BEC-Iowa March Meeting

Title of Presentation
Black or White Membrane, What is the Sustainable and Energy Efficient Choice?

Rob Mulaney, Luna & Associates

Bio for Presenter
Rob is originally from Beaver Springs, PA. He has been involved in the commercial construction industry since 1997. After serving in the US Army, Rob returned home to Pennsylvania where he joined the PA National Guard and attended Millersville University in Millersville, PA. After graduation from Millersville, he was introduced to the commercial construction industry when he was hired by Carlisle SynTec, a commercial roofing manufacturer based in Carlisle, PA, in 1997. He moved to Des Moines, IA to be a Technical Representative with them.

In working for Carlisle SynTec in the Technical Representative role, he was trained in all of the various roofing systems offered in the industry. He used that training to inspect projects for warranty, train new roofing companies in the latest installation techniques, and investigate projects with warranty related issues. In 2001 he married his wife, Jennifer, and was promoted to Technical Sales Representative, where he was tasked with consulting with the architectural community, building owners and roofers regarding specifications, product selection and code compliance.

In 2005 he left Carlisle SynTec to work for Group4 Materials, an independent manufacturers rep and commercial roofing distributor. While with Group4 Materials he was responsible for promoting and servicing product lines that ranged from metal roofing, clay tiles, metal edging, and spray foam products, but always with a focus on low slope commercial roofing. GulfEagle Supply purchased Group4 Materials in 2007. Rob remained with GulfEagle Supply until 2011, when he partnered with Greg Luna and Denise Shibley to create Luna & Associates. Under the banner of the Luna & Associates organization, Rob is responsible for serving the building envelope needs of architects, consultants, distributors, building owners, and installers in the states of Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.

Abstract / Summary of Presentation
Black or White Membrane, What is the Sustainable and Energy Efficient Choice?

The one-hour session will cover energy performance of the roof assembly and materials, a review of ASHRAE with a complete energy analysis comparing different roof assemblies and various color membranes associated to geographic locations, “Cool” roofing, and construction generated moisture. Included will be a discussion of benefits and concerns on the interfacing of roof garden and photovoltaic with the roofing assembly. The conference will focus on the role single-ply membrane plays in today’s roofing market and its impact on tomorrow’s roof system performance.

  1. Learn where “Cool” roofing is most effective.
  2. Present trends within the industry offering Energy-Efficient assemblies.
  3. Understanding energy-efficient roofing options and subsequent performance based on material color, insulation levels, building location and climatic conditions
  4. Review current life cycle calculators/software to show energy performance, carbon emission and lifecycle analysis

The meeting is FREE, and attendees will earn 1 CEU.


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