“Sustainable” literally refers to the ability to endure or to keep on going. In buildings, sustainable design refers to solutions that can conserve, recycle, or help renew natural resources over time.
In roofing, sustainability can be achieved through any or a combination of:
- Use of recycled materials
- Use of materials that are themselves recyclable
- Extended service life
- Efficient use of energy and other natural resources
- Actually renewing our natural resources
The key is to pay attention to what really matters. For instance, if a rooftop photo-voltaic collector requires more energy to manufacture, transport, and install it than it will ever generate, it’s not really sustainable even though it is producing energy.
On the other hand, if a new roof that is manufactured and shipped efficiently, is energy-efficient, has a long service life, and is recyclable, the criteria for sustainability is covered. Plus, there are systems that meet these yet cost no more or less than non-sustainable roofs.
A professional certified contractor like Commonwealth Roofing Corp. can evaluate the facility’s situation and help meet its performance, sustainability, and cost goals. Call or email us.