Greener roofing alternatives workshop

Posted by Bruce Anderson, November 10th , 2006

Nail guns are banging all over Northfield as replacement of roofs damaged in the August 24th hail storm continues into the late fall. If you are a home or business owner whose roof has NOT yet been replaced, or if you are a local contractor who would like to learn more about alternative roofing materials and techniques, plan to attend the “Greener Roofing Alternatives” workshop at the Northfield Public Library meeting room at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18th.



The workshop will cover alternatives to asphalt shingles and standard flat roof systems for homes and commercial buildings that offer both environmental and life-cycle cost advantages. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, these are options that are considered “greener” (environmentally and economically preferable) because they may
*have less embodied energy (i.e. the quantity of energy required to manufacture, and supply to the point of use, a product)
*be more durable
*be made from recycled and/or recyclable materials
*reduce heating and/or cooling energy loads

There are a variety of options on the market today, many with 50-year or lifetime warranties and Class 4 impact resistance rating (the most resistant to hail damage, and gaining a significant discount in insurance premiums), including
*recycled rubber products formulated to look like natural slate or wood shakes
*standing seam metal roofs, made of recycled (and recyclable) steel
*stone coated steel roofs (also made of recycled/recyclabe steel)
*green roofs that utilize living plant communities established on top of, and protecting, a waterproof EPDM rubber membrane.

Manufacturers’ reps, an architect, and roofing contractors will be on hand to discuss alternatives, demonstrate products and answer questions. The workshop is sponsored by Northfield EnergySmart BuildingWorks, a joint initiative of RENew Northfield and the Northfield Area Foundation.

The workshop is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. For more information about the workshop, contact us.

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