GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, announced that it now has over 300 professional roofing contractors who have qualified as members of the Certified Green Roofer™ Program. Launched in 2010 and developed with partners like the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), the Certified Green Roofer™ Program has paid more than $60,000 in incentive dollars to contractors for recycling. To the best of our knowledge, it is the only such program to do so.
Certified Green Roofers must pass a written test and complete a Sustainability Assessment before being admitted to the program. As a condition of membership, they commit to recycling shingles if they live in a state where recycling is available, and to joining their local chapter of the USGBC.
To help contractors find local recyclers, GAF sponsors the CMRA’s www.shinglerecycling.org web portal, and has helped it grow to a listing of almost 200 locations where contractors can recycle shingles. “We found that our factory-certified contractors wanted a rigorous program where they could learn all aspects of sustainability and apply them to their businesses,” said Martin Grohman, GAF’s director of sustainability. “They also wanted to have a meaningful designation that they could use to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. The rapid growth of the program shows the commitment that professional roofing contractors have to running their businesses in a sustainable way.”
Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple for contractors, specifiers, and property owners alike. In 2011, GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles and, in 2012, it introduced the GAF Lifetime Roofing System.
With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced Protection Shingle Technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.
GAF also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF, visit www.gaf.com.
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