Posted: Jun 02, 2015

I’m Responsible For Shipping Damage?

By Joe Landsverk

A package innocently arrives at your door. The delivery person gets your signature and calmly takes off for his next delivery. Wait - did you inspect the package for any damage to the box or anything that would indicate hidden damage to the contents inside? Did you just sign for that without checking to make sure that everything was received in good working order? If not, you may have just signed away a successful freight damage claim!

Posted: May 19, 2015

All Metal Building And Roofing Screws Are Not Equal, Simply Stated - Part 2

By Brian Farrell

Now that you have chosen the proper length for your application as described in Part 1 of this series, you now need to determine the proper type of fastener based upon the application. Carbon steel or stainless steel, painted or non-painted, capped head or molded head, washered or non-washered. The application will provide you the proper answer to each one of these choices as long as you know the differences.

Posted: May 12, 2015

Construction Practices Of Today Help Ensure Dire Predictions of Past Earth Day Celebrations Will Never Come True

By Scott Kriner

There are many ways for metal to be used in building construction that can help to reduce the building’s impact on the environment. Sustainable building practice is designed to extend the life of the building by using recyclable materials and by lowering the use of energy and water. The move toward Net Zero energy in buildings is another example of how structures will be designed and maintained differently to achieve significant reductions in the electricity load on the building.

Posted: Apr 07, 2015

Focus On Resilience In Buildings And Beyond Gathering Momentum

By Scott Kriner

Resilience is once again in the spotlight. As the environment changes around the globe and population continues to grow, the built community and designers will be challenged to create buildings that can withstand ever-changing conditions.

Posted: Mar 24, 2015

All Metal Building And Roofing Screws Are Not Equal, Simply Stated - Part 1

By Brian Farrell

As important as knowing the differences in metal roofing products, it is more important to know the differences in the fasteners holding that roof in place. There seems to be a lack of knowledge about fasteners, not only among metal panel and metal building suppliers but also among the contracting community. It is extremely important to choose the proper fastener for the proper application so here are some things to consider.

Posted: Mar 17, 2015

Better By Design: The Case For Single-Component Wall Systems

By Brad Kirkland

As you look to construct a brand new building for your business, you browse the Internet for a few options, only to end up more confused than when you started. Choosing between brick and aluminum cladding systems isn’t such a tough decision, but there are some companies offering single component wall systems, while others tout the built-up. Which way do you go? Does it matter? Why? With a soothing breath, take a minute as you will soon discover why single component wall systems trump built-up systems and everything else will fall into place.

Posted: Mar 10, 2015

The Millennials Are Coming!

By Scott Kriner

The USGBC’s LEED program, as well as other green building rating programs around the world, have without a doubt transformed the building construction industry. What started as a way to design, construct and operate buildings to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible has changed over the past 20 years. Today’s version of LEED looks at the impact of the project site, energy efficiencies, water conservation, environmentally responsible materials and resources, and indoor quality.

Posted: Feb 10, 2015

DOE Research Looks At Taking Solar Power To The Next Level

By Scott Kriner

Many of us attend webinars that tease us with an intriguing title. One that caught my eye recently was hosted by the Department of Energy. The title was “Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems”. It sounded like a highly technical topic that someone like Bill Nye the Science Guy would just love to hear.

Posted: Jan 27, 2015

Do You Really Need An Annual Roof Inspection? Absolutely!

By Jolene Ciosek

Having your roof inspected is the single most important thing you can do to ensure its overall lifespan. Annually is better than never, but if you are in a location that experiences extreme weather conditions over different periods throughout the year (like most of us), the majority of roofing contractors suggest inspecting your roof at least twice a year, in the Fall and again in the Spring or early Summer. Since Spring will be here before we know it, it’s actually a good time to start thinking about this now.

Posted: Jan 20, 2015

Coil Coated Metal’s Specialized Coatings Differentiate Your Products

By Laura Lanza

Today’s prepainted metals offer much more than just beautiful, flawless top coats. Coil coated metal’s specialized coatings differentiate your products from the competition. Specialized coatings include antimicrobial, non-skid, fingerprint resistant, reflective, anti-graffiti and anti-static coatings just to name a few. Whatever your product needs, the National Coil Coating Association and its members have the coating solution that will set you apart.

Posted: Jan 06, 2015

Health And Wellness Certification For Building Designs Are On The Horizon

By Scott Kriner

Even though there is no letter “H” or “W” in the acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) the USGBC’s green building rating system is creeping into the health and wellness of the building occupants. Lowering energy consumption and reducing the environmental footprints of buildings have been the primary focus of most of the major green building rating programs, including LEED and Green Globes…until now.

Posted: Dec 16, 2014

Institutional Knowledge and Employee Retention

By Paul Collyer

Institutional knowledge is the knowledge of your business and industry contained within your company. It’s not easy for the accountants to measure, but as any good manager knows, it is one of the key assets of all successful businesses.

Posted: Dec 09, 2014

New Or Used Rollforming Equipment: What’s Best For You?

By Joe Repovs

The purchase of rollforming equipment is certainly a major investment in your business. Rollformers are often your operation’s most integral piece of equipment, so you want to make sure you’re purchasing a rollformer that will meet all your demands or can be updated to meet those requirements. Is a new piece of equipment the best investment, or is there an opportunity to purchase a quality used rollformer at a significant savings?

Posted: Dec 02, 2014

Will The Enernet Be The Future Of Electricity?

By Scott Kriner

Just about everyone has seen the bulky inverter units on their cords used to charge laptop computers, smart phones, i-pads and numerous other small electronic devices. Even rooftop photovoltaic panels require inverters to change the DC power generated by the modules to AC for use inside the building. As the building construction industry moves closer to net zero energy designs, there is a growing need for buildings to generate their own electricity and to rely less on the traditional large utility grid.

Posted: Nov 11, 2014

USGBC Hints At Surprises Ahead During Greenbuild Remarks

By Scott Kriner

Like every Greenbuild conference and expo ever held, this year’s event in New Orleans was filled with new and surprising information. One can get a sense of the hot topics just by looking at the titles of the more than 200 education sessions, and the speeches given at the opening and closing plenary. This year’s event was focused on the slow acceptance of LEEDv4 since its launch at Greenbuild 2013.

Posted: Oct 14, 2014

Oklahoma City Adopts Resilience Code

By Scott Kriner

Autumn has arrived, the leaves are bursting into brilliant colors, and the nights are cool. It’s hard to believe that we are in the fourth quarter of 2014 already. It is often good to reflect on the events of the year. And the first three quarters of the year were packed full of events that disrupted the lives of many Americans. From wildfires in the Western states, to flash flooding in the Southwest, to a significant earthquake and aftershocks in California, hurricanes in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and wind and hail damage from thunderstorms just about everywhere in the summer.

Posted: Sep 09, 2014

Organizations Align To Simplify Green Building Regulations, Incentives

By Scott Kriner

Big news in the sustainable building industry was the recent announcement of a partnership among five organizations that have been involved in codes, standards and rating programs related to green or sustainable building practice. The announced partnership among the US Green Building Council (USGBC), ASHRAE, International Code Council (ICC), AIA, and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) is being touted as a step toward harmonizing and simplifying the implementation of green building regulations and incentives. The intentions are well-founded, but the details of the interaction among the five groups are just now being disclosed.

Posted: Aug 05, 2014

Photovoltaics And Metal Roofing: A Marriage Getting Even Better

By Scott Kriner

Metal Roofing is the ideal platform for rooftop photovoltaics (PV). The useful service life of typical PV units is often around 30 years before the output is below 80%. The useful service life of unpainted Galvalume® coated sheet standing seam roofing has been found to exceed 60 years based on a study by the Metal Construction Association and the ZAC organization. Service life of this type of roofing system is extended beyond 60 years in certain climate regions in the US.

Posted: Jul 29, 2014

No Going Back To Print: More Mobile Friendly

By Shawn Zuver

Everywhere I go, somebody is whipping out a tablet or smartphone to look up a product or an answer to some important, or not-so-important, fact. They’re being used literally every day by seemingly everyone . It’s undeniable that these devices have changed the way people live their lives personally and professionally, prompting me to reflect on how significantly electronic devices and media have become ingrained in the world’s culture during the last seven years since Bob Fittro, John Garvey and I launched in July 2007.

Posted: Jul 08, 2014

Pending Legislation Could Be Good For Metal Construction Industry

By Scott Kriner

With public opinion about Congress at an all-time low, it’s interesting to see what our legislators are up to. When an earmark bill includes $1.8 million to study why pigs smell, it’s no wonder why the average American feels like Congress is out of touch and dysfunctional. But there are some rays of hope with certain pending bills that could actually help the construction industry.

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