Roofing Industry Tells GSA to Leverage Roof Alteration Projects to Decarbonize Buildings

Back To News
May 26, 2022

By John Boling

IIBEC joined a roofing industry letter to the General Services Administration (GSA) highlighting the contributions of energy-efficient roof alterations in the effort to accelerate the rate of net-zero emissions retrofits and to improve the resiliency of federal buildings.

The letter calls upon GSA to include recommendations for roof alterations within any “playbook” that is compiled for federal buildings, specifically mentioning roof alteration projects that improve passive efficiency and incorporate complementary building decarbonization and resiliency measures.

Importantly, IIBEC made sure the letter informed GSA about the highly successful credential-driven roofing program run by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Specifically, the letter states:

“Additionally, GSA should consider mimicking the highly successful US Army Corps of Engineers’ National Roofing Program (NRP) that requires qualified roof designers for the design and construction of resilient roofs. In the last 25 years, the NRP has invested $201.7 million in reroofing projects at 397 US Army Reserve facilities across 48 states and territories (totaling more than 12 million square feet of installed roofs) and has never had a failure. The energy efficiency upgrades through the NRP improved existing roofs (some with insulation R-values less than 10) to R-30, driving down energy costs by $4.3 million.”

Brian Pallasch, chief executive officer and executive vice president of IIBED, noted, “IIBEC will take every opportunity to inform and educate facility owners and managers about the benefits of engaging IIBEC credentialed building enclosure consultants. The highly successful NRP is testament to the long-term benefit a Registered Roofing Consultant (RRC) can bring to a facility when the enclosure is installed and designed properly, preferably with the oversight of a Registered Roof Observer (RRO).”