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Certigrade No. 1 Grade (Blue Label) Western Red Cedar shingles
The Palatine Centre at Durham University was designed and built with sustainability at the forefront of the mindset from the beginning.
Four years in the making, the £50million development programme at the University creates a hub at the heart of the city of Durham. As the only truly renewable roofing resource, Western Red Cedar shingles are an ideal material when considering sustainability.
Materials and technologies such as solar thermal collectors, photovoltaic panels, solar shading and rainwater harvesting sit alongside the Certigrade Western Red Cedar roof shingles to provide an 'excellent' rating on the Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).
Silva's Certigrade Western Red Cedar shingles provide a beautiful natural element to the building's modern design, complementing the existing timber cladding and glass work to great effect.
Tests have proven Western Red Cedar shingles to have a superior insulating value to other roofing products, meaning buildings stay warmer in the winter and cooler in summer. Western Red Cedar Shingles are extremely durable, with a 50+ year life expectancy thanks to natural oils acting as preservatives against decay and insect attack.
For quality assurance, the architects specified Certigrade Western Red Cedar shingles. The term “Blue Label” is a registered trademark of the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau trade association which has over 250 member companies. Non-registered labels in a similar blue colour are used by some suppliers even though the bundle may not be on grade or third party inspected. Certigrade Western Red Cedar shingles are inspected by legitimate, third party agencies, accredited by the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau.
Green technologies and eco-friendly materials were specified throughout the supply chain, with Silva Timber's Western Red Cedar shingles matching the architect's requirements perfectly.