Fusing function and form, commercial building roofs in the United States are opening up new vantage points for taking in iconic cities, landmarks, and waterways. As ordinances make protected membrane roof assemblies (PMRAs) more attractive to designers, they are also growing in size.
A high-performance roof system is durable, resilient, and allows a building to be occupied after a disaster event and continues performing during a loss of power. Designing beyond code minimums could help a roof stay intact with minimal damage during a storm.
The New York City council has passed a suite of measures to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) released from buildings in the city, including a requirement for green roofs and/or solar panels on newly constructed buildings.
Mira, a twisting multifamily high-rise in San Francisco, California, designed by architecture firm Studio Gang has topped off. The 122-m (400-ft) tower will offer a range of luxury condominium residences, and amenity and retail spaces with occupancy slated for later this year.