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SPRI expands membership to include green and solar roofs

July 01, 2009
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WALTHAM, MA — The Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) recently approved a bylaw revision expanding its membership to include companies that represent emerging technologies, including photovoltaic and vegetative roofs, according to Building Design and Construction.
The decision to expand hinged on the notion that non-traditional segments of the commercial roofing industry should join SPRI and take part in the discussion and research which is shaping the roofing industry of tomorrow, the story stated.
Mike Ennis, SPRI technical director, said: "We feel that we need to address the changes in the industry and on the rooftop. Today we are looking at photovoltaic and vegetative systems interacting with the traditional roofing system. Tomorrow it may be water retention systems or wind technology. Whatever the new arena, it is important that there be a sharing of information between the new technology and the traditional roofing system manufacturer that is serving as a platform for these innovations."
In conjunction with Green Roofs For Healthy Cities, SPRI is developing three standards for vegetative roof systems: Wind resistance; fire resistance; and root penetration, the story noted.
SPRI has also created a task force to compile information for building owners and developers regarding the benefits and limitations of attaching photovoltaic systems to roofs, the story added.
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