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Environmentally Friendly Roof Systems Continue to Gain Popularity

Date: Aug. 25, 2014 (847) 493-7548

Environmentally Friendly Roof Systems Continue to Gain Popularity

Professional Roofing's May issue explores the benefits and eco-friendly nature of vegetative roof systems.

Rosemont, Ill.—As sustainable, eco-friendly products become more popular, so do sustainable building methods. "The virtues of vegetation," an article in the August issue of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) trade magazine Professional Roofing reports vegetative roof systems are gaining increased popularity in the U.S. after many successful years overseas.

"Vegetative roof systems are becoming more affordable and readily available in major cities," says Eric Kirberg, author of the article and president of Kirberg Co. with offices in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield, Mo. "Any low-slope roof of any size can become a green roof that's good for the planet."

NRCA defines a vegetative roof system as an area of plantings and/or landscaping installed above a waterproof substrate. The article details the ins and outs of this roof system and outlines the composition of new sustainable roofing projects.

Along with prolonged roof system life and improved environmental water quality, the article also includes information about controlling storm water runoff and erosion, conserving energy, improving the environment and decreasing costs from government incentives.


Kirberg Co. is a professional roofing and related services contactor established in 1920, with extensive experience in commercial and residential roofing of all types, including numerous solar installations. Kirberg Co. is based in St. Louis with offices in Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri. For more information visit www.kirberg.com.

The official publication for NRCA, Professional Roofing informs, educates and engages readers by providing timely, useful information and focuses on quality, innovation and responsiveness to readers' needs to help every roofing professional succeed. For more information, visit www.professionalroofing.net.

NRCA is one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. It represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies. NRCA's mission is to inform and assist the roofing industry, act as its principal advocate and help members in serving their customers. NRCA continually strives to enhance every aspect of the roofing industry. For information about NRCA and its services and offerings, visit www.nrca.net.

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