Green Building

Building practices used in the construction industry to create environmentally friendly structures.

CLT manufacturer first in U.S. to pass fire safety requirements

D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations, the nation’s first certified U.S. manufacturer of Cross-Laminated Timber, has become the first North American CLT manufacturer to achieve significant fire safety requirements under tests designed to gauge flame spread and fire resistance.  No other manufacturer of CLT has been certified under the new APA/ANSI manufacturing standard and has subjected...

This project used foam for backfill

How to cost-effectively nestle a building into a hillside was a problem facing Peter Sherrer, owner of PSG, a Wisconsin based firm specializing in real estate and construction. The building in question was a new 55,000 square foot office and distribution center for Wisconsin Vision Associates of Burlington. Early design investigations into different structural...

MBMA releases Environmental Product Declarations for metal building systems

In order to meet the increasing demand for unbiased data about the environmental impacts of commercial construction, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has released Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for three metal building product categories:  primary rigid framing, secondary framing, and metal cladding for roofs and walls. MBMA partnered with UL Environment (ULE) to...

Green Span Profiles’ IWP Series earns Dade County Approval

Green Span Profiles, a manufacturer of insulated metal panels (IMPs), has received Dade County Approval for its IWP Series of composite wall panels. “Testing for Dade County Approval is, of course, the most rigorous in the nation,” says Brian N. Jaks, P.E., Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Green Span Profiles. “Having that approval...

ESP Low-E Therma Sheet earns ICC Certification

New Oxford, PA — Environmentally Safe Products Inc. (ESP), maker of patented ESP Low-E® Reflective Insulation, has announced that its Therma Sheet roofing underlayment has been certified by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES). The designation means Therma Sheet meets the code requirements of a stand-alone roofing underlayment for the building industry. Previously,...

Historic new energy standards for commercial air conditioners, furnaces

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced historic new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. Developed with industry, utilities, and environmental groups, these standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date. Over the lifetime of the products, businesses will save $167 billion on their utility...

Metl-Span releases white paper on benefits, advantages of IMPs

LEWISVILLE, Texas  – Metl-Span LLC has posted a white paper on its website detailing the many benefits and advantages of Insulated Metal Panel (IMP) Systems as building components, specifically walls and roofing. The white paper cites IMPs as a pre-manufactured version of a “universal wall” or “perfect wall.” It also discusses the physics of...

Metl-Span announces new expansion with Hamilton, Ont., facility

LEWISVILLE, Texas – Metl-Span has announced the acquisition of the Vicwest manufacturing plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The company notes that the new plant allows Metl-Span the opportunity to expand and serve customers competitively within the Canadian and Northeastern United States markets. Metl-Span will be fulfilling existing customer orders as well as offering its...

Homan Industries selected for BioPreferred Program

Homan Industries has announced that the company, which includes Homan Industries, Homan Forest Products and Tri State Lumber, has been selected to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPeferred program. The process includes an audit of manufacturing process and laboratory testing of products to ensure they meet the established biobased standard. Products...

Timber Technologies LLC Achieves AITC Certification

COLFAX, WISCONSIN – Timber Technologies LLC has achieved certification by the American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC). | Certification distinguishes this Glue Laminated Manufacturer from many other manufacturing facilities by providing the highest quality glue laminated beams and columns to the agricultural and commercial markets as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation....