Making progress

The RoofPoint™ program continues to move forward

In 2012, the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing launched RoofPoint, a voluntary, consensus-based sustainable roof rating system developed by the center to help building owners and designers select nonresidential roof systems based on long-term energy and environmental benefits.

The program ensures new and replacement roof systems are designed, installed and maintained in accordance with the best sustainable practices available. It serves as a checklist to identify the ways current roof systems provide economic value and protect the environment; guidelines to establish design, installation and maintenance criteria for selecting sustainable roof systems; an assessment system to compare sustainable roofing strategies and choose the optimal roof systems for any building and site condition; and a recognition program to validate roof system selection and reward environmental innovation in roofing.

The rating system features 23 strategies to address critical environmental aspects of modern roof systems. The strategies are scored against measurable goals, and the project assessment is expressed as a total point score. Roofing projects that meet a minimum score in each major category and overall are recognized as demonstrating the key principles of sustainable roofing.

"Roofing contractors can use RoofPoint to differentiate themselves from their competitors by marketing RoofPoint roof systems not only as environmentally friendly but also long-lasting, durable and energy-efficient," says James Kirby, the center's vice president of sustainability.