The Rabine Group has announced that it will be commencing the reconstruction process, wherein a sustainable roof will be constructed in a 3 phase process at its Schaumburg headquarters by September 2011.
The first tubular photovoltaic solar panel roof will be installed in the roof for achieving LEED certification for its Rabine Campus learning facility. The process will be headed by Greg Gambla of Roofing Solutions America, Dale Shea from Rabine Paving and Rob Bajarunas from Roofing Solutions.
The Rabine Group after intense and exhaustive research has planned on the installation of a solar system with a reflective white roofing membrane. Greg has stated that they had spent the last seven months meeting up with many solar turnkey integrators for locating a solar panel system, which will not only satisfy the design and load criteria of the building, but also eliminate roof penetrations. He added that the Solyndra 70 kW solar system was finally decided upon because of its wind uplift capabilities, feather-weight components and its novel and unique design. The reconstruction will help to save up to 10% of energy consumption on an annual basis, and work was in progress with consultations with LEED consultants for maximizing sustainability.
The first phase will consist of the construction of the white PVC roof, the second phase will be installing the tubular solar panels and the third and final phase will be creating a rooftop, roofing show room, which will showcase the most advanced roofing solutions in the market. The basic aim is to offer a learning facility with a focus on roofing and pavement engineering, exhibiting both innovative and traditional roof systems and pavements. In 2010, the first part was concluded with the installation of 14 different types of pavements such as decorative, porous asphalt, sustainable pervious concrete, UltraLot Whitetopping pavements along with Asphalt overlays at different depths on the parking lot of the Rabine Group.