Understanding ENERGY STAR(R)

Monday, August 28th, 2017 by Michael Fortenberry

If only roofing issues would cooperate and stay at home. That's the wish of many business and commercial property owners. The main reason so many detest having to deal with roofing problems with professional buildings is because they often differ greatly from those seen on traditional roofs. Thus, your residential roofer can't necessarily also be counted on to be your commercial roofing company in Lubbock. How can you tell if a contractor claiming to offer comprehensive roofing services is actually capable of handling commercial issues? Look to see how much they emphasize ENERGY STAR® products.

Understanding ENERGY STAR®

How Does ENERGY STAR® Apply To Roofing?

You've likely heard a lot about ENERGY STAR®, but are probably unfamiliar with the program's exact history and how it applies to roofing. ENERGY STAR® is a joint effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to encourage the production of more energy-efficient products and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The first ENERGY STAR® standards for roofing products were introduced in 1999. For the products used by a commercial roofing company in Lubbock to qualify for the ENERGY STAR® certification, they must meet a certain set of criteria. This includes:

  • Offering improved energy-efficiency utilizing technology that is widely-available and non-proprietary
  • Being able to produce easily verifiable performance results
  • Allowing consumers to recoup their extra purchase costs over time through reductions in their utility expenses
  • Providing all of the same product features and benefits consumers demand in similar products

For low-slope roofs (which include the single-ply membranes often used on commercial buildings), products must produce an initial solar reflectance of 0.65 as well as a rating of 0.50 after three years to meet ENERGY STAR® specifications. To provide context to that number, think of it as being able to reduce your roof's surface temperature by up to 50°F.

Let Us Help You And The Environment

As that rare contractor that can truly be viewed as both a residential and commercial roofing company in Lubbock, we at Fortenberry Roofing Co. understand the benefits that a green commercial roof certified by ENERGY STAR® can provide for both the environment and your business. Allow us to put one on your commercial building. You can connect with us through social media or call us directly.

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