Institutional Buildings with Non-Conventional Sustainable Roofs

April 29, 2011
Publication: Building Enclosure Sustainability Symposium 2011, Integrating Design & Building Practices: Proceedings of the 2nd Symposium p 173-187
Author(s): Kenneth Klein

Abstract: Roofing sustainability can be many things, but primarily it can be thought of as providing a long lasting covering that protects a building from the elements (i.e. water, sun, cold, and heat), and that minimizes the burden on the environment while conserving energy. Considerations such as low environmental impact, initial cost, and life cycle cost as well as recycle content are also very important when assessing the roof sustainability. The definition of what is truly a sustainable roof does not presently enjoy a consensus, as it is hard to agree upon a single, all-inclusive, definition for a roof that lowers environmental and energy impact but which still provides a durable long lasting watertight roof covering.