Comments about recycling roofing materials

Congratulations on the launch of Professional Roofing ECO. The timing for introducing such a publication could not be better, and I am certain it will be a valuable resource for all roofing professionals.

I particularly appreciated James R. Kirby's article, "Join the movement," page 10, about recycling roofing materials. Our parent company was a driving force in developing end-of-service-life recycling of PVC thermoplastic membranes in Europe more than a decade ago. The experience gained there has been beneficial in setting up a successful program in the U.S. We genuinely believe this is a critical issue for the roofing industry.

Kirby rightfully points to the U.S. Green Building Council as a driving force in the construction material recycling movement. However, we believe its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™ as it currently is written is nowhere near as effective as it could be.