RETAIL: The Whole Picture
Metal Shines on an Organic Grocery Store
FIELD TECHNIQUE: Trending Toward Efficiency
The On-Site Rollforming Evolution
A Remodeled Home is Encased in Metal
FIELD TECHNIQUES: The Solar Equation
Available Solar Technology + ROI = Results
Capitalizing on the Green Economy
Incentives Abound for Sustainable Construction and Retrofit
FIELD TECHNIQUE: Winds of Change
Methods for Verifying Wind Resistance Continue to Evolve
RESIDENTIAL: A Modern Treehouse
Modernist Home in the Woods Reflects Nature
Government Construction Outlook
Eyes turn to stimulus act to bolster construction spending
BUILDING GREEN: Sweet Arrangement
A manufacturing facility's switch to solar power provides a fruitful energy harvest
FIELD TECHNIQUE: Re-Covering With Metal
Codes and industry recommendations provide guidance to roofing professionals.
FIELD TECHNIQUE: No Maintain, No Gain
Proper maintenance is vital to the long-term performance of metal-clad buildings.
FIELD TECHNIQUE: Combating Corrosion
Identifying Metal-Roofing Fasteners For Use In ACQ-Treated Lumber
FIELD TECHNIQUE: Second Line of Defense
Synthetic Roof Underlayments Stand Out As Secondary Water Barriers
FIELD TECHNIQUE: Roof In The Wind
Metal Roof Systems Can Weather The Storm
It Takes A Village
Metal Wall and Roof Panels Transform A Crisis Center Into a Community of Hope
FIELD TECHNIQUE: Watch The Washer
How to Identify a Quality Washer and Why It Matters
FIELD TECHNIQUE: Reflectivity and Emissivity
It's Important to Understand How Metal Roofs Impact Energy Efficiency
Raising the Steaks
Japanese Steakhouse Dazzles Diners With Metal
FIELD TECHNIQUE: Take It From The Top
Considerations for Metal Roof Systems.
FIELD TECHNIQUES: SLIDING SNOW
Are your customers' buildings prepared?
Focus on Efficiency
Building With Steel Can Save Time and Money
Cool Metal Roofing
It's A Wise Choice Amidst Strong Winds of Change
FIELD TECHNIQUES: UVC Energy
Keeping HVAC Systems and Buildings Healthy with UVC Technology
FIELD TECHNIQUE: Roosting on Rooftops
Protecting HVAC Systems from Bird Droppings and the Spread of Disease
FIELD TECHNIQUES: A Good Source
MCA's Metal-Forming Equipment Council Makes Manufacturing Better
FIELD TECHNIQUES: 40 Billion Reasons
Marrying Metal Roof Systems with Thin-Film Photovoltaic Cells
FIELD TECHNIQUES: Creating Savings With Solar
Examining the Benefits of Transpired Solar Collectors
FIELD TECHNIQUES: A Complex Phenomenon
Dynamic wind-uplift performance of composite metal roof assemblies.
RICOWI reports about prefab roof performance during Charley and Ivan
Metal and the Military
A look at pre-engineered, prefabricated metal construction in Southwest Asia
Cost Segregation Studies
Creating rapid prefab depreciation results
FIELD TECHNIQUE: Reroofing Decisions
Options homeowners need to consider.
FIELD TECHNIQUE: A Tested Edge
Choosing performance tested roof edge systems
FIELD TECHNIQUES - A Closer Look
Reviewing NFBA's Post-Frame Construction Tolerances Document (Part 2 of 2)
FIELD TECHNIQUES - Why Didn't I Think Of That?
Retrofit framing structures over new flat roofs.
FIELD TECHNIQUES - Behind The Scenes
Details about developing NFBA's post-frame construction tolerances document.
FIELD TECHNIQUES - Learning New Rules
California Builders Address New State Energy Code
FIELD TECHNIQUES - The Power of Copper
Copper has apparent antimicrobial properties in HVAC systems.
FIELD TECHNIQUES - 10 Big Ones
Mistakes contractors make on construction projects.
FIELD TECHNIQUES - Retrofit Roof Solutions
Fixing Problem R-Panel Metal Roof Systems
FIELD TECHNIQUES - Painted Metal Roofing: The Importance of Proper Touch-Up
FIELD TECHNIQUES - What To Ask - For Roofs That Last
Helping building owners make educated roofing selections.
FIELD TECHNIQUES - Quantifying Environmental Impacts
Life-Cycle Assessment of Hot-Dip Galvanizing Compared with Paint
FIELD TIP - 5 Steps for Ensuring a Weathertight Roof
The metal roofing industry is making great strides in developing installation methods that provide for weathertight, durable, low maintenance systems that will endure for decades.
FIELD TIP - Are You Sure Your Onsite Roll Forming Equipment Is Certified?
Typically, an onsite roll former purchased by a contractor comes with a UL Certificate obtained by the manufacturer.
Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc) - Part V
Profiles and Profiling Equipment
FIELD TIP - How To Survive and Prosper In The Erection Business
When asked by the publisher to write this column, I decided to deal with the legal aspects of the business in order to benefit experienced and newer erection companies, as well as general contractors. In the process I will refer to some techniques as they relate to liabilities.
Legal Insurance: A New Way To Hire An Attorney
Sometimes you know you need an attorney. If you're party to a lawsuit, forming a business, or charged with a criminal offense, chances are you'll seek out a legal professional to represent you.
Fall Protection In The Steel Erection Industry
This is the story of Brian Snipes, an ironworker from Colorado who I met at a major project for Intel this year.
Emergency Planning: Are Your Jobsites In Compliance
Emergency planning is a compliance requirement often overlooked or inadequately addressed by most contractors.
FIELD TIP - Things Are HEATING UP with COOL Roofs
A presentation from the NCCA (National Coil Coating Association) Conference in Chicago, October 2001
FIELD TIP - The Temperature of Color - The Rest Of The Story
Reflectance plays a key role in determining an object’s heat build up under the sun in both the visible region of the solar spectrum and in the invisible infrared.
FIELD TIP - New Coating For Cool Metal Roofs
Solutions to these challenges have been worked on for years by government and by members of our industry.
FIELD TIP - Handling and Storing Coil and Cut-to-Length Steel
If not handled and stored properly, prepainted and/or bare steel coil and cut-to-length sheets are subject to premature corrosion failures before installation.
FIELD TIP - Providing Suitable Attic Ventilation
Proper ventilation ensures a cooler attic in warm climates and a dryer attic in cold, wet climates.
Fasteners for Metal in Construction
Manufacturers focus on corrosion, resistance, color matching and technical assistance.
Hiring a Qualified Erector
A competent erector is key to the successful completion of any metal building or roof construction project. The thousands of buildings that perform satisfactorily attest to that fact.
Wall Panels to the Rescue
American, Blue, Cheddar, Feta, Gouda, Mozzarella,
Parmesan, Ricotta, and Swiss—the alphabet of
cheeses can make your mouth water! While the
average American has been known to consume 29 pounds
of cheese in a year, few of them consider the process that delivers
cheese to their doors.
Meeting the Needs of the General Contractor
One of the main challenges for erectors is building strong relationships with
general contractors. The general’s job is to make sure that the project is
successful and the owner is satisfied. Thus when it comes to the core structure
or exterior of the building, the general contractor needs an erector who is up
to the task.
Employer / Subcontractor Relations - Managing Risks and Advancing Safety
For years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted
an enforcement approach that creates tension between employers, general
contractors and subcontractors. Until OSHA strikes, companies give little
thought to such critical issues...
Is Design-Build Good for Metal Contractors?
The last two decades have seen a dramatic shift in how the construction industry
approaches project delivery. Design-bid-build was once the norm, now owners in
both public and private sectors are evaluating alternative project delivery
systems like design-build.
The Importance of "As-Installed" Insulation
The technical advances and product innovations in many areas of the
construction industry during the past decade are truly incredible. But as a
result of this remarkable progress, some segments of the industry are falling
behind and need to catch up. One of those lagging areas in metal building
construction is the complex, technical process of specifying the thermal
envelope for metal building systems.
A Primer on Building Codes for Metal Roofing
Metal roofing solutions have been regulated by a variety of building
codes. It's easy to get overwhelmed. Historically, geography-based roofing
codes have been developed in response to specific local, regional, or
national concerns. The net result has been a complex mix of regulations
that make it difficult for even the most conscientious building designer.
Choosing the Right Roof Curb
Because roof curbs have become such a common accessory for standing seam
roofs, it is essential that they too perform leak-free for 20 years.
This requires building designers and roofing contractors to make some
important decisions about the roof curbs they use.
Industry Faces Uncertainty over Perimeter Joint Testing
No code issue in recent history has been more hotly debated than the
issue of perimeter joint testing. Manufacturers, engineers, building
officials, independent consultants - everyone has an opinion, and not
many can find room to agree.
Why you need Employee Drug Testing
According to the Drug-Free Workplace Act, 47% of workplace accidents are drug or alcohol related. If you don't have a substance abuse policy and drug testing/screening program in place, consult your attorney immediately and get one in place as soon as possible. Your business, and your conscience, will be much better off.
Green Building - Detroit Lions
New facility for Detroit Lions is LEED certified and metal savvy
Safety Corner - Safety Issues for Municipal Projects
Municipal projects present rather unique safety concerns for contractors. Here are recommendations for addressing some of the most important issues relevant to these projects.
Field Techniques - Snow Retention Systems
In areas prone to heavy snowfall, building and roof designs should consider how to handle this natural phenomenon. Several factors pour into this process.
How Safety Reduced one Company's Insurance Rates
As members of one of the most dangerous trades, steel erectors deal daily with the treat of injury and death. This has not gone unnoticed by insurance companies, who have consistently charged higher premiums for erectors.
The Business Side of Safety
Many clients have asked me at some point, "how can I lower my cost of insurance?" While my answer is always multi-faceted, I believe the first
step is to understand the basics of how insurance works.