ARMA, ERA and PIMA fund research project

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA), EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) and Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) have formed a coalition to sponsor the continued analysis of a reroofing project at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility in Jamesville, N.Y.

When the facility needed a new roof in 2009, Onondaga County realized an opportunity to evaluate water retention and energy-efficiency performances for different roof covering assemblies and installed a field-monitoring system to collect data regarding thermal performance, weather conditions and roof runoff from four buildings at the Jamesville facility.

With the original field-monitoring system still in place, the coalition decided to continue evaluating the roof coverings during a longer period of time to better see how roof coverings interact with weather conditions. Of particular interest is the effect of accumulated snow on roofs that may affect buildings' thermal performance.