April 17, 2019

Do Building Codes Require Structural Enhancement for Re-roofing Work?

Today’s re-roofing market is going strong, making up 62% of all roofing work versus 38% for new construction. While most specifiers and roofers know the requirements for re-roofing to meet current building and energy codes, there is always a level of uncertainty when it comes to the structure of the roof itself. Can I tear off the old roof and start my new roof application with the existing deck? Or is something more required? Re-roofing work consisting of a complete tear-off is considered an Alteration – Level 1 for the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) 2015 and 2018 editions. In Chapter 5, an Alteration – Level 1 is described as, “includes the removal and replacement or the covering of existing materials, elements, equipment, or fixtures using new materials, elements, equipment, or fixtures that serve the same purpose”. Descriptions of the code requirements for Alteration – Level 1 are in Chapter 7 and include Section 707 – Structural, which describes two additional structural requirements for roof replacement: 1.(707.3.1) Where the re-roofing work is more than 25% of the roof area, and the building is assigned a seismic design category of D, E, or F (Chapter 20 of ASCE 7), unreinforced masonry wall parapets must be braced according to 301.1.4.2 of the International Building Code (IBC). 2.(707.3.2) If the existing roofing system is removed and the deck is exposed for more than 50% of the roof area and the building is located where the ultimate design wind speed is greater than 115 mph OR the project is located in a special wind region, all structural roof connections must be evaluated for the wind uplift, and if unable to support 75% of the wind load, they must be strengthened or replaced as defined in Chapter 16 of the IBC. These requirements will not affect all buildings. Checking with a structural engineer to determine the existing building’s seismic design category or evaluating wind uplift potential of existing structural components will increase the project’s cost. Additionally, more costs could be added if structural remediation is required. Always check with the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for local requirements before proceeding with re-roofing work. Contact Craig Tyler at [email protected] with questions.

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April 3, 2019

A New Trend in Building Envelope Specifications

With the ever-increasing emphasis on airtightness in commercial buildings, many of today’s building envelope projects are taking an approach similar to that of the roofing industry, where products are sourced from and warranted by a single company. Traditionally, building envelope projects have used products supplied by multiple manufacturers for use in below-grade waterproofing, walls, and roofing systems. This poses several concerns for architects and designers, including product compatibility, system performance, and liability. Similar concerns are what led the roofing industry to shift to a single-source, “system” approach in the late 1980s. Today, most roofing systems are single source. These systems utilize materials designed to work together from the start, allowing suppliers to offer extended and unique warranty coverage and eliminate finger-pointing in the event of a leak. One of the biggest advantages of a single-source building envelope is the ability to avoid product incompatibility at tie-in junctions, which can lead to air barrier breaches. With its NVELOP Building Envelope Solutions program and wide breadth of manufacturing capabilities, Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM) is leading the way in the movement toward single-source building envelope systems. CCM’s NVELOP is the industry’s most comprehensive single-source building envelope solution, featuring a variety of waterproofing, wall, and roof system materials. NVELOP's ability to ensure the compatibility of dissimilar materials eliminates the guesswork architects have conventionally dealt with when designing a building envelope system, while still allowing for design flexibility. The program’s tie-in detail suite provides vetted tie-in options that have been tested for durability, compatibility, and constructability. Additionally, NVELOP’s unique single-source tie-in warranty, available for up to 15 years, significantly limits architect and specifier liability and provides peace of mind to the building owner. For more information, visit the NVELOP website at www.carlislenvelop.com. If you have questions, please contact Chris Kann at [email protected]

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March 20, 2019

Tectum Inc. Voluntarily De-Listed from the FM RoofNav Website

Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM) has learned that Tectum Inc. has voluntarily de-listed their decking products from the FM RoofNav site. Tectum Inc. produces structural acoustical roof decks made of wood fiber cement which absorb sound and are compatible with a wide variety of insulation and roofing materials. CCM’s roofing systems are compatible with Tectum decks and share many RoofNav-approved assemblies. Because of the de-listing by Tectum, the FM Approvals for wood fiber cement decks and all related RoofNav listings have been removed from the FM approval site for all roofing manufacturers, not just CCM. Consequently, all wood fiber cement deck ratings listed in Carlisle’s State of Florida Evaluation Reports have been added to the SPRI DORA (Directory of Roof Assemblies) listing website. These ratings will still be applicable and can be specified when using the SPRI DORA directory in lieu of specifying FM approved roof assemblies. Many specifiers use FM approval ratings as a general guide for design, but may be specifying them on buildings which are not insured by FM Global. When specifying for building projects that are not FM insured, the specifier may use SPRI DORA assemblies or UL assemblies. The SPRI DORA listing is a web application database of roof systems tested in accordance with standards referenced in Chapter 15 of the International Building Code (IBC). This service lists wind uplift load capacity on single-ply and modified bitumen roof systems. For more information on the listing, visit www.dora-directory.com or contact Brian Emert.     Brian Emert     Designer & Doc Dev Specialist     Design Services     [email protected]

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