Green efforts keep moving forward

EPS builders complete 3-day training program

Sixty-nine builders and dealers with Energy Panel Structures (EPS) were recently awarded the designation of Certified Green Building Professionals. The designation was awarded after completion of a three-day training program.

The class is the largest group of certified professionals working under a single building manufacturer. Six EPS regional sales managers also were certified.

 “We are committed to bringing green home building into the mainstream,” says Chris Spaeth of EPS.

“Today’s consumers are more educated about the green building process  and understand the long-term value that comes from incorporating green building into their construction projects. Green homes provide buyers with lower energy costs and incorporate green-building principles into the home without driving up construction costs,” concluded Spaeth.

Certified Green Building Professionals measure a home building project against the best existing definition of green and sustainable home construction and incorporate green building principles into the homes they build.

The Certified Green Professional is administered by National Association of Home Builders University of Housing. Under NAHB standards, green homes must focus on energy and water efficiency, resource-efficient building design and materials, indoor environmental quality and overall impact on environment.

Fabral offers a green solar solution for standing seam roofs

Fabral announces the availability of Solar SSR, a standing seam metal roof system that harvests energy from the sun.  Solar SSR, a photovoltaic (BIPV) solar laminate, produces electricity when exposed to sunlight and offers a green solution for metal roofing applications.

The foundation of Solar SSR’s energy generating capability is Uni-Solar state-of-the-art thin-film solar laminate, a lightweight and highly flexible material that is applied onto the surface of Fabral standing seam panels.  When exposed to sunlight, the solar laminates produce electricity, even in high-temperature and cloudy environments.
Electricity generated by the laminates is fed back through the electrical system into the power grid.

Fabral says the flexibility and durability of these laminates make them ideal for metal roofs, where expansion, contraction and curving are considerations.  And the panel/laminate bond that is created has been tested and proven to withstand winds up to 160 mph.

The enhanced efficiency, combined with government incentives, tax rebates and renewable energy credits, provides impressive returns on investment. To request a customized ROI analysis or more information, call 800-477-2741 or visit

ABC calls Obama’s order unfair to many workers

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) on February 6 denounced an Executive Order signed by President Obama that repeals Executive Order 13202. Order 13202 prohibited federal agencies and recipients of federal funding from requiring contractors to sign union-only project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of performing work on federal and federally funded construction projects.

“Today’s decision to repeal Executive Order 13202 opens the door to waste and discrimination in federal and federally funded construction contracts,” said ABC President and CEO Kirk Pickerel, in a press release. “This action removes the safeguards that prohibited discrimination based upon union affiliation in the awarding of federal contracts.

“Construction contracts subject to union-only PLAs are designed to be awarded exclusively to unionized contractors and their all-union work forces,” said Pickerel. “Absent the economic benefits of competitive bidding, union-only PLAs are known to increase construction costs between 10 percent and 20 percent and discriminate against minorities, women and qualified construction workers who have traditionally been excluded from union membership.

“Union-only PLAs drive up costs for American taxpayers while unfairly discriminating against 84 percent of U.S. construction workers who choose not to join a labor union,” added Pickerel. “All taxpayers should have the opportunity to compete fairly on any project funded by the federal government.”

A union-only PLA is a contract that requires a federal construction project to be awarded only to contractors and subcontractors that agree to recognize unions as the representatives of their employees on that job; use the union hiring hall to obtain workers; pay union wages and benefits; and obey the union’s restrictive work rules, job classifications and arbitration procedures.

Rockford acquires Amada laser cutter machine

Rockford Toolcraft Inc., a tool and die builder/metal stamper, has acquired an Amada LC-F1NT series laser cutting machine. The 6,000-watt LC4020 flying optic laser cutter provides faster piercing and cutting by using linear drives in all three axes.

It features a 6×12-foot shuttle table with the ability to cut steel up to 1-1/4 inches thick.  The laser also affords precision and cutting quality, with sharp corners over the full thickness range.

Rockford Toolcraft sales manager Doug Kosch says acquiring the laser has positioned Rockford as a fabricator that can address all aspects of heavy-gauge fabrication.

“This laser is one of the largest and most powerful in the Midwest to date,” said Kosch. “Since installing the LC4020, we have already seen the advantages of added capacity and faster, thicker cuts.” Kosch says Rockford plans to expand its staff to keep pace with the production capability of the LC4020.

MBCI announces addition of insulated panel product line

MBCI recently announced the release of Eco-ficient, its new insulated panel product line. MBCI currently has five wall panel offerings available, including the Classic, Grand, Royal, Summit and Vintage profiles.

These five profiles offer a variety of design choices. In addition, panel thicknesses are available in 2-, 2½-, 3- or 4- inch. Insulated roof panels will be available later this year.

Eco-ficient panels provide green building benefits that include high R-value, which increases a building’s energy performance and reduces its energy consumption. As a result, smaller quantities of greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere and energy costs are decreased.

Eco-ficient panels maximize the interior air quality of a building when used with efficient heating and cooling systems. The panels contribute almost three times the R-value of traditional fiberglass insulation per inch. As with all MBCI panels, the interior and exterior panel skins of Eco-ficient are comprised of recycled content and are also recyclable. Eco-ficient panels offer continuous insulation, now a criterion in a number of climate zones as required by the new energy codes, eliminating thermal short circuits.

Since 1976, MBCI has remained an industry-leading manufacturer of metal roof and wall systems. With 16 locations throughout the United States, MBCI manufactures and provides its products for the commercial, industrial, architectural, institutional, residential and agricultural markets. For more information about MBCI and its family of products, visit or call 877-713-6224.

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