Walkable Roofing Membrane Features Aggregate Pebble Look

Pebble Beach brings an aggregate pebble appearance to outdoor spaces in a simple, one-step application while maintaining the reliable, low-maintenance waterproof protection.

Pebble Beach brings an aggregate pebble appearance to outdoor spaces in a simple, one-step application while maintaining the reliable, low-maintenance waterproof protection.

Duradek, the original Walkable Roofing Membrane expands its response to market demands for naturally inspired textures and colours for outdoor living space in its addition to the LEGACY line with the “Pebble Beach” designer aggregate pebble look in a 60-mil vinyl membrane.

Duradek, a brand of pedestrian traffic waterproof membranes features the trend of a natural stone look on low-maintenance vinyl outdoor walking surfaces by introducing Pebble Beach, an addition to the ‘Legacy’ line of PVC membranes.

Pebble Beach brings an aggregate pebble appearance to outdoor spaces in a simple, one-step application while maintaining the reliable, low-maintenance waterproof protection.

EPDs Provide a New Level of Environmental Transparency to Building Products

The sustainability movement has impacted the building industry in many ways. Today’s architects, owners and occupants have much greater expectations for the environmental performance of the buildings they design, operate and dwell in. Part of this expectation is focused on the components that make up the building. For example, did the wood come from responsibly harvested forests? Is the metal made of recycled material? Do the paint and interior finishes contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?

An Environmental Product Declaration, or EPD, is developed by applying a Product Category Rule, or PCR. PCRs are developed, maintained and warehoused by program operators. Examples of program operators include ASTM, CSA, ICC-ES, Environdec and UL Environment. Program operators also verify that an EPD and its associated life-cycle assessment conform with ISO 14025 and the ISO 14040 series. PCR development is commonly a collaborative effort between industry associations, manufacturers, and/or others.

An EPD is developed by applying a Product Category Rule. PCRs are developed, maintained and warehoused by program operators. Examples of program operators include ASTM, CSA, ICC-ES, Environdec and UL Environment. Program operators also verify that an EPD and its associated life-cycle assessment conform with ISO 14025 and the ISO 14040 series. PCR development is commonly a collaborative effort between industry associations, manufacturers, and/or others. IMAGE: Quantis US

Information technology has encouraged and facilitated this increased demand for in-depth data about building components and systems. People have become accustomed to being able to gather exhaustive information about the products they buy through extensive labeling or online research.

In response to the growing demand for environmental product information, building component manufacturers have begun rolling out environmental product declarations, or EPDs.

It’s a term now commonly heard, but what are they? EPDs are often spoken in the same breath as things like LCA (life-cycle assessment), PCRs (product category rules) and many other TLAs (three-letter acronyms). The fact is they are all related and are part of an ongoing effort to provide as much transparency as possible about what goes into the products that go in and on a building.

“An EPD is a specific document that informs the reader about the environmental performance of a product,” explains Sarah Mandlebaum, life-cycle analyst with Quantis US, the Boston-based branch of the global sustainability consulting firm Quantis. “It balances the need for credible and thorough information with the need to make such information reasonably understandable. The information provided in the document is based on a life-cycle assessment, or LCA, of the product, which documents the environmental impacts of that product from ‘cradle to grave.’ This includes impacts from material production, manufacturing, transportation, use and disposal of the product. An EPD is simply a standardized way of communicating the outcomes of such an assessment.”

The concept of product LCAs has been around for some time and has often been looked at as a way of determining the sustainability of a particular product by establishing the full scope of its environmental footprint. The basic idea is to closely catalog everything that goes into a product throughout its entire life. That means the energy, raw materials, and emissions associated with sourcing its materials, manufacturing it, transporting it, installing it and, ultimately, removing and disposing of it. In the end, an LCA results in a dizzying amount of data that can be difficult to translate or put in any context. EPDs are one way to help provide context and help put LCA data to use.

“The summary of environmental impact data in the form of an EPD can be analogous to a nutrition label on food,” says Scott Kriner, LEED AP, technical director of the Metal Construction Association (MCA), Chicago. “There is plenty of information on the label, but the information itself is meaningless unless one is focused on one area. An LCA determines the water, energy and waste involved in the extraction of raw materials, the manufacturing process, the transportation to a job site and the reclamation of waste at the end of the useful life of a product. With that data in hand, the various environmental impact categories can be determined and an EPD can be developed to summarize the environmental impact information.”

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Walkable Roof Membrane Resembles Aged Wood

Duradek Ultra Legacy Barnwood

Duradek Ultra Legacy Barnwood

Duradek, the original Walkable Roofing Membrane, expands its response to market demands for naturally inspired textures and colors for outdoor living space and now, in its 40th year, launches a brand new line in its extensive collection of 60 mil vinyl colors and patterns. Discover Duradek Ultra Legacy.

The Look of Aged Wood. The Performance of Vinyl.
Your deck can have a comforting look similar to that of aged wood without sacrificing safety, security or waterproofing peace-of-mind. Up close, you can recognizes the characteristics of the vinyl membrane with its slip resistant, textured surface; but when laid out on a deck, the color blends and pattern allow your eyes to pick up the traditional appearance of natural wood grains…but without the disadvantages of authentic aged wood.

Duradek Ultra
LEGACY BARNWOOD
In welcoming brown hues, this faux wood finish brings a warm, retro look to your contemporary deck, but without any of the maintenance real wood requires.

Duradek Ultra
LEGACY DRIFTWOOD
In cooler gray tones, this vinyl finish emulates the appearance of a natural driftwood, sun-bleached and weathered by the elements but keeps your deck protected from them.