Green Projects

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

2014 SIPA Building Excellence Awards presented

The Structural Insulated Panel Association presented its 2014 Building Excellence Awards April 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Judges were Matt Belcher of Verdatek Solutions, Chris Fennell of Building Insight, and independent architectural designer Mehrdad Dabbagh. The winners were: Overall Competition Winner and winner in the Commercial/ Industrial/ Institutional: Premier SIPs for...

2014 SIPA Building Excellence Awards

Eight homes and commercial buildings built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) were recognized for their innovation and environmental sustainability during the 2014 Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Awards ceremony, April 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The annual competition selects the top SIP projects in eight categories, covering single family...

USDA to partner with WoodWorks to advance the use of wood in buildings

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced  a $1 million program to be implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service in partnership with the Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks initiative, to provide training for architects, engineers and builders related to the use of advanced wood materials in...

Fort Lauderdale SIP Conference offers AIA credits

Architects, contractors, and other building industry professionals can learn the latest technology in high performance and net zero energy construction with a series of free training seminars on April 30 at the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Annual Meeting & Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Six AIA Continuing Education HSW hours...

Metl-Span opens 7th manufacturing facility

Metl-Span, a division of NCI Group, Inc. has opened its seventh manufacturing facility devoted to the production of the company’s Envolution™ line of architectural insulated metal panels and custom fabrication. The new 109,000 sq. ft. plant is strategically located in Colonial Heights, VA. and is ideally positioned to serve the Eastern...

February 2014 Rural Builder cover

Going green with steel

– By Sharon Thatcher –Rural builders know that a customer wants a building that serves an intended purpose and doesn’t cost a lot to own. Rarely are they asking for a “life cycle analysis” or demanding LEED compliance. But increasingly there is industry and public pressure to use fewer natural resources...

December 2013 Rural Builder cover

Modern modular: an opportunity waiting for rural builders?

– b y M a r k Wa r d – During 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that construction activity totaled $225 billion in the lodging, office, commercial, healthcare, educational and religious building categories. According to the Modular Building Institute, an industry trade association based in Charlottesville, Va., modular buildings...

IMP sells itself in Alaska

-By Sharon Thatcher- One state where insulated metal panel is growing rapidly in popularity is Alaska, perhaps no surprise given the state’s exposure to extreme temperatures and wind. The 49th state is also home to major military and cargo operations. The demand for strong and enduring energy-efficient buildings has paved the...

Sukup Mfg.’s “50 Homes for Humanity” goal reached

As part of Sukup Manufacturing Co.’s 50th Anniversary, Sukup teamed up with Global Compassion Network to raise money to provide 50 Sukup Safe T Homes to areas in desperate need of housing. Together with GCN, the goal was to raise donations for 25 Safe T Homes. Sukup pledged to match donations...