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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 March 16, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Proper installation is critical to green (vegetative) roofs because fixing problems later can be costly. “If the roof begins to leak, it means a costly disassembling of the vegetative layer, moisture retainers, and water flow base just to get to the roof membrane to check for faulty seams and other...
Posted on March 09, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
A grand Richardson Romanesque building that was a hotel for most of its existence has been transformed into a modern public library and historic museum. Constructed in 1891, the former Ft. Piqua Hotel in Piqua, OH underwent a $19.7 million adaptive reuse project that preserved much of its historic...
Posted on March 02, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The rehab of one floor of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) New York City headquarters achieved LEED-CI Platinum certification. The project received the highest LEED-CI rating (51 of a potential 59 points under LEED-CI v2.0) ever given nationally or internationally. http://www....
Posted on February 23, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Although transforming an energy hog into a LEED-EB Silver facility was a notable accomplishment, the University of California, Santa Barbara wants to go even greener with its recreation center. The three-building facility was recently chosen as a “Zero Net Energy Demonstration Showcase” project [...
Posted on February 16, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Certain situations provide optimal conditions for a wholesale retrofit of a building to increase energy efficiency. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute [http://www.rmi.org/rmi/], aligning a deep energy retrofit with one or more of these 10 scenarios [http://www.retrofitdepot.org/...
Posted on February 09, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Cleveland’s 32-story Celebrezze Federal Building will get a new exterior wall [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-kamin-stimulus-0201-20110131,0,2393681.story] of aluminum and glass that will boost the 1960s-era structure’s energy efficiency. A gap of air will be left between the old...
Posted on February 02, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The big game is in Dallas this year, but New Orleans is already preparing for the return of the Super Bowl in 2013 with a major overhaul of the Louisiana Superdome. [http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2011/01/final_phase_of_superdome_facel.html]. A five-month remodeling project—the last phase of...
Posted on January 26, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The renovation of the DC Appeals Courthouse [http://www.dcappeals.gov/dccourts/appeals/pdf/appeals_renovation_expansion.pdf] is an impressive example of how a modern component can blend with a faithful renovation of an historic structure. Originally designed in 1820 by George Hadfield to be DC’s...
Posted on January 19, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Michigan winters are not known for their greenery, and the green roof at Ford’s Rouge assembly plant [http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1053556_greening-the-rouge-fords-more-sustainable-pickup-plant] is gray and brown this time of year. Though lacking aesthetic appeal, the 10.4-acre roof still...
Posted on January 13, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
To make a retrofit of an old building truly sustainable, you’ve got to address all systems and aspects of the structure. That’s the lesson taken from the OXFAM Canada headquarters project in Ottawa. The 1950s-era building was given a green makeover on a tight budget—C$100/ s.f. (http://dcnonl.com/...