Posted: May 02, 2017
FITWELL Launched As Cost-Effective Alternative To WELL Program
One of the most popular aspects of sustainable buildings is its focus on the well being of the occupants in those buildings. According to the one expert source, there are 120 million employees working in buildings each day in the US. The cost for personnel represents 90% of total business costs. The productivity and health of staff are often affected by the conditions of the office setting.
Posted: Apr 18, 2017
When Aesthetics Aren't The End Goal - Coatings That Last
When architects make decisions on materials, it can sometimes feel as though they must choose between aesthetics and effectiveness. No one wants to decide whether something should look good but not work, or work well but appear unappealing, especially when it comes to architecture, as both are necessary elements of an exceptional project. This is why buildings incorporating exterior metal panels are gaining popularity.
Posted: Apr 04, 2017
The WELL Program Explained
Health and Wellness in sustainable buildings continues to create interest as to how to quantify the level of occupants’ well being. One of the newer certification programs in this field is the WELL Standard which is gaining ground. WELL was first introduced in 2012 by the Delos Living LLC company. The group was initially supported by the Clinton Global Initiative to develop spaces that enhance occupant health and quality.
Posted: Mar 21, 2017
Attainable Aesthetics - With Paint Coatings The Sky's The Limit
From color and texture to sustainable features, today’s design options are endless. Innovative and advanced technologies are allowing buildings to show off more personality than ever.
Posted: Mar 07, 2017
LEED Is Growing And Changing
The USGBC’s LEED version 4 continues to grow in North America as well as across the globe. According to Mahesh Ramanujam, the new President and CEO of USGBC and GBCI, LEED is growing worldwide with over 36,000 certified commercial projects. That represents over 5 billion square feet of certified space. He also states that every day more than 1.85 million square feet of space certifies LEED.
Posted: Feb 28, 2017
The Sexy World Of Steep Slope Metal Roofing
After spending the majority of my career in the low slope roofing industry, I was always fascinated by, and perhaps a bit jealous of, my partners in the steep slope metal world. The colors, the profiles, the substrates…it just really seemed a bit more “sexy” than minerals, coatings and rocks. When an opportunity presented itself to become more involved in steep slope and metal, I jumped at it. After more than a year in this portion of the market, I have yet to become bored with the options, aesthetics and durability that metal can offer.
Posted: Feb 21, 2017
Custom Collaboration - Custom Coatings Play Prominent Role In Iconic Structures
Color in architecture is bigger than ever, and there’s a strong “why” behind that choice. Color carries emotion, and for businesses, choosing the right color can directly help sell products and services, and truly inspire visitors of a building.
Posted: Feb 07, 2017
The Green Police Regulate Product Sustainability Claims
As sustainable (or "green") products continue to grow in popularity, the claims by marketers of those products often go a little too far in their boasting of the sustainability of the product. In an attempt to somewhat regulate the green claims being made, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) created a Green Guides document in 1992. The guide has been updated repeatedly with the most recent update taking place in 2012. The Green Guides are designed to help marketing personnel avoid making environmental claims that mislead consumers.
Posted: Jan 31, 2017
The Innovation Process - How To Bring A New Coating To Life
Today, everything seems to claim “innovation” on the label – from the cell phone we choose to the car we drive, and even some of the food we eat. They all tout innovation. But what makes something truly innovative – new, ground-breaking and inventive? In the architectural coating manufacturing industry, it all comes down to the properties of a product and what benefits or services it can provide to the end user.
Posted: Jan 24, 2017
How To Determine If You Need Snow Retention For Your Home's Roof
Are you hearing loud noises coming from your roof? This can be a sign that snow is sliding. Beware the next time you open the door to go outside especially if your door opens where snow falls. Deaths have occurred when snow slippage is imminent and someone slams a door. Just the vibration creates an avalanche.
Posted: Jan 17, 2017
Sustainability And Residential Landing Pages Provide Focused Info, Save Time
At DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, we realize that time is a precious asset for everyone so we've kicked off 2017 by introducing Sustainability and Residential Landing Pages that help architects, contractors and building/home owners find the information they need as quickly as possible.
Posted: Jan 03, 2017
Competition Comes To The Green Building Ratings Arena
The 800-pound gorilla will be sharing a cage that we call sustainability. For several years the American High Performance Building Coalition (AHPBC) was advocating change in public policy where there was only one green building certification program required for public building construction. For the most part, the sole green building rating system was the USGBC’s LEED building certification program. The AHPBC was promoting choice on the part of local, regional and national green programs.
Posted: Dec 20, 2016
Durability Is Key To Performance In Exterior Metal Coatings
Exterior architectural coatings serve many purposes, including the protection of a building’s structure from degradation and corrosion. It’s important to note that many times architectural coatings are applied onto a structure’s exterior metal panels as the first step in the metal building product process – before the panels are formed and well before they’re shipped to the construction site. This means that building owners and contractors need to think about the threats these metal panels, and consequently the coatings that protect them, could endure at the very beginning of a project.
Posted: Dec 06, 2016
Building Rating Programs Changing To Account For New Innovations
Several green building rating programs, including LEED and Green Globes, have begun moving away from materials and items that have single attributes. In their place, a more holistic approach to aspects of green buildings with multiple attributes is in vogue.
Posted: Nov 22, 2016
Paint Coatings For Metal Panels Are Under Constant Assault From The Weather
Weather is inevitable. And for buildings, there's just no escaping it. Whether subjected to harsh winters, extreme sun, torrential rains or the standard seasonal mix, buildings–including those clad in metal–are under constant assault from the elements. The impact is often most noticeable in the building's appearance.
Posted: Nov 15, 2016
Fall Protection Is A Necessity For Roofers
One of the most dangerous industries to work in is the construction industry. 20% of all employees that died on the job last year (2015) were employed as construction workers. Roofers in particular account for the highest rate of job-related deaths. This has been a pretty consistent statistic over the past few years, so why aren’t these deaths being prevented?
Posted: Nov 01, 2016
Greenbuild Buzz Often Foretells Emerging Trends
Greenbuild: Iconic took place in October at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The attendance was down a bit from previous Greenbuild conferences. The expo floor had fewer exhibitors and smaller exhibits compared to earlier events. Despite those observations it was clear that there remains a hunger for more information on green building issues. This is not a “movement” that attracts just millennials. Over 100 educational sessions were offered and the attendance at those sessions was very diverse with 100-200 attending most of them.
Posted: Oct 18, 2016
The Future Is Coated In Color
There’s a reason the word ‘color’ is used to describe more than just the visible pigmentation of an object. Color is a versatile and powerful noun or adjective, and can be used to exemplify the beauty of music, the interesting qualities of an individual’s personality, a dramatic event and even bad language. In essence, color adds excitement and flavor to the mundane elements of our everyday life, and has an immense impact on the way we see the world.
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.
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