Since the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) was founded in 2002, it
has sought to educate the construction and roofing communities by
providing current, accurate data; technical information; and
educational forums to discuss the characteristics and benefits of
EPDM roof systems. As one of the newest trade organizations in the
roofing industry, ERA has worked with its members to provide a
balanced viewpoint about the various regulatory agendas and trends
affecting EPDM product usage.
During 2004, ERA focused much of its efforts on research
projects that verified the performance of EPDM roof systems.
Although economic factors and technology improvements have combined
to produce much of EPDM's recent growth, at least part of the
credit must go to ERA for its efforts to improve awareness of EPDM
performance. Following are some of the major initiatives undertaken
in 2004 that will continue into 2005.
An objective of ERA is to provide new technical information to
the architectural, roofing and construction industries regarding
EPDM performance. To meet this objective, ERA undertook two
research studies that explored various facets of the long-term
field performance provided by EPDM roof systems. The
studies—one on membrane performance and the other on
maintenance history—provide useful data about the life-cycle
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