Posted: May 10, 2016

Cold-Formed Steel Was Great Yesterday, Even Better Today

By Greg Ralph

Cold-formed steel has come a long way since it was advertised for use in portable iron houses for the California Gold Rush in 1849. Its use in construction was limited back then, but it was an option nonetheless. The material, like many other aspects of modern life, evolved alongside the industrialization of North America. It was even on display by way of steel-framed homes and metal roofing panels in the 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair.

Posted: May 03, 2016

Rainwater Runoff Testing In Washington - Round Two

By Scott Kriner

Washington State recently announced plans for a second phase of investigation on toxic chemicals in rainwater runoff from roofs. The original project started in 2013 with the Washington state Department of Ecology receiving a grant for their work to determine if roof runoff was contributing to the pollution in the Puget Sound.

Posted: Apr 26, 2016

Snow Retention 101 – Modern Snow Retention (Pad Style Guards)

By Derek Gamble

Today’s snow guard options are numerous. Some customers choose guards that are meant to keep snow and ice on their roofs. This method allows the snow and ice to melt in place. Other guards have the ability to break shedding snow and ice into safe and manageable pieces. Universal fit models are very popular, while some companies also offer panel specific solutions. These individual guards are referred to as “pad style snow guards”.

Posted: Apr 19, 2016

Maintaining Coated Metal Exteriors

By Jeff Alexander

Get out your brooms, dustpans and washcloths, because it’s time for a bit of spring-cleaning. Although traditionally thought of as an interior scrubbing of our homes, we often forget the importance of keeping our exteriors in equal condition and peak quality. Exterior materials are often a defining feature of an office building or residential home as they provide the visual aesthetics and protective features that boost market value and make them unique. This is especially true when it comes to coated metal paneling.

Posted: Apr 12, 2016

Sustainability Acronyms And What They Mean: PCRs, LCAs And EPDs

By Brad Johnson

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about PCRs, LCAs, and EPDs. Simply put, a PCR is a set of product category rules; an LCA is a life cycle analysis; and an EPD is an environmental product disclosure. But what do they mean and what’s the purpose of it all?

Posted: Apr 05, 2016

Technologies That Will Change The World

By Scott Kriner

If you have been reading this monthly column, you may have noticed that I enjoy gazing into the future. The latest issue of MIT Technology Review did not let me down. In that publication they are highlighting top ten “breakthrough technologies” that will change the way in which we will see the world in the future, and how the world will work in the future. The futuristic technologies, according to MIT, apply to the medical field, genetics, communications, energy, space, and transportation. Here are summaries of these technologies for you to ponder.

Posted: Mar 22, 2016

Metal Construction Products Helping To Build The Future

By Jeff Alexander

When looking at architecture from around the world, it’s evident that designers can achieve nearly any look with the multitude of building products available on the market. However, one material stands alone due to its aesthetic and practical versatility, durability and sustainability – metal.

Posted: Mar 15, 2016

Metal Roofing Underlayment: Material Types, Application And Attachment Requirements

By Ken Buchinger

The International Residential Code (IRC) is commonly considered to be a prescriptive code, which means there are many requirements included that provide specific directions. Prescriptive-based code language provides a simpler method of enforcement for inspectors. And shouldn’t that be the case for one- and two-family dwellings, where well built and affordable is the goal?

Posted: Mar 08, 2016

Metal Building Components May Contribute To More Resilient Buildings

By Scott Kriner

The Resiliency of buildings and communities remains very important to a variety of organizations. The dialogue related to resilience is often linked to global climate change and its effect on more powerful storms and a higher incidence of those storms, making our cities, communities and buildings more susceptible to damage. Winter is a difficult time to be talking about climate change and global warming, especially in light of record amounts of snow and record cold temperatures. But while we dig out in the east, others are dealing with February tornadoes.

Posted: Mar 01, 2016

A Moisture Prevention Strategy For Standing Seam Metal Roofing

By John Pierson

The architectural application of metal is limitless. I remember the few products we had in the late '90s, trying to gain traction in the construction market place. It is exciting to see an enormous growth in the use of metal products. One unfortunate by-product of this enormous growth is a lack of understanding for what metal products are watertight, and those that are well...not.

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.

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