The story behind the cool roof rollout

Ron holds 30 years experience in the building industry being a registered commercial and domestic builder.

His projects include specialise restoration of significant buildings including the ANZ Bank’s Gothic Collins Street building  and Melbourne’s Old Safe Deposit Building.

ANZ Gothic Bank - a fitout by Ron's Company

Ron and his management team are skilled in delivering custom designed and precision outputs to major clients like the Grollo group.

Why Cool Roofing?

As an experienced builder, Ron had long recognised the need for a product like ThermaguardHRC, but it was to become his mission. Fifteen years ago, Ron was appointed as project manager for initial redevelopment of a former RAAF Engineering Base in Melbourne’s West. Ron oversaw the revitalization and conversion of many large RAAF buildings to office and light industrial for their new occupants.

The condition of many roofs was a challenging issue because of 2 major issues. One being excessive heat, affecting the ability of people to work in these re-purposed buildings. The second being the developer required existing assets to be retained where possible.

CentralWest Business Park Entry Signage
CentralWest Business Park Entrance

In some cases, it was uneconomic to persevere with an aged roof and new construction was required. Ron therefore directed the replacement of roofing due to rust attack.

However in many cases, the retention of the existing building assets was a valid option if a practical and economic process could be found. At this point, Ron started to pursue products that could satisfy the need for roof protection and increase insulation without resulting in high cost or excessive disruption to occupant activity.

Finding the answer

Being a former CSIRO scientist by training, Ron has always looked for lateral solutions and part of his research led to cool-roofs. Meeting with industrial chemist and manufacturer Steve Milroy was his break through. Ultimately the friendship and partnership that followed is now Hi-Tech Applications P/L and the current national rollout of Thermaguard HRC cool roof coating.