April 2006

So you want to roof green?

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Manufacturers provide several options for waterproofing green roofs

by Ambika Puniani Bailey
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The roofing industry has been on the cusp of an environmental revolution during the past several years. In response, manufacturers have been introducing highly reflective and emissive membranes and coatings, reflective granules for shingles and, of course, "green" roofs.

But green roofs entail a unique approach to waterproofing, as well as added weight on a building's structure. Several waterproofing options are available in the marketplace—it's finding the right one for a given project that can prove challenging.

Photo courtesy of Carlisle SynTec.

The Seaport Hotel, Boston, features a green roof by Carlisle...

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Manufacturers that provide waterproofing materials for green roof systems

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