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ERIC Number: EJ798542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
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Kennedy, Mike
American School & University, v80 n6 p37-39 Feb 2008
Deferred maintenance has been one of the great failings of many of the nation's education institutions, and roofs--out of sight, out of mind--are one of the easiest elements of maintenance to neglect. Of course, as many administrators have learned through the years, the cost of putting off routine inspections and preventive maintenance can be leaks, mold growth, serious structural damage to a facility and serious health risks for students and staff. As more schools and universities have begun to embrace green strategies in building and maintaining their facilities, the health and safety of the indoor environment is driving facility managers to be more vigilant about roofing maintenance, and to seek out roofing types that can conserve energy and have less impact on the environment. Although many schools and universities do not have enough maintenance staff and resources to inspect all their roofs twice a year, that is what roofing experts recommend. Inspections in the fall will enable maintenance workers to clear a roof of leaves and other debris before winter weather strikes, and a spring follow-up will reveal whether the roof sustained any significant wear or damage during the winter. The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) urges schools to maintain thorough records about each roof--the type of roof, its size, its installation date, the contractor, warrant information, and a history of inspections and repairs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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