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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 January 28, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The University of Virginia's rotunda, designed by Thomas Jefferson, is undergoing a $50.6 million renovation to repair and restore the historic dome and exterior. The seven iron tension rings, some dating to Jefferson's era, that keep the dome from spreading outward were corroding, and the...
Posted on January 22, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Three innovative insulation materials could soon be used for commercial building retrofits in the U.S., as costs of these products fall and revamped local building codes allow their use, says a senior analyst with Lux Research. These technologies promise to boost thermal performance dramatically...
Posted on January 14, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Technology from nonprofit CyArk has helped preserve the deteriorating basilica roof at Mission San Juan Bautista in California. The 3D scanning technology allows crews to map fragile structures more precisely than they've ever been, creating virtual 3D models accurate down to millimeters. With each...
Posted on January 07, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
New York City’s landmark Fifth Avenue public library announced plans for a $300 million renovation. Opened in 1854, the grand Beaux Art structure contains a much loved wood-paneled main reading room that will remain intact but will be fireproofed. The plan, nevertheless, has generated some...
Posted on January 02, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The vacant Pyramid arena in downtown Memphis will be transformed into a Bass Pro Shop. Instead of a 210-room hotel on three floors around The Pyramid's interior, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is considering building 60 to 80 "cabins" inside the building. Building a hotel became too expensive...
Posted on December 26, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
A 13-story, 231,000 sf multi-tenant office building with first floor retail tenants in Coral Gables, Fla., has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for existing buildings after a retrofit. Built in 1974, 255 Alhambra Circle achieved the certification due to: • An...
Posted on December 19, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Earlier this year, Castle Square Apartments in Boston completed a deep energy retrofit after a complex renovation process that lasted two years. A deep energy retrofit is defined as a renovation with energy savings greater than 50%, but the retrofit work at Castle Square Apartments reaped a...
Posted on December 11, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Developers interested in acquiring and renovating the 2.4 million sf J. Edgar Hoover FBI building in Washington, D.C., can propose a property trade with the General Services Administration. The GSA put out RFIs for ideas on how to get a new FBI headquarters and how to redevelop a large swath of...
Posted on December 05, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
California voters last month passed Proposition 39, a measure that devotes $550 million a year until 2018, a total of $2.75 billion, to fund green-improvement projects at schools and public buildings. Upgrades are aimed at energy efficiency and include weatherization, replacement of leaking windows...
Posted on November 28, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
A scaled-down plan for a renovation and expansion of the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina received approval from the California Coastal Commission. The $100 million waterfront project will consist of a new three-level, 35,000 sf ballroom and 35,000 sf exhibit hall. The plan is about 14,000...