RoofPoint System Offers Measurable Goals

OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: RoofPoint Rating System Helps Define Real Roofing Sustainability Pt. 2: RoofPoint System Calls for Roofing DurabilityPt. 3: This Page

Like other green building rating systems, RoofPoint functions as a criterion-based assessment system featuring two dozen roofing-specific strategies to reduce environmental impact. These strategies are assessed against defined and measurable goals, and the sum of the assessment is expressed as a total point score — not unlike LEED.

RoofPoint also can help facility managers choose roofing for their unique situation — providing guidance on topics such as how roofs fit into the LEED rating system, whether cool roofs are appropriate in cold climates, and which roofs are appropriate for photovoltaic installations.

Silvertooth says the RoofPoint guidelines perform four important functions, including:

  • A checklist to identify the many ways current roofing systems provide economic value and protect the environment
  • A guideline to establish design, installation and maintenance criteria for the selection of sustainable roof systems
  • An assessment system to compare different sustainable roofing strategies and select the optimal roof systems for any building and site condition
  • A recognition program to validate roof system selection and reward environmental innovation in roofing

As of this summer, the CEIR shifted the RoofPoint rating system from being a pilot program with voluntary submissions, to a full release of the guidelines.

The formal program started in July, according to Hoff.

Hoff and Silvertooth both realize that yet another set of guidelines for building owners to attend to might seem onerous. As such, the CEIR has attempted to make RoofPoint certification as simple and painless as possible.

Hoff likened it to a TurboTax-style system in regards to ease-of-use.

"We needed to make this an easy-to-use program because there's a real opportunity to recognize good roofing projects," Hoff explains. "Every year, about 40,000 roofing projects receive warranty programs from the manufacturer. To succeed at this, we knew RoofPoint had to be as simple as the warranty process to be included in all those projects."

Costs are also relatively nominal for recognition: Silvertooth says cost for submission, review by the Center, and approval is less than $250, and CEIR members receive a discounted price.

Ease of use and inexpensive were two motivating factors to streamline RoofPoint's adoption.

Silvertooth understands that today's facility managers are involved in a broad range of critical functions, including capital budgeting, construction management, building operation, long-term maintenance and achievement of organizational sustainability goals. RoofPoint streamlines facility manager decisions by:

  • Offering a template for effective roof system procurement and management
  • Validating all aspects of sustainable roof asset management — initial system selection, construction management and long term maintenance
  • Providing a non-proprietary framework for roof system selection that offers flexibility and choice for the building owner.

But ultimately, it's about making the best roofing decision for any given organization, in any given location.

"The Center is really in favor of providing building owner with as much information as possible to make the best decision possible, recognizing that any decision requires trade-offs," says Hoff.

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