Proper Test Methods to Determine Thermal Resistance

Posted on November 30, 2017 by bzabcik

For a given assembly, if the right information is not specified in conjunction with the desired R-value, the designer will likely not achieve the results he or she expects. This can lead to code compliance issues as well as poor performance of the finished building. Therefore, a more thorough approach must be considered to ensure […]

The Importance of Vapor Seals in IMP Installations

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Wesley Young

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) used for building envelopes offer great simplicity in terms of enclosing a building in an attractive, energy-conscious manner. However, they require somewhat different thinking in terms of design and installation compared to conventional single skin panels on metal building with separately installed fiberglass insulation and vapor liners. That’s because, while the […]

What You Need to Know Before Installing a Skylight

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Randy Tweedt

The beauty of skylights can be a real benefit to the aesthetic value of a metal building project. Beyond looks, though, the proven benefits of daylighting are many: building occupant satisfaction from natural lighting, mold and mildew growth prevention and, of course, energy savings, to name a few. In fact, once the decision has been […]

Sustainability and Metal Buildings

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Candy McNamee

The movement of the construction industry to create buildings that are more sustainable throughout their life cycle continues to be a fundamental part of a well-designed and well-constructed building. This comes from the building owners who are expecting it, designers who are more skilled at achieving it, construction companies who have incorporated it into their […]

Texas Department of Insurance Windstorm Inspection Program

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Jason Allen

Are you involved with a building project along the Gulf Coast of Texas in which metal roofing or siding is involved? If so, obtaining a building permit may be subject to compliance with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Windstorm Inspection Program. Here is some information that can help. What is the TDI Windstorm Inspection […]

Planning for Metal Roofing Retrofits

Posted on September 5, 2017 by kbuchinger

The decision to retrofit an existing commercial roof with a new metal one is usually based on the very real appeal of creating a long-term (50-60 years) roofing solution, achieving better energy efficiency, creating better aesthetics, or all of the above. Prior blog posts discussed these benefits in more detail and talked about different types […]

Level of Development (LOD) BIM Specifications for Metal Buildings

Posted on August 21, 2017 by bzabcik

When designing and constructing metal buildings, an increasing number of professionals are using a computerized building information model (BIM) as their primary tool. This allows for detailed, three-dimensional computer models to be created, not only to develop the design, but to identify material lists, coordinate details, avoid conflicts between building systems and streamline the design […]

Proper Cutting and Cleaning of Metal Building Panels

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Jason Allen

Metal building panels, whether for roofing or walls, are manufactured with a long-lasting and durable finish of different types and in many colors, allowing the panels to hold up and look great for decades. However, once they get to the building they may need to be cut to fit a field condition, or they may […]

How Energy Codes Influence Metal Roof Panel Selection

Posted on August 3, 2017 by Candy McNamee

On a very basic level, specifiers can look at a climate zone map and get an idea of the metal roof panel best suited to a specific geographic region. The issue, however, is actually much more complex. One must know that overlooking any detail could result, not only in less-than-ideal performance, but also in costly […]

Understanding R-Values and K-Factors in Considering Thermal Resistance

Posted on July 19, 2017 by bzabcik

Described in their most basic terms, R-value is a measure of heat resistance, while U-factor (also know as U-value) is a measure of heat transfer (heat gain or loss). The lesser known K-factor is simply the reciprocal of the R-value of the insulation divided by the thickness. What they all have in common is a […]

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