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Energy Code Brochure Explains Commercial Roofing Requirements in 2015 IECC

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) with the assistance of the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing and the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) have developed and released a brochure entitled “The International Energy Conservation Code as Applied to Commercial Roofing.” This brochure was created in an attempt to better clarify the new 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as it relates to the commercial roofing industry and commercial roofing requirements.

This brochure defines each major type of commercial roofing activity along with the current IECC R-value commercial roofing regulations for each. Jared Blum, President of PIMA, hopes the guide will help local code officials better understand energy efficiency requirements for all types of commercial roofing projects while serving as a guide for commercial roofing contractors seeking construction permits and design professionals involved in roof system selection. Building owners will also benefit with a better understanding of what is required in their facility in order to be compliant.

IECC 2015 Roofing Chart

Decision tree chart to determine the specific compliance path for any roofing application.

The brochure contains specific definitions for each major type of commercial roofing project:

Reroofing – The process of recovering or replacing an existing roof covering. See Roof Recover and Roof Replacement.
Roof Recover – The process of installing an additional roof covering over a prepared existing roof covering without removing the existing roof covering.
Roof Replacement – The process of removing an existing roof covering, repairing any damaged substrate and installing a new roof covering.
Roof Repair – Reconstruction or renewal of any part of an existing roof for the purposes of its maintenance.

Click here to download a copy of “The International Energy Conservation Code as Applied to Commercial Roofing” brochure.

About the Author:

Your trusted, professional commercial and industrial roofing contractor. Jurin Roofing Services, Inc. has been a leader in the roofing industry since 1974 providing only the highest quality services for our clients. It has always been our philosophy to create partnerships with our clients and assist in managing their roofs as assets. We work with building owners and managers through various services that help our clients control their costs while getting the most value from their building.


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    Fred Summers June 16, 2015 at 11:21 am

    This is really helpful to know what to expect from a contractor. Its great to keep up on the different laws and requirements. Flow charts like the one you show are really helpful and make sometimes difficult requirements clear. Thanks for the information.

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    Gus Chiggins June 17, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Re-roofing can be a very arduous process, and takes a lot of man hours to complete. When I was a teenager, I helped put a new roof on a carpet store south of where I lived. I did not expect so many technicalities when it came to something like this, but we wanted the finished product to be as close to perfect as possible. Removing the roof was only the beginning, we also had to rebuild parts of the framing in the building, which made the process even more interesting. If I ever own a business and need my roof replaced, I will be sure to hire professionals to get the job done.

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    Lilly Sedrick July 17, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I had no idea that there is such a thing as roof recover. However, I can definitely see how something like that could be really useful. This would definitely help you be able to take better care of your roof. That can help prevent lot of different problems from occurring in the future.

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    Deanna R. Jones July 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    It’s good to know that there are brochures and other information sources that are designed to help business owners know about different roofing repairs that they should be aware of. I’ve been having some problems with my roof lately, and I need to have it fixed right away to protect my business. It seems like there’s only one leak that needs to be fixed. After reading these different types of major commercial roofing repairs, I can see that I would most likely need my roof recovered. I’ll be sure to call someone about having my roof recovered as soon as possible.

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    Catina K Altrogge July 26, 2015 at 1:42 pm

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    Rhys Rawson July 31, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for the information on commercial roofing requirements. It’s good to hear that the new energy brochure better clarifies the new 2015 IECC. Are there any major changes I should know about?

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