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Posted: Apr 16, 2015

The Development Of KINetic™: How And Why It Was Created

For both architectural professionals and students alike, there's no better way to connect with the individuals and groups that can benefit your career and educational endeavors, along with learning and mentoring opportunities, than KINetic™. Created by Kingspan Panels—North America, KINetic is the only social media platform designed to bring together students, architects, designers and Kingspan professionals to collaborate, discuss, and share architectural ideas.

Posted: Apr 09, 2015

Price, Simplicity And Performance Behind Growing Popularity Of Reflective Insulation Products

During the past few years, more and more companies have found the solution for keeping the desired temperature inside their buildings while keeping energy cost down. The solution is reflective insulation products. Reflective insulation products are gaining popularity for their energy savings benefits, ease of installation and competitive pricing.

Posted: Mar 19, 2015

New McElroy Metal Recover Systems Are Price-Competitive With Single-Ply

There are acres and acres of metal roofing systems, many up to 50 years old, which have recently become in need of some maintenance. Building owners looking for quick fixes have some inexpensive and temporary options. But now, thanks to the innovative minds at McElroy Metal, there are now some long-term options that allow metal roofing installers to compete with roofers who can only offer short-term, non-metal systems.

Posted: Mar 12, 2015

Focus On Diversification And Customer Needs Leads To Samco Machinery’s Success

Toronto, Ontario, Canada - To succeed in today’s competitive world, those who conduct “business as usual” may be left behind. Samco Machinery, a manufacturer of rollforming equipment for multiple industries, completed the transition into its new plant in 2014 as well as a new way of doing business. Diversification is clearly a key to Samco's success.

Posted: Feb 12, 2015

What If The Golden Gate Bridge Had Been Hot-Dip Galvanized?

An iconic landmark known worldwide since its opening in 1937 is the 4,200 foot-long main span Golden Gate Bridge, connecting Fort Point in San Francisco to Marin County. The Golden Gate Bridge was originally painted and has been continuously painted ever since, racking up huge costs. But what if all the structural steel used to erect the bridge had been hot-dip galvanized? Would that even be practical given the scope of the project?

Posted: Jan 15, 2015

With Good Reason, Metal Roofs Are Ideal For Today's Hotels

According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 50,000 hotels in the United States, with more added every year. Due to concerns about rising maintenance costs, sustainability and branding, a lot of the new ones will wind up having metal roofs.

Posted: Jan 08, 2015

Tips For Better Understanding Commercial Energy Codes For Metal Buildings

Commercial energy codes for metal buildings are frequently misunderstood by many people, including industry veterans. In this article, Bill Beals of Therm-All Inc. shares some of his many years of experience with energy codes, focusing on four specific tips to make energy codes easier to understand.

Posted: Dec 18, 2014

METALCON Visit Helps Ideal Building Solutions' Business Growth

Atlanta, GA - Since completing the Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility in Atlanta in early 2013, Ideal Building Solutions has become much more active in the commercial metal roofing market. A trip to the annual METALCON show, in their home city of Atlanta in 2013, has been a key to their success that has followed.

Posted: Dec 11, 2014

Department Of Defense Eyeing Retrofit Metal Roofing For Thousands Of Buildings

Chicago, IL – The nation’s largest energy user, the Department of Defense (DoD), is learning how to transform some of its 577,500 buildings and structures into state-of-art energy-saving powerhouses, by retrofitting old buildings with new high-tech roofing systems. In partnership with the Metal Construction Association (MCA) and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the DoD is host to a demonstration project for reducing a building’s carbon footprint and lowering demand for energy and water. The demonstration project was part of the DoD’s Strategic Environmental Research and DevelopmentProgram (ESTCP) at Goodfellow Air Force Base (GAFB) in San Angelo, Texas. The model will be replicated at potentially thousands of DoD buildings throughout the country.

Posted: Nov 13, 2014

Projects Illustrate Architectural Potential Of Valspar's Fluropon® Exterior Coatings For Metal

Minneapolis, MN - With its high durability and large color palette, Valspar’s Fluropon® exterior coatings have become an industry standard for both metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications. These field-proven, high-performance, 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings are offered in two- to four-coat systems in nearly any formulation, including low gloss, low sheen, solar reflective and ENERGY STAR. A wide variety of colors also are available, from neutral to bright colors, micas, metallic, pearlescent and Kameleon® color shifting coatings.

Posted: Sep 11, 2014

Molybdenum: A Key Ingredient In Stainless Steel's Strength And Longevity

Molybdenum is extracted from the mineral molybdenite, discovered by Peter Jacob Hjelm in 1782. It remained a laboratory curiosity until the extraction of commercial quantities became practical. Today it is used in many industries including construction, where it is a key component in stainless steel.

Posted: Sep 02, 2014

Educational Opportunities Everywhere At 2014 METALCON

Throughout its 24 years, METALCON has offered new features, ideas and products with a consistent quality unmatched by other industry events. This year’s tradeshow and conference offers the excitement of being in Denver for the first time, an innovative education format that combines classroom and interactive exhibit hall sessions, and a fantastic line-up of new exhibitors and products.

Posted: Aug 14, 2014

Louver Selection Tips From The Pros

As an architect or specifer, you are ultimately responsible for establishing the louver requirements for your valued project. When selecting a louver product; performance, familiarity, reputation of a manufacturer, options and cost all play a part. Due to various reasons, architects and specifiers need to be cognizant of numerous variables when selecting a louver product – the depth of a louver, type, blade profile, color, free area, water penetration, pressure drop, AMCA certification and the list continues. Contingent on your application, one or all of these details may come into consideration.

Posted: Jun 19, 2014

Family-Owned Sealant Tape Company Plays Vital Role In Metal Building Industry's Success

Butyl sealants are a relatively small portion of metal buildings – yet they play an important role in assuring the integrity and weathertightness of each finished structure. So contractors and manufacturers look to sealant producers for reliability in these behind-the-scene products. Family-owned GSSI makes sealant tapes for the metal building and components industry. Just like its high quality sealant products, GSSI offers reliability and design flexibility to its customers, which has resulted in long-term customer relationships.

Posted: May 08, 2014

Roll Former Allows Manufacturer To Offer Improved Door Framing System

Premier Products Inc. of Monroe, La., manufactures commercial hollow metal steel doors and frames, as well as a complete line of building doors, frames and aluminum windows for metal building applications. With the help of roll forming equipment from Samco Machinery, Premier plans to improve its manufacturing capabilities.

Posted: Apr 17, 2014

The Natural Choice – Reynobond® Design Line Series

At first glance you'd swear the building was clad in real mahogany. But after another look, you'll find that Alcoa Architectural Products' (AAP) Reynobond® Aluminum Composite Material (ACM), coated with a natural Mahogany Brown wood grain Design Line paint coating, was used instead. Virtually indistinguishable from nature's own handiwork, AAP's Design Line finishes can be used to inject the natural warmth of wood, the strength of granite or the rustic tone of terra cotta in any way you might imagine.

Posted: Mar 20, 2014

It's Possible - Waterproof And Maintenance-Free Rooftop Equipment Screen Installations

Attaching equipment to the building structure, through the roof, is the most efficient method of attachment, but often such work is done without consideration of waterproofing concerns. Any attachment penetration must not compromise the integrity of the roofing system. This is why RoofScreen Manufacturing got into the business … to discover and develop a better method for leak-proof attachment for all types of roofing and building structures.

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