Sustainable Roof Solutions

Boral Roofing Clay and Concrete Roof Tiles Offer Sustainable Solutions without Compromising Aesthetics, Performance or Cost


Clay Roof Tile Products Sustainable Attributes

Made from the earth, Boral Roofing Clay Roof Tile products are all natural, 100% recyclable, with a recycled material content of up to 59%, minimizing the environmental footprint and maximizing LEED credits. Our raw materials are sourced locally, insuring minimal transportation footprints as well. In fact, in 2008 Boral Roofing used over 48 million tons of recycled materials in our roofing products. That is equal to the energy used by 84,000 homes or the annual emissions from 108,000 cars.

Boral Roofing is also the first roofing tile in the world to earn the prestigious Cradle to Cradle Gold certification for environmentally sustainable products. All of our domestically produced products are Cradle to Cradle certified, eliminating any question as to our products sustainability.

Our Cool Roof compliant colors are made from the same, kiln-fired natural materials and do not compromise on superior aesthetics, performance or cost. In fact, all of Boral Roofing’s environmentally conscious products are standard and do not have any cost premiums associated with them.

Concrete Roof Tile Products Sustainable Attributes

Innovative tile computer modeling and engineering design tools allow us to minimize the use of raw materials while not compromising the long term performance of the roof. Our tile is specifically engineered to allow greater airflow between the tile and the roof deck - creating a more energy efficient roof system.

Boral Roofing products have a high thermal mass that helps reduce peak energy demand, maintaining the comfort level in living spaces. Using concrete roof tile reduces the transfer of heat into the attic space by 70 percent compared to other roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles.

Throughout a 50-year service life, a tile roof can reabsorb up to 20 percent of the CO2 emitted during the manufacture of the cement content.* If concrete tile ever needs to be replaced, it can be recycled. By contrast, over 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste is generated annually in the U.S. Reroofing jobs account for 10 million tons with another 1 million from manufacturing scrap.**

*Icelandic Building Research Institute, Norwegian Building Institute, Danish Technical Institute "CO2 absorption".
**California Integrated Waste Management Board


LEED Building Opportunities

Architects and builders using the LEED system for sustainable building have a distinct advantage when using Boral Roofing products. Our products offer a wide range of LEED point opportunities other sloped roofing products cannot match. We also have dedicated LEED AP's on our staff to help companies realize their maximum LEED point opportunities, underscoring our commitment to our customers to be their primary solution for environmentally responsible roofing systems without compromising the superior aesthetics and durability of clay and concrete roof tile.

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