MCA takes on three new research projects

August 31, 2015

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is embarking on new research projects focusing on roofing and wall metal panels. “The MCA studies will provide architects, specifiers, and contractors with additional tools, test methods, and information to assist in more effective green, energy efficient, and structurally-sound building designs,” said the group’s technical director, Scott Kriner.

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Introducing the LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® system


The LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® System is a time-saving, cost-effective method for finishing new concrete or capping existing slabs by combining a LEED-contributing, UL GREENGUARD Gold-certified, low-alkali, self-leveling, cement-based technology with a computer-controlled mobile blending unit (i.e. pump truck).

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ABI indicates healthy demand in non-residential projects

August 31, 2015

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the Architecture Billing Index (ABI) is reflecting a sustained demand for design services in nearly all non-residential project types. ABI is a leading economic indicator of construction activity. It reflects the approximate nine-to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

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Specifying aluminum stretch forming

August 28, 2015

Stretch forming is a process in which s metal extrusion is kept under constant tension, while stretched and bent simultaneously over a die to create contoured parts. The variety of shapes and cross-sections that can be stretch-formed is almost unlimited. Window systems, skylights, storefronts, signs, flashings, curtain walls, walkway enclosures, and hand railings can be accurately and precisely formed to the desired shapes.

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The future of roofing insulation

August 14, 2015

When it comes to insulating a facility, insulation addresses two important goals—maintaining a consistent interior temperature and preventing moisture from forming and collecting via condensation.There are several different materials and ways to protect a roof, including fiberglass, rigid board, and insulated metal panels (IMPs). Costs and benefits may vary between the products, but an overall building envelope comparison shows some marked differences.

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Are We Thinking About Daylighting All Wrong?

July 9, 2015

Daylighting is an integral part of architectural design. After all, building occupants want a physical and psychological connection to the outside world. We evolved under sunlight; our Circadian rhythms—governing daily living cycles, influencing our mood, and controlling our sleep patterns—developed in response to a connection to the outdoors. Unfortunately, how many design/construction professionals approach daylighting can be problematic.

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