March 07, 2017 12:08
The last 20 years have produced many more severe weather events – heat waves, droughts, hurricanes, and tornadoes, for instance - than any other period since record-keeping began in 1880. It’s not ERA’s job to weigh in on why the decades-long pattern of severe, sometimes intense and very unusual weather is continuing into 2017. But it is our job, and the job of our members, to help you protect the buildings you own, manage, design and construct.
February 17, 2017 21:40
White roof or black roof? This simple question has perplexed and even polarized segments of the construction community for much of the last decade. The new ERA White Paper, entitled “Cool Roofs in Northern Climates: Energy Efficiency and Moisture Performance Implications” answers this question.
November 29, 2016 14:22
A roof in Grand Rapids, Michigan takes the artistic possibilities of EPDM to a whole new level.
November 18, 2016 22:33
In the rush to embrace environmental correctness and lower skyrocketing energy costs, a tried-and-true approach to reflective roofing has been overlooked. Simply put, ballasted roofing will save more energy over time than a reflective roof that becomes discolored from air pollutants.
September 06, 2016 15:56
Today, the majority of new roofing is a white single-ply membrane, either TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) or PVC (polyvinyl chloride). This is due mostly to new energy codes that require reflective roofing to reduce heat absorption into the structure. Over the past several years we have investigated moisture build-up and damage to building materials occurring underneath this type of roofing on numerous occasions. The purpose of this article is to get the word out that night-time radiant cooling environments are causing detrimental moisture conditions affecting white single-ply roofing systems.
August 30, 2016 18:29
If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, we hope you will take a look at the article we authored in the July issue of Professional Roofing. It describes the coalition that ERA built, along with the Colorado Roofing Association, to work against and ultimately defeat a proposed “cool roofing” mandate for the Denver area.
August 15, 2016 13:28
Recently, we’ve noticed that resiliency is getting a lot of attention – from government officials, industry leaders and environmental groups. The concept of resiliency has been around for a long time, but now it’s being talked about in a new and more urgent context. Regardless of their cause, weather extremes are becoming more common in the United States. EPDM roofing can offer benefits as resiliency becomes an increasingly important component of building design.
May 16, 2016 18:45
Earlier this month, ERA leadership was represented at the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes. Once again, the Conference was a reminder that EPDM membranes deliver superior performance in this new environment that values energy-efficiency, sustainability and – now, more than ever, resilience.
April 20, 2016 18:48
CE 110 and 112 relate to the air leakage/air barrier section and the list of materials that are deemed to comply as an air barrier. CE 110 and CE 112 propose to remove the words "fully adhered" from item number 11, meaning that ANY single ply membrane would be deemed to comply as an air barrier. Read the full post for the reasons why we oppose this change as well as what roofing that is not "fully adhered" can look like.
April 04, 2016 21:19
One of ERA’s overriding goals is to ensure that our members’ EPDM products are used in the most energy-efficient manner. We want our customers to know that EPDM is one of the most sustainable roofing products used today by the construction industry, with long-term performance up to or exceeding 40 years. We also want our customers to be aware of recent developments that can help inform their roofing decisions: research shows, for instance, that fully adhered systems can deliver up to eight-percent energy savings when compared to a mechanically attached roof.
March 22, 2016 15:29
Developing consensus-based standards and codes is all part of laying the foundation for a construction and building industry that delivers safe shelter and solid value. We’ve come a long way since the first recorded building code was passed in 1772 B.C. Modern day standards are drawn up by influential domestic or international organizations through a consensus-based process and are designed to be open and balanced. Earlier this month, the subcommittees related to 90.1 (Envelope, Mechanical, Lighting, Format & Compliance) presented their work plans for the next three years.
March 09, 2016 18:45
For the members of the ERA staff, IRE is one of the highlights of the year: a great place to greet our members, visit their booths, learn about new product launches, and observe product demonstrations. It’s also a great opportunity to talk to contractors, members of the staffs at our allied associations, roofing contractors, and building scientists and architects. Here are some of our thoughts on this years expo!
February 18, 2016 14:44
As Associate Executive Director of ERA, my central focus is advancing an understanding of EPDM products. One extremely important aspect of my job focuses on working with regulatory, standard, and code setting bodies to ensure that their actions reflect the most up-to-date science-based information about EPDM membranes. ASHRAE is, of course, one of the leading standard setting groups, so the last week of January found me at the Orlando Convention Center, attending ASHRAE’s hugely important winter meeting.
January 11, 2016 18:22
Greetings and Happy New Year! January 2016 finds the staff and leadership of ERA looking back at the past year to assess our achievements, and looking forward to plan our work for the coming year. As always, our overriding goal is provide technical and research support to the construction industry, and communicate the longstanding attributes and value proposition of EPDM rubber membrane roofing materials. When ERA was founded in 2003, we were responding to what we felt was a need for unbiased, science-based information about our products. Given the increasing complexity of the building environment, we feel that need is even more acute today than it was more than ten years ago.
November 30, 2015 20:12
On Friday, November 20th, fifty attendees at the Greenbuild 2015 conference took to the road to tour a first-of-its kind housing initiative in Southeast Washington, Weinberg Commons. They also got an up-close and personal look at how EPDM can be used in a building that is designed to redefine standards of energy efficiency. This marked the end of the construction at Weinberg, and the official beginning of a new life of low-cost utility payments and a leg up on financial security for the 36 low-income families who will live there. ERA is proud that the innovative use of our products has played a part in helping this vision become reality
November 16, 2015 10:30
Long Term Service Life is the ESSENCE of sustainability. Join the Construction Specifications Institute for this informative webinar to consider the question: How long could a roof last? Thomas W. Hutchinson, AIA, FRCI, RRC is a commercial architect with the Hutchinson Design Group, Ltd. In this webinar, he will review existing, insitu EPDM roofs that are still performing after 30 years with physical characteristics nearly that of new membrane. The overriding goal of the webinar is to provide information to the attendee that they can use to improve their roof system designs and service life expectations.
October 26, 2015 21:09
On October 1st, just under the wire for a court-ordered deadline, the EPA released a new ruling to further reduce ground level smog, lowering the allowable ozone limits from 75 parts per billion (ppb), down to 70 ppb. ERA will keep you posted about both our innovative new products and any pending regulatory actions. And we urge you to continue to use our website as a valuable source of information in a changing regulatory environment.
September 24, 2015 21:45
A message from the chair of ERA, Jennifer Ford-Smith: One of our goals in the coming months will be to intensify our efforts to make sure you know the value of what you are getting when you invest in a fully adhered system. Watch this space, and the rest of our information-packed website, for an update on these systems – research results, infographics and expert advice on how to choose a fully adhered system.
August 31, 2015 05:59
Today's construction climate places a heavy emphasis on sustainable building practices; but there's more to being green than black or white. In roofing, sustainability can be accomplished in many ways and there are several factors including service life, energy efficiency, environmental impact, and recyclability to keep in mind when choosing a sustainable roofing system.
July 31, 2015 19:56
EPDM can be installed many ways including fully adhered, mechanically attached or ballasted. A fully adhered system, in its simplest form, means that the roof is being glued to the surface beneath it. The roofing membrane in a fully adhered system is usually held in place by employing the use of adhesives, hot asphalt or low rise foam. There are many benefits to a fully adhered system.
June 30, 2015 16:08
In light of the increasing frequency of severe hailstorms, the ability of a roof to withstand these storms has become a significant factor in roof system selection.
June 02, 2015 03:51
At the EPA, it's all about the ballast. Ballasted roofs, that is. The EPA recently updated its ENERGY STAR website, stating that, “ballasted EPDM roofing systems are a very effective means of significantly lowering the roof top surface temperature similar to reflective roofing products.”
May 18, 2015 15:25
More evidence from a new study at the University of Calgary that a "one size fits all" approach just doesn't work with roofing.