Challenging What’s Cool

Playing on the recent election, “Joe the Architect” actually believes that specifying a cool-roof membrane allows him to perform an environmental good. Nothing could be further from the truth. The lemming like nature of the design community and, more importantly, code bodies that have bought into this hypothesis is alarming. Cool roofing and its single-component mentality are resulting in roof-system failures across the country and impending litigation. Following are several concerns that result from single-roof-system-component endorsement by the Washington D.C.-based U.S Environmental Protection Agency.