Posted: Dec 06, 2016

Building Rating Programs Changing To Account For New Innovations

By Scott Kriner

Several green building rating programs, including LEED and Green Globes, have begun moving away from materials and items that have single attributes. In their place, a more holistic approach to aspects of green buildings with multiple attributes is in vogue.

Posted: Nov 22, 2016

Paint Coatings For Metal Panels Are Under Constant Assault From The Weather

By Jeff Alexander

Weather is inevitable. And for buildings, there's just no escaping it. Whether subjected to harsh winters, extreme sun, torrential rains or the standard seasonal mix, buildings–including those clad in metal–are under constant assault from the elements. The impact is often most noticeable in the building's appearance.

Posted: Nov 15, 2016

Fall Protection Is A Necessity For Roofers

By Jolene Ciosek

One of the most dangerous industries to work in is the construction industry. 20% of all employees that died on the job last year were employed as construction workers. Roofers in particular account for the highest rate of job-related deaths. This has been a pretty consistent statistic over the past few years, so why aren’t these deaths being prevented?

Posted: Nov 01, 2016

Greenbuild Buzz Often Foretells Emerging Trends

By Scott Kriner

Greenbuild: Iconic took place in October at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The attendance was down a bit from previous Greenbuild conferences. The expo floor had fewer exhibitors and smaller exhibits compared to earlier events. Despite those observations it was clear that there remains a hunger for more information on green building issues. This is not a “movement” that attracts just millennials. Over 100 educational sessions were offered and the attendance at those sessions was very diverse with 100-200 attending most of them.

Posted: Oct 18, 2016

The Future Is Coated In Color

By Jeff Alexander

There’s a reason the word ‘color’ is used to describe more than just the visible pigmentation of an object. Color is a versatile and powerful noun or adjective, and can be used to exemplify the beauty of music, the interesting qualities of an individual’s personality, a dramatic event and even bad language. In essence, color adds excitement and flavor to the mundane elements of our everyday life, and has an immense impact on the way we see the world.

Posted: Oct 04, 2016

Omnibus Spending Bill Continues Incentives For Photovoltaics

By Scott Kriner

Energy related incentives for homeowners and commercial building owners have been included in federal legislation since the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The good news is that the legislation over the past eleven years created excellent incentives for residential properties and commercial facilities to invest in cool metal roofing, energy efficient windows, insulation, and solar power. The bad news is that the incentives from legislation do not last forever. A recently passed omnibus spending bill eliminates uncertainty...at least for a while.

Posted: Sep 27, 2016

Choosing Pre-Cut Vs. Post-Cut Capabilities For Your Roll Forming Operation

By Joe Repovs

Any investment can cause a business owner to lose some sleep. When it comes to investing in roll forming equipment and accessories, let the designer do the worrying. The pre-cut vs. post-cut dilemma keeps roll tooling designers up at night and it’s not always a technical issue. Decisions get more complicated when the equipment dictates the cut-off method and financial considerations surely enter into the equation.

Posted: Sep 20, 2016

A Guide To Defeating Graffiti: The Best Removal Practices

By Jeff Alexander

Countless hours go into the drafting, design and construction of a building. Projects can last a few months or tens of years, but when the final pieces fall into place, a brand new building is left standing and it’s one of the proudest accomplishments an individual or company can achieve. Unfortunately, this achievement can be significantly marred by a simple act of vandalism: graffiti. With one spray of paint, stroke of a Sharpie, or swipe of shoe polish, the exterior surface of the newfound source of pride can instead turn into one of embarrassment.

Posted: Sep 13, 2016

Seven Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Roofing Contractor

By Jolene Ciosek

So, you’re looking into getting your roof repaired….or maybe you’re in the market for a complete re-roof. If either scenario sounds familiar, there are definitely some questions you should ask prospective roofers (notice the “s” on roofers. I added it because you can do yourself a favor by talking to more than one).

Posted: Sep 06, 2016

Back On PACE: Consumer Energy Financing Program Gets Back On Track

By Scott Kriner

Several years ago, a clever financing program was introduced to allow homeowners to lower their energy costs. The program was referred to as PACE – an acronym for Property Assessed Clean Energy. The first pilot programs took place in California around 2007. At that point it was accepted by 24 states in 24 months.

Posted: Aug 23, 2016

Painted Metal Adds To Strength And Splendor Of Top Stadium Projects

By Jeff Alexander

Metal panels are a common building component in athletic arenas across the globe. From exterior façades to structural beams, nearly every stadium relies on metal materials for aesthetic purposes, strength and durability. That being said, sometimes metal needs a bit of help to resist harsh weather conditions and show off a vivid color or specific aesthetic element. Consequently, often times an architectural coating is added to metal panels.

Posted: Aug 16, 2016

Planning Reroof Projects Using Retrofit Metal Roof Framing Systems

By John Pierson

A low-slope roof is the most abused surface on a building. Mother Nature is tough on building exteriors in general, but low-slope roofs – or flat roofs – take the worst of it. Sun exposure is more intense; wind develops higher uplift pressures making them more susceptible to blow off; rain, snow, and ice accumulate causing damage.... If this sounds familiar, you might consider a retrofit metal roof framing system.

Posted: Aug 09, 2016

Need Metal Wall Panels? How Many Copies?

By Scott Kriner

It's important for designers to have at least a cursory knowledge of the vast universe of building products and materials at their disposal. To assist them, architectural firms maintain libraries containing thousands of samples of everything from carpeting to roofing. Many of these building materials have been available for decades, and as a result a designer is normally familiar with the physical properties of them.

Posted: Aug 02, 2016

Expanding Metal Panel Fabrication With CNC Routers And Software

By John Donaldson

Customization has become a priority for fabricators in the engineered architectural metal and exterior envelope system industry. They must rely on state-of-the-art technology to minimize lead times and deliver projects on time, on budget and within specified tolerances. At the same time, growth demands identification of and entry into new markets where prospects and customers expect extensive customization capabilities from fabricators.

Posted: Jul 26, 2016

Color-Changing Coatings For Metal Wall Panels

By Shawn Zuver

Lately I've been noticing an increasing amount of vehicles, typically collectible older cars and pickups but sometimes recent models, which have the ability to change colors as they drive past. It's a fascinating sensation to see a red Camaro suddenly morph to purple and then aqua, and then red again. Something similar can be accomplished with metal wall panels by selecting paint finishes that allow colors to change depending on the angle of the sun or shadows that may come into play.

Posted: Jul 19, 2016

Bringing It Home: Coated Metal Exteriors In Residential Design Are On The Rise

By Jeff Alexander

Building with metal is a routine practice throughout the industrialized world, especially when it comes to commercial developments. Between downtown office buildings and sports arenas, to rural factories and equipment sheds, structures featuring metal paneling and roofs coated in a high-performance PVDF coating are commonplace. However, this union between specific building types and construction medium is no longer exclusive.

Posted: Jul 05, 2016

Metal Roofing Sometimes Figures Into Circular Logic Of Resilient Building Design

By Scott Kriner

We are now officially in the 2016 hurricane season. We already had a named Atlantic hurricane near the Azores in January! Colorado State University (CSU) is predicting near average activity in the Atlantic. CSU predicts a total of 12 named storms, and six hurricanes (three at Category 3 level or higher).

Posted: Jun 21, 2016

Paint Coatings Add Resistance & Durability To Metal Buildings In Any Location

By Jeff Alexander

Nowadays, coatings come in nearly every color imaginable, not to mention new aesthetic treatments. A superior coating will go further than just achieving a desired aesthetic – it will increase the durability of a structure, as well, and provide expert resistance to harmful elements in high-stress environments. When considering how to protect against harsh weather conditions, be sure to consider both metal building product location as well as coating composition.

Posted: Jun 07, 2016

And Now, A Participation Trophy For Green Buildings

By Scott Kriner

Our society is accepting of trophies given to children just for participation in a sport, as opposed to winning. We accept teachers awarding students for their rationale for determining an answer to a problem even if the answer is incorrect. We even live in a society where college students feel that they don’t have enough time to study for final exams so those tests should be eliminated out of fairness.

Posted: May 24, 2016

Creating A More Sustainable Future, One Coating At A Time

By Jeff Alexander

Whether it’s better gas mileage that can be reached during a daily commute to work, or a full-scale decrease of carbon emissions by a large corporation, going green and developing sustainable lifestyles and business practices is more important than ever before. Innovations in sustainability have matriculated throughout every industry, including the architectural and construction markets.

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