Enhancing longevity and efficiency by John Ferraro
Cool roof coatings have achieved more than 30 years of proven energy savings. However, the federal government and building code bodies have only recently embraced the use of these reflective coatings.
For decades, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), the national trade association for manufacturers of cold-applied protective roof coatings and cements, has promoted industrial and maintenance roof coatings, including solar reflective materials. Due to these efforts, …
Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most projects, and coatings selection can play a big role in reducing these inefficiencies. This article examines use of coatings in applications as diverse as cool roofs, air barriers, infrared (IR) reflective pigments, and radiant heat barriers.
For decades, the U.S. design and construction industry has turned to sprayed polyurethane foam to insulate and air seal buildings. When used as a roofing material, its monolithic nature allows for a seamless, self-flashing application that can keep out water. SPF can also improve energy efficiency, helping building owners and general contractors comply with energy codes and meet performance requirements for green building programs and certifications.
The goal of the 850 Third Avenue project was to install a green roof terrace above occupied commercial space to maximize property value while providing a pleasant enclave for Shorenstein Properties’ new commercial tenants
Landscaped green roof assemblies include both built-up systems and eco-roof tray systems. Either type may also include an insulating layer. Eco-roofs incorporate drainage, filtration, retention, and irrigation within one component.