By RONALD P. SCHWENGER, GRP, Principal Architek Sustainable Building Products Inc.
the green and sustainable building trend
moves into the mainstream, we can begin
to evaluate the impact and roles that different parts of the envelope play on
overall sustainability and contribute to reducing the carbon footprint. The result has been healthier,
more productive buildings that last longer, consume far less
energy and are in keeping with the City of initiative to reduce building energy consumption.
A roof is one of the largest open surfaces. This horizontal space is the most exposed to the
outdoor elements and, therefore, has the
best opportunity to affect
the sustainable performance of a build-
Sadly, in most cases, roofs are passive elements that are reduced to simply
keeping out the rain. Yet, they have a
wonderful opportunity to be a key contributor to a highly sustainable building.
HOW ROOFS CAN
PLAY A KEY ROLE IN
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ZINCO CANADA ZINCO GERMANY
ROOFINGBC WINTER 2016
ROOFING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA [RCABC]