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08/05/2010

EPDM Roof Performance Shown to Reduce Environmental Impact

EPDM rates high against global warming, acidification, and smog generation

 

A new study reveals that ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) produces a significantly lower environmental impact than previously shown. Sponsored by the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA), the data indicates that both black and white EPDM excel in key categories such as global warming, acidification, and smog generation. It also showed the global warming potential of a black EPDM or white TPO roofing membrane was approximately half that of a white PVC or un-surfaced SBS membrane.

“This study not only corrects what appeared to be inaccurate data on the life cycle performance of EPDM, it provides a thorough comparison of other leading roof systems,” said Bill Tippins, a member of the ERA Technical Committee. The study examined a variety of roofing membranes – including EPDM, TPO, PVC, and SBS modified bitumen – installed via a number of common roof system attachment methods, including ballast, fully adhered and mechanically attached. The findings suggest that roof system service life may be a critical factor in determining a material’s overall environmental impact.

Using life cycle assessment (LCA), the study was conducted by GreenTeam Inc. and the data was reviewed by the ATHENA Institute and TEGNOS Research. “Now available through the Athena Impact Estimator, it will also be important for other public sources of LCA information to consider this data and make any necessary updates to accurately reflect the environmental impact of EPDM,” noted Jim Hoff, a TEGNOS Research founder.

 

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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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