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Georgia Institute of Technology

Founded in 1885, the Georgia Institute of Technology is home to 700 faculty and 15,000 students pursuing their dreams on a 330-acre campus in Atlanta. Georgia Tech’s challenge is the same as similar institutions of higher education — keeping everyone sheltered under several hundred thousand square feet of roofing.

As a leading architectural college, Georgia Tech knew all the alternatives. "We tried various roofing systems, from modified bitumen to EPDM," said Larry Curbow, structural designer, facilities.

"The problem with most new systems is there are too many seams that rely on the workmanship of the roofer," he continued. "No matter how good you are, when you’re heat-welding hundreds of linear feet a day, you’re bound to make some mistakes. The result is weakened seams, and a roof that needs replacing again after a few years."

In 1998, Curbow tried the Duro-Last membrane, a reinforced thermoplastic single-ply, for a minor repair job.

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is the duro-last roofing system energy efficient?

The white Duro-Last Roofing System reflects 86% of the sun's rays, resulting in a significant reduction in air coditioning costs. When heating costs are a concern. Duro-Last is mechanically-attached, which enables large amounts of insulation to be installed during the installation of the roof. The outcome: reduced heat loss. Duro-Last is also a "charter partner" of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star® Roof Products Program. The U.S. Environmental Agency's Energy Star® Roof Products Program assures customers that their energy dollars are maximized.