College of Architecture, Art and Construction

Clemson researchers earn grant to support sustainability and training in the roofing industry


Researchers in the Nieri Department of Construction, Development and Planning at Clemson University have earned a grant to advance “Sustainability and Resiliency Efforts in the Roofing Industry.” Assistant Professor Dhaval Gajjar and Associate Professor Jason Lucas have been awarded a grant totaling $169,776 from the Roofing Alliance to “document the current state of various sustainability and resiliency efforts in the roofing industry and to develop training modules to educate current and future workforce regarding roofing sustainability and resiliency.”

The Roofing Alliance is the philanthropic and educational arm of the National Roofing Contractors Association.

“Roofing is an ongoing passion of mine,” Gajjar said. “I have had the pleasure of working with the Roofing Alliance before on research on workforce development and other projects, and I’m excited to see our partnership continue to flourish.”

Gajjar’s and Lucas’s study will have three aims. First, it will seek to identify and document sustainability and resiliency efforts in the roofing industry. Second, the researchers will create training modules for industry professionals to learn about and implement sustainability and resiliency strategies. Third, they will be adding a roofing sustainability course into the existing CSM curriculum.

Clemson’s faculty will work closely with a steering committee from the Roofing Alliance to ensure coordination with manufacturers, distributors and contractors in the roofing industry. This research will be one of the foundational studies that will dictate the future direction and initiatives within sustainability and resiliency at a national level in the roofing industry and beyond.

“Our research will take both a quantitative and qualitative approach,” Gajjar noted. “We’ll examine hard data, but it’s just as important to listen closely to what our industry partners are saying.”

About the Roofing Alliance

In 1996, The Roofing Alliance was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create a permanent endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry and its customers.

The Roofing Alliance’s objectives are to conduct research and educational projects that support high-quality programs for roofing contractors, ensure timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues and enhance the long-term viability and attractiveness of the industry to roofing workers. Learn more at

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