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Above-Sheathing Ventilation For Metal Roofs

Above-sheathing ventilation for metal roofs provides an air space above the sheathing of a roof deck that offers thermal benefits for stone-coated or standing seam metal roofs and yield energy savings in the summer and winter while also helping to remove unwanted moisture. 

Cool roofs have received much positive trade press where comfort cooling is the dominant building energy load.  In different climates with both heating and cooling loads, the wintertime effect reduces the energy benefit because the desirable roof heat gain in winter is diminished by the higher solar reflectance of the roof.  The Achilles heel of all cool roof systems continues to be the heating penalty that offsets the energy and cost savings associated with the cooling benefit of the reflective roof system.  A cool metal roof can save a home owner up to 25% in cooling energy costs compared to a dark-gray asphalt shingle.

A clear, couldless summer day was chosen to show the separate and combined effects of high solar reflectance and above-sheathing ventilation as compared to the asphalt shingle roof.  Venting the underside of the dark gray stone-coated metal shake caused significant reductions in the heat flow crossing the deck during solar noon.  The dark-gray stone-coated metal shake and the ashphalt shingle have almost identical reflectance and emittance characteristics, yet the heat flow crossing the roof deck of the dark-gray is just 70% of the heat flow crossing the roof deck of the asphalt control shingle.  The 30% reduction in heat flow is due to above-sheathing ventilation.  A  45% reduction in heat flow can occur from both above-sheathing ventilation and increased solar reflectance. 


Copper & Green Building

Green Building first originated as an initiative focused on increasing the efficiency of buildings and their use of energy, natural resources and materials.  A key element of green building are sustainable materials.  They must be durable and long lasting.  Copper, brass and bronze can last for a hundred years or more when used for exterior applications, even in harsh environments.  Also, copper and its alloys are 100% recyclable. 

Sustainability takes into account that, with the exception of solar and wind-based energies natural resources are finite materials.  Because there is a limited amount of copper available to be mined and used, it is estimated that only a fraction of all known mineral reserves have been mined.  With all this copper still available, copper has such a high level of recyclability, and can be considered a “renewable finite material”. 

It is important to consider the many benefits of copper, brass and bronze when specifying materials for construction and remodeling projects.  Combining aesthetic beauty, light weight, strength, durability, ease of installation, and an inherent suitability for green and sustainable building, copper is one material builders and architects can always count on.

For more information on copper, brass, and bronze please contact: Copper Development Association, Phone: (212) 251-7200  Website:


A Metal Horse and Equestrian Barn – Ten reasons why you need one!

Metal Horse and Equestrian barn sales are on the rise. That’s because a metal building is the perfect choice. They are sturdy, they are fire-resistant and an animal can’t kick its way through and injure themselves with splinters or worse.  A metal building is the ideal shelter: extremely durable, sanitary, and all at a can’t be beat, economical price.  Best yet, your animals won’t be chewing on the walls!

Top Ten reasons you need a metal building to house your living investment!

10.              Strong warranty. Guaranteed

9.                 Lower insurance premiums

8.                 Long lasting, durable, strong, and extreme weather resistance

7.                 Substantially lower construction costs

6.                 Modern designs with attractive finishes that easily blend with surroundings  

7.                 Virtually maintenance free

4.                 Easily expandable when necessary

3.                 Short construction period

2.                 Environmentally friendly, responsibly green

and the number one reason to choose a metal building to house your horses, or cattle, or livestock, or hay…

1.                 Energy efficiency and green materials

Before you make the call to order your economical metal building, do a walkabout ant decide just where your metal building should be located. A metal shop specialist can help you with that. On the practical side ensure that you stake out the perfect spot for your metal building. Look for high ground with natural drainage, or ground suitable for artificial drainage to encourage runoff. Your environmentally friendly, green metal building will efficiently and safely house your precious livestock, horses, or hay for many, many years to come.

Why you need a Pre-fabricated Metal Building

If you’re thinking of a new construction project and looking at different building materials – think steel! Adding a pre-fabricated metal building to your property not only ups your property value, but you have the added bonus of a very smart investment in one of the most reliable and longest-lasting green buildings on the market today.

Your high quality pre-fabricated metal building can easily match the design of any existing building on your site. With the great accessories available today, such as glass, masonry and wood, skylights…you are able to customize to your hearts content.

Need more convincing? Here are just some of the many reasons that you should seriously look at pre-fabricated metal buildings for your new garage, existing building add-on, boat house, horse barn…the list goes on and on, as do the benefits:

Top 7 Reasons to look at owning a pre-fabricated metal building

1. Lowered Costs

2. Extra Long warranties and building life

3. High weather resistance

4. Pre fabricated cut steel components

5. Great accessories and add-on options

6. Energy Efficient and sustainable green options

7. Fast and Easy Construction

Planning your Prefabricate steel building Metal building contractors will build your project, but there are a number of things to consider before making the call, such as

  • Zoning approval
  • Permits
  • Space requirements
  • Building size and dimensions
  • Foundation
  • Plumbing, mechanical, and electricity requirements
  • Appearance
  • Insulation and roofing
  • Ventilation

Once you have a few of the above decisions made, then you are ready to make your call to the Pre-fabricated metal building experts to help you with your order and the rest of the planning details.

Careful planning and a good contractor will ensure that you enjoy your pre-fabricated metal building for years to come.

Why not make your own solar panels for your steel building?

Now here’s something really cool! Have you ever wanted to build your own solar panels? I know I have, and in looking into it I’ve found it’s easier than I thought it would be. And I can save up to 80% on my utility bill for my green steel building. And I have to say, in today’s economy – in any economy –  I am happy to find any way to save money, but to do so while going green is a huge added bonus. I am of the opinion that if I add this great feature to my renewable steel building with its unique cool roof option, I will be going a long way to increasing my revenues, while adding yet another impressive feature to wow my mini-storage clients.
Micheal Harvey, at Earth4Energy has stated, “What if I told you that you can build your own solar panel or windmill for $200 or less!? It’s true!…”  
I say, “Sign me up!”
The best part about building my own solar power is that I can do it myself – and in just a couple of weekends.  So not only do I have a fun project to work on, I also will:
– Save money every month
– Do my part for the environment
– Create my own renewable power
– Create a professional looking, impressive solar panel system
– Create a professional quality windmill (maybe I’ll create a few and make a nice profit for myself while I’m at it!)
Now, I don’t know the first thing about making solar panels or generating wind power, but apparently, that doesn’t matter and I am sure willing to learn. I mean, even I can watch the videos, follow easy instructions and clear illustrations. The next best part will be flicking the switch and watching as I generate enough electricity to power my steel buildings lights and appliances.

Laying a Concrete Pad for your Steel Building kit

So you’ve received your steel building kit, or it’s on its way. Congratulations! So…have you readied your buildings foundation yet? No? Not to worry. Luckily, you can ready your concrete base in just one quick weekend and here’s how.

Step 1

Decide on a flat location for your building. You can check the ground is flat enough by using a string line as a level. Just tie the string between two stakes and stretch it out. Flatten the ground where necessary to ensure the string is the same height above the ground.

Step 2

Hammer a stake into the ground one corner and then hammer a nail 3.5 inches above the ground. Tie a string to it and measure out the length of your steel building kit. Stretch the measured string to the opposite side, and insert a stake. Do the same for the other two corners with stakes.

Step 3

Dig down 3.5 inches to create the sunken bottom surface in the entire marked off area.

Step 4

Plant a post in each corner and create a frame by placing a 2x4s along the sides and, after ensuring they’re level, nail to the posts. Pack the area behind the 2x4s with dirt to keep poured concrete from pushing the 2x4s away from the posts.

Step 5

Roll mesh out on the bottom of the sunken area, cutting it 3 inches from the sides of the sunken bottom area. Overlap each mesh sheet and twist the edges together then flip the entire sheet over so it doesn’t curl up.

Step 6

Fill the form with concrete using a wet rake to spread the concrete. Work fast and remove any air pockets by tapping the top of the concrete and the 2x4s to settle.

Step 7

Wait overnight for the concrete to dry and then remove the 2x4s leaving the raised concrete pad. Fill in the area around the pad with dirt making the surrounding dirt level with your concrete slab.

That simply you’re done! And now you and your friends get to continue the fun and erect your brand spanking new steel building.

Green Building Inside and Out

cork flooring So your green building construction has gone well and you plan to keep your green theme going while you complete the interior of your project. Why not start from the ground up? Here are some great green flooring tips courtesy of National Geographic’s Green Guide.

1. Materials: To be labeled green, flooring products must have minimal impact on the environment and your health, and not contain formaldehyde emitting stains or adhesives. Some great examples of green materials are :

        – Bamboo

        – Cork

        – Concrete

        – Forest Stewardship Council Certified Hardwood, Softwood, Laminates and Reclaimed/Salvaged Lumber

       – Linoleum

       – Recycled Tile and Stone

2. Sealants, Stains and Polishes: Whatever you chose, you will first need to seal your new floor, and then either stain or polish it. Whether sealing or staining, make sure you choose low-VOC, non-formaldehyde sealants and stains made from natural pigments. Later, when polishing your new floor, look for hardwax and natural oil polishes. The National Geographic site lists several approved products in their Wood Finishes Buying Guide.

3. Grouts and Glues: Whether using sealants with grout for tile, or glues for laminates or linoleum, its just as important to look for low VOC, non-toxic products.

Follow the above tips, and your new green building will be as beautiful inside as it is outside!


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