Calculating and Understanding Roof Life Cycle Costs - Self Study


Length: 2 modules

Author: Jim Hoff

Subjects: Green Building: Green Roofing, Green Building: Finance


All roofing professionals, including roofing contractors, facility managers, and roof consultants should be prepared to answer complicated life cycle cost questions in order to meet their clients’ needs.

Included in this course are two lectures and a roof life cycle calculator by Dr. Jim Hoff, instructor for Commercial Roofing Boot Camp. The first lecture discusses why life cycle cost is becoming a critical topic for today’s roofing professional and why the EUAC Calculator is the best way to calculate and compare roof system life cycle cost. The second lecture provides step-by-step instructions for the proper use of the EUAC Calculator, which uses a new technique called Equivalent Uniform Annual Cost (EUAC).

This calculator offers a number of important features and benefits:

-Almost all modern low-slope commercial roofing systems may be analyzed, allowing the roofing professional to compare many different roof system options.
-Roof systems with different service lives may be compared, so that trade-offs between initial cost and annual cost may be evaluated.
-Provisions for periodic maintenance and eventual removal and replacement are included, so that the EUAC Calculator provides a comprehensive “cradle-to-cradle” view of modern roof system alternatives.
-The calculator is available in an easy-to-use Excel format, allowing the user to customize the calculator for local roof system types and costs.

But perhaps the best feature of the EUAC Calculator is how it computes a simple annual cost for roofing systems – essentially the equivalent of an annual “payment” - that may be used to compare the long-term value of different roof system alternatives.

After completing this course, students should be ready to add life cycle cost analysis to the professional services they can offer their roofing customers.

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Jim Hoff

President, TEGNOS Research, Inc.

Jim Hoff is an experienced executive and researcher in the building materials industry, retiring as vice president of technology for Firestone Building Products in 2007 after 23 years of service. Dr. Hoff currently serves as Vice President, Research for the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing in Washington, DC and as President of TEGNOS Research, Inc. a...[more]

Course Outline

Roof Life Cycle Cost Lectures

Watch Jim's Lectures on Roof Life Cycle Costs

  • Watch Jim's Introduction to Life Cycle Cost Lecture (Video)
  • Watch Jim's Problems with Life Cycle Cost Lecture (Video)
  • Watch Jim's New Approach to Life Cycle Costs (Video)
  • Watch Jim's Hands-On with Life Cycle Cost Calculator Lecture (Video)
Download the Resources

Download Jim's Roof Life Cycle lecture slides, the Excel Calculator and an article written about the Equivalent Uniform Annual Cost.

  • Download the Lecture Slides (Download .pdf)
  • Equivalent Uniform Annual Cost article by Jim Hoff (Download .pdf)
  • Download the Roof LCC Calculator (Download .xls)

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