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Project at a Glance

“We are so confident in S-5! products that we selected them as a partner in one of our most important and high profile endeavors to date, our Net Zero Home Program. S-5! roof attachments are a game-changer and the gold standard in the industry — more importantly S-5!’s commitment to quality and innovation aligns perfectly with our own core philosophy. We are proud of our association with S-5!, and we look forward to partnering with them in providing
renewable energy solutions to building owners and homeowners for years to come.”

―Mitch Gaber, Partner Development, Suntuity Solar

The Situation & Results

Suntility Home needed both a penetration-free, fully engineered, aesthetically pleasing solar attachment solution and an engineered snow retention solution that would both match the roof and last the life of the roof.

They selected S-5! attachments. The PVKIT pre-assembled components provided a simple, economical method for installers to “lay & play” modules with tested, engineered, attachment of modules to all metal roof types. ColorGard was custom-designed and engineered for this project to mitigate potential rooftop avalanches, which could pose a serious threat to residents and property below.

Run solely on renewable energy sources, every aspect of the home’s design was calculated to conserve energy and capture as much of the sun’s energy for heat in the winter and cooling in the summer. The home features a 31+kW PV solar system on its south-facing roof and nine Tesla Powerwall® storage batteries (7.6 kilowatts each) as a supplemental power source. The PVKIT Direct-AttachTM rail-less, solar mounting solution secures 80 LG high-efficiency solar panels in place, and the PVKONCEAL module skirt conceals the lower edge of the modules and all mechanical and electrical components underneath. The roof also features the complete ColorGard snow retention system.

What Worked?

The metal roof panels, made from 25% recycled material, are environmentally friendly and are LEED and ENERGY STAR® compliant. The low-gloss, IR-reflective coating helps reduce energy consumption and will keep the roof surface approximately 60-70 degrees cooler during the summer months. The roof also serves as the ideal platform for solar integration since the solar panels could be mounted directly onto the standing seams of the roof utilizing S-5!’s penetration-free, solar
solution. The PVKIT Direct-Attach system was selected for its strength, durability, and ease of installation. S-5!’s new PVKONCEAL module skirt creates an attractive, clean finished look. It also keeps critters, debris, and other unwanted objects out from under the solar array.

There were numerous challenges on the project, not to mention the ongoing supply chain issues and work stoppages due to the pandemic. The main metal roof is a fairly complex design with a variety of angles, cuts and intricate roof details. Because it is a custom-built home with so many environmental objectives and requirements, the roof installation was even more complex.
Additionally, Suntility Home desired quality roof attachments for this new high-end roof. Aesthetics, durability, perfect color and finish-matching, and penetration-free attachments that would maintain the roof’s integrity, were all crucial factors in selecting rooftop attachments.

Long-Term Outlook

Genics is now contributing to producing its own clean energy, while reducing utility
costs and putting an otherwise empty roof space to work.

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S-5! Products Used

Powder-coated and air-dried paint finishes fade faster than the roof, producing an unsightly mismatch in just a few years. ColorGard’s finish match lasts the life of the roof - guaranteed because it is the same material as the roof! Our metal roof snow guards can be easily installed any time of the year. Retrofit ColorGard to an existing roof or incorporate it in the new roof design.

ColorGard Benefits:

  • Free lifetime material/defect warranty
  • Limited lifetime performance warranty available
  • Optional job-specific, low-cost P.E. wet stamp available
  • Affordable cost with documented holding strength
  • Compatible with all standing seam and exposed-fastened metal roof profiles
  • Perfect color and finish-matching for the life of the roof
  • Easy-to-use online project calculator for job-specific engineering and BOM
  • Proven performance since 1995 – 4,000+ miles of installations without a single documented failure
  • Readily available from 60+ locations in the U.S. and Canada
  • Endorsed by every major metal roof manufacturer in North America

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