Paddy Chayefsky once said: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going
to take it anymore."
This statement might best describe how I feel about the current
state of the roofing industry. Never in my 25 years of involvement
with the industry as a roof consultant, architect and former
president of RCI Inc.—The Institute of Roofing,
Waterproofing, and Building Envelope Professionals have I seen the
profession and industry being so frequently challenged and changed
by others who have no vested interest in the industry and, most
devastating, no liability in the decisions they make. In my
opinion, this is the roofing industry's No. 1 concern.
Federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), and its single-component roof ENERGY STAR® program,
which pays blind apostolic allegiance to Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, Calif., have done more to contribute
to poorly performing roof systems than the...
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