College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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Facilities PHOTOS COURTESY OF CARLISLE SYNTEC C AMPUS SPACES Raise the Roof! A layer of insulation overhead can make the diference between a comfortable, efcient building and a costly mistake. How can facility managers keep their buildings' roofs efective and within budget? College Planning & Management goes to the pros for the answer. BY AM Y MIL SHTEIN R OOF INSULATION, admittedly, is one of the least sexy parts of a building. But, when done right, the insulation helps keep a facility warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and remains intact despite workers, and the occasional wayward student, stomping on the roof. However, choosing the right material can be tricky. In a 2010 article for FacilitiesNet (, registered roof 28 consultant (RRC) and senior consultant with Benchmark, Inc. Alvin Nunnikhoven identified six kinds of rigid insulation types, which include: wood fiber, perlite, polyisocyanurate (PIR or polyiso), expanded or extruded polystyrene, cellular glass, and gypsum board. Each choice has its own properties, along with their own pros and cons. What they have in common is that they need to become "an integral part of the roof assembly and must func- COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / DECEMBER 2012 tion in concert with the membrane and the structural deck. Wise insulation choices result in successful roof systems that perform over the long term, while poor choices can be detrimental to roof performance," according to Nunnikhoven's piece. Making a Choice Choosing the right material is a process that takes many factors — like membrane compatibility and insurance and code WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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