Case Studies

Amherst College Installs SPF Air Barrier System

When Amherst College decided to rebuild two 36,000 SF residence halls, they needed the job done quickly, they needed to control costs, and they needed energy efficient buildings. Energy efficiency is particularly important in New England, which experiences dramatic temperature swings throughout the year. The architecture firm, Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott of Boston, recommended an SPF air barrier and insulation system that satisfied all three criteria.

Texas A&M Specifies SPF for Sustainability

The main campus of Texas A&M University boasts more than 7 million square feet of SPF roofing, spread over 27 buildings. In 1974, the University became dissatisfied with its traditional tar and gravel built-up roofing (BUR), which had started to leak after an average of five years of service. The University decided to switch to SPF. The advantage of SPF was that it could be applied directly over the existing substrate, which resulted in zero tear-off costs and no materials being taken to landfills. The University determined that improved energy efficiency paid for the new roofing system in 4 1/2 years, and with little or no maintenance, the SPF roofing remains leak free and energy efficient after more than 30 years.