Eliminating fossil fuel consumption in buildings is best done by achieving both energy conservation and energy generation. Sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing provides a method for accomplishing the first goal, and photovoltaic (PV) systems offer high performance for the second.
The roof assembly is an important aspect in achieving energy code compliance because it often accounts for a large portion of the building envelope. It becomes even more critical in single-story non-residential projects such as manufacturing plants, warehouses, distribution centers, retail stores, and offices.
The importance of understanding the flashing design principles and installation requirements between the masonry wall assembly and the roof flashing system cannot be understated. All too often, the exterior masonry walls of a building structure are thought of as being watertight and require little or no maintenance.
Tensile structures have been used for millennia. When indigenous peoples required shelter that was lightweight and structurally sound, fabrics made from animal hides and easily transportable elements were the most viable solution. At the Roman Colosseum, a retractable Velarium provided shading for a more comfortable spectator experience. Now, ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) is offering new opportunities.
Winners of the RCI 2016 Document Competition were recognized at the annual luncheon during the 31st RCI International convention and trade show in Orlando last month. The initiative honors members’ excellence in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall construction project documentation.