By Nick Gilbert
Rabine Group has completed the final stage of construction of the Roofing Design Center at its headquarters. This aspect allows Roofing Solutions America, Rabine Group’s company, to educate its partners and the industry on different roof types. A walk path that can be easily accessed enables viewers to examine the different roof technologies.
The phase one construction of the Roofing Design Center was started in September 2011. In this phase, the roof was waterproofed with Cool Roof Coatings, and a Cool Roof Membrane was installed. Roof surface restoration and waterproofing protection are significant properties of the Cool Roof Coatings. Several coatings are available for asphalt based roofing systems, metal roofing and single ply membranes.
The Cool Roof Membranes increase the surface reflectivity and at the same time reduce roof top temperatures, thus promoting efficient operation of the roof top equipment. The Rabine Roofing Design Center features a white PVC membrane, which was produced by Sarnafil.
Prismatic Skylights have been set up to provide better illumination to the facilities. Moreover, the use of on/off lighting sensors can help save energy. New skylight domes can be easily installed on the original skylight curbs.
Green technologies and several recyclable products have been utilized in the installation of the Roofing Design Center. The composite decking products, which are manufactured from recyclable roof membranes, recycled plastic garbage bags, skylights, energy efficient roof coatings, vector mapping leak detection, vegetative garden, recyclable walk pads and 70 kW solar array, are used to improve the building’s efficiency and sustainability.
The final stages of the Roofing Design Center revolved around eco-friendly roofs that include solar roof technologies and vegetative garden roofs. The vegetative garden roofs are also known as green roofs. The garden roofs absorb rain and sunlight, thus reducing UV rays and avoiding storm water run-off.
The Roofing Design Center uses a new technology to capture the sun’s energy by using 294 monocrystalline panels and individual microinverters.