5 Emerging Renewable Energy Sources to Watch For

Renewable energy has long sat like a mirage on the horizon, urging us all to follow the idea, but then moving just out of reach. It sounds wonderful – energy for living generated from clean, sustainable sources tapped by innovative technology. While lots of renewable ideas work in the laboratory, it has been harder to replicate them efficiently on a large scale. Are we starting to turn a corner, though? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a full 10 percent of energy consumed is now provided by renewable sources, as of 2015. That is a significant amount. Let’s look at the emerging sources that are driving that number.  Continue reading

Check out this 3D-printed, vehicle-powered house: METALCON demo

This thing is crazy.

METALCON has a damn good name. It also had some damn good demos at the Baltimore Convention Center this week.

The event was a major gathering for construction pros looking for new ideas. The exhibit hall had lots of tools, and demos about the latest ways to build. To kick off the conference, however, Roderick Jackson challenged attendees to think bigger.

“We literally build buildings the same way we’ve built them for centuries,” said Jackson, who heads up the Building Envelope Systems Research Group at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Instead of the latest tools, Jackson brought a whole house to the convention. Called the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE), it’s a prototype of a home that shares energy between the house itself and a hybrid car.

Roderick Jackson inside AMIE. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Being a DOE project, one problem it’s solving is the fact that buildings use lots of energy. AMIE points toward energy usage that doesn’t have to rely completely on a grid. Power from solar panels and the electric vehicle batteries flows back and forth through a wireless system developed at national lab. The vehicle has a natural gas generator that produces power for the home.

There’s also lots of new approaches in the construction. The building was entirely 3D printed (on the world’s largest 3D printer). That makes a zero-waste construction process. It’s made of polymer, but Jackson said it’s designed to get folks thinking about what materials available to them can be used. Inside, the wall cavity was reduced from 8 inches to 1 inch to make room for next-generation insulation. The one-room design is simple, complete with Murphy bed. But that’s also a canvas to create.

AMIE's windows. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

The speed of the project also marked a big change, process-wise. Jackson said the project was completed in nine months. That’s fast for government, but the level of change points to government’s strengths in taking on the risk.

“The role of government is to take on the risk the private sector wouldn’t take on,” he said. “Now industry can take what we did and move it forward.”

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Corporates were already involved in the prototype phase. Jackson’s team got partners like Alcoa, Clayton Homes, GE Appliances, Tru-Design and NanoPore. They were excited about doing something that wasn’t only new, but also big.

“The biggest thing that I learned from this is people don’t get excited about incremental,” he said. Rather, partners and others really gathered around an idea “when you start throwing stuff out there that’s moonshot-type ideas.”

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 Learn and Earn AIA/CES credits from PPG at METALCON

Do you know the differences between PVDF and FEVE fluoropolymer coatings? How about the different types of application methods for powder and liquid coatings, or how pigments can affect the durability, performance and aesthetics of a metal coating? 

Find answers to those questions and more by attending High-Performance Fluoropolymer Coatings, an AIA/CES Registered Program being offered at PPG booth #2407, Friday morning from 10:40 to 11:40 a.m. 

 Presented by Scott Moffatt, market manager for PPG and a 38-year veteran of the coatings industry, High-Performance Fluoropolymer Coatings will cover fluoropolymer coatings and their intended uses; pigment types and product options; long-term UV durability; IR-reflective polymers and industry-standard performance specifications by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA).

 Visit PPG to learn and earn at METALCON 2016!

Industrial storage in the city.

Visit Us on DURAFORM® Coatings Day

Ready to learn about the latest advance in polyester coatings for metal building products? If so, PPG invites you to Duraform Coatings Day at METALCON on Friday, October 28. Pick up a Duraform coatings-branded giveaway and discover how our proprietary polyester polymer enhances form- flexibility and makes building products more resistant to color fading, chalking, dirt build-up and stains. Celebrate the last day of METALCON with us and help your products look better and last longer, too. See you at the show!

Valspar Introduces Fluropon® Extreme

Formulated to maintain a smooth finish from application to installation, Fluropon Extreme is the newest addition to Valspar’s 70 percent PVDF Fluropon coating line. A smooth, hard coating, Fluropon Extreme is the most durable product Valspar offers within the architectural coil coating market. Tested to withstand the repetitive sliding and surface-on-surface friction that panels are subjected to when they are fabricated, shipped and installed, Fluropon Extreme offers resistance to abrasion and marring while maintaining the smooth finish that Fluropon customers expect.   

“Based on feedback from our customers, we know they are looking for a coating solution that can withstand the inevitable wear and tear that occurs in the field with painted metal building panels and components,” said Jeff Alexander, VP of Sales at Valspar. “With that goal in mind, we are excited to deliver Fluropon Extreme. From roll forming to transportation to installation, Fluropon Extreme resists etching and abrasions to maintain the gloss and smoothness found in our other Fluropon products.”


After years of formulating and research, Valspar has created a coating proven to withstand the toughest projects. Using the basics of Tribology, or the study of wear, Valspar was able to evaluate the relative difference in the wear resistance characteristics of a standard PVDF coating against the new Fluropon Extreme. Typically, coating manufactures use the nickel or pencil test to analyze the level of damage the product can resist. However, results vary based on who is conducting the trial. Valspar took the assessment for Fluropon Extreme one step further, implementing a damage-resistance test using a Micro Scratch Tester instrument. Through a series of rigged field tested customer trials, confirmed that in the face of a high pressure damage event, Fluropon Extreme performs significantly better than the standard PVDF product.


The first of its kind, this new innovation offers customers a durable coating that will maintained its pristine smooth finish. Designed to withstand the bending endured during the fabrication, Fluropon Extreme also maintains the unique benefits offered by the original coating line. Outstanding color retention and adhesion add to the strong performance of this coating. Customers will notice its strength as it protects against the inevitable wear and tear that occurs at the plant, on the dock, road and job site.


For more information on Valspar architectural coil coatings, visit valsparcoilextrusion.com.


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Durastar ULTRA-Cool Coatings Day

Chill Out on DURASTAR® ULTRA-COOL® Coatings DayDurastar ULTRA-Cool coatings help buildings save energy by reflecting solar heat. We’ll help you save energy by creating a cool place to chill out at METALCON. Visit PPG booth #2407 on Thursday, October 27 starting at 3 p.m. as we celebrate Durastar ULTRA-Cool Coatings Day and Oktoberfest Around the World. You’ll get a specially themed giveaway as our thanks, plus the chance to learn more about exclusive PPG technology that gives you the freedom to design more colorful, more sustainable buildings. We’ll be serving cool drinks and appetizers, too. Please join us on Thursday afternoon!

Come Celebrate New Tech Machinery’s 25th Anniversary at METALCON.


Come Celebrate …
New Tech Machinery’s 25th Anniversary
on Wednesday, October 26th at 2:00 pm at
METALCON – Booth 2009.  Continue reading

You’re In for a Surprise at DURANAR® Coatings Day


Duranar coatings by PPG have been popular with architects for nearly 50 years. That’s no surprise. But there will be a surprise at Duranar Coatings Day at METALCON. Continue reading

Visit PPG for Oktoberfest Around the World Booth 2407


Stop by PPG’s METALCON booth 2407 at 3 o’clock on Thursday during show week and we’ll set you up with more than Continue reading



Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto officially inaugurated the Great Monument commemorating the centennial of the Mexican Army in a recent ceremony at Campo Marte in Mexico City.  The monument integrates two dramatic elements that symbolize the strength of the Mexican Army and the work of the Armed Forces over 100 years.  Continue reading

Atlas President Ridenour Will Retire After 32 Years


ASHLAND, Ohio – Randy Ridenour, President of Atlas Bolt & Screw Company LLC, has decided to retire at the end of 2016 after 32 years with the company. Ridenour joined Atlas in 1984 as Central Region Branch Manager and held positions of increasing responsibility leading to his promotion to President in November 2009. Join Atlas in celebrating Mr. Ridenour’s retirement in their booth 2224 on Thursday at 2:00pm (food and beverages). Continue reading

Akzo Nobel Honored to be a Title Sponsor at METALCON 2016



AkzoNobel cordially invites you to visit us at Booth 2331, where you can learn about the products that have made us a leader in coil coatings for over 50 years. Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays


Another Monday, another Magnificent Metal Monday for you to start your morning off. Today we don’t go very far from our office and travel about 8 or 9 miles to the Boston waterfront. The structure today is the ICA  Continue reading

Battle Stars over Baltimore Metal Roofing Games at METALCON


Newton, Mass., Oct. 6, 2016—METALCON announces plans for the Metal Construction Association’s (MCA) metal roofing championship games to take place during its show on Oct. 26 and 27 at the Baltimore Convention Center.  Continue reading

14 Must Do’s at METALCON 2016 in Baltimore


METALCON 2016 in Baltimore is about 3 weeks away and we are extremely excited to see many of you again. I want to remind you that if you have any co-workers, colleagues, friends, or industry followers that wish to attend send them the link on our twitter account for exhibit hall entry at no charge. So let’s get this blog post started already. I am going to give you a list of the top events, things to see, things to participate in at METALCON 2016, see below: Continue reading

GreenZone Education Center Delivers Sustainable Design for Compton Youth


The GreenZone project at Building Design + Construction’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo has set an industry-leading example since its inception in 2008 for educating communities on the importance of going green and showcasing sustainable building through charitable work. In 2016, the project continued its mission by partnering with Compton YouthBuild (CYB) to plan the design and construction for their new education center.    Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays

OrienteFor today’s feature we travel to Europe, specifically to the Iberian Peninsula. In all actuality to one of the oldest countries in Europe that is always overlooked for travel because of their neighbors. Welcome to  Continue reading

3D, Drones, Awards, and Games Part of 2016 METALCON Plans

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3-D technology, drones, inaugural awards, and metal roofing championship games are just some of the programs under preparation for this year’s METALCON. The event, sponsored by the Metal Construction Association, is slated for October 26-28 in Baltimore. Here is a brief rundown of some special activities recently advertised by MCA:  Continue reading

Samco Machinery to Exhibit at METALCON

Magnificent Metal Mondays


Another Monday means another Magnificent Metal Building feature. Today, we go to Manhattan and specifically to the West Chelsea district.  HL23 as it is called is a 14-story, 42,395-sf ultra-luxury residential building. In total, the project creates 11 condominium units, Continue reading

METALCON Will You be There? Complimentary Link


It’s Tuesday and some of the blog and twitter followers have been registering for METALCON which is great. Some of you have once again been procrastinating, why? What have you been doing? It is impossible to be too busy for METALCON. So as a reward I will give you a special link that gets you free entry to the show.  Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays


Another episode of Magnificent Metal Mondays is upon us and today we travel to Chicago, IL. Yes you guessed it the Sears Tower, umm I mean the Willis Continue reading

Monumental Museum Features Fluropon® To Highlight Heritage & High-Esteem

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture Architectural Photrography

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture Architectural Photrography

When President Obama gives the groundbreaking speech for a new project, it’s bound to be an important building. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is located on Constitution Avenue, adjacent to the National Museum of American History and the Washington Monument, and is slated to open on September 24, 2016. Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays


It is time for another edition of Magnificent Metal Mondays. To promote this activity we encourage you to use the hashtag #magnificentmetalmondays and tweet us @METALCONwith your contributions. For today’s feature we travel to Continue reading

Large-scale Interactive 3-D Printing Technology Demo at METALCON


Newton, Mass., Sept. 6, 2016—The largest international event for the metal construction industry showcases a 3-D printing technology project developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and industry partners at METALCON’s annual tradeshow and conference on October 26 at the Baltimore Convention Center.  Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays


Another Magnificent Metal Mondays is upon us. Today we travel to Wembley Park, in London, England to visit the magical Wembley Stadium. The stadium opened Continue reading

Preventative maintenance on roll formers saves money, time Protect your investment – and business – by making time for maintenance


By Jaswinder Bhatti, Vice President of Applications Engineering & Global Operations, Samco Machinery 

TORONTO, August 23, 2016 – Every investment is worth protecting. When you invest in machinery or equipment that is the lifeblood of your operation, investing time and money in preventative maintenance should be a top priority. Continue reading

Custom Color Coatings from Valspar Culminate in Iconic Façade for New T-Mobile Arena


Las Vegas is unlike any other city in America. A popular destination for concertgoers, poker players, and bachelor parties alike, the sheer scale of entertainment and attraction is unparalleled, especially along the Vegas Strip. Continue reading