D. C. Taylor Co. recently completed a roofing project at Meridian Vineyards in Paso Robles, Calif.



CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – D. C. Taylor Co. recently completed a roofing project at Meridian Vineyards in Paso Robles, Calif. The project was submitted following a review using the new RoofPoint guidelines developed by the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (CEIR), formed by members of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).

The project followed guidelines how RoofPoint is based on principles similar to those of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. RoofPoint is a comprehensive system for the assessment and selection of sustainable roof systems. It evaluates roof systems in five categories: energy management, materials management, water management, durability/life cycle management and innovation.

After NCRA unveiled preliminary guidelines late last year, a pilot program was started, and early users have noted benefits from the rating system.

Todd Kaska, vice president for preferred accounts at D. C. Taylor Co., explained how the company recently used RoofPoint for the Meridian Vineyards project.

“We evaluated the Meridian project with the RoofPoint criteria for several reasons,” Kaska said. “Meridian, like many other wineries, is highly sophisticated in its approach to sustainability. “The RoofPoint evaluation criteria provided Meridian with a method to document and measure decisions for developing projects as it relates to maintaining or replacing its roofs. And, the winery did not want roofing work to interfere with wine production.”

For both the Meridian project and other D. C. Taylor Co. projects, Kaska said the evaluation criteria allowed his company to better document recycling and waste diversion.

According to Brent Taylor, Director of Service Product Development for D. C. Taylor Co., the company became a founding member of CEIR because of its belief in supporting sustainable roofing.

“At the time the CEIR was formed, D. C. Taylor Co. management recognized that the NRCA and other roofing contractor organizations had a long term involvement in the traditional role that the construction industry had come to expect: a focus on the roofing trade work and application of roofing products for governmental, industrial, institutional and residential facilities,” he said.

D. C. Taylor Co. management supported the concept that the construction and maintenance activities that are performed on the roof require specialized knowledge, experience and skills that are generally not associated with other trades. Examples include sustainability practices for waste management, green roofing, insulation and solar powered electrical generation.

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