Construction waste management quickly is becoming a significant
concern not only for the construction industry but for roofing
contractors. According to Engineering News-Record, 136
million tons of construction debris are created annually and the
cost of virgin materials continues to increase.
For this reason, the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating
System,™ the green building movement and code changes are
pressuring the construction industry to plan for the reuse,
recycling and reconstitution of excess materials from construction
In response to this, during 2006, the EPDM Roofing Association
(ERA) launched an EPDM recycling initiative to determine the
possibilities of recycling used, in-place EPDM roof membranes and
identify a potential market for using the byproduct.
An EPDM industry task force was established to investigate the
possibilities and consists of Ed Kane, division
manager—technology of Firestone Building Products Co.,
Indianapolis; Dick Gillenwater, manager of Advanced Products and
Green Roof Systems for Carlisle SynTec Inc.,...
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