A busy year

SPRI has been active issuing new standards and guidance for the industry

Environmentalists and code regulators continue to place more emphasis on green, or sustainable, roof systems, and roofing professionals are successfully adapting to these changing technologies. SPRI is no exception.

The past year has been one of the most challenging—and productive—ever for SPRI and its members. The association, which represents sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry, has worked overtime to stay ahead of a dizzying array of industry developments.

Among SPRI's most important accomplishments in 2010 was the release of key standards for vegetative roof systems. The association also announced the results of an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) study showing vegetative roof systems can reduce heating and cooling costs.

"Among other things, SPRI is developing codes and standards for contractors, specifiers, consultants and others that will help take the mystery out of vegetative roof systems and the term's relationship to cool roofs, garden roofs and energy-efficient roofing," says SPRI President Dave Bailie, regional sales manager for USG Corp. SECUROCK® Gypsum-Fiber Roof Board, Chicago.