PVC: The Industry’s Best Single Ply

Lunch & Learn: Continuing Education Series

PVC: The Industry's Best Single Ply

Course Accreditation

  • International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) | 1 IIBEC CEH

  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA) | 1 AIA LU/HSW | Course Number: 2021-IBPVC

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been used in North America as a single-ply roof membrane for more than 40 years. Because of the longevity of PVC and its history of performance, PVC roofs have a lower roof replacement rate compared to other single-ply membranes. This course discusses how PVC is manufactured, its features and benefits, and comparisons between its performance and that of other thermoplastic single-ply membranes.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the history of PVC and its application in building and construction.
  • Describe how PVC single-ply roof membranes are made and how PVC manufacturers have reduced release of toxic emissions to the environment, improved worker protection from toxins, and eliminated toxic metals in stabilizers.
  • List PVC roofing’s performance and safety characteristics, including high solar reflectance index (SRI) values, Class A fire resistance, chemical resistance, and longevity.
  • Describe critical performance criteria for single-ply membrane roofing, including resistance to wind uplift, thermally induced movement, and weathering and the related ASTM standards.
  • Describe appropriate substrates, installation methods, and applications for PVC single-ply roof membranes.

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