors–the growing emphasis on environmentally responsible building practices, the employment of increasingly sophisticated criteria for financing of construction projects, and more government regulations of public construction–the concept of life cycle assessment (LCA) has grown in importance and use. Author: Tom Hutchinson Source: Interface