Posted: Aug 08, 2017

This Is Not Your Grandfather's Company

By Scott Kriner

Our nation has gone through many phases over its proud history. We had the industrial revolution when construction was booming. We’ve gone through the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. We’ve seen the space age reaching to the stars and we have enjoyed the age of digital communication. Today we are in a phase that puzzles economists with the explosion of what some refer to as the “superstar companies”. Today we see companies that fill gaps by making the best use of the internet, software and other technologies. It is a digital economy dominated by a few large, top-tier players. Those companies are not necessarily the most profitable, but they are the technologically innovative companies.

Posted: Jul 25, 2017

Bold Buildings - A Sampling Of Big, Bright And Memorable Designs

By Jeff Alexander

It’s the buildings that make you stop and stare. The places that you’ve always wanted to go inside. The structures that you’ll drive the distance to see. Those are the ones that make a difference and leave a mark on your heart. Sometimes it’s hard to pin down exactly what makes a building so unforgettable. It could be a tiny nuanced detail or an extravagant and bold design choice – either way, it’s the unique architecture that always stands out.

Posted: Jul 11, 2017

The ABCs Of Construction And Sustainability

By Scott Kriner

I was reading a magazine article recently and I got progressively more angry as the article went on. It was mentioning “AR” throughout the article, assuming that the reader knew what “AR” means, but never explained what the “AR” acronym meant. Finally, after wading through the entire article, I found the meaning of “AR”. It stands for “Augmented Reality.”

Posted: Jul 05, 2017

A Guide To Getting The Most Out Of Your Roll Former Purchase

By Jaswinder Bhatti

Purchasing a custom roll former is one of your business’s larger investments. Getting the most out of your investment depends on designing a machine that will produce consistent product for a long time. The design will only be as good as the information provided to the roll former manufacturer so it’s important to have all the questions answered and every consideration covered.

Posted: Jun 28, 2017

Resistance To Rays – How To Keep The Coating’s Color

By Jeff Alexander

Whether you experience the consistent climate of the Southwest, or the ever-changing Midwest weather, the sun is mostly viewed as a positive contribution to our lives. The right amount of sun offers plenty of mood-lifting benefits, helps lower stress levels and provides our bodies with Vitamin D – which plays a big role in bone health. For aesthetic benefits, it’s no secret that people constantly strive for that summer glow.

Posted: Jun 06, 2017

Help With Integrating Building Certification Programs Is On The Way

By Scott Kriner

There is no doubt that the mission of sustainability as it pertains to construction has exploded well beyond simply lowering the environmental footprint of a building. Today there are more and more building certification programs in general. The USGBC’s LEED program is the dominating choice. And the Green Building Institute’s Green Globes program is gaining traction, especially within the U.S. government. And we now see BREEAM, the world's leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings in North America.

Posted: May 23, 2017

Coatings For The Coasts

By Jeff Alexander

Architectural design varies across the world, the country and even across town. Variety in design and building products is visually pleasing and unique, but it’s not the only reason architectural trends can be distinct to certain locations. Several factors are considered when designing a building and determining which materials to use, especially when constructing a building that’s within close proximity to the coasts.

Posted: May 02, 2017

FITWELL Launched As Cost-Effective Alternative To WELL Program

By Scott Kriner

One of the most popular aspects of sustainable buildings is its focus on the well being of the occupants in those buildings. According to the one expert source, there are 120 million employees working in buildings each day in the US. The cost for personnel represents 90% of total business costs. The productivity and health of staff are often affected by the conditions of the office setting.

Posted: Apr 18, 2017

When Aesthetics Aren't The End Goal - Coatings That Last

By Jeff Alexander

When architects make decisions on materials, it can sometimes feel as though they must choose between aesthetics and effectiveness. No one wants to decide whether something should look good but not work, or work well but appear unappealing, especially when it comes to architecture, as both are necessary elements of an exceptional project. This is why buildings incorporating exterior metal panels are gaining popularity.

Posted: Apr 04, 2017

The WELL Program Explained

By Scott Kriner

Health and Wellness in sustainable buildings continues to create interest as to how to quantify the level of occupants’ well being. One of the newer certification programs in this field is the WELL Standard which is gaining ground. WELL was first introduced in 2012 by the Delos Living LLC company. The group was initially supported by the Clinton Global Initiative to develop spaces that enhance occupant health and quality.

Posted: Mar 07, 2017

LEED Is Growing And Changing

By Scott Kriner

The USGBC’s LEED version 4 continues to grow in North America as well as across the globe. According to Mahesh Ramanujam, the new President and CEO of USGBC and GBCI, LEED is growing worldwide with over 36,000 certified commercial projects. That represents over 5 billion square feet of certified space. He also states that every day more than 1.85 million square feet of space certifies LEED.

Posted: Feb 28, 2017

The Sexy World Of Steep Slope Metal Roofing

By Joe Mellott

After spending the majority of my career in the low slope roofing industry, I was always fascinated by, and perhaps a bit jealous of, my partners in the steep slope metal world. The colors, the profiles, the substrates…it just really seemed a bit more “sexy” than minerals, coatings and rocks. When an opportunity presented itself to become more involved in steep slope and metal, I jumped at it. After more than a year in this portion of the market, I have yet to become bored with the options, aesthetics and durability that metal can offer.

Posted: Feb 07, 2017

The Green Police Regulate Product Sustainability Claims

By Scott Kriner

As sustainable (or "green") products continue to grow in popularity, the claims by marketers of those products often go a little too far in their boasting of the sustainability of the product. In an attempt to somewhat regulate the green claims being made, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) created a Green Guides document in 1992. The guide has been updated repeatedly with the most recent update taking place in 2012. The Green Guides are designed to help marketing personnel avoid making environmental claims that mislead consumers.

Posted: Jan 31, 2017

The Innovation Process - How To Bring A New Coating To Life

By Jeff Alexander

Today, everything seems to claim “innovation” on the label – from the cell phone we choose to the car we drive, and even some of the food we eat. They all tout innovation. But what makes something truly innovative – new, ground-breaking and inventive? In the architectural coating manufacturing industry, it all comes down to the properties of a product and what benefits or services it can provide to the end user.

Posted: Jan 24, 2017

How To Determine If You Need Snow Retention For Your Home's Roof

By Brandon Jensen

Are you hearing loud noises coming from your roof? This can be a sign that snow is sliding. Beware the next time you open the door to go outside especially if your door opens where snow falls. Deaths have occurred when snow slippage is imminent and someone slams a door. Just the vibration creates an avalanche.

Posted: Jan 17, 2017

Sustainability And Residential Landing Pages Provide Focused Info, Save Time

By Shawn Zuver

At DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, we realize that time is a precious asset for everyone so we've kicked off 2017 by introducing Sustainability and Residential Landing Pages that help architects, contractors and building/home owners find the information they need as quickly as possible.

Posted: Jan 03, 2017

Competition Comes To The Green Building Ratings Arena

By Scott Kriner

The 800-pound gorilla will be sharing a cage that we call sustainability. For several years the American High Performance Building Coalition (AHPBC) was advocating change in public policy where there was only one green building certification program required for public building construction. For the most part, the sole green building rating system was the USGBC’s LEED building certification program. The AHPBC was promoting choice on the part of local, regional and national green programs.

Posted: Dec 20, 2016

Durability Is Key To Performance In Exterior Metal Coatings

By Jeff Alexander

Exterior architectural coatings serve many purposes, including the protection of a building’s structure from degradation and corrosion. It’s important to note that many times architectural coatings are applied onto a structure’s exterior metal panels as the first step in the metal building product process – before the panels are formed and well before they’re shipped to the construction site. This means that building owners and contractors need to think about the threats these metal panels, and consequently the coatings that protect them, could endure at the very beginning of a project.

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