Recycled Asphalt Tear Off Shingles (RAS)

EnergySmart contractors are being encouraged to recycle any tear-off shingle waste from local projects...


Unfortunately, because of increased recycling volume of shingles, lack of space and limited market demand for RAS, Asphalt Specialties has closed down their recycling operations in Erie and at all their other Denver Metro locations as of 5/28/11, until further notice.

At this time, only Brannan Sand and Gravel, at 61st and Pecos, and Owens-Corning/Heritage Environmental at 64th and Pecos, both in Denver, are receiving tear off shingles for recycling.

New Opportunities for the Use and Promotion of RAS

Though Boulder County tear off shingle recycling operations are now largely curtailed by the shutdown of Asphalt Specialties local collection point, there are other encouraging developments for the eventual end use of RAS in large scale paving projects:

*In March of 2011 The Colorado Department of Transportation approved a revision of Section 401, Reclaimed Asphalt Shingles, which modifies CDOTs Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction (in practical terms this means 10,000 to 20,000 tons of RAS may be used in CDOT approved paving projects this year).

*Asphalt Specialties has been awarded a contract to pave portions of State Highway 36 using a recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) and RAS mix design (the RAS portion shall be manufacturer scrap shingle stock in lieu of tear off shingles). More detail is provided below.

* A formal discussion with Lisa Friend and Jeff Callahan of Boulder County Resource Conservation Division and other recycling contractors occurred in April of 2011. This discussion helped with the gathering of initial information for a proposed feasibility study for the opening of a county Construction and Demolition Waste recycling facility which will include RAS and other construction material.

* The Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Action Council brought a group of 40 – 50 members of their business community and local government to Boulder County in April with an aim to learn more about our sustainability practices in the public, private and non-profit sectors. This exchange brought about productive dialogue with our Colorado Springs counter parts and how best practices in Boulder County may be useful models for our neighbors to the south.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

What to consider in a new roof…

The following questions are essential in your decision process:
  1. With all the choices available, what makes the most sense for me? If PV or thermal solar panels is an option, is my roof functional enough to hold the mounting hardware for years to come?
  2. Is my home or business comfortable enough in the summer? Winter? Would I like to reduce my energy cost considerably? How much CO2 can I offset by my roofing choices?
  3. What is my best choice for roofing material with regard to energy efficiency, resource conservation, and air quality? What is the embodied-energy impact of my roofing decision?
  4. If color and appearance are important to me, what choices will reduce heat gain in my home or business? How might I cut the cost of my home/business insurance premium?
Some of the answers are simple and quick; some are not. And roofing choices alone will not address all the considerations. As a green-built roofing contractor, however, I see the reuse of tear-off shingles as imperative to the sustainability of my industry. To that end, 3R Roofing has been working with the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Asphalt Paver’s Association to gain approval for a Recycled Asphalt Shingle-to-Hot Mix Asphalt use specification. This would “pave” the way for a pilot road project that includes a significant amount of processed tear-off shingles—a more promising end to the life of an asphalt shingle.

1 comment:

  1. Very correct questions to be asked before getting a new roof. These days apart from strength, durability and longevity, environment friendly roof has emerged as one of the top criterion while evaluating various roofing options.