Performance Roof Systems Inc. (PRS), manufacturer of DERBIGUM, DERBICOLOR, DERBIBRITE and DERBISOLAR, invited members of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) to tour their Belgium manufacturing facilities and Roof Integrated Photovoltaic (RIPV) system installations.
Systems Inc. (PRS), manufacturer of DERBIGUM, DERBICOLOR, DERBIBRITE and
DERBISOLAR, invited members of the National Roofing Contractors Association
(NRCA) to tour their Belgium manufacturing facilities and Roof Integrated
Photovoltaic (RIPV) system installations.
Earlier this month,
the NRCA visited sites in Belgium,
including a visit to the vegetated rooftop of the Commission of European
Community in Brussels
and a roof tour of VMM, a Brussels-based television station with a 400-kilowatt
rooftop photovoltaic installation. These stops were followed by a trip to France for a DERBISOLAR installation visit in Nantes.
The installation will
be the largest RIPV installation on modified bitumen in the world.
flexible photovoltaic panels attached to a modified bitumen sheet enhanced by a
proprietary acrylic integrated surfacing, technology proven with the DERBIBRITE
system. The surfacing prevents the migration of oils to the surface of the
bitumen sheet. The oils are known to attack the adhesives used with most thin
film panels and degrade the bond with the roofing substrate over time.
DERBISOLAR technology prevents this occurrence.
The group included
Rob Therrien of Melanson Co., Inc., Rob McNamara of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing
Co., Inc., Reid Ribble of Ribble Group, Jerry Schaeffer of Sellers &
Marquis, Craig Silvertooth of the Center for Environmental Innovation in
Roofing and Bill Good of the NRCA. Members of DERBIGUM’s European and U.S.
executive officers, and members of e-PGEN, the Energy Preservation and
Generation division of DERBIGUM accompanied them.
Bill Good, Executive
Vice President of the NRCA said the invited contractors were all founding
members of the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, and all have an
interest in learning about emerging technologies.
“There is no better
way to learn than to actually see roof installations using the newest
technologies, and they are impressive,” Good said. “We’re grateful to our
friends at Performance and Derbigum for allowing us all this great
The trip was equally
beneficial for DERBIGUM, said Travis Wallace, Director of Marketing and
“We used this as an
educational opportunity for us as well, understanding the roofing contractor’s
prospective on the changing landscape of our industry and ways we can make sure
that roofing professionals still own the roof,” Wallace said.
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