Overview & Summary Articles

New Literature Review on Cool Roofs, UHIE, and Energy Efficiency

  ERA recently commissioned a literature review, working with the Department of Construction Science and Management at Clemson University. This literature review conducted a thorough investigation of published data and models designed to understand the impact of membrane color on… Read More

New research on roof albedo and urban heat islands

Since its founding almost 20 years ago, the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) has been committed to providing science-based information about our products and their optimum use. Given the ongoing and intensifying efforts to lessen the impact of climate change, three… Read More

An Industry Workhorse

For more than 40 years, EPDM membranes have been one of the roofing industry’s workhorses. Long appreciated for durability, longevity, ease of installation and repair, many EPDM membrane roof systems installed during the 1980s still are performing well. But EPDM… Read More

Work of Art

An EPDM roof supports the Alexander Calder mural in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read full article.

The Evolution of EPDM Roofing Technology

Roofing Contractor magazine has published a story highlighting the evolution of EPDM roofing from its introduction in the 1960s. “First introduced in 1962, EPDM single-ply roofing membranes became increasingly popular in the 1970s as the Middle East oil embargo drove… Read More

ERA selects first female chairman

Jennifer Ford-Smith was named chairman of the EPDM Roofing Association in February, making her the first woman to hold the position in the association’s 12-year history. Read full article.

Too Easy to be Green?

“A USA TODAY examination shows that thousands of “green” builders win tax breaks, exceed local restrictions and get expedited permitting under a system that often rewards minor, low-cost steps.” Read full article.


“Because the ERA is a smaller association, Thorp said it is able to make decisions quickly. One member described the association as nimble and quick, which Thorp took as an incredible compliment. “You get a real voice,” Thorp said. “You… Read More