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Resilience Briefing on Capitol Hill

March 29, 2018 22:21

Resilience is getting an increasing amount of attention in the public policy sphere. Case in point, last week, Jared Blum moderated a briefing on Capitol Hill focused on "Hidden in Plain Sight: Why Resilient Buildings are Critical U.S. Infrastructure." The briefing explored what makes buildings resilient; why resilience is important for multiple policy challenges; and how public-private collaboration can benefit society now and well into the future by supporting a resilient built environment.

Reid Ribble spoke on behalf of NRCA, and was joined by Debra Ballen, General Counsel of IBHS and Paul Totten, Vice-President of WSP USA Engineering and Design.

You can access a video of the briefing here:, or download an MP3 file, also from the EESI website.

EESI Briefing: Hidden in Plain Sight? Why Resilient Buildings Are Critical U.S. Infrastructure

February 21, 2018 05:01
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) invite you to a briefing on the public/private drive toward resilient buildings –– structures that are located, designed and built (or renovated) to withstand extreme weather, cyberterrorism, and other hazards now and for years to come.

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BCSE 2018 Factbook

February 20, 2018 20:03

For the sixth year in a row, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) & the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) have produced the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, which provides the latest industry information and trends from the energy sector in the United States.

The 2018 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides up-to-date, accurate market information about the broad range of industries — energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy— that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.

2018 Factbook

Investing in Resilience

January 25, 2018 14:55
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently issued its annual report on the damage caused by natural disasters during the past year. Not surprisingly, 2017 holds the unwelcome record of being the most damaging year since NOAA began tracking these statistics. Sixteen natural disasters during 2017 each caused more than $1 billion in damage, and account collectively for a total of $306.2 in losses. While this statistic is staggering enough, it does not account for the destruction caused by smaller, but still powerful, natural events.

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The Truth about Hail, and EPDM

October 20, 2017 18:21
ERA leadership visited the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center earlier this month. The center, located in Richburg, South Carolina, is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to conducting “objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss.” The visit was part of ERA’s concerted effort to get first-hand knowledge of what creates a resilient building. (see

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NIBS Building Innovation 2018 Conference

September 27, 2017 16:02

Building Innovation 2018-The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, will explore strategies that Sustain. Strengthen. Secure. Don't miss the chance to participate in examining processes, communities, workforces, structures, resources, practices, communications and collaboration. Be there where Science meets Design® for a compelling program intended to engage the entire team of building professionals in creating innovative solutions for the built environment.

When: Monday-Thursday, January 8-11, 2018
Where: Mandarin Oriental Hotel
1330 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20024
United States
Contact: Pamela Towns

Online registration is available until: 12/31/2017

Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference & Expo, scheduled for Monday – Thursday, January 8-11, 2018, at The Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C., located at 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.

The four-day Conference agenda will engage building industry representatives in exploring strategies that Sustain. Strengthen. Secure. Through informative expert presentations, credit-building educational sessions, open council and committee meetings, inspiring award ceremonies and a look at the latest advancements in technology on exhibit, attendees will take part in examining processes, communities, workforces, structures, resources, practices, communications and collaboration.

The agenda also includes the Beyond Green™ Awards presentation and the Institute’s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet along with other networking opportunities. It’s the one event intended to engage the entire team of building professionals in creating innovative solutions for the built environment. Plan to be there where Science meets Design® to work together and gain insights into the different aspects of high performance and resiliency, increase industry knowledge and earn AIA CEUs.

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EESI Webinar: Resilient Cities

August 31, 2017 18:08
The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing about what cities throughout the United States are doing to protect their communities by investing in resilience.

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Resilient Schools, Safe Children

August 15, 2017 21:00
A just-released FEMA report sounds the alarm that many of the nation’s fifty million school children are at risk because of aging school buildings, or buildings that do not meet basic resilience standards to withstand a natural disaster. To help protect vulnerable school buildings, as well other critical structures in areas threatened by natural disasters, ERA is stepping up its efforts to provide information about resilient roofing systems. Our website,, offers specifics about designing an installing a resilient roof, and the unique characteristics of EPDM that can help to ensure that a roofing system will withstand a natural disaster.

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Resilience recommended to Trump Administration

July 01, 2017 16:42
The prestigious National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), has issued a series of recommendations to the Trump Administration, and resilience is at the top of their agenda. ERA welcomes any action that would make mitigation financially advantageous, protect resources that are now being spent on disaster cleanup and – even more important – save lives that might otherwise be lost in a natural disaster.

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RICOWI study finds EPDM offers superior protection against hail

June 15, 2017 23:28
RICOWI, the prestigious Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, has released an exhaustive study on the damage caused by a history-making hailstorm in North Texas on April 11, 2016. The goal of the study was “to create a greater industry understanding of how roofs perform in severe hail events.” The organization hopes this understanding “will lead to overall improvements in roof system durability; reduction of waste from reroofing activities; and a reduction in insurance losses, which can lead to lower overall costs for the public.” The RICOWI study adds to the body of evidence that EPDM affords excellent protection against severe hail and outperforms other single-ply membranes extreme conditions.

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Congressional briefings on infrastructure

May 01, 2017 15:07
Congressional briefings to focus on Building a Secure and Resilient National Infrastructure The Washington based Environmental and Energy Study Institute will be hosting a series of five briefings for Congress in Washington DC over the next four months. State/Federal Emergency preparedness, coastal flooding, national security impacts, and development of resilient building/construction materials will headline separate briefing sessions is over this time.

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Task Force on Resiliency

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. We invite you to visit it often, hopefully learn from what we have to offer, and share your insights about the best ways to deal with the extreme weather patterns we have been experiencing.

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A Polarizing Perspective? Cool Roofs in Northern Climates

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.

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An Artistic EPDM Roof

November 29, 2016 14:22
A roof in Grand Rapids, Michigan takes the artistic possibilities of EPDM to a whole new level.

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Tried and True Approach to Cool Roofs in Cold Climates

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.

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Guest Blog: White Single-Ply Roofing Membrane for Your Next Project? Not So Fast!

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.

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Cool Roof Defeat

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.

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Resiliency and the Future of Roofing

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.

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ERA Leadership Participates in White House Conference on Resilient Buildings

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.

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Info on CE 110 & CE 112

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.

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A Roof System for Every Climate

April 06, 2016 14:13

ERA Leadership Visits the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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.

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Retrofit Blog: What’s the Difference between Codes and Standards?

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.

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ERA Goes to the International Roofing Expo!

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!

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Air Leakage: Advancing the Standard

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.

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