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McElroy Metal Re-Roofs Peachtree Facility, Adds Solar Panels

It’s one thing to talk about the benefits of your metal roofing products and how those products can serve as a host for photovoltaic panels. It’s quite another thing to re-roof your manufacturing facility with your panels and add photovoltaic panels. McElroy Metal recently completed the retrofit installation and 500 kW solar project on...

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 comprised 1.3 percent...

Palram polycarbonate products earn ICC-ES Evaluation Report

Polycarbonate products manufactured by Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, recently received an evaluation report (ESR-1893) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES). The report provides evidence that the Palram polycarbonate products, including PALSUN®, SUNTUF®, SUNSKY®, DYNAGLAS®, SUNLITE®, and THERMAGLAS™  meet code requirements. Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize...

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 1 for 1;...

McGraw Hill: Housing leads construction industry to moderate growth in 2014

Dodge Outlook Report Predicts Rise in Construction Starts for Housing, Commercial & Manufacturing Building Sectors; Stability for Institutional Building After Lengthy Decline; Weaker Activity for Public Works & Electric Utilities  – Washington, D.C. – McGraw Hill Construction, part of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI), has released its 2014 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in...

Portland State to build green roof research site on Walmart store

— Portland, Ore. — The design of green roofs—and all of their stormwater filtering, energy efficiency enabling, heat island mitigating, and habitat providing features—is poised to improve following a two-year research partnership between Portland State University (PSU) and Walmart that will collect in-depth data on the largest green roof installation in Portland.  PSU’s Green...

MCA offers new Environmental Product Declaration for IMPs

An Environmental Product Declaration for Insulated Metal Panels is now available from the Metal Construction Association. This is the first of three different EPD documents to be released in 2013 by MCA, an organization of manufacturers and suppliers whose metal wall and roofing components are used in buildings throughout the world. “With the recent...

Solar Decathlon residence boasts Metal Sales roof

Metal Sales Supports Team Kentuckiana’s Sustainable, Post-Disaster House in Competition LOUISVILLE, KY…Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation is a proud sponsor of Team Kentuckiana in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design and build solar-powered houses. Team Kentuckiana is comprised of students from University of Louisville, Ball...