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Duro-Last Roofing Systems offer proven chemistry and decades of sound performance. As the commercial roofing industry’s leader in manufacturing prefabricated PVC roofing systems, Duro-Last produces roofing membranes with a history of providing long-term durability and watertight protection.

TOTM: Building Envelope & Exteriors

Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. TOTM: Building Envelope & Exteriors articles below.


Sustainable Commercial Roofs | Reduce, Recycle & Reimagine Sustainability

Duro-Last Roofing Systems offer proven chemistry and decades of sound performance. As the commercial roofing industry’s leader in manufacturing prefabricated PVC roofing systems, Duro-Last produces roofing membranes with a history of providing long-term durability and watertight protection.

Pest Management At The Building Envelope

Examining roofing, windows, and siding is critical to sound pest management.

Louvers Brighten Up Edward Jones HQ Parking Garage

At the Maryland Heights, MO facility, stationary louvers, or “cassettes,” lend a flowing, kinetic appearance to the campus parking garage.

Flexibility For The Future

For Wisconsin-based microbrewery Barley John’s, choosing a building envelope that offered flexibility, durability, energy efficiency, and adaptability was integral to the company’s long-term success.

Site Water Management Goes Underground

Designers of a LEED certified office park utilized an existing water vault as a centerpiece of drainage and irrigation.

Inappropriate Repairs for Historic Stone Masonry

As holds the principle of bioethics, so should the approach to treating historic stone: “First, do no harm.”

Speed Boosts Security At Parking Garage Entryways

Installing high-speed doors at these entry points prevents piggy-backing and unauthorized pedestrians from entering a parking facility.

Leveraging Outdoor Space To Support Organizational Goals

Intentional design of outdoor spaces provides multiple benefits that can effectively support the organization and the people it employs and serves.

Duro-Last Roofing Project Awards Announced

These annual awards recognize roofing contractors and their notable projects in six categories.

Firestone RubberGard EPDM Roofing Sealant

RubberGard EPDM Sealants are designed for use with EPDM roofing systems.

Historic Hotel, Revolving Door Retrofit

At the Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, a lobby renovation provided the opportunity to boost aesthetics and improve energy efficiency.

Wattstopper FSP-2×2 Fixture Integrated Outdoor Sensors 

Designed for LED fixtures, these economical, contractor grade sensors meet all code compliant lighting controls requirements.

Soundproofing With Window Retrofits

As purveyors of peace and quiet, lodging facilities might consider this building envelope upgrade to better serve guests.

How Brick Stacks Up

When stacked up against common commercial building exteriors, brick costs less than precast, metal and glass, according to a new BIA study.

Outdated Concrete Building Transformed Into Gold

Rather than demolishing an abandoned Rhode Island property and starting from scratch, architects transformed it into a LEED Gold-certified, Class A office building masterpiece.

Roof Walkway Granules From Mule-Hide Products

These new EPDM granules provide a non-slip surface over silicone-coated roofs.

Metal Roof Retrofit Retains Existing, Saves Time

At Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, integrated planning and installation improved building envelope performance of three buildings on campus.

The Basics Of Curtain Wall Construction

How the glass and the frame are manipulated, including proportion, properties, and anchorage, constitutes the essential distinction among glass curtain wall systems.

Wall Panel And Coating Choices Contribute To LEED Gold

At Kankakee Community College, a pledge to the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment called attention to exterior cladding and coating choices.

Building Envelope Retrofits For Improved Energy Efficiency: Part 2

A building enclosure retrofit can improve energy performance and keep a facility operational without the expenditures of complete demolition or reconstruction.

Building Envelope Retrofits For Improved Energy Efficiency: Part 1

Degradation of building envelope performance contributes to wasted energy, poor thermal comfort, and subpar indoor air quality.

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi Reflects Musical Heritage

In both its exhibits and its design, the museum focuses the spotlight on Mississippi's deep musical roots and impact on modern music.

R-Mer Force From The Garland Company

This new, flashless metal edge system eliminates the need for penetrations to be made on the roof surface.
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SolarOne Solutions Acquires Inovus Solar

SolarOne Solutions, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells commercial-scale, solar powered lighting and LED technology for use in outdoor applications.

Preliminary Energy Savings For ASHRAE/IES 2016 Energy Standard

According to recent analysis by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) in support of the U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program, more than 30% energy savings can be achieved using the new version — compared to the 2004 baseline.

Sculpted 3D Rainscreen System By Metalwërks

Available in three forms, this solid metal wall panel product helps to create a bold aesthetic for facility exteriors. 

Bakery Expands Operation With Rack Supported Storage

Rather than build an entirely new facility, this approach added storage and building envelope onto the company's existing building.

DensElement Barrier System Passes Drainage Efficiency Test

This integrated system from Georgia-Pacific Gypsum has passed testing as a substrate in exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) with drainage.

INO Weather Pro Weather Monitor

The INO Weather Pro is a handheld device that combines weather data with lightning detection for outdoor worker safety.

Traction Magic Takes The Slip Out Of Ice

This product from Gaia Enterprise, Inc. was created to address the slip and fall threat from ice that so many facility managers face.

Auroralight Telluride HWM16-2 Outdoor Wall Sconce

The Telluride HWM16-2 is a wall sconce that incorporates flexible LED/Halogen hybrid technology.

Bring In The Sun With Daylighting

The building envelope can serve as a tool for facility management to tap into renewable energy resources.

Super Bright LEDs’ LED Pond & Fountain Lights

LED Pond and Fountain Lights are annular LED lights designed to fit from 1.37" to 3" fountain tubing.

Salt Use Standards For Winter Weather Cleanup Revisited

The Snow & Ice Management Association has expanded its Sustainable Salt Initiative (SSI) that addresses environmental concerns associated with salt use at properties throughout North America.

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