Firestone Building Products' Plant Demonstrates The Power Of Photovoltaics With PLATINUM PV Program
Polyiso manufacturing facility based in Bristol, Conn. goes green with integrated solar rooftop system
INDIANAPOLIS — Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, a leading manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive “Roots to Rooftops” portfolio of products, has announced the completion of the installation of its PLATINUM PV™ Program on its polyiso manufacturing plant in Bristol, Conn. In 2011, the company received a clean energy grant to update the facility. With the funding Firestone Building Products installed its PLATINUM PV™ Program to integrate photovoltaic (PV) systems with a new cool roofing system. The goal of the program is to create concurrent lifecycles between a roofing and PV system. By syncing the lifespans of the two systems, building owners can maximize renewable energy production and financial rewards.
With the PLATINUM PV Program, building owners have a choice of a variety of heavy-duty roofing systems, including: TPO, EPDM, SBS Modified Bitumen and standing seam panel metal systems. For the Firestone Building Products’ plant, an integrated fully adhered .090 EcoWhite™ EPDM Platinum™ Membrane was installed over ½” high density ISOGARD™ HD Cover Board and a thermal layer of ISO 95+™ GL Insulation. The program is covered by Firestone Building Products’ 30-year Red Shield™ Platinum™ Warranty which protects against leaks, incidental punctures, up to two inches of hail damage and winds up to 100 mph.
“When considering installing PV, building owners must first consider the roofing system. A typical rooftop PV investment is based on a 25 year financial projection. Therefore, the roof must be able to sustain heavy PV for at least that long in order to maximize returns,” said Gary Thompson, general manager of Innovative Products and Services (IPAS), at Firestone Building Products. “With rooftop solar on the rise, the PLATINUM PV Program, which combines a heavy-duty, high-performance roof with a PV array built to last, is an important part of our business.”
As outlined in the Firestone Building Products 2012 Sustainability Report, the company is committed to natural resource conservation and reducing CO2. Using a third-party certified monitoring tool, the company can track total energy generated and CO2 offset. The measurement tool can be viewed here: http://live.deckmonitoring.com/?id=firestone_building_products_bristol_ct
“Firestone Building Products is not only dedicated to innovating products that help with overall commercial building performance for our clients, but implementing sustainable manufacturing processes and integrating green products on our own facilities. Sustainability is a companywide commitment. And the plant in Bristol is a testament to that. The energy and cost savings calculated by the plant is a real-life success story for us and for our customers to see the relevance of PV and green roofing products,” concluded Thompson.
This clean energy project was made possible by a grant from the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority.
About Firestone Building Products Company, LLC (www.firestonebpco.com):
Firestone Building Products Company, LLC is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive “Roots to Rooftops” portfolio of products for commercial building performance solutions. By taking the entire building envelope into consideration, Firestone Building Products meets individual customer and project needs for roofing, wall, landscape and lining solutions. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., the company also offers outstanding technical services, an international network of roofing contractors, distributors and field sales representatives, and superior warranty protection. Products include: commercial roofing systems, roofing accessories, green roofing systems, photovoltaic and daylighting systems, vegetative roofing systems, metal wall panels, insulation, cavity wall construction, pond liners and geomembranes.