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The World’s Best Roofing Blog is authored by Duro-Last® Roofing to be an information source for commercial roofing industry professionals: contractors, architects, specifiers, consultants, building owners, and facility managers who are involved in the roof decision-making process. We include articles on roof technology and materials, safety, sustainability, and more. We also report on happenings at Duro-Last, such as featured roofing projects and company activities. Many posts are authored by subject matter experts at Duro-Last; others are re-posted from industry media or provided by other industry sources.
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Posted on November 05, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The International Energy Conservation Code has been revised to eliminate what has been seen as a blanket exemption for historic buildings. The current “historic buildings” definition has been criticized as too imprecise, and many jurisdictions still apply the IECC selectively to historic buildings...
Posted on October 28, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
NRCA's EnergyWise Roof Calculator Online has been updated to include information from the 2012 version of the International Code Council's International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the 2012 version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). In addition, new minimum long-term...
Posted on October 22, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Major renovation projects—those costing more than $100,000—climbed as a share of total nonresidential construction as the recession began and haven’t yet come down, breaking from historic patterns. In a low-growth environment, many companies can’t justify adding or expanding to their facilities,...
Posted on October 15, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
A major renovation of an historic YMCA in Los Angeles to an apartment facility was named the 2013 World Architecture Festival Housing Award recipient. The 28th Street Apartments project, designed by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, added new residential units, upgraded existing units, and revitalized...
Posted on October 07, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The CEO of Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance says lenders want better data to justify loans for green building retrofits. “Right now we need more data because we don’t have what we need for you to walk into the bank for a building loan and say, ‘if I do this it will save $1,000 on our utilities...
Posted on October 01, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The renovation of a set of historic downtown Winchester, Va., buildings led to the discovery of several historic artifacts including a Civil War cannonball and bullets, a variety of old baseball cards, and a 1940s-era newspaper embedded in the drywall. The buildings, constructed in 1840, were the...
Posted on September 24, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pa., unveiled a new look following a $500,000 ceiling renovation. The 77 year-old structure’s original cork ceiling tiles were removed and replaced with a...
Posted on September 17, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   Work is under way at the Wisconsin State Capitol on an extensive $2.7 million, 14-month renovation to the skylights above the House and Senate chambers, along with the barrel vault...
Posted on September 10, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   The 1200 Buildings program in Melbourne, Australia was designed to encourage the retrofitting of 1,200 commercial buildings, or about 70% of the city’s commercial buildings stock. After...
Posted on September 04, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   The owner of a 29-acre cluster of brick buildings in Watertown, Mass., wants to reinvent the site as a 21st-century innovation hub. Known for many years as the Watertown Arsenal, the...