A matter of opinion

A roofing industry professional shares his views about current issues facing the industry


Editor's note: The following views are those of the author and not necessarily those of NRCA or Professional Roofing.

Paddy Chayefsky once said: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore."

This statement might best describe how I feel about the current state of the roofing industry. Never in my 25 years of involvement with the industry as a roof consultant, architect and former president of RCI Inc.—The Institute of Roofing, Waterproofing, and Building Envelope Professionals have I seen the profession and industry being so frequently challenged and changed by others who have no vested interest in the industry and, most devastating, no liability in the decisions they make. In my opinion, this is the roofing industry's No. 1 concern.

Federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and its single-component roof ENERGY STAR® program, which pays blind apostolic allegiance to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, Calif., have done more to contribute to poorly performing roof systems than the entire roofing industry.