Posted: Oct 04, 2016
Omnibus Spending Bill Continues Incentives For Photovoltaics
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 20, 2016
A Guide To Defeating Graffiti: The Best Removal Practices
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Posted: May 10, 2016
Cold-Formed Steel Was Great Yesterday, Even Better Today
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
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)
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
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 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
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.
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