On this Earth Day, Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) turns to our friends at Metal Roofing Alliance to see how metal stacks up against other roofing materials in being environmentally friendly. According to MRA, metal is considered the most environmentally friendly and sustainable roofing material available based on its sustainability, energy savings and value. Metal roofs are 100% recyclable and are made with a minimum of 25% recycled material, depending on the type of metal. Metal roofs can also often be installed over an existing roof, eliminating the environmental impact of disposal.Continue reading
Two Industry Events – One Location – Perfect Timing!
Take advantage of this unique opportunity. Come early for METALCON, attend Retrofit Magazine’s one-day conference, and then stay for 3 jam-packed days of exhibits, top named speakers and networking. Continue reading
The new Port House in Antwerp, Belgium, which opened in 2016, repurposed, renovated and extended a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port – and brought together the port’s staff that previously worked in separate buildings around the city. Renowned architect, Zaha Hadid’s design of the Antwerp Port Authority’s head office puts the Port of Antwerp on the architectural world map. The structure is an amazing story of steel and glass working together to make a future-proof, sustainable architectural phenomenon. Built between 2009 – 2016, the building will also be known as Zaha Hadid’s final project as she died unexpectedly soon after its completion. Continue reading
Breaking News! This week California became the first state to mandate solar panels on new home construction. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, “The California Energy Commission voted unanimously to approve a mandate that residential buildings up to three stories high, including single-family homes and condos, be built with solar installations starting in 2020.” Final approval will be made by the Building Standards Commission later this year. Continue reading
Innovation happens when two metal manufacturing companies team up! When McElroy Metal wanted to add solar panels to its California manufacturing plant, they called on fellow METALCON exhibitor, S-5! to assist. Although their California plant didn’t necessarily need a new roof, after seeing the success they had from installing solar panels to their facility in Peachtree City, GA, McElroy decided it was worth the investment. After almost five years, the energy generated at the McElroy Peachtree City facility surpassed the plant’s energy consumption, saving the company thousands of dollars. McElroy expects to offset their California plant’s electrical usage and show a return on investment in approximately three years. Continue reading
3D printed home by ICON
What if you could download and print a home in 24 hours at half the cost? ICON, an Austin, Texas based 3-D printer construction startup company is doing just that! Mentioned briefly in our previous blog post, ICON has partnered with New Story and People Helping People of El Salvador, two charitable organizations focused on helping some of the world’s poorest people in replacing the sprawling slums with 3D printed homes. ICON has successfully printed its first home and is poised to built an entire community at $4,000 per home with an estimated 12-24 hours to print each home. Executive Director for People Helping People, Lisselot Tronconis, says, “the appeal of 3D printing isn’t aesthetics, but that it can cut the cost, time and labor required to build homes.” Continue reading
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
You heard us right, housing is OPEN! We’ve opened it earlier this year so that you can take advantage of the early bird pricing on the official hotels Continue reading
Read this article this morning and it will certainly impact the metal construction industry. Take a read for yourself and let us know what you think. We are starting to see science and metal construction come closer together than ever. It’s always had that relationship, but it continues to be more complex. Anyhow read the article and let us know what you think.
http://www.zmescience.com by Tibi Puiu – Solar cell technology has improved dramatically over the past couple of year, yet it will be a long time before multi-junction cells – then kind that can reach efficiency well over 40% – will become affordable to small home owners or even large scale installation. New methods are always explored, however, each with its own angle to harnessing solar energy, benefits and disadvantages included. One of the biggest challenges to improving solar cell efficiency is collecting light frequencies that are outside the visible spectrum, and a new technique developed at Caltech makes use of a most interesting physical effect: plasmon resonance on the surface of metal nanoparticles.
For the past few weeks we have been talking quite a bit about the Learning Zones and the great presentations you will have access to on the show floor, but have you considered the Continue reading
So it looks like at the recent Metal Construction Association meeting held in Rosemont, IL June 23-25 there were some preliminary discussions held on regulations and codes in the industry except this time other associations were involved in the panel discussion. Well, isn’t it about time this
Last week I talked about why we do not have metal bricks or blocks and voila this morning I read a story about metal grids being put on hot asphalt that make it look like bricks were used. I find it really coincidental that a week ago Continue reading
Following up from yesterday I felt like the post on the World Cup Trophy could have used a bit more so I decided to do a little research. I found this video on YouTube which discussed the Chemistry of the World Cup Trophy. Take a look at the video, I found it very interesting along with our host’s haircut.
Here is a good Throwback Thursday moment that we dug up from the archives. We have a video of “The Best of METALCON 2011.” Check the video out and see if you can find yourself in the video. To see the video Continue reading
Check this photo out, think BMW, yes the car, and a metal slab. You can read all about what happened by clicking here.
Today’s first news worthy item I read about is happening in Pilsen, IL as we speak. It seems that residents in that community are protesting the building of a metal shredding and recycling facility because Continue reading
Continuing on with another introductory piece of information for all of our new readers, I have found a fantastic Continue reading
I definitely wanted to post this for all of those that may not know enough about structural steel connections. I also thought it was cheesy, I mean look at the Europeans being all tough not wearing their hard hats at the job site. Anyhow, it is a good educational video, enjoy it.
Not sure how many of you have an Instagram account but I came across this story through an unlikely source. I happen to follow Jose Cabaco, who is Nike’s Brand Creative Director for Sportswear, and he had posted some interesting
So earlier this week I had posted a video about welder’ careers and then I ran into this video today. While some of this is not construction related you have to believe that these welding professionals can quickly adapt to any type of industry and job. Take a look at how they started and what they currently do by watching this video. Best line of the video is, “if you want to build something bad enough you have to learn to weld.”
Yes going to try to do another one today and in the spirit of July 4th let’s talk about our friend “ME.” Me was born back in 2013 and has grown up quickly to travel the world. Take a look at the photos through the years Continue reading
The response on the post I did previously has been outstanding so I wanted to include another one. Again these videos are not mine but you can get more information once you get to the YouTube site. These videos are great for our future tradesmen, tradeswomen, and students to watch.
I’ve been thinking about some new features for the blog and will begin using some of the ideas I have come with in the next week. I’d also like to open this up to anyone that Continue reading
Firestone back in 2013 created the Red Shield Metal Wall Systems Certified Contractor Award to recognize the community of certified metal wall systems professionals. Their ultimate goal was to celebrate their successes but there are requirements to Continue reading