6 Reasons to Consider a Metal Roof

6)    Improve Property Value Roofs that improve energy performance not only save on monthly utility bills, but they can also help buildings command higher rents and selling prices. Markets are taking notice that energy efficient buildings carry economic advantages. For example, studies show that rent premiums for ENERGY STAR-certified office buildings can range from 5-8.5%, while resale premiums for such buildings can range from 13-26%.[v],[vi],[vii],[viii]

Metal roofing systems can add value to buildings and renovations on many levels, from proven longevity and reliable weather protection to energy code compliance, operational savings, carbon emission reduction, enhanced occupant comfort, and higher property values.

Rodger Russ is the North American sales manager for the roof division of Butler Manufacturing, which provides design-build construction solutions and commercial building technology. He has more than 27 years of diverse experience since starting in the sheet metal trade in Chicago. He can be reached at raruss@butlermfg.com. 

[i]Ducker Research Company. Low Slope Roofing Life Cycle Cost Analysis. May 2005.

[ii]Kriner S. Architects turn to cool metal roofing in North America. Available at: http://www.coolmetalroofing.org/elements/uploads/casestudies/TMI_CaseStudy_26.pdf. Accessed May 15, 2013.

[iii]TIAX LLC, for U.S. Department of Energy. Commercial Building Toplighting: Energy Saving Potential and Potential Paths Forward. Available at: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/commercial_initiative/toplighting_final_report.pdf. Accessed May 15, 2013.

[iv]Denholm P. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The Technical Potential of Solar Water Heating to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States. Available at: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy07osti/41157.pdf. Accessed May 15, 2013.

[v]Fuerst F, McAllister PM. New Evidence on the Green Building Rent and Price Premium. Available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1372440. Accessed May 15, 2013.

[vi]CoStar Group. Commercial Real Estate and the Environment. Available at: http://www.costar.com/uploadedFiles/Partners/CoStar-Green-Study.pdf. Accessed May 15, 2013.

[vii]Eichholtz P, Kok N, Quiqley JM. The Economics of Green Building. Available at: http://cbey.research.yale.edu/uploads/Environmental%20Economics%20Seminar/EKQ%20082010%20JMQ%20(2).pdf. Accessed May 15, 2013.

[viii]McGraw Hill Construction. Green Building Retrofit & Renovation. Available at: http://mts.sustainableproducts.com/Capital_Markets_Partnership/BusinessCase/MHC%20Green%20Building%20Retrofit%20%26%20Renovation%20SMR%20(2009).pdf. Accessed May 15, 2013.


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