Architects and Specifiers

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Education

As part of our commitment to top-quality products, GAF supports the ongoing training and continuing education needs of the market. On this page you’ll find links to continuing education curricular, from white papers to webinars, and industry articles to GAF blog discussions


Talk to GAF first at these upcoming events:
Join GAF for these upcoming Building & Roofing Science Webinars. Have a real interactive discussion with real live people. All attendees will earn 1.0 AIA HSW or 1.0 IIBEC CEH credits.


Office Hours with The Building & Roofing Science Team

Book a thirty-minute time slot with the GAF Building & Roofing Science team members to discuss your project-specific questions, code conundrums, head scratchers, impossible details, or building & roofing science ponderings. Share your screen and we'll work through it together!


Office Hours will be open every Friday from 12 - 1 PM.


 

 


 


  

 

 

 

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TPO performance that's proven to stand the test of time

A recent study of EverGuard® TPO roofs installed between 8 and 16 years ago found the all performed above ASTM standards for newly manufactured TPO. GAF analyzed membrane samples from roofs across the US and studied thickness over scrim, surface cracking, and the ability to repair aging TPO membranes.

Interested in a Lunch & Learn for AIA Credit?

Call GAF Design Services at 877-423-7663, option 4, then option 3 or email at designservices@gaf.com

LATEST FROM GAF ROOF VIEWS
Several changes have been included in the 2022 version of ASCE 7 as they relate to roof. You may be thinking, 'as soon as I mastered ASCE 7-16, an updated version is set to be released!'. As with any Standard, it can be expected that updates will be made to include current research or trends. While the inclusion of tornado loads and the resulting changes in the load combinations may be the most significant, there are other updates that affect roofing as well. From minor updates to basic wind speed maps, to stepped roofs, and pavers, we have compiled a summary to help you navigate the updates. Not to fret, the changes are likely to not be incorporated until the 2024 version of IBC. However, that does not preclude incorporating these changes on current and upcoming projects.
Growing up in the northeast, tornadoes were these random events that occurred in the movies, and far off places like Kansas. But according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), roughly 1,200 tornadoes occur in the US each year! AND they occur in all 50 states, but primarily in the lower 48 and east of the Rocky Mountains. Given that tornadoes kill more people per year in the U.S. than hurricanes and earthquakes combined, ASCE's Structural Engineering Institute revised the ASCE 7 Standard for Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures in hopes that it will be adopted into the 2024 International Building Code.
Since its inception a roof's primary purpose has been to shelter its inhabitants from the elements, but now the underutilized potential of roof surfaces is being realized. For roofs with large surface areas, the potential for large overburden installations, such as solar, vegetative roofing, or amenity decks can be exceptional. Even smaller roofs can have overburden that make a significant impact on the sustainability goals of a building including: increased energy efficiency, stormwater retention, energy generation, biohabitat restoration, food production, reduced urban heat island effect, and outdoor space.
Roof systems require a number of performance properties, in addition to keeping water out of a building. Those properties include fire resistance, wind resistance, impact resistance, and R-value of the installed system, to name a few.

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