A Green Ho-Ho-Home


KANSAS CITY, KAN. - When Santa scrambles up the new roof at the Hageman house this Christmas Eve in Narragansett, Rhode Island, he may like the roof so much that he decides not to slide down the chimney!

Following a plan to build a green/sustainable house, the Hageman family recently moved into their Green Life Smart Life home located on the rocky eastern coast. Their LEED-H GOLD certified 4,300-square-foot home (the first in Rhode Island) showcases green building practices, smart energy consumption, reusable resources and an eco-friendly DaVinci synthetic roof.

After doing his homework, Hageman selected award-winning DaVinci EcoBlend(TM) roofing tiles in Weathered Gray. Selected for their energy efficiency, resistance to wind and impact, the tiles are helping the family save up to an estimated 15 percent each year on energy costs.

"Now that we've moved into the house we can really appreciate the advantages of the roof overhead," says homeowner Joe Hageman. "The house has already gone through a nor'easter with no damage, thanks in part to the Class 4 rating of the roofing tiles. The winds are really harsh along our coast and we truly appreciated the fact that these roofing tiles have been straight line wind tested at 110 mph."

DaVinci EcoBlend roofing tiles are available in Weathered Gray and Castle Gray colors. The award-winning products have been rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from 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.

"The house is proving to be warm and comfortable, and handled the first snowfall of the season well," said Hageman. "We have received numerous compliments from family and guests on the design aesthetics that DaVinci has added to the roof's architecture. It has been highly coveted."

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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