Commercial Green Roof Installation

Green Roof Installations for Industrial and Commercial Flat Roofs

Green Commercial Flat Roofing The recent boom in “Green” materials, building techniques, and practices has led to a revolution in the design and construction of commercial and industrial flat roof buildings. Green roofing systems are a great way to add appeal to your place of business. Customers and potential clients find green roofing systems to be very unique and interesting and are great for presenting your business as environmentally conscious and committed to renewable resources.

Energy Tax Credits from Green Roofing Systems

Depending on your state, green roofing systems are eligible for Energy Tax Credits, which save business owners money on their annual tax expenses. These energy incentives provide tax breaks and rebates for businesses actively participating in renewable energy programs. Green roofing systems from Roofed Right America utilize a wide range of green roofing supplies, such as 100% recyclable TPO roofing materials, to build an attractive, visually striking green roof sure to make your building the talk of the town.

Green Roofing Environmental and Financial Benefits

Green roofs can be installed for a wide variety of both environmental and financial benefits. Environmentally, green roofs effectively reduce storm water runoff and urban heat while turning vacant space into a natural habitat and improving air quality. Financially, green roofs provide building insulation resulting in lower energy costs.  Green roofs are aesthetically appealing and can increase real estate value. Having a green roofing system can also substantially increase your roof’s overall lifespan.

Green Roof Waterproofing Installation and Maintenance

Green roofs, like any yard or garden, require regular watering. While many business and manufacturing center owners are concerned about the idea of spraying water on their roof, part of green roofing installations from Roofed Right America include flat roof waterproofing services. We professionally install commercial roofing membranes and materials designed to keep your building perfectly dry and safe while ensuring no water will pool or collect in areas where it shouldn’t. In fact, having a green roof can actually help protect the roofing membrane from harsh elements like UV rays, effectively improving your roof’s overall lifespan.

Asphalt Roofing Materials Recycling, Expanded Polystyrene Recycling, & Construction Waste Recycling

Roofed Right America places an emphasis on processes that do less harm to the local environment. Whether it comes in the form of our project-specific waste management plans or spending the extra time to recycle our waste materials in LEED certified reclamation facilities, you can be assured that our practices are formed by extending what is best for our client into what is best for the community. Approximately thirty percent of landfill debris comes from construction contractors: many experts agree that with a proper waste management plan, construction debris recycling and waste minimization techniques could reduce this number by ninety percent! Roofed Right America leads the way in the path to clean construction and efficient materials-usage.

Going Green?

Owners and managers who wish to display commitment to the environment and reduce operating costs use Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as their guide. The key to the success of these sustainable projects is an integrated design process from start to finish, which includes building owners, developers, architects, designers, engineers and contractors. LEED certification provides nationally recognized, independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. Rating points are awarded for sustainable features in five categories: building site; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; and indoor environmental quality.

In addition to lowering the impact on the environment and reducing operating costs, LEED certified buildings qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances, and other incentives. Re-roofing and performing regular roof maintenance are both excellent ways to earn and maintain LEED points. As a pioneer in "cool roofing" techniques, Roofed Right is well versed in LEED requirements and remains on the leading edge for developing and utilizing the latest in sustainable roofing products and procedures. Integrated design strategies among architects and roofing contractors generate success in green building.

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED does not certify products, but buildings can earn LEED certification.

The current standard, LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (LEED-NC) Version 2.1, incorporates a variety of design and construction credit areas that add up to 69 possible points. After achieving all prerequisites, additional points can be earned, adding up to a final score that translates into one of four possible levels of certification. LEED credit categories include:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Plus, Innovation and Design Process

How is roofing applicable to LEED?

The roof is one component in sustainable design, but a very important element in the LEED rating system. The most obvious roof-applicable points can be found in the sustainable sites category, including Stormwater Management and Heat Island Effect. One point is possible for Stormwater Management: Rate and Quantity, intended to limit disruption and pollution of natural water flows by managing storm water runoff. The LEED rating system suggests designing the project site to maintain natural storm water flows by promoting infiltration; specify garden roofs and pervious paving to minimize impervious surfaces; and reuse storm water volumes generated for non-potable uses.

One point can also be achieved in the credit category Heat Island Effect: Roof. The intent of this section is to reduce heat islands (thermal gradient differences between developed and undeveloped areas) to minimize impact on microclimate and human and wildlife habitat. Requirements to achieve this point include one of the following strategies:

  • Use ENERGY STAR compliant (highly reflective) and high emissivity roofing (emissivity of at least 0.9 when tested in accordance with ASTM 408) for a minimum of 75 percent of the roof surface; or
  • Install a "green" (vegetated) roof for at least 50 percent of the roof area;
  • Combinations of high albedo and vegetated roof can be used providing they collectively cover 75 percent of the roof area.

Other LEED credit areas that roofing systems designers should consider include: Minimum Energy Performance, Renewable Energy, Building Reuse, Construction Waste Management, Resource Reuse, Recycled Content, Regional Materials and Innovative and Design Process.

Why Certify?

LEED certification validates the "greenness" of building design and construction practices. In addition to protecting the environment, natural resources and the health of building occupants, other benefits may be realized. For example, LEED certified projects may qualify for tax credits and other local and state incentives.

While upfront costs of LEED certification may (or may not) be higher than a conventional project, there are proven financial benefits, such as cost savings through energy and water conservation; improved worker productivity and health; insurance and risk management benefits; higher lease rates and enhanced resale value, just to name a few.

The key to successful sustainable design and LEED certification is, first and foremost, the integrated design relationship between all parties involved, including the architect and roofing contractor. Only then, can a roof be designed to its fullest potential, adding up to possible points toward LEED certification.

SUSTAINABLE SOURCES

For more information on the LEED Rating System, visit the following:

Contact the green roof installers at Roofed Right America today for more information about our commercial and industrial roofing services.
 
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