Review the basic components of low-slope commercial roofing systems and identify how they can affect the thermal efficiency, moisture resistance, and resilience of the overall building.
Review the three ways heat moves through roof insulation, and identify practical strategies to effectively manage this heat transfer.
Describe tapered roof insulation systems and how they can be used to manage storm water runoff and reduce the potential for roof leaks.
Explain how a roof serves as a working platform during and after construction, and identify strategies to minimize long-term damage to the roof.
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: James Hoff
Jim Hoff is an experienced executive and consultant in the building materials industry. Jim currently serves as President of TEGNOS Research, Inc. a consulting organization dedicated to expanding understanding of the building envelope. Since the founding of TEGNOS, Dr. Hoff has provided a wide variety of strategic and technical consulting services to dozens of governmental, non-profit and corporate organizations, and recent clients have included the U.S. Department of Energy, the U. S. EPA, building material trade associations, building materials manufacturers, building envelope designers and private equity firms.
In addition to his industry research and consulting activity, Dr. Hoff also serves as the instructor for the successful "Commercial Roofing Boot Camp" course co-sponsored by Building Envelope Magazine. Jim has published numerous papers addressing a variety of technical and business topics germane to the building envelope industry and is a frequent speaker at building envelope, sustainability, and energy efficiency conferences.