Posted: Feb 25, 2016

Coil Coatings: New Finishes Helping Metal-Clad Projects Stand Out

By Jeff Alexander

Every year as we reset our calendars and prepare for new beginnings, we look forward to the new fashions, fads and innovations that are looming on the horizon. The same can be said about the coil and extrusion coating industry, and 2016 is set to be another pioneering year for coating applications, color trends, and product advances.

Posted: Feb 23, 2016

Social Media Mistakes Marketers Make

By Lexie Braza

When describing to clients social media terminology you’d be surprised how some marketers explain terms incorrectly. For instance, Twitter's potential reach is one of the most commonly misunderstood social terms. When submitting social analytics to explain ROI to clients, you will most likely include “reach” as one of your social parameters to showcase how many people your content reached. In some cases you will see a significant amount of reach, over a million users at times. No, your tweets did not reach over a million users.

Posted: Feb 16, 2016

Determining Thermal Resistance Of Insulated Metal Panels

By Brad Johnson

As an architect, you’re required to design a building’s wall to meet the code-required R-value (or U-factor) in the International Energy Conservation Code. So you design the wall and add up the manufacturer-stated R-values of the components. Done, right? That method only makes sense if walls have no joints, seams, windows, or doors! Let’s think about this.

Posted: Feb 09, 2016

With Insulated Metal Roofing Panels, The Future Of Roofing Insulation Is Here

By Jim Brock

When it comes to insulating the roof of a metal building system, there are several different materials and ways to go about it. Costs and benefits may vary between the products, but an overall building envelope comparison shows some marked differences...and proves why the method utilizing insulated metal roofing panels is typically the best way to go.

Posted: Feb 02, 2016

Metal Roofing Tax Credits Extended Through December 2016

By Scott Kriner

As the political process of electing a new President intensifies with each debate, campaign commercial and promise made, we learn more about the activity or inactivity of our elected representatives. Some say that these folks who live and work inside the DC Beltway are detached from their constituents.

Posted: Jan 05, 2016

Generosity Shouldn't Need A Season

By Scott Kriner

This month I'm deviating from my traditional column on technical or green topics. The holiday season and the end of another year got me thinking about some things that I wanted to share. The song tells us this is” The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. And despite the dark and broken world in which we live, we truly do have much to be happy about.

Posted: Dec 22, 2015

Rooftop Solar Energy And Metal Roof Systems

By Brad Johnson

My “Sustainability Begets Resilience” posting ended with a nod to rooftop energy production. So, how will you respond when, not if, a building owner asks you about rooftop solar energy? An appropriate and accurate answer is, “The combination of a metal roof and solar energy is a recipe for a long-term, high-performance roof system,” or something like that. The fact is a metal panel roof is an ideal substrate for a solar energy system.

Posted: Dec 15, 2015

Key Design Points For Energy Savings In Refrigerated Facilities

By Steve Mauro

So where should designers and specifiers start when looking to reduce energy usage in refrigerated facilities? Focus on the equipment, the walls, the doors? The correct answer is all of the above...and more. Those involved with existing facilities should begin with an energy audit while new projects should make energy efficiency an integral part of the design process. In either instance, below are some key areas where refrigerated facility owners, designers and specifiers should focus.

Posted: Dec 08, 2015

Greenbuild 2015 Focuses On Building For People

By Scott Kriner

The 2015 Greenbuild Conference and Expo took place in Washington, DC in November. The motto for this year’s conference was “Monumental Green”. The amount of education sessions and exhibitors was indeed a monumental effort. Over 120 education sessions took place over three days, plus numerous additional educational sessions on the show floor amidst more than 600 exhibits of a variety of sizes and shapes.

Posted: Dec 01, 2015

Solar Roof Systems - DIY: Don't Install Yourself

By Jolene Ciosek

You finally made the choice to go solar. Seems like it might be pretty easy to install yourself, and save some money, right? Uh…you might want to think again. When it comes to installing an entire solar array on your roof, don’t try it yourself. You’re best to leave all aspects to the experts. One slip up is all it takes to make the process not only frustrating, but time consuming, and wallet-draining as well.

Posted: Nov 24, 2015

Sustainability Begets Resiliency In Metal Roof Systems

By Brad Johnson

Sustainability is the buzzword started by USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) that is pushing us to design and build environmentally friendly buildings. And that’s a good thing. However, from a practical - and roofing - standpoint, what we can most readily do with roofs is design them to be resilient. Roof system resiliency is the tangible aspect of sustainability that the “regular” population can get their heads around. Resiliency - the ability to bounce back - is understandable.

Posted: Nov 17, 2015

IMPs Show Their Worth When Designing For Food Safety

By Steve Mauro

Food safety failures are no joke. They can cause serious health complications for the infected consumer, not to mention deliver reputational and financial blows to the responsible business.

Posted: Nov 10, 2015

Back To The Future - A Look At Research Projects Impacting Building And Construction

By Scott Kriner

On October 21 we celebrated “Back to the Future” Day to remember the famous 1985 movie and its depiction of our future. Even though the prediction from the movie to see the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2015 was wrong (thank you Mets), it was fun to think about items like hover boards, flying cars, and cars that ran on food scraps. Let’s not forget that the movie did correctly predict hands-free video games and wearable technologies. This is a good time to take a look at the future of the building construction industry as well.

Posted: Nov 03, 2015

Rooftop Solar - Join The Ranks Of Almost A Million Other Homeowners

By Jolene Ciosek

You’ve finally made the decision to go solar, so what do you do now? What are the next steps, and what should you expect? You want to make sure you do it right, and that you choose a fair, competent, and trusted installation company. Here are some pointers to get you started.

Posted: Oct 27, 2015

Transparency In Building Products - Part 3

By Bob Zabcik

It has been a long time since my last blog on this subject. This is not only because I’ve been busy but also because the landscape of green building programs in general has changed significantly since Part 2, and I wanted to wait to see how things shook out before I wrote something that might be immediately outdated.

Posted: Oct 20, 2015

The Food Production "Cold Chain" And A Food-Safe Sanitary Facility Design

By Steve Mauro

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That philosophy forms the underlying foundation for current food safety regulations in the United States. Refrigeration plays an important role in ensuring the food Americans prepare and consume is safe to eat, but keeping food cold is one of the major challenges in the cold storage supply chain.

Posted: Oct 12, 2015

Living Building Challenge Raises The Bar On Building Performance

By Scott Kriner

For years we have heard about the Living Building Challenge in the theater of sustainable building certifications. The LEED program is the “800 pound gorilla” in this category but the Living Building Challenge is self-proclaimed as “the world’s most rigorous and progressive building performance standard.”

Posted: Oct 06, 2015

Winterize Your Roof In 10 Easy Steps

By Jolene Ciosek

Deep down you know it…winter is lurking right around the corner. The scorching heat of summer is waning and the leaves changing color and fluttering around our lawns (especially up here in Vermont) are very clear indicators of what’s to come. October means apple picking, drinking apple cider, carving jack-o-lanterns, haunted forests, corn mazes, and Halloween. It also means it’s time to think about getting your roof prepared for winter, as temperatures are dropping significantly during the overnight hours.

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