Durham University Uses Certigrade 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. 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.

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.

Four years in the making, the £50million development programme at the University creates a hub at the heart of the city of Durham. 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).

As the only truly renewable roofing resource, Western Red Cedar Shingles are an ideal material when considering sustainability.

Tests have proven Western Red Cedar shingles to have superior insulating value to other roofing products, meaning buildings stay warmer in the winter and cooler in summer.

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. Be aware that just because a supplier puts a label in a blue colour on its bundles does not mean that it’s 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.

Silva Timber is the only member of the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau outside of North America. The Bureau monitors and inspects member mills to ensure product quality, grading rules and consistency of Certi-Label cedar shingles and shakes are maintained.

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