Green is Durable

Have you ever tripped and fallen down in public? I am not talking about the humiliating type of falling-down-in-public that fails to meet other people’s expectations. No, I am talking about the moment of humiliation that comes from failing to put one foot in front of the other in order to stay upright.
I did a lot of things today, but my collision with a Portland sidewalk stands out as the big event. It doesn’t help that said sidewalk was in front of a large window spanning the entire space of the café I was about to enter. My foot, or toe from the appearance of the large white scrape on my boot, caught the curb. 

Why was this happening? Were my jeggings too tight? This was not a small, catch yourself midway before a complete connection with the ground fall. It was a slamming my phone into the cement as my left hand hit first then skidded to a jarring halt on the cement type of fall.
A stream of concerns started running through my mind at record speed: Were my friends there yet? Did they see me just bite the dust? Am I embarrassed? Did everyone see me? No, maybe not. Nobody is looking now. Was anything broken? Maybe I was so quick to get up nobody noticed!
Then a real concern—my phone! One minute it was lovingly cradled against my ear and the next moment it was under my palm screeching across the cement. I was sure it would be shattered. Miraculously, it was unscathed. 

I wondered if my phone’s manufacturer was using the Gorilla Glass I had heard about. Then I had an aha moment—durability—it is one of the tenets of green building. 

The green products and materials that we use to build our homes have specific attributes that make them stand out above the others. Durability is at the top of that list. 

For example, a metal roof lasts for up to 50 years or longer, it is virtually maintenance free and is made from recycled materials. We may not fully appreciate the value of that roof until our neighbors start to make repairs or replace their roofs. 

We may take for granted our metal roof’s performance until there is a big rainstorm or scarier yet, a hurricane. Nevertheless, durable green products stand up better to the wear and tear of everyday living as well as to Mother Nature. Just like the Gorilla Glass in my phone, durable green products don’t fall down on their job.
Custom-Bilt Metals' Vail Titan Select shingles' feature heavy gauge metal construction and are Dade County (Florida)-approved to withstand 110mph winds.  


  1. Nice post Tracy,

    I like the anecdote as a lead-in to the story.

  2. Anonymous5:56 PM

    Love the way you make everything sooo "human", you know how to keep my attention and educate me at the same time. Keep the green coming


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