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Owens Corning's Color Compass Quiz

Owens Corning’s Color Compass Quiz

Whether buying a home or updating one, more homeowners are looking to show off their personality through a unique roof. Designer shingles are an increasingly popular way to add color to a roof. Now Owens Corning makes it easier for homeowners to decide on a new roof color with the Color Compass Quiz. By answering a few short questions, the Color Compass Quiz allows users to find the perfect colors from 28 custom-designed palettes created with the help of designer Lee Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Take the Color Compass Quiz.

Roofing Manufacturers and Contractors Embrace Recycling

In the early 2000s, as the green-building movement reached its tipping point, the roofing industry’s contributions to sustainability focused on increasing energy efficiency, improving long-term durability and addressing the heat-island effect. In the years since, significant strides have been made in all three of these areas for commercial and residential buildings.

In recent years, increasing attention has been given to the benefits and challenges of recycling roofing materials at the end of their useful life. This is no trivial task: Owens Corning estimates asphalt shingles alone comprise up to 5 percent of building-related landfill waste. This doesn’t take into account other roofing materials, including EPDM, thermoplastic PVC and metal.

Not surprisingly, rising removal costs, coupled with the growing demand in some areas of the country to legislate landfill content, are putting pressure on contractors and building owners to seek alternatives to traditional roof construction scrap and tear-off disposal methods.

In response, greater numbers of roofing manufacturers and contractors are driving strategies to avoid the landfill. A general review of emerging trends across the roofing industry suggests manufacturers and contractors increasingly are turning to recycling to steer these materials from the waste stream.

Steel is the most recycled material in building construction today. PHOTO: STEEL RECYCLING INSTITUTE

Steel is the most recycled material in building construction today. PHOTO: STEEL RECYCLING INSTITUTE

METAL

Metal roofing’s sustainable attributes are significant. Industry experts cite its ability to improve a building’s energy efficiency, and metal today contains anywhere from 25 to 95 percent recycled material.

On its website, the Chicago-based Metal Construction Association (MCA) encourages installing metal roofing directly over an existing roof, thus eliminating the need to dispose of the original materials. But when an older metal roof or new-construction debris must be removed from a site, contractors and owners in most regions of the country can quickly identify scrap yards that take metal.

“Steel is the most recycled material in building construction today,” says MCA Technical Director Scott Kriner. “There’s an infrastructure that supports it, and metal in general is virtually 100 percent recyclable.” Kriner notes MCA supports recycling as part of the metal industry’s overall commitment to environmental sustainability and transparency in business.

PVC

PVC has been used in roofing systems since the 1960s, and the post-consumer recycling of roof membranes began in North America in 1999—a nice symmetry when one considers roofs in terms of 30-year life cycles.

In general terms, the recycling of PVC roofing is a relatively straightforward process. The material is sliced into long strips, rolled up, lifted off the roof and transported to a recycling center. Recyclers run the PVC through a conveyor system, where fasteners and other metal objects are removed.

Initially, the recovered membrane was ground into powder for reuse in molded roof walkway pads. More recently, some manufacturers have been incorporating a granulated form into new PVC roofing membranes, exclusively on the backside to avoid aesthetic issues with color variations. The first installations of membrane produced with post-consumer recycled composition occurred in the mid-1990s. So far, its field performance has matched that of PVC roofing produced with virgin raw materials.

The Vinyl Institute, Alexandria, Va., says close to 1 billion pounds of vinyl are recycled at the postindustrial level yearly. “The vinyl industry has a history of supporting recycling,” the institute reports on its website, “and this effort continues as companies, alone and through their trade associations, expand existing programs and explore new opportunities to recover vinyl products at the end of their useful life.”

EPDM

Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer is used extensively on low-slope commercial buildings. Yet even this durable synthetic rubber membrane must eventually be replaced, and today recycling is a viable option.

The removal process generally involves power-vacuuming off the stone ballast, where present, to expose the EPDM membrane below. The membrane can then be cut into manageable squares, which are folded and stacked on pallets, loaded onto a truck and transported for recycling. The recycler grinds it into crumbs or powder, depending on the end use. A growing number of recycling centers nationwide now handles EPDM.

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Owens Corning Releases Eighth Annual Sustainability Report

Owens Corning announced significant progress toward achieving its 2020 environmental footprint goals and declared its intentions to expand its handprint beyond the walls of its facilities. The company released those results recently in its eighth annual Sustainability Report. The company defines its handprint as the net-positive effects of its products, market-leading work to drive energy efficiency and climate-impact improvements across the built environment, and improving the lives of employees, their families and their communities.

“Dedicating time and energy to achieving our sustainability goals, expanding our handprint, is one way we are striving to be better, every day, as a company,” said Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “This effort includes the products we offer, collaborating with customers to increase the positive impact of those products in the world and productively engaging in our communities.”

The report also highlights Owens Corning’s distinction as the winner of the exclusive Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council for leadership and progress in safety. In 2013, the company extended its industry-leading track record of safety achievement with performance comparable to 2012.

Building on the successes of its first 10-year sustainability goals, this is the third year the company is reporting against its 2020 goals. Introduced in 2011, the company’s 2020 goals were designed to expand the scope and further raise the bar on its commitment to sustainability.

“Our footprint reduction accomplishments are representative of the progress we have made this past year,” O’Brien-Bernini said. “We’ve received growing interest and support for our net-positive handprint accounting . It has led us to consider new business models and new ways of serving our customers that we hadn’t considered before.”

Highlights of 2013 include:

    · Commissioned the largest on-site solar PV system in the state of New York at the Delmar EcoTouch™ Insulation plant.

    · Recycled one million tons of asphalt shingles in North America, representing approximately 10 percent of the market.

    · Doubled our freight miles driven on natural gas (converted from diesel), paving the way to run 15 percent Natural Gas Miles in 2014; the goal is 50 percent by 2020.

    · Signed the Climate Declaration calling on the U.S. policymakers to address climate change and joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) advocacy organization.

    · Assisted nearly 4,000 families through the donation of insulation and roofing materials for their homes.

    · Impacted the lives of more than 5,500 children in China by constructing nutritional food kitchens in rural schools.

Owens Corning’s 2013 Sustainability Report is consistent with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines known as GRI-G3.1. GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines set a globally applicable framework for reporting the economic, environmental and social dimensions of an organization’s activities, products and services.

Owens Corning Celebrates Contractors Who Advance the Industry

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt LLC recognized the industry’s most distinguished professionals at its 2014 Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Celebration. This annual event celebrated the 18 Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractors who have demonstrated exceptional market-leading business initiatives that advance the roofing industry.

“Each of this year’s Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Award winners elevates the roofing industry through their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their business,” said Matt Roth, director of Contractor Services, Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt. “Every award winner honored today has an inspiring success story that highlights a results-oriented, customer-driven approach to running their business and epitomizes why Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractors are truly preferred by homeowners.”

The Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Advisory Board reviewed each nationally nominated candidate and selected one category-leading recipient for each of the top three coveted award categories:

· Industry Stewardship Award: Deer Park Roofing of Cincinnati was honored for the third consecutive year as the 2014 recipient of the coveted Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Industry Stewardship Award for creating a new industry benchmark through their ongoing contributions to local and national programs and initiatives. Deer Park Roofing actively contributes value on a national level to the building materials industry through their local work in the residential and commercial sectors in the Ohio Valley, as well as the introduction of Deer Park University to collaborating with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the development of the ProForeman educational initiative.

· Spirit Award: Arnold’s Home Improvement of Toledo, Ohio, was recognized for its unwavering commitment to integrity, respect, accountability and innovation. The Spirit Platinum Award brings a national spotlight to the tradition of excellence Arnold’s Home Improvement has established through its exceptional values-driven business practices and customer-inspired solutions.

· Bright Future Award: Red River Roofing Companies Inc. of Tulsa, Okla., earned the coveted “Bright Future” recognition for the company’s remarkable business growth in its first year as part of the Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractor. The significant growth in 2013 is credited to Red River Roofing Companies, Inc. commitment to market-leading performance and innovation.

The award celebration also recognized Platinum Preferred Contractor award recipients in three additional business categories, including:
2014 Shingle Recycling Volume Award: The award recipients in the category represent the five companies that achieved the highest volume of recycled roofing material through participation in the Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program. Each of these companies successfully delivered cost-effective shingle recycling solutions to their customers by diverting tear-off roofing materials from landfills.
Findlay Roofing / Roof Roof USA, Atlanta
Mastercraft Exteriors, Rockton, Ill.
Old World Roofing, Denver
Sela Roofing and Remodeling Inc., St. Louis Park, Minn.
Tadlock Roofing Inc., Tallahassee, Fla.

System Advantage Platinum Limited Warranty Registrations Award: This award recognizes the following companies for market-leading success communicating the benefits of the trusted Owens CorningSystem Advantage Platinum Limited Warranty to provide added peace of mind for their customers.
Alan’s Roofing Inc., Orlando, Fla.
Los Gatos Roofing, San Jose, Calif.
M&M Home Remodeling Services, Crete, Ill.
Metro Construction Inc., Denver
Skywalker Roofing, Eden, N.C.

Owens Corning Roofing Purchase Volume Award: The companies honored in this category have each demonstrated industry-leading performance, expertise and service that drove the respective company’s substantial growth and purchase volume of Owens Corning roofing products in the past year.
American Dream Home Improvement, Downers Grove, Ill.
Best Choice Roofing, Hendersonville, Tenn.
Bob Behrends Roofing LLC, Greeley, Colo.
Findlay Roofing / Roof Roof USA, Atlanta
Quick Roofing LLC, Kennedale, Texas

Owens Corning Releases Total Protection Roofing System App

Owens Corning's Total Protection Roofing System app

Owens Corning’s Total Protection Roofing System app

A roof is an integrated system of seven components and layers working together to help increase performance and enhance comfort for those living beneath it. Owens Corning has released its Total Protection Roofing System app that allows users to walk through each layer, product by product, with the homeowner for better understanding of an estimate. The free app is available for iOS and Android platforms.

Underlayment Provides Traction During Roof Installation

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt has made available its patented WeatherLock Mat Self Adhering Underlayment

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt has made available its patented WeatherLock Mat Self Adhering Underlayment.

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt has made available its patented WeatherLock Mat Self Adhering Underlayment that helps make installation safe for contractors working on the roof. The product’s design is engineered with SureStep Technology, which features a non-abrasive surface, providing excellent traction to help roofing crews reduce the potential for slippage. As part of the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System, WeatherLock Mat Self Adhering Underlayment acts as a secondary water shedding layer under shingles to deliver the weather protection that homeowners expect, while featuring the self-adhering, lightweight and versatile design contractors need for convenient and safe installation.