When LEED® was founded by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2001, one of its primary objectives was to "transform the built environment." Looking back at the past 10 years, signs of this transformation are obvious: 10,000 LEED buildings have been certified across the globe; more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals have been certified; and almost every building material supplier offers some type of LEED checklist for its products. It is rare to encounter roofing contractors who aren't involved with a LEED project or LEED-based requirements for roof systems.
But 10 years ago, the beginning of the green building transformation was less obvious. In the same way, it may also be easy to overlook the beginning of a similar transformation taking place in the roofing industry.
A year ago, I had the opportunity to introduce Professional Roofing readers to a new sustainable rating system for roofs called RoofPoint (see "A roof rating system," December 2010 issue, page 24). RoofPoint was developed by the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing and, like LEED, embraces a goal of transformation. During its first year, RoofPoint has demonstrated its potential to change the roofing industry.
A new way of thinking