High-Performance Cold Storage Roof Design

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Sponsored by GAF
Presented by Jennifer Keegan, AAIA, and Kristin M. Westover, P.E., LEED AP O+M

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess how cold storage roof design can impact building energy use and operations.
  2. Review the importance of air, vapor and thermal control layer continuity.
  3. Assess typical cold storage details to evaluate control layer continuity.
  4. Review common installation and detailing errors during construction and how they impact the roof functionality.


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Cold storage buildings are designed to maintain cold temperatures, much colder temperatures than a typical building. Having a structure that is properly insulated and sealed to maintain the required temperature and to minimize ice build-up is essential not only for the products being stored inside, but also for potential energy savings over the life of the facility. We will review the importance of the roof in this unique construction assembly, the primary control layers and how design and construction of details can impact the functionality and energy efficiency of the building for the lifetime of the roof system.


Photo courtesy of GAF


 Jennifer Keegan, AAIA, is the Director of Building & Roofing Science for GAF, focusing on overall roof system design and performance. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience as a building enclosure consultant specializing in building forensics, assessment, design and remediation of building enclosure systems. She provides technical leadership within the industry as the Chair of the ASTM D08.22 Roofing and Waterproofing Subcommittee, and the education chair for IIBEC; and as an advocate for women within the industry as an executive board member of National Women in Roofing and a board member of Women in Construction.

Kristin W

 Kristin M. Westover, P.E., LEED AP O+M, is a Technical Manager of specialty installations for low-slope commercial roofing systems at GAF. She has experience with a wide variety of projects in the civil engineering consulting industry specializing in repair and restoration of existing buildings, primarily for commercial buildings and high-rise residential structures. Project expertise includes roofing, waterproofing, facades, parking garages, and pavements. She has performed assessments, written specification and design documents, provided bidding services oversight, and performed construction contract administration. She also has experience in arbitration and litigation support as well as LEED O+M certification for existing buildings.


GAF | Siplast The Building and Roofing Science team offers regional expert building enclosure collaboration through design, specification, and educational support for customers of GAF and Siplast, both Standard Industries companies. GAF is North America’s largest roofing manufacturer with more homes and businesses in the U.S. protected by a GAF roof than any other product. Siplast, a leader in building enclosure systems, offers a portfolio of advanced, high-performance SBS-modified bitumen, PMMA liquid-applied, PVC KEE, lightweight insulating concrete, wall air & water barrier systems, and amenity/vegetated systems.


Originally published in February 2022