A recent issue of Living Architecture Monitor included an
article titled "Who Owns the Green Roof?" Not surprisingly, those
in the roofing industry claimed ownership, as did those in the
landscaping industry. The article struck me as
interesting—and academic. Roofs will not be "owned" by those
who claim ownership but rather will be managed by those who can
demonstrate competence and professionalism to building owners and
Yes, we will have jurisdictional issues regarding vegetative and
photovoltaic (PV) roof systems. And yes, the roofing industry needs
to be engaged in those issues so we don't get left out by
jurisdictional rulings or building code and licensing
But far more important, I think, will be our efforts to educate
and train the industry and its customers about those systems and
why roofing contractors must always be involved with their
Two important new initiatives will help that effort. The first,
RoofPoint,™ has been developed by the Center for
Environmental Innovation in Roofing. RoofPoint provides for an
assessment, on a point basis, of roof systems based on their
ability to conserve energy and protect the environment. Points are
awarded for energy management, materials management, water
management, durability and life-cycle...
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