DaVinci EcoBlend Roofing Tiles Receive Multiple Awards


KANSAS CITY, KAN. - DaVinci Roofscapes®, the leading manufacturer of synthetic roofing tiles made in America, has been recognized with two awards presented by top industry publications. Both Building Products and HANDY magazines recently presented awards to the company for their new environmentally-friendly DaVinci EcoBlend® roofing colors. The roofing tiles have been rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home.

DaVinci EcoBlend was named a winner in the Second Annual Building Products Green Products Awards competition for 2009. Just 16 products were recognized in the competition for environmental/green friendliness. DaVinci Roofscapes was the only roofing product company acknowledged this year.

HANDY Magazine's 2009 Innovative Award program presented an Honorable Mention Award to DaVinci EcoBlend. The competition honors products showcasing initiative, creativity, invention, reinvention and eco-innovation. The Honorable Mention Award received by DaVinci Roofscapes signals recognition for the company's dedication to developing environmentally-friendly products that have a positive impact on home construction and remodeling projects.

"These prestigious awards recognize the work DaVinci has done to create a roofing tile that provide higher emissivity and reflectivity rates that lead to greater reductions in the cooling load in the building," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "DaVinci EcoBlend tiles can help the homeowner experience increased energy efficiency for the overall home."

Introduced in 2009, DaVinci EcoBlend Weathered Gray and DaVinci EcoBlend Castle Gray colors can be ordered for any DaVinci Roofscapes product and can help property owners save on energy costs, improve the comfort of the structure and mitigate global warming. According to CRRC, homeowners can recognize an average energy savings ranged from seven to 15 percent of total cooling costs by using a cool roof that helps reduce temperature fluctuations inside the home.

Meeting the initial qualifications for a Cool Roof indicates that DaVinci EcoBlend products meet or exceed initial ENERGY STAR® program requirements for 25 percent solar reflectivity and qualify for LEED-NC 7.2 Heat Island Effect. Final ENERGY STAR approval will be awarded to DaVinci EcoBlends after a mandatory three-year weathering/testing period.

A Cool Roof is measured by two properties, solar reflectance and thermal emittance. Both properties are measured from 0 to 1. The higher the value, the cooler the roof. During independent testing, DaVinci EcoBlends measured in a range of 0.26 to 0.34 for solar reflectance and in the range of 0.67 to 0.72 for thermal emittance.

According to the CRRC, another benefit of a Cool Roof is the reduction in air pollution from the emissions of the roof itself will help reduce heat islands around cities and populous areas. These are important considerations for builders, roofing contractors and homeowners wishing to make a positive impact on the environment.

DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured award-winning synthetic slate and shake roofing since 1999. The polymer roofing tiles are virtually maintenance free and far more cost effective than the natural product. DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, the tile width variety and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors. DaVinci proudly makes its products in America and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit our website.

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