Roofing material manufacturers extend research project on sustainable roofing

Trade groups collaborate to compare high-performance roofing systems in Northern climates

A coalition of trade groups is sponsoring continued analysis of a reroofing project at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility in Jamesville, New York. This research project on advanced roofing systems will evaluate the benefits of thermal insulation and cool roofing in Northern climates.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA), the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) and the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) have joined forces to assist the Onondaga County Department of Facilities Management study building energy use and storm water runoff from roof systems. Temperature and rain data from the project, which includes vegetative roofing, increased insulation levels and cool roofs, will provide information on building performance and roof covering selection.

The county worked with Ashley-McGraw Architects (and CDH Energy to design and install a field-monitoring system to collect data on thermal performance, weather conditions and roof runoff from four buildings at the Jamesville facility. CDH Energy released a report in October, 2011, that made recommendations on roof covering selection.

With the instrumentation still in place, the study can continue evaluating the roof coverings over a longer time to better see how they interact with weather conditions. Of particular interest is the effect of accumulated snow on roofs that may affect the buildings’ thermal performance. The project is expected to run through 2015.


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