When Labor's Scarce, Innovation is Key

When Labor's Scarce, Innovation is Key

HAVE YOU HEARD?  The roofing industry is facing a labor shortage, and a pretty severe one at that. From what we’re hearing, perhaps as many as 80 to 85 percent of roofing contractors are hurting for workers right now.  Even as the roofing market remains robust (perhaps “robuster” than ever!)…

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Cool Roofs in a post-ENERGY STAR® World — Don’t Hit the ‘Panic Button’

Cool Roofs in a post-ENERGY STAR® World — Don’t Hit the ‘Panic Button’

As property owners and government regulators continue to focus on ways to make buildings more energy efficient and lower maintenance, the conversations about cool roofs continue to heat up.

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What if ENERGY STAR® is phased out for cool roofs?

What if ENERGY STAR® is phased out for cool roofs?

There is a global movement toward more energy efficient buildings, and at the crux of this movement are energy efficiency standards. These are recommendations or requirements (depending on the location or jurisdiction) that are in place to ensure that builders and contractors are using the most energy efficient designs and materials. Naturally, as a broad, exposed surface, a building’s roof plays a key role in energy efficient design, and modern roofing technology, like cool roofs, can be a major component to many of the current energy efficiency standards. 

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Definition of Resilience

Definition of Resilience

Architects and building owners are focusing on building resilience into the fabric of a structure to mitigate the impact of future devastating weather events. And the roof is getting new attention as an important component of a truly resilient structure. An overview of what is resilience, how is it defined, and why it is important to buildings in differing climates facing unique weather events.

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Roof Color and Energy Impact

Roof Color and Energy Impact

Why is color important? Because basic physics tells us that when sunlight falls on a dark surface a large portion of the energy is absorbed into the material and it retains heat. If it falls onto a lighter-colored, reflective surface, then a large portion of the sunlight’s energy is bounced back into the atmosphere, minimizing the heat that is absorbed. Since physics doesn’t discriminate between materials, dark and light roofing works the same way.

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Sustainable Energy Practices and Roofing

Sustainable Energy Practices and Roofing

One of the hallmark traits of a sustainable building is a reduction in the amount of energy required to operate that building. In this article we look at how a well-designed and installed roofing system impacts energy conservation and reduces environmental impact.

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Understanding Product Sustainability

Understanding Product Sustainability

Manufactured products, such as insulation, roofing, and engineered membranes, all help buildings to be more energy efficient, durable, and sustainable during their useful life. But how can we tell if the products themselves are created in a sustainable manner?

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