BPU Online Education Courses

Firestone Building Products is pleased to offer the Building Products University (BPU) Online Education Courses that provide an introduction to various roofing topics and use interactive learning techniques with audio, text, graphics, animation and videos to present important information and concepts.

Four Canadian courses are offered free of charge and their course descriptions can be found below.

Roofing Systems: View from the Top

Whether replacing an existing roof, building a new roof from scratch, or some type of roof repair project in between, deciding on critical design factors is the key to a successful roofing system project. Each layer of a roofing assembly requires careful consideration and analysis to assess for impacts to the entire building. Using real-life scenarios and practice activities, this course explores the most common components of a roofing system, the advantages and disadvantages of each system, and how the critical factors aid in the assessment of the most appropriate system to meet the needs of the building and client.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the basic roofing components and how they are integrated into commercial roofing systems.
  2. List the most common types of roof membrane materials and systems used for commercial roofing.
  3. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of each to help customers select roofs that will reduce environmental impact and conserve energy.
  4. Evaluate the critical factors that shape considerations for roofing systems.
  5. Describe common and special considerations that need to be addressed for the installation of a commercial roofing system to ensure buildings are conserving energy.

EPDM Roofing Systems

Gaining a solid understanding of the advantages of EPDM roofing systems demonstrates why this membrane has the longest proven performance record of all single ply membranes. EPDM’s high-performance synthetic rubber compound provides outstanding weathering in climates worldwide. Multiple attachment types and colors are available for an EPDM roofing solution, and environmental benefits of the white EPDM membranes are explored in this course as they provide the lowest carbon footprint of all single-ply membranes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe EPDM, its physical characteristics, and performance advantages, emphasizing its proven historical performance as a sustainable (green) roofing product.
  2. Explain the three system-attachment types (ballasted, mechanically attached, and fully adhered).
  3. Describe seaming steps and the use of innovative tape technologies.
  4. Explain factors that impact durability and longevity of EPDM systems.
  5. Evaluate key factors to consider for selecting black or white roofs, addressing codes and rating systems that support the use of both.
  6. Select an EPDM roof for any climate.

Thermoplastic Roofing Systems

Made to withstand the elements over time, learn how Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) membranes are designed to offer exceptional resistance to ultraviolet light, ozone, and weathering. Gain an understanding of why TPO single-ply roofing systems are the fastest-growing commercial roofing product, and have gained broad industry acceptance for their many performance and installation advantages such as heat-welded seams. This course reinforces that not all thermoplastic roofing solutions are alike, and that TPO is the most environmentally friendly thermoplastic available.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe TPO, its physical characteristics, and performance advantages, emphasizing its proven historical performance as a green roofing product.
  2. Explain the three system-attachment types (ballasted, mechanically attached, and fully adhered).
  3. Describe seaming steps and accessories.
  4. Differentiate between types of thermoplastics (TPO and PVC).
  5. Evaluate key factors to consider for selecting between TPO and PVC roofing systems.

Roofing Insulation and Cover Boards

Arguably, selecting insulation and cover boards is the most important decision when designing a roofing system because of the many benefits these products provide in terms of service life, building safety, and energy efficiency. This course explores the characteristics, advantages, and cautions of the primary insulation and cover boards on the commercial roofing market today, and then considers the installation methodologies that will optimize the building’s energy efficiency.

Learning Objectives

  1. Evaluate three roofing insulation product types by describing the characteristics, advantages, and cautions of each type, and identify any environmental efficiency each provides.
  2. Explain the evolution of cover boards, focusing on the characteristics of the cover board product types most commonly used today, and explain how cover boards combined with insulation increases energy efficiency.
  3. Describe three methods for attaching roofing insulation and cover boards, and explain how they meet design and code requirements.
  4. Demonstrate the importance of proper slope for drainage, and how tapered insulation systems can economically meet design needs for new and existing roofs.
  5. Define R-values for insulation and cover boards, including the use of long-term thermal resistance (LTTR) values for foam insulation products.

 

Join Our Email List
Stay up-to-date on all things Firestone Building Products Canada.

Subscribe >
Find a Sales Rep

Click below to find Firestone Building Product Sales Reps in Canada.

Find >
Find A Contractor

Please select your province to find the Contractor in your area.

Find >