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Posted: Apr 15, 2014

Code Process Akin To Watching Sausage Being Made

By Scott Kriner

The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is undergoing modifications in its 3-year code development cycle in 2014. IgCC is just one code of a suite of codes administered by the International Code Council (ICC).The IgCC is an overlay code to be used along with the building, residential, plumbing, or electrical codes. It is also a model code, meaning that once it is approved by ICC, the 2015 edition of IgCC can be adopted (or not adopted) by local jurisdictions if they desire.

Posted: Apr 01, 2014

Mergers and Acquisitions – A Survival Guide

By Paul Collyer

If you have been in the construction products industry for any period of time you are likely to have been exposed to a merger/acquisition, or know colleagues who have. Mergers and acquisitions are an important strategy for corporate survival, and are also a result of cyclical economic activity. They are also somewhat akin to shotgun weddings. As someone who has survived four of them in my career (M&A’s, not weddings!), I’d like to share some of the lessons I’ve learned.

Posted: Mar 25, 2014

EPDs A Valuable Tool For Today's Designers

By Scott Kriner

LEED, LCA, PCR, EPD. These aren’t just acronyms. As Scott Kriner, Technical Director of the Metal Construction Association explains it, "They represent the industry’s advancements toward more energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings." In this column for DesignandBuildwithMetal, Kriner reminds us how the environmental building movement got its start and how it has evolved, and where the Environmental Product Declaration fits into the big picture.

Posted: Mar 11, 2014

A Nuclear Silver Bullet?

By Scott Kriner

The Building sector of our economy consumes 41% of our nation’s total energy and almost three quarters of our nation’s electricity. That is higher than the transportation sector and the industrial sector. The way in which that energy is generated has been hotly debated over the years. The growing concern over greenhouse gas emissions has clearly put the fossil fuel-generated energy installations in the cross hairs of environmentalists. Our current fuel mix according to the DOE is 50% coal, 19% natural gas and 19% nuclear. Renewables make up a small percentage of the nation’s energy.

Posted: Feb 11, 2014

More Than Guest Amenities Behind Florida Hotel's Design

By Scott Kriner

During the worst part of winter in the northern states many residents plan trips and vacations to the warmer parts of the country like Florida, the gulf or the desert. Most of these folks are just looking for some comfortable weather and doing things outdoors that they can’t do in the snow, ice and frigid temperatures back home.

Posted: Jan 21, 2014

Radiant Barrier FAQ

By Bob Zabcik

I’ve always been a huge fan of the space program (Shocked to hear that, are you?) and I remember as a kid watching the space shuttle launch and repair satellites and was always curious why everything was wrapped in shiny foil. Now, as an engineer and resident energy nerd for my company, I encounter radiant barriers often. That has closed a loop for me because it turns out the mystery foil on the satellites and equipment was indeed a radiant barrier.

Posted: Jan 07, 2014

Scientists Look To Nature For Ways To Do Things Better

By Scott Kriner

There is growing interest in using green chemistry to avoid hazardous chemicals of concern. This was a theme in a recent webinar series conducted by the Green Science Policy organization. Green Science can be defined as “the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and/or generation of hazardous substances”.

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