ERJ staff report (SS)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Rohm and Hass has updated the 40 000 ft2 roof covering its global headquarters using a polymer elastomeric coating.
The company said in a 26 Nov statement that the coating will help to reduce the indoor air temperature and protect against expansion and contraction cracks in the roof, reducing energy costs and slowing the pace of global warming.
The innovative coating will cover the current black EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber membrane roof with a â€œcrisp, white, highly protective and reflective roofing system,â€ said the company in the statement.
"We are coating both surfaces with two thick coats of elastomeric product to prevent ultraviolet degradation. That coating also adds an extra layer of impermeable material, so water runs off readily and not into the building structure where it could cause damage," said Lou Velez, Rohm and Haas' building manager, in the statement.
â€œWe are doing our part not only in providing these products to our customers, but also by applying them to our own buildings," added Colin Gouveia, marketing director for Industrial and Construction, North America.
Philadelphia wants to raise the standards for new and replacement roofs above the current state building code, said the statement. According to Rohm and Haas, its coating exceeds the current state regulations and would meet the proposed city regulations, should they be adopted. (SS).
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Press release from Rohm & Haas