GAF introduces green Web tool


GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has announced an update of its GAF Green Central microsite — the destination for sustainability information on all the company’s product lines, including roofing and roofing accessories, ventilation products, and siding. The microsite is designed around the full lifespan of a structure, detailing the many ways that a roofing product can contribute to ‘greening’ that structure throughout its service life from production to recycling.

In order to be most useful to design professionals, the site includes submittal info for property owners and project teams, including the GAF LEED Playbook and ecoScorecard submittal tool. The site also has resources for those preparing for the next generation of green building codes, such as a template Construction Waste Management Plan, information on membrane and asphalt shingle recycling, and links to a number of helpful roofing industry resources, as well as listings of GAF products that meet CRRC, ENERGY STAR, and Title 24 requirements. Additionally, free access to the Green Building Certification Institute accredited course, “Asphalt Shingles and the Green Home” is provided.

Green Roof Industry Grows 28.5 Per Cent in 2010

Green Roof for Healthy CitiiesGreen Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) reports that the green roof industry grew by 28.5 per cent over the course of 2010, up significantly from 16 per cent growth recorded in 2009! The City of Chicago led the way for the seventh year in a row, with more than 500,000 square feet installed, followed closely by Washington, DC.

“Government investment in green roofs for their stormwater, air quality, green space and city cooling benefits largely fuels the growth of our industry,” said Steven W. Peck, Founder and President of GRHC. “Cities such as Chicago, Washington, New York, Portland, Seattle and Philadelphia continue to lead the way with incentives and regulations that recognize the many benefits from green roofs, including much needed green jobs in their communities. We are also seeing tremendous leadership within the federal government and its agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and General Services Administration.”

“Chicago is proud of our progress in promoting and installing green roofs especially considering the many benefits they provide in support of the Chicago Climate Action Plan. They include: stormwater capture, building insulation, local heat island reduction and new green space for people and wildlife. Green roofs are just a part of Chicago’s support of green infrastructure solutions to make cities more livable and vibrant through sustainable design and innovative programs,” said Commissioner Suzanne Malec-McKenna of the Chicago Department of Environment.

“It’s very gratifying to see the District at #2 nationwide, but no surprise! The District government and our property owners, developers, and residents citywide have embraced green roof technology for its many benefits. And we are really just getting started! I expect green roofs will play an increasingly important role as we improve stormwater management to clean and protect the District’s rivers and streams, ” said Christophe A.G. Tulou, Director of the Washington District Department of the Environment Department.

“As the green roof and wall industry develops further we will see costs come down and benefits to building owners rise, through the application of integrated design practices that turn wasted roof and wall spaces into value added urban farms, habitat, recreational spaces, horticultural therapy centers, energy conservation, green energy production, and stormwater management infrastructure, ” said Jeffrey L. Bruce, Chair, GRHC. “The industry is also benefitting from the more than 425 accredited Green Roof Professionals (GRPs) in the market. We are committed to driving future industry growth through professional development with new courses in Advanced Maintenance, Green Wall Design, Integrated Site and Building Water Management, and Rooftop Urban Agriculture which are available in Washington April 12 and soon to be on-line in the Living Architecture Academy.”