Green Projects

Success stories and how-to articles featuring businesses in the Green building industry.

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...

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...

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...

Schweiss Doors part of winning Ontario municipal building

Municipal building awarded for innovation, environmentally friendly features HECTOR, Minn. – In a perfect world, the construction of a municipal building would be highlighted by both form and function. Most times, because the budget is determined by taxpayer dollars, the end result is to settle for function. The award winning Municipal Operations Centre at...

NCI Building Systems Reaches Definitive Agreement to Acquire CENTRIA

HOUSTON- NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NYSE: NCS), a leading manufacturer of metal products for the nonresidential building industry, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pittsburgh area-based CENTRIA, an internationally recognized leader in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of architectural insulated metal panel (IMP) wall and roof systems and a provider of integrated...

Envolution brochures highlight company dedication to environment

LEWISVILLE, Texas – Envolution™ by Metl-Span® has produced two brochures illustrating its dedication to the development of energy-efficient and cost-effective architectural panel systems. Environmentally Connected is a LEED v3 and v4 Support Guide to highlight the Envolution insulated metal panels and accessories that meet sustainability and energy efficiency standards. This brochure is being provided...

WoodWorks to host national symposium on taller wood buildings

On November 6 and 7, the Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks program will host a National Symposium, “Toward Taller Wood Buildings”, in Chicago, Ill. Intended to give attendees a practical perspective on North America’s evolution toward taller wood buildings, the Symposium will focus on how designers are increasing density at lower cost by designing taller...

BioPreferred program opens to wood products

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the recognition of wood products under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program going into effect.  The 2014 Farm Bill states that forest products, previously considered to be ineligible because they were “mature market,” are now eligible...