In 2011, a tropical storm completely destroyed the Owego Elementary school building in New York. It reopened last year after a two-year reconstruction project. The new, larger facility sports more durability and sustainability features than its predecessor including insulated metal panels and coated glass.
Back in 2013, Chicago’s historic LondonHouse underwent an extensive renovation. The transformation of this luxury hotel, completed for a grand reopening this past May, included the use of insulated metal panels (IMPs).
In the age of high-thermal-performance building envelopes, there can be many surprises when the designed wall system does not meet the expected performance criteria. Sometimes these ‘misses’ are significant and can severely impact the energy use for a building.
Providing adequate rainwater management and control for air, vapor, and heat flow through the building enclosure is critical to long-term performance and durability. In contemporary wall assemblies with layered materials, the complexity of coordinating these various demands can be overwhelming.