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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 August 10, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
For a number of reasons, PVC is a popular choice of material on reroofing projects: well-suited to “cool roof” goals, readily recyclable, flame resistant, and highly flexible. It’s important to recognize, however, that PVC membrane products are not compatible with asphalt-based products. (http://...
Posted on July 27, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
City Hall East, an Atlanta landmark and the largest brick building in the Southeast, will be transformed into an upscale mixed-use facility. The facility, now called Ponce City Market, will get a $180 million rehab to create 1 million sf of retail, office, and residential components, plus parking...
Posted on July 20, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The City of Chicago is attempting to attract private funds to pay for energy efficiency upgrades of nearly 100 public buildings. The buildings that together have more than 6.5 million square feet of space would be retrofitted at a cost of about $40 million, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. (http://...
Posted on July 13, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The oldest building at the University of Minnesota’s twin cities campus is slated for a major overhaul. Eddy Hall, a 31,000 sf red brick Queen Anne-style structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has some structural deficiencies and needs to be transformed into modern office...
Posted on July 06, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The CEO of a Dallas high-tech firm says that it chose to retrofit an old downtown building rather than build a new one in the suburbs, which was a less expensive option, for a number of reasons that go beyond the bottom line. (http://smartblogs.com/leadership/2011/06/15/whats-so-great-about-a-...
Posted on June 29, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The remaking of the 6.5 million-sf Pentagon building is complete—17 years after it began. The renovation of the world’s largest office building was completed ahead of schedule and below cost. The project, a complete interior transformation, is considered such a success that its design-build...
Posted on June 24, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The capstone of a rehab project on a historic Lander, Wyoming, building that was originally a swanky hotel was the installation of a photovoltaic array. The technology has integrated seamlessly with the circa 1918 Noble Hotel, which was constructed as part of a plan to make Lander a gateway to...
Posted on June 15, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Two new developments in Washington may give a boost to solar energy and energy-efficient building retrofits. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, has enlisted New Mexico Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Arkansas Republican Sen. John Boozman as co-sponsors of the “10 Million Solar Roofs Act...
Posted on June 08, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The Obama Administration last week launched Green Refinance Plus, a new program sprung from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that encourages energy-efficient retrofits of thousands of affordable homes. A joint effort between the Federal Housing Administration and Fannie Mae, Green...
Posted on June 01, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
A $1.2 billion plan to reconstruct a San Francisco residential neighborhood will replace 1,500 rent-controlled townhomes with 7,200 new energy-efficient units over the next 20 to 30 years. The project will transform the 152-acre Parkmerced neighborhood from car-centric to pedestrian-friendly. All...