Green attributes affect roofing material
Interviews performed by Ducker Worldwide LLC, a Troy,
Mich.-based market research and consulting company, indicate
sustainability and green design are the most influential trends
affecting roofing material selection.
Conducted among various roofing industry segments, including
suppliers, manufacturers, contractors, architects/specifiers,
general contractors, builders, building owners/facility managers
and consumers, the interviews also indicate energy efficiency
affects roofing material selection more than any other
environmental trend. Additionally, the interviews indicate the
difference in design and availability of alternative materials,
such as higher R-value insulation, cool roofing materials,
vegetative roof systems and integrated solar roof systems, have the
most significant effect on roofing material selection.
The interviews show the use of green roof systems has become
increasingly important since 2002, particularly for roofing
contractors and end users. In 2008, it was estimated that less than
10 percent of roofing projects were constructed using green
materials and/or systems. By 2013, this number is expected to
triple though current economic conditions could slow such growth.
More than 75 percent of interview respondents claim to have
experienced growth in green roofing practices during the past five
years, and all respondents believe growth will continue
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