Building Envelope: VOC Lessons Learned

For those who work in the construction industry, this past winter provided a harsh reminder that the United States is made up of widely different climates. It also underscored the fact that codes and regulations need to be sensitive to varying climate conditions if they are to be both practical and effective. Staff at the… Read More

Roofing Magazine: Cool-Roof Bandwagon Headed to Your City?

ERA Associate Executive Director Ellen Thorp has published a piece in Roofing Magazine that discusses the issues with mandating cool roofs in different climate zones. From the article: “Although the headlines are touting Los Angeles’ cool roof requirements, I’d like to see headlines that read, “Energy Savings Achieved by Roofs Designed to meet Midwest and… Read More

Rubber News: ERA Takes Issue With Proposed EPA Guidelines

“Hoff and the ERA are not trying to start a war with the EPA. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The association applauded the EPA for listening to the expertise of the impacted industries as it establishes its standards. Thorp said the guidelines are being formulated with good intentions, but she stressed the ERA wants… Read More

Buildings: Evolution of Green Rating Programs

As standards in specific categories of building products are developed, green design programs typically point to those standards as the benchmarks in various credit areas. Most government agencies, when looking to establish guidelines for greening their facilities, will first look to existing guidelines or standards rather than develop standards of their own. Source: Buildings

Buildings: Outline of Green Codes and Standards

An outline of SHRAE Standard 90.1, ASHRAE Standard 189.1, International Energy Conservation CODE (IECC), International Green Construction Code (IGCC), and National Green Building Standard (NGBS). Source: Buildings

BOMA Magazine: Cost/Benefit Analysis Critical in Development of Codes and Standards

“As reported during the recent meeting of BOMA’s Building Codes and Voluntary Standards Committee, the economic impact of adopting the latest editions of model codes and standards is receiving heightened scrutiny by state and local governments, as well as agencies responsible for federal building regulations.” Source: BOMA Magazine

Professional Roofing: States Implement VOC Regulations

The roofing industry in several Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states became fully compliant with new Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) regulations Jan 1. Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C., came into full compliance; Vermont and New Hampshire still are considering their approaches to regulations. Source: Professional Roofing