Duro-Last®, Inc. & EXCEPTIONAL® Metals Expand Manufacturing Footprint to Carrollton, Texas

Duro-Last®, Inc. and EXCEPTIONAL® Metals have expanded operations by adding a new manufacturing facility in Carrollton, Texas. This expansion showcases Duro-Last’s commitment to our growing customer base by continuing to provide a convenient venue for roofing products and services.  Strong business growth positions Duro-Last to provide roofing and edge metal products closer to the markets they serve.

“Texas is the strongest market for the single-ply industry, and Duro-Last continues to grow in that area”, said Tom Saeli, CEO of Duro-Last, Inc. “We want to make it easier for our customers in the region to conduct business with Duro-Last and our EXCEPTIONAL Metals division, and Texas is the ideal location.”

The Carrollton plant is Duro-Last’s fifth manufacturing location in the nation, and the fourth location to offer full-service production and support for roofing and edge metal products.  The facility will be fully operational this fall and brings new employment opportunities to Carrollton and surrounding communities. Duro-Last is known for their prefabricated roofs, custom curbs and stacks, renowned quality assurance and technical field services, as well as industry leading warranties.

Duro-Last® Gets Connected With New Mobile App

Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its new mobile application for both the Android and iOS operating systems.

            The Duro-Last Reference Application is designed to be an information source for various market segments, including roofing contractors, commercial building owners, facility managers, architects, consultants, and specifiers. Several specific building types are also addressed.

The application provides an overview of the commercial roofing products and systems offered by Duro-Last. It also highlights key marketing advantages, including our Edge to Edge & Deck to Sky™, Time Off the Roof™, and cool roofing initiatives, as well as our quality assurance operation and industry-leading warranties.

The Duro-Last Reference Application is available for download now from Google Play and iTunes.

 

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2012 I-Code Revisions

During this year’s International Roofing Expo held in Orlando, I attended a seminar regarding the 2012 International Codes and how they will affect the roofing industry. There are several revisions throughout the codes that need to be addressed, not only in the International Building Code (IBC 2012), but also the International Fire Code (IFC 2012), the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2012), and the International Residential Code (IRC 2012).

Summary

  • IBC 2012 – minor changes
  • IFC 2012 – new requirements
  • IRC 2012 – minor changes
  • IECC 2012 – new requirements

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NRA 2012

This year’s NRA (National Restaurant Association) Show was a success for Duro-Last®. With a 6% increase in attendees over 2011, the show was busy and Duro-Last had a very full booth all four days. Over 1,900 exhibitors and 61,000 attendees flocked to the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois where new products and services of all kinds were introduced.

The entire Chicago-area sales team for Duro-Last was in attendance. Regional Sales Manager, Mark Van Dorn gave new independent sales reps Scott Gaviati, Troy Osbourne, and Jeff Deneberg the ins-and-outs of the restaurant industry and how the Duro-Last roofing system can benefit restaurant owners. Having our local independent reps at the show made a great impression as many attendees already knew Troy and Jeff.

Duro-Last Sales Coordinator Ken Claes and National Account Representative Jason Dark demonstrated the long term benefits and energy savings that can be realized with the Duro-Last system. This included our new line of Duro-Guard™ insulation products. With four full days of exhibit time, they saw attendees return numerous times to the booth with additional questions. This increased our exposure to decision makers throughout North America.

Duro-Last will be attending NRA 2013, scheduled for May 18-21 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

RoofPoint™

In February 2010, The Center for Environmental Innovation unveiled RoofPoint™ to a select group of roofing industry stakeholders at the International Roofing Expo.

RoofPoint is a sustainability guideline developed exclusively for roofing systems. It is similar to other familiar building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Build Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, but it embraces important differences that offer unique value to building owners and the green-building community.

RoofPoint evaluates a roof system in five categories: energy management, materials management, water management, durability/life cycle management, and innovation.

Since the beginning of 2011, RoofPoint projects have been certified in over 30 U.S. states as well as Canada and Mexico.

The January 2012 issue of Interface provides a complete overview of the program as well as the RoofPoint guideline, which is a comprehensive checklist of all critical environmental aspects of modern roofing systems.

Have you used RoofPoint on a project? Leave us a comment about the projects you have worked on that incorporate RoofPoint.

The Future of Roofing

Gone are the times that roofing systems were only a simple part of a building. Roofing systems are increasingly trending toward saving money and energy, and providing other environmental benefits. And this trend should continue.

White is the New Green

While in London in 2009, President Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu, told his former colleagues at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that painting roofs white to reflect sunlight can make a huge difference to global warming.

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“There’s a friend of mine, a colleague of mine, Art Rosenfeld, who’s pushing very hard for a geo-engineering we all believe will be completely benign, and that’s when you have a flat-top roof building, make it white. “Now, you smile, but he’s done a calculation, and if you take all the buildings and make their roofs white and if you make the pavement more of a concrete type of color rather than a black type of color, and you do this uniformly . . . it’s the equivalent of reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars on the road for 11 years.”

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Finding a Construction Association to Join

Selecting and getting involved in a construction association can help get your name out and is a great way to streamline the networking process. There are many organizations specific to the construction industry that provide opportunities to market and promote roofing products and services. Most of the following organizations have local chapters: American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA), and Roofing Consultants Institute (RCI). These professional associations provide opportunities to meet and interact with specifiers, architects, consultants, engineers, contractors, facility managers, product reps, manufacturers, and other experts in the construction industry.

I found it made sense for me to get involved with the CSI both locally and throughout my region. CSI’s member base includes suppliers, architects/specifiers, general contractors, and building owners. To me, it’s the kill-multiple-birds-with-one-stone analogy. Where else can I meet with several different architect firms at one time over a luncheon or evening program?

In addition to CSI, several other associations are worth a shot. AIA meetings are typically attended by the designers, principals, and owners of the firms. Many local AIA trade shows can be beneficial because of the number of key architects who attend. BOMA is a great place to meet people who own or manage property. RCI chapters are usually located in mid-to-large metropolitan areas and can be an opportunity to identify key consultants involved in re-roofing projects.

In summary, getting involved in a construction association can be a great way to network for business opportunities. It will take time to decide which ones make the most sense to participate it, but the reward for being on the front end of a project can be the difference in making that next sale.

Like most things in life, the more involved you are, the more you get out of it through business opportunities, education, credibility, and name recognition.

Greenbuild 2011 Wrap Up

The 10th anniversary of U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo was held October 4th – 7th at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Toronto, Canada. Greenbuild is the largest expo dedicated to green building with over 20,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors. Duro-Last® was one of those exhibitors and has been for the last eight years.

This year the show floor traffic felt a bit slower than in past years. It may be because it was in Canada, or that the two halls were a great distance apart. The last day did seem busier in the South hall where Duro-Last was, and our booth had good traffic most of the day with several promising opportunities.

We had a video running in the booth showcasing a 20-year-old Duro-Last roof that had been recycled into PROTECT-ALL® flooring (manufactured by sister company, Oscoda Plastics®, Inc.), which was very interesting to many attendees. You can watch the three-minute video by clicking on this link.

Ken Claes, Midwest Sales Coordinator, at the Duro-Last booth.

I had the opportunity to attend two educational sessions this year. The first was Green Schools that Teach: Whole-School Sustainability. This was a report on a case study conducted by Stephanie Barr and Brian Dunbar from the Institute for the Built Environment and Katharine Leigh from Colorado State University. They studied five LEED certified schools that they called “whole-school sustainable.” One interesting part of their study included an educational program where the students took part in understanding sustainable practices. For example, one school has a volatile organic compounds (VOC) monitor and every day at 10:30 am and 12:30pm students noticed the VOC indicator rose significantly. They wondered why this happened and found out that every day at that time all of the students were using anti-bacterial hand sanitizer. They are now conscious of this and are changing their habits to make their air quality better.

The second session I attended was, Are there any sustainable materials? Exploring the role of materials stewardship in sustainable built environments. This was an interactive session with speakers Lindsay James from Interface, Inc., Sarah Brooks from The Natural Step Canada, Gail Vittori from Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, and Jennifer Atlee from BuildingGreen. I thought we were going to learn about specific sustainable products, but it was more of a general discussion about sustainable products, and whether there truly are any out there. “Biomimicry,” a new term to me, looks to nature and natural systems for inspiration, and in nature, there is no such thing as waste – anything left over from one animal or plant is food for another species. One of the oldest examples of biomimicry is Velcro which was invented by Swiss inventor George de Mestral in 1941 after he removed burrs from his dog. This got the group thinking about products used in the building industry that reflect biomimcry.

I have had the opportunity to attend Greenbuild three years now and it is still exciting to see what companies have come up with to contribute to green building practices. As always I will be looking forward to Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco, California.

If you attended Greenbuild this year please leave your comments below in how the show was for you and your organization.

View from above the north hall.

No News Is No News

Good news for home owners! The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 extended the residential energy efficiency tax credits.

The bill allows a tax credit for up to 10% of the amount paid by the taxpayer for qualified nonbusiness energy efficiency improvements to a maximum lifetime limit of $500. If more than $500 of these tax credits were already taken between 2006 and 2010, there can be no further credits taken. This is a reduction from the $1,500 credit allowed in the original bill.

The credit applies to principal residential property placed in service between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

Among the qualifying improvements are windows and doors, metal and asphalt roofing, insulation, HVAC equipment, water heaters, geothermal heat pumps, and solar energy systems. All must be ENERGY STAR® qualified products. Unfortunately, single-ply membranes, such as the Duro-Last® Cool Zone® roofing system still do not qualify for the residential energy efficiency tax credit. However tax policy and incentive programs are constantly being revised. We’ll stay on top of things and report on changes when they occur.

OSHA Safety

Following the National Safety Month posts, I am amazed to find out how many roofing contractors are not familiar with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Fall Protection Guidelines and Hazardous Communication requirements. Not only are they unaware of the guidelines, but they also have no idea of the possible fines that can be levied on them and what those fines could do to their business.

OSHA is responsible for the investigation of workplace safety. Contractors can visit the OSHA website www.osha.gov, where they can better understand regulatory requirements. In addition, every contractor should have a copy of the 29 CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Guidelines. All the information needed to be compliant can be found in this useful publication.

Residential construction is not part of Duro-Last®’s daily routine; however it may be for a lot of our readers. On December 22, 2010, OSHA officially cancelled its “interim enforcement policy” on fall protection and issued an “instruction” that eliminates the use of Slide Guards as a fall protection option for most residential roofing projects. The new OSHA instruction was effective December 16, 2010, with an enforcement date of June 16, 2011. The instruction will now require conventional fall protection (safety nets, guardrails or personal fall arrest systems) to be used on roofs with slopes greater than 4-in-12 and where the height from one level to another is greater than six feet. There are some exceptions to this instruction (which should be verified with OSHA first).

As a reminder, we should always be aware of our surroundings when on a roof and be mindful of the possible hazards. Falling from even as low as six feet can cause serious injury. By making sure ladders are tied off, identifying problem openings in the roof surface, etc. we will reduce the likelihood of a fall and provide a safe work environment.