The objective of this project is to demonstrate course of action (COA) analysis methods and techniques that employ the ROOFER Sustainment Management System and its information database to enable facility managers to evaluate energy-saving options as part of developing roof repair and replacement projects. Full implementation of an enhanced version of ROOFER will be performed at Fort Riley, Kansas; Luke AFB, Arizona; and Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Florida to demonstrate the utility and benefits of integrating these options into the installations’ roof asset management programs.
ROOFER is a decision-support tool that provides a systematic, automated approach to managing large inventories of building roofs. It is, by regulation, the roof asset management system required to be used by Army installations, and the other Services are actively pursuing integration of ROOFER into their business process. Having access to the ROOFER database of inventory and inspection information provides an excellent opportunity for facility managers to assess roof energy performance and evaluate energy-related and sustainability technology.
With ROOFER, users build a database with specific physical and historical data about individual roofs, including information from standardized visual surveys of roof covering and flashing components. The system’s knowledge base includes repair requirements, cost data, and roof performance algorithms used for developing management plans and budget requirements for individual roofs and the entire inventory. ROOFER includes an automated, project-level COA analyses to identify the optimal roof rehabilitation strategies and project requirements. This project will augment the established ROOFER COA to consider options for incorporating cost-effective energy sustainability technologies into individual roofing rehabilitation projects and an installation’s overall roof asset management program. These technologies include cool roofing, building integrated systems such as photovoltaics solar thermal, and vegetative roofing.
Management of roof assets using the enhanced methods that will be implemented in these demonstrations will support achievement of current and future Department of Defense (DoD) energy-consumption requirements. An enhanced ROOFER COA will provide a broader, more robust repair/replace life-cycle cost determination that also lowers energy consumption over the facility life. This technology could reduce annual energy costs on DoD building stock having membrane roofs by $15.4 million annually. Increasing the use of building-integrated photovoltaics and rack-mounted photovoltaics during re-roofing or as retrofits will also put DoD in better position to meet renewable energy goals. (Anticipated Project Completion - 2016)