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School’s bio-engineering building a lesson in green design

The proprietary resins on the exterior of Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) new Bio Engineering Facility help contribute to the building’s green goals. Photo courtesy Integrated Design Solutions’ Kevin S. Marshall and courtesy Valspar

Melding aesthetics with performance was top of mind in the design of Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) new Bio Engineering Facility. Located in the South Academic District in East Lansing, the four-story, 12,077-m2 (130,000-sf) research laboratory building features proprietary resins comprising 70 percent PVDF that meet or exceed AAMA 2605.

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Cool new home for Polk’s penguins

Comprising metal panels, Polk Penguin Conservation Center’s façade mimics the shimmer and color of the Antarctic landscape. Photo courtesy Valspar Corp.

The Detroit Zoo is home to 83 penguins, so it’s only fitting its Polk Penguin Conservation Center resemble Antarctic’s icy landscape. Now open to the public, the facility—which holds more than 1,234,044 L (326,000 gal) of water—welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year as part of the 510-ha (125-acre) zoo.

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Are all zinc coatings created equal?

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Zinc is naturally found in elements such as air, water, and soil as well as in plants, animals, and humans. It is the 27th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust and is infinitely recyclable without the loss of its properties, making it a true renewable resource.

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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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