We are always telling you, dear readers, that there are far more wonderful spots in Durham than meet the eye. Like many a roaring old place, we are a city of layers.
The Clarion Content team was lucky enough to meet Xero Flor over a year ago when they allowed our Editor, Aaron Mandel, to accompany them on to the roof of their headquarters on Rigsbee Street to watch them install a green roof.
We learned that day that Xero Flor (built from humble Durham roots and world-class technological specs) was and is one of the leading green roofing companies in the country.
They have installed roofs on mammoth buildings like the Jacob Jaavitz Center in New York City and a Federal Express transfer center in Memphis. Check out some of their work here, it will blow your mind.
Of course, by Durham standards, they are locals. Some of the key employees went to high school with filmmaker, artist, musician friends of ours.
Recently, Xero Flor generously allowed the Clarion Content team back on the roof on Rigsbee to check out the changes and take pictures of what had become of the gray floor and roofing that they had told our Editor would become green.
This time we had a fabulous professional photographer, Alexandrea Thompsen, of DTown Perspective, to capture the explosion of color.
Green roofing makes buildings more energy efficient and easier to cool, extends the life of the roof by decades, and helps up absorb water in impermeable downtowns and other heavily paved areas.
Check out the Xero Flor green roof about page here.