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Iconic Metal Architecture Defines, Unites Corporate Facility

Located on a highly visible urban infill site in Clarksville, Tennessee, the new Workforce Essentials headquarters and career training center is situated at a “gateway entry” intersection to the downtown district. The new 40,000-square-foot facility consolidates services that had been provided at agency offices previously scattered around the city. After initially considering renovation of...

Triangle Fastener Announces METALCON 2016 Contest Entry Winners

Triangle Fastener Corporation (TFC) would like to thank all who attended METALCON 2016 and visited their booth. This year TFC held a contest to give away six new DeWalt 20 volt Versa-Clutch Screwguns with the new FLEXVOLT Technology, as well as one 50” Smart HDTV. They are pleased to announce the winners! Winners of...

S-5!, MBCI Develop AIA Course, Improving Wind Uplift On Metal Roofs

Improving Wind Uplift on Metal Roofs is a new AIA continuing education course, developed by S-5! and MBCI to help architects discover the art and science of wind control and wind uplift on metal roofs and metal structures. This is a 1-hour AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit course. It offers architects...

Research Shows Radiant Barrier Market Continues to Grow

The radiant barrier market continues to grow, in part due to global warming, according to a third-party research firm. Persistence Market Research (PMR), based in New York City, recently published their report, “Radiant Barrier Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast 2016-2026”. In addition to a brief overview of how radiant barriers work, what materials are used...

SBC Housing Stats for October: U.S. and Canada

The SBCA has published the following information regarding October housing starts and building permits data for the U.S. and Canada. United States: October housing starts (released November 17) increased 25.5% to 1,323,000 units. Single-family starts increased 10.7% to 869,000 units, while multi-family increased by 68.8% to 454,000 units. Total U.S. permits, an indicator of future construction,...

ABC Praises Injunction Against Overtime Rule

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) welcomed news that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction on Nov. 22, blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime final rule. Prior to the injunction, the rule was scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 1 and would have doubled...

METAL ROOFING PROFESSIONALS: WHAT’S YOUR OUTLOOK FOR 2017? 

To better serve your information needs, we would like to know what your industry outlook is for 2017. Please take a couple of minutes right now to complete this quick survey. Summary data we gather today will appear in the Feb/Mar 2017 issue of Metal Roofing Magazine. Any information you provide will be kept strictly...

BESS Lab

Tests reveal efficiency stalls for some 60-inch ag fans

When it comes to big fans and their benefits for agricultural ventilation, the old logic that bigger is better has hit a snag. Researchers at BESS Lab operated by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have tested a number of 60-inch fans only to discover that, at a certain point, energy efficiency does not...

tunnel ventilation

Trends in tunnel ventilation

By Sharon Thatcher – As farm buildings grow in size, and livestock herds grow in numbers, so too are the concerns for proper ventilation. While natural ventilation is still common—especially in the beef industry—the poultry and swine industries use a lot of tunnel ventilation which uses large fans to generate air movement over the...

Post-Frame Building of the Year Entry Deadline is Dec. 1

Entries are being taken now through Dec. 1 for the 2016 Building of the Year contest sponsored by the National Frame Building Association. The contest, open to NFBA member companies, consists of 24 award categories plus a Judges’ Award. NFBA’s awards program allows builders to compete against builder member companies of comparable size. Each...