Initial cost of a commercial, industrial, or institutional building's roofing system is about 10% of total construction cost, but the roof can end up accounting for as much as 60% of a building's total maintenance cost throughout the building's life cycle. This course provides expert advice on how to make a roof last as long as possible, and how to properly retrofit or reroof when the roof has run its course.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
+ DESCRIBE the primary benefits of reroofing and roof renovation projects
for building performance, with emphasis on the positive impacts on indoor
environmental quality, comfort, and health for building occupants.
+ DISCUSS the rationales for existing roofing systems of choosing overlayment
or tear-off as strategies for a roofing retrofit, along with their environmental and
+ LIST at least four strategies for roofing applications as part of a sustainable
design project (including LEED projects) for indoor environmental quality, moisture
protection, mold prevention, and building envelope optimization.
+ DESCRIBE the primary requirements for vegetated (green) roofing system
design and installation and their benefits in terms of reducing urban heat-island
effect, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.