Posted: Jun 03, 2014
Institutional Knowledge - Are You Doing Your Part To Protect It?
Every business has key people – the ones that everyone goes to when no one else seems to have any answers. They may be managers, supervisors or maybe even hourly employees. This is where it gets tricky – how do you share and preserve the knowledge and experience “aka the essence” of these unique people for the benefit of the entire business? There are several things every company should do to take full advantage of these resources, and today we will cover one of the most effective ones – mentoring.
Posted: May 13, 2014
The Growing Interest In Resilient Building Practice
More and more information is coming forward on activity in the field of resiliency. The Resilient Design Institute defines the term resiliency as “the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance.” A 2011 UN report on disaster risk reduction stated that losses from disasters are rising faster than gains being made through economic growth in all regions.
Posted: Apr 15, 2014
Code Process Akin To Watching Sausage Being Made
The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is undergoing modifications in its 3-year code development cycle in 2014. IgCC is just one code of a suite of codes administered by the International Code Council (ICC).The IgCC is an overlay code to be used along with the building, residential, plumbing, or electrical codes. It is also a model code, meaning that once it is approved by ICC, the 2015 edition of IgCC can be adopted (or not adopted) by local jurisdictions if they desire.
Posted: Apr 01, 2014
Mergers And Acquisitions – A Survival Guide
If you have been in the construction products industry for any period of time you are likely to have been exposed to a merger/acquisition, or know colleagues who have. Mergers and acquisitions are an important strategy for corporate survival, and are also a result of cyclical economic activity. They are also somewhat akin to shotgun weddings. As someone who has survived four of them in my career (M&A’s, not weddings!), I’d like to share some of the lessons I’ve learned.
Posted: Mar 25, 2014
EPDs A Valuable Tool For Today's Designers
LEED, LCA, PCR, EPD. These aren’t just acronyms. As Scott Kriner, Technical Director of the Metal Construction Association explains it, "They represent the industry’s advancements toward more energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings." In this column for DesignandBuildwithMetal, Kriner reminds us how the environmental building movement got its start and how it has evolved, and where the Environmental Product Declaration fits into the big picture.
Posted: Mar 11, 2014
A Nuclear Silver Bullet?
The Building sector of our economy consumes 41% of our nation’s total energy and almost three quarters of our nation’s electricity. That is higher than the transportation sector and the industrial sector. The way in which that energy is generated has been hotly debated over the years. The growing concern over greenhouse gas emissions has clearly put the fossil fuel-generated energy installations in the cross hairs of environmentalists. Our current fuel mix according to the DOE is 50% coal, 19% natural gas and 19% nuclear. Renewables make up a small percentage of the nation’s energy.
Posted: Feb 11, 2014
More Than Guest Amenities Behind Florida Hotel's Design
During the worst part of winter in the northern states many residents plan trips and vacations to the warmer parts of the country like Florida, the gulf or the desert. Most of these folks are just looking for some comfortable weather and doing things outdoors that they can’t do in the snow, ice and frigid temperatures back home.
Posted: Jan 21, 2014
Radiant Barrier FAQ
I’ve always been a huge fan of the space program (Shocked to hear that, are you?) and I remember as a kid watching the space shuttle launch and repair satellites and was always curious why everything was wrapped in shiny foil. Now, as an engineer and resident energy nerd for my company, I encounter radiant barriers often. That has closed a loop for me because it turns out the mystery foil on the satellites and equipment was indeed a radiant barrier.
Posted: Jan 07, 2014
Scientists Look To Nature For Ways To Do Things Better
There is growing interest in using green chemistry to avoid hazardous chemicals of concern. This was a theme in a recent webinar series conducted by the Green Science Policy organization. Green Science can be defined as “the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and/or generation of hazardous substances”.
Posted: Apr 16, 2013
Daylighting Offers Many Benefits For Green Building
Building green. It seems everywhere we look there is some kind of statement or message about green building and the environment. While the greening of America is a noble trend, as a contractor, it can be time-consuming to wade through all the information and figure out what is not only truly good for the environment, but good for your bottom line, and good for your customer’s bottom line too. Implementing natural daylighting in a building project is an easy way to gain a quick return on investment while going green.
Posted: Jun 22, 2010
Old Metal Buildings – New Rain Gutters
In the past seven to eight years, I have seen an increase in people and companies wanting new gutters and downspouts on old metal buildings. The question that always comes first is: How do we remove the old and install the new without the hassle?
Posted: Apr 06, 2009
Rain Gutter Ideas: From Size And Style To Material And Finishes
There are many different ideas to consider regarding rain gutters - style, material, expansion, size, pitched or no pitch, downspout size and finish. The following are some ideas or suggestions that we have recommended during our years of supplying commercial and industrial gutters and downspouts.
Posted: Nov 11, 2008
What Do Metal Wall Panels Cost? Pricing Single Skin, Insulated Metal Panels, Metal Composite And Others
In past columns, I’ve discussed pricing for metal roofing and metal building systems. After calling attention to some of the many variables that have an effect on cost, I threw out some low-end estimates of what you might expect to pay. Since those articles were posted, I’ve been asked why I don’t offer the same information for metal walls. It’s a good question, which I’ll try to address here.
Posted: Sep 16, 2008
How Much Does A Metal Building Cost? Pricing A Steel-Framed Structure
So, you’re interested in a metal building - or think you might be - but first you’d like some information about pricing. How much does a metal building cost?
Posted: Jun 04, 2008
How Much Does Metal Roofing Cost? Pricing Steel, Aluminum, Copper, Zinc And Galvanized
How much does metal roofing cost? It’s a straightforward question and one that I’d imagine is asked hundreds, if not thousands, of times a day across the world. My standard response is “It depends”. Admittedly, this is a weak reply but, unfortunately, it’s really the best that I can initially offer despite having been involved in this industry since the mid-1980s. If you have a few minutes, I’ll try to explain.
Posted: Jul 30, 2007
Aluminum Is A Smart Material For Metal Roofs
First, I believe it’s important to disclose that company name aside; we sell as much steel roofing material as we do aluminum. Both products feature specific attributes and all qualified commercial roofing contractors have the experience and expertise to install both. So why isn’t aluminum used more extensively then? The primary obstacles have been cost per square foot and misimpressions concerning the structural limitations of aluminum.
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