Protecting Metal Building Primer in Winter
Posted on January 18, 2018 by Liz McDonald

The components of a metal building are known for their durability and longevity, but like any building material, improper handling can lead to problems. This is especially true in winter months when metal building components can be exposed to unusually harsh conditions. Manufacturers routinely provide…

Sustainability in Metal Buildings
Posted on December 14, 2017 by Lynn Chesnut

The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the well-known LEED® rating system to recognize and certify buildings that are “green” or sustainable. The current iteration of this popular system is LEED version 4 (LEED v4), which applies to a range of building types. In addition…

Warranties for Weathertightness in Metal Roofing Systems
Posted on November 16, 2017 by Lynn Chesnut

After reading our prior blog post on severe weather and resilience of metal buildings, some may consider manufacturer warranty coverage, particularly for metal roofing. When it comes time to repair damage from a storm or even from normal-use conditions, it’s always good to be clear…

Increased Resilience with Metal Buildings
Posted on October 11, 2017 by Bob Zabcik

News stories of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters have become common, but so have efforts to improve buildings to resist them. Building code requirements, for example, address the minimum level of protection needed to allow people enough time to exit a building and…

Insulation Options in Metal Buildings (Part 2)
Posted on September 13, 2017 by Liz McDonald

In our last blog post, we clarified the different ways to show compliance with energy codes—namely, prescriptive envelope trade-offs with COMcheck, or full computer modeling. For purposes of this post, let’s assume that we are going to use the envelope trade-off method to create an…

Insulation Options in Metal Buildings (Part 1)
Posted on August 16, 2017 by Liz McDonald

Thermal insulation is used in metal buildings to reduce heat flow between the inside and outside of walls and roofs, thus helping to keep the building warmer during heating season and cooler during air conditioning season. For building owners, that means lower energy use and…

Roll-up Doors in Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings
Posted on July 12, 2017 by Liz McDonald

It is well known that pre-engineered metal buildings are suitable for a wide range of uses and can be customized to suit many different situations.  Part of that customization comes from the size and type of doors that can be designed and built into them….

Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings Compared to Concrete and Masonry
Posted on June 13, 2017 by Liz McDonald

In our prior post we looked at the advantages that pre-engineered metal buildings have compared to wood-framed buildings. Since building owners, architects, developers, engineers, and others routinely seek the best value for the investment made in design and construction, it benefits us to look at a…

Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings Compared to Wood-Framed Buildings
Posted on May 24, 2017 by Liz McDonald

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) tells us that over the past 80 years more than 14 million metal building systems have been constructed in a wide range of building types and sizes. They have grown in popularity to the point that MBMA estimates that…

Benefits of Designing with Insulated Metal Panels
Posted on April 17, 2017 by Liz McDonald

Have you ever wondered why there is an increasing push for insulated metal panels, or sandwich panels, in the industry, and how you can benefit from using it in the design and fabrication of your building? The Metal Construction Association (MCA) defines insulated metal panels…

Daylighting in metal buildings
Using Roofs to Provide Natural Daylight in Metal Buildings
Posted on March 15, 2017 by Liz McDonald

In our prior discussion, we looked at exterior walls as a means to provide natural daylight in buildings, but roofs are also a superior source to bring in daylight. Building Shape: Low-rise and one-story structures are less restricted by building shape than multi-story buildings since…

Using Walls to Provide Natural Daylight in Metal Buildings
Posted on February 9, 2017 by Liz McDonald

Before the common availability of electrical lighting, natural daylight was the only real option in buildings. Many solutions, both simple and sophisticated, have evolved from the quest of bringing natural sunlight into the building envelope. Current building trends have seen a renewed interest in reviving…