When we think about sustainability in roofing, images of LEED certification requirements and environmentally friendly roofing materials are often the first to come to mind. We think of “green products” and “green certifications.” But is that truly all that defines how environmentally friendly our construction choices are?
Yes, sustainable building practices depend on making responsible material choices. But sustainability is also about the longevity of the roofing system (staying out of a landfill) and the total life cycle impact of that roof. It’s also about how the roof contributes to environmental factors within the building and outside of it.