Planning Solar-ready Roof: Advantages with standing seam metal assemblies

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Last year, the California Energy Commission introduced new energy-efficient standards for all newly built residential and commercial structures. Essentially, ‘solar-ready roofs’ will be required on all new construction. While home and building owners are not required to install solar panels at the time of construction, their roofs must be prepared if they choose to install them in the future.

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Lightning Protection and the Building Envelope

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Global warming could increase lightning strikes by 50 percent, according to recently published climatological research. The distribution of lightning activity may also change, raising the occurrence of lightning in regions that heretofore had little risk.1 At the same time, the need for lightning protection becomes more urgent as buildings are filled with increasingly sensitive electronic devices.

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Getting it Right the First Time: Addressing heat and light problems with glazing

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Customers often call design teams regarding problems concerning too much light and/or too much heat coming into a building and making the space practically unusable. Frequently, it is not that the existing glass had poor performance, but rather the issue is the original design concept did not combine the glazing with other design elements to adequately address the sun management challenge the exterior environment presents.

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