Green Building

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

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....

AWC awarded USDA grant to research market for tall wood construction

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct research on the fire performance of mass timber buildings. AWC will partner with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Protection Research Foundation and the Property Insurance Research Group. The AWC proposal...

Announcing the 2015 SIPA Building Excellence Award Winners

The 13th Annual Structural Insulated Panel Association Building Excellence Awards were announced during the association’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Winning submissions demonstrated exceptional performance in quantifiable energy efficiency using structural insulated panels (SIPs); design and structural engineering innovation; creative use of SIP construction; and environmental sustainability. The 2015 winning projects...

Metal to the rescue for refugees

Metal once again rises to the occasion with quick and affordable shelters for refugees. The shelters are temporary in nature but allow for use on average of three years as compared to tents that are only good for a few months. The project is a collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations...

Check Out This Unique “Metal Roof”

A Metal Roofing Magazine reader recently sent in some unique photographs of how he recently used a few 5V crimp steel Fabral roof panels. Self-described as a “life-long hobby builder,” he says he has always enjoyed using traditional materials for nontraditional projects. The reader was commissioned in the Navy and has also spent 10...

Big Crowds Attend the 2015 IRE In The Big Easy

Industry professionals full of energy and excitement filled the halls of the Morial Convention Center to take part in three days of education, networking and a bustling tradeshow floor at the 2015 International Roofing Expo [IRE]. Taking place from February 24-26, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, the annual tradeshow and conference drew a...