Tag Archives: TPO

Grass is greener atop St. Louis building

A 1654-m2 (17,800-sf) green roof now sits atop the 700 Market Street building in St. Louis, Missouri. Photos courtesy Bade Roofing.

A gas fire pit, a fescue lawn, and numerous seating areas are some of the green roof features installed at General American Building in St. Louis, Missouri. Located at 700 Market Street (and now known by its address), the building originally opened in 1979. The six-story structure is the only St. Louis building designed by acclaimed 20th-century U.S. architect Philip Johnson

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When to use TPO and when to coat?

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Building owners, commercial roof specifiers, architects, and contractors have some decisions to make when it comes to the material they should use to repair or replace a low-slope roof. Three popular choices include: coating over the existing roof; thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) recover (putting a layer of TPO over the existing membrane); or TPO replacement (tearing off the existing membrane and installing a new TPO membrane).

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TPO on Top: Why the Roofing Material Continues to Shine

Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is a relatively new material, but makes up one of the fastest-growing sectors of the commercial roofing industry.  All images courtesy Firestone Building Products

by Mike Mendoza

As building codes and environmental trends continue to evolve, so too does the diversity of roofing material options. These factors, along with others, make construction specifiers’ roofing installation and selection prowess of utmost importance. Among the available choices is thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO).

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Industrial Daylighting

All images courtesy Acuity Brands

Increasing light quality and reducing energy load

By Brian Grohe

For an electrical conduit design and manufacturing company in Roselle, Illinois, a new plant would represent as much as a 60 percent increase in company production and 25 new jobs in the community. However, before expanding manufacturing operations to a 4923-m2 (53,000-sf) space, there needed to be major changes to the 14-year-old building.

The building would be reclassified from industrial to …

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