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Center members view European roof-integrated PV systems

In October 2008, members of the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing were invited to tour Belgium-based DERBIGUM's manufacturing facilities in Belgium to view roof-integrated photovoltaic (PV) system installations. The company manufactures DERBIGUM, DERBICOLOR, DERBIBRITE and DERBISOLAR products.

The group included NRCA President Rob Therrien, president of The Melanson Co. Inc., Keene, N.H.; NRCA Vice President Rob McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., Milwaukee, a Tecta America company; Reid Ribble, president of The Ribble Group Inc., Kaukauna, Wis.; Jerry Schaefer, chief executive officer of Sellers & Marquis Roofing Co., Kansas City, Mo.; Craig Silvertooth, the center's executive director; and NRCA Executive Vice President Bill Good. They were accompanied by DERBIGUM's European and U.S. executive officers and members of e-PGEN, DERBIGUM's Energy Preservation and Generation division.

The group visited various sites in Belgium, including a vegetative roof system on the Commission of European Community in Brussels, and took a roof tour of VMM, a Brussels-based television station with a 400-kilowatt roof-integrated PV system. The group then traveled to Nantes, France, to view a DERBISOLAR installation that, when complete, will be the world's largest roof-integrated PV system on a polymer-modified bitumen surface.