Project of the Month: Consumers Energy Training Facility, Marshall, Michigan

The Consumers Energy Training Facility in Marshall, Michigan is protected by nearly 30,000 square feet of Duro-Last’s single-ply PVC roofing system.

The white Duro-Last roofing system has helped this facility meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® requirements in several ways. Its high reflectivity and emissivity qualities can help reduce the energy required for cooling buildings. The roofing system for Consumers Energy was manufactured at the Duro-Last facility in Saginaw, Michigan, which lowers transportation mileage and costs. Duro-Last’s custom prefabrication reduces on-site waste produced during the installation; scrap that is produced may be returned to Duro-Last for recycling into other construction products (Duro-Last also recycles manufacturing scrap). Unlike other roofing materials, the Duro-Last membrane is also recyclable at the end of its useful roofing life.

Authorized Duro-Last contractor Superior Services RSH, Inc. of Lansing, Michigan performed the Consumers Energy installation. Pumford Construction of Saginaw, Michigan was the Design Build Contractor on the project, with In-House Architect, Brian Swedorski, AIA, LEED AP, being responsible for the building design.

“Consumers Energy’s choice in using the Duro-Last roofing system makes a strong environmental statement, and we’re proud to be an important part of it,” said Steve Ruth, Vice President of Sales at Duro-Last. “The fact that the Duro-Last roofing system has been installed on the training facility reinforces their commitment to saving energy and promoting an environmentally-friendly facility.”

The Duro-Last roofing system complements many other sustainable building features that were incorporated into the training facility’s design such as low-water plumbing fixtures; skylights in 75% of the occupied space; recycled denim insulation; a state-of-the-art air filtration system; and a computerized lighting system to control electrical usage. Furthermore, much of the materialfrom the previous building was recycled, and paving material was crushed and used as on-site fill.

“It’s amazing to see all the sustainable features that were integrated into the training facility’s design by Pumford Construction,” said Dave Bradke, Director of Sales at Superior Services. “It’s also nice to see the Duro-Last roofing system getting more attention for its energy-efficient qualities. As our society continues to lean towards products that do not negatively affect our earth, I’m sure more building owners will choose Duro-Last to protect their facilities and the environment.”

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Project of the Month: Bardessono Inn & Spa, Yountville, California

The Duro-Last roofing system has been installed on the Bardessono Inn & Spa in Yountville, California. The spa is scheduled to open in February 2009, and will be submitted to the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED Platinum certification. The spa consists of five separate buildings that are protected by almost 80,000 square feet of Duro-Last’s single-ply PVC roofing system.

The spa’s prefabricated roofing system was manufactured at Duro-Last’s Grants Pass, Oregon, facility and installed by authorized contractor Fidelity Roof Company of Oakland, California. Fidelity is also an approved installer for SunPower, the manufacturer of the PowerGuard solar electrical system that will provide electricity to the spa.

The Duro-Last roofing system is a key component of this sustainable construction project. The white membrane has reflectivity and emittance characteristics that exceed California’s Title 24 building requirements. Because it’s prefabricated, less on-site waste is produced during installation. As a company, Duro-Last recycles manufacturing scrap back into roofing membrane or other construction products. And unlike other roofing materials, the Duro-Last system is also recyclable at the end of its useful life.

The Duro-Last-plus-solar roofing assembly complements the spas many other sustainable building features. Among them: a ground source heat pump will provide both heating and cooling; every room will have occupancy sensors to control electrical usage; the spa makes extensive use of wood salvaged from native California trees; concrete and steel materials include a high percentage of recycled content; low-VOC paints and adhesives are used throughout the complex.

Steve Ruth, Duro-Last Vice President of Sales, said, “This project makes a strong environmental statement, and we’re proud to be an important part of it. The fact that the Duro-Last system has been installed on the Bardessono facility reinforces our leadership in the sustainable roofing arena.”