Xero Flor, Durham does green roofing

photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

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.

Installation day 2013 shot by the editor

Installation day 2013, shot by the editor

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.

Now, shot by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

Now, shot by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

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.

The roof at #211 Rigsbee photo by by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

The living roof on #211 Rigsbee photo by by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

Of course, by Durham standards, they are locals. Some of the key employees went to high school with filmmaker, artist, musician friends of ours.

photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

Xero Flor creates environments photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

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.

photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

Roof at #211 Rigsbee photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

Living roof photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

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.

photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of DTown Perspective

Check out the Xero Flor green roof about page here.

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1 Comment

  • Reply August 5, 2014

    Green Roofing Omaha

    Green roofing is the way to go. Better for the environment and saves money and resources. It’s an excellent way of thinking and should be the wave of the future.

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