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 epdmtheresilientroof.com)
November 29, 2016 14:22
A roof in Grand Rapids, Michigan takes the artistic possibilities of EPDM to a whole new level.
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 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.
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.”
April 01, 2015 18:45
Hail damage to commercial roofing results in millions of dollars of economic loss worldwide each year. The members of ERA know from experience that EPDM roof systems hold up well against hail and that there’s scientific evidence available to support this assertion.