RC: How would you assess the state of the roofing industry in 2022?
Justin Koscher (JK): The roofing industry is well-positioned to play an important role in the growing conversation around the need to retrofit our existing building stock to lower energy use and cut carbon emissions. Additionally, we see an increasing number of local and state jurisdictions adopting policies like building performance standards that require owners to act affirmatively over a period of time, typically over multiple five-year compliance periods, to lower energy use in their buildings. (PIMA’s recent) report produced by ICF International demonstrates how roof replacements can make significant contributions to lowering whole building energy use. We should be doing all we can to educate building owners on the opportunity presented by reroofing.
RC: What are you proudest of as the industry tries to recover from the challenges of the past year or two?
JK: I am proud to count myself as part of the roofing industry and am deeply appreciative of the men and women who have continued to manufacture and install roofs across the U.S. and Canada despite all of the challenges, both on a human level and an industry level. One of the bright spots of the last two years has been the public’s growing appreciation for the manufacturing sector and skilled trades. I hope our industry can take this opportunity to grow even stronger. Based on what I have seen from the polyiso industry the past two years, we are certainly up to the challenge.