Duro-Last: Your Path to a Greener Commercial Roof
As more people are becoming aware of the importance of sustainability and protecting our environment, many are looking for ways to do their part to preserve vital natural resources. Thankfully, sustainability has been a part of the Duro-Last® culture for more than 20 years. The company was the first manufacturer to publish a product-specific PVC Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for single-ply PVC roofing membranes. EPD provides information and data to help building contractors and designers make energy efficient decisions.
Below we have compiled a list of green and energy efficient characteristics to enhance your understanding of this new sustainable commercial roof system. Here is exactly what you need to know to familiarize yourself with Duro-Last’s single-ply PVC roofing system.
Energy and Cost Effective
With the ability to reflect a whopping 88 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and energy, white Duro-Last membranes can drastically reduce consumption leading to lower energy costs. This makes Duro-Last the ideal cool roof option. With a total solar emittance of up to 95%, the ENERGY STAR® qualified Duro-Last membrane also releases energy and heat efficiently.
Being ENERGY STAR® qualified, these systems are reflective and absorbent, meaning they block, absorb, and distribute the sun’s energy more effectively. This extensive reflectivity is instrumental in decreasing energy usage during peak hours. Solving the issue of excess usage during peak demand is especially important, because these busy hours take an incredible toll on the environment. Some of the harmful effects of increased energy usage during peak hours include:
- Promotes air pollution
- Results in a lack of balance within the electrical power grid, reducing its effectiveness and wasting energy in the process
- Necessitates increased support from a power plant
- Causes additional utility charges to commercial building owners
Confirmed with Certifications
Certifications Duro-Last has achieved include:
NSF/ANSI 347 Platinum and Gold – This standard represents that Duro-Last manufactures a product that is third-party verified as sustainable, durable, and high performing. The Duro-Last membrane has earned NSF/ANSI 347 Platinum certification, making them only the second manufacturer to obtain the highest level. The certification applies to the following Duro-Last membranes:
- Duro-Last® Membrane NSF/ANSI 347 Platinum
- Duro-Fleece® Membrane NSF/ANSI 347 Gold
- Duro-Tuff® Membrane NSF/ANSI 347 Gold
- Duro-Last® EV Membrane NSF/ANSI 347 Gold
Excellence in Recycling Recognition
Duro-Last was recognized with the 2017 Excellence in Recycling Award by the Michigan Recycling Coalition for their commitment to recycling and sustainable materials management. The award is given every year to one Michigan organization that shows leadership and excellence in recycling and waste diversion.
Recycling Production Processes
Throughout the manufacturing process, edge trim and scrap is kept clean and recycled back into production. In addition, Duro-Last provides commercial roofing specialists, like Technique Roofing, the ability to decrease the amount of scrap during the installation process. As a result, there is far less waste to dump in a landfill.
Commercial Roof Take-Back Plan
Duro-Last gives customers the chance to use a take-back plan, which enables their mechanically-attached PVC roofs to be returned to the facility and properly recycled when the roofing technology reaches the end of its productive life. Instead of simply being discarded, they are repurposed and used in the production of new products. This significantly decreases the amount of excess waste build-up, and successfully diminishes its negative impact on our environment.
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