Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Single-Ply Roofing Membranes Exposed: The Myths & The Facts

Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Duro-Last®, Inc., GAF, Johns Manville, and Versico Roofing Systems
Presented by Thomas J. Taylor and James Willits
 
Continuing Education
 

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss single-ply’s 50-year technology and installation progression.
  2. Identify today’s most prevalent single-ply systems and their appropriate application methodologies.
  3. Understand the potential disadvantages and advantages, including condensation concerns and energy saving capabilities, inherent in single-ply systems.
  4. Articulate the need to holistically view the roof system as part of an integrated building envelope.

Credits:

1 AIA LU/HSW
1 RCI CEH
0.1 IACET CEU*

Single-ply membranes, along with their installation methodologies, have evolved to best meet the roofing needs of today’s low-slope commercial buildings. Past and present systems will be presented with a focus on today’s most prevalent membranes. Discussion will include the challenges surrounding single-ply usage from a building science perspective — particularly the relationship between white membranes and condensation. Recent arguments regarding a white membrane’s effect on overall building energy efficiency will also be challenged. Finally, future trends will be outlined emphasizing the roof system as part of an integrated building envelope, not a discrete component as traditional perspectives have suggested.

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Tom Taylor Tom Taylor, is the Executive Director, Building & Roofing Science, for GAF. This position is focused on the relationships between individual roofing materials and the overall roof system and building envelope performance. Tom is a frequent presenter at both national and regional industry meetings. He has over 20 years’ experience in the building products industry, all working for manufacturing organizations in a variety of new product development roles. He received his PhD in chemistry and holds approximately 35 patents.
James Willits James Willits is the Building & Roofing Science Specialist for the western region, for GAF. This position is focused on the relationships between individual roofing materials and the overall roof system and building envelope performance. James has approximately eight years’ experience in the roofing industry, as an installer, project manager, in sales, and as a training manager. He is well regarded for presenting seminars that cover roofing theories and practice to a range of audiences. James has been with GAF since 2012.


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Johns Manville Logo. Versico Roofing Systems logo.

 

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