Metal Architecture at METALCONLive! is kicking off a new series of webinars aimed at showcasing projects that illustrate the beauty, durability, efficiency, and sustainability of metal. The first live session is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 13 at 1:00 EST and will explore Civitas and the role of metal in meeting a zero carbon world by guest speaker and renowned architect, Barry Yoakum. So what is Civitas? According to its creator and owner, Mr. Yoakum explains, “Civitas is poised to become the first certified zero energy/zero carbon single-family home in the Americas. Positioned overlooking the Mississippi River, the project involves its site fully, connecting interior and exterior and private property with community space. It is a case study house that focuses on balancing the challenges of cultural norms, climatic concerns, resiliency, and adaptability.”Continue reading
ConstructConnect‘s Top 5 Coolest Buildings of 2020
Despite the pandemic, construction carried on and the “top lists” of this year’s architectural marvels are rolling in. ConstructConnect‘s criteria for inclusion on their list boiled down to the following items: The building had to have been substantially completed, topped out, or opened within the calendar year and had to have some aspect that makes the building “cool.” What does this mean? In their terms, it can range from the architecture, sustainability elements, unique construction methods, technology, building materials used, cultural impact, or some combination of these elements. This year, “cool” appears equivalent to “sustainability” along with an “eye on the future.”Continue reading
Glass sculpture artist Jason Mack, along with four assistants, has found a way to spread holiday cheer and build community spirit despite the challenges 2020 has brought to so many. They are building a tree made entirely from steel and recycled glass on a lot in Champaign, Illinois. The tree will measure 31 feet in height with a circumference of 52 feet at the base and weigh in at approximately two tons, which will beat the current world record held by a 27.5-foot glass tree in Italy. The tree is comprised of glass donated by the community, then melted down at 2,300 degrees in a mobile smelt then poured onto a spinning metal frame to form the tree’s branches and needles.Continue reading
One World Trade Center (also known One WTC or Freedom Tower) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Now touted as the tallest building in the United States, One WTC is also now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the 7th tallest building in the world. To pay homage to the original World Trade Center destroyed in the terrorist attaks of September 11, 2001, the skycraper has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center.Continue reading
The pandemic crisis forced thousands around the world to leave their offices and work from home. Needless to say, this has not been an easy adjustment given the distractions found at home — kids, pets, rowdy roommates, limited space and more. There is a SOLUTION – a prefabricated backyard office or “studio shed!” These are amazing! Keep reading to learn more.Continue reading
Featured in the November 22 issue of Metal Construction News, “MRA (Metal Roofing Alliance) Predicts Metal Roofing Trends for 2020.” According to the MRA, “metal roofing is an idea whose time has finally come.” They focused on the top five style and performance trends in the U.S. and Canada:
Show of Strength – Toughening up the home’s exterior to be better prepared for extreme climate changes. “Delicate detailing is out, while the use of heartier exterior features that offer an almost fortress-like feel and are meant to show off a home’s rugged resiliency are more popular than ever.” Metal roofs designed to mimic slate are especially on trend, helping homes achieve a substantial, natural look while delivering serious, low-maintenance and reliable performance.Continue reading
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
FF Journal’s March issue brings us an in-depth look at how structural steel is at the core of eco-friendly building projects. The structural steel market is poised to play a significant role in adopting a new project delivery model. The article examines how changing the traditional steel supply chain model would help advance the industry into a more efficient and greener one.Continue reading
A recent article in Metropolis Magazine asks, “When a building comes down, where do its materials go?” Recycling five essential materials—steel, concrete, drywall, glass, flooring—turns up different challenges, but architects can be part of the solution. As the environmental crisis worsens, we must ask: Can we reduce our demand on new resources? The articleContinue 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.”
3D printing, construction and the Millennials, yes we’ve grouped all three together for a reason. We’ve touched a bit on how 3D printing will change the construction industry for the better. Yes I said it for the better; I look at it as a huge opportunity for both manufacturers and the people out in the field. Now how does the millennial generation fit into the equation? Continue reading
Another episode of Magnificent Metal Mondays is upon us and today we travel to Lubbock, Texas. Yes you guessed it The Steel House designed by steel sculptor Robert Bruno. Continue reading
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
January 26 – By Lauren K. Terry – Creativity has become so intertwined with the definition of exceptional leaders that an entire industry has emerged to help leaders find their creative abilities. There is a Center for Creative Leadership, a Creative Leadership Group, a Creative Leadership Program, Continue reading
We haven’t talked much about solar roofs on the blog so why not start now. Anyhow, last night while glancing through Facebook, this advertisement popped up in the news feed. It got my attention so much that I had to take a screen shot of Continue reading
Interesting topic for a Friday right? Well, it can certainly be controversial as well as gratifying, depending of course if you and your company are doing your part Continue reading
Did you realize that registration is now open for METALCON? Well, today is your lucky day if you didn’t realize it. Most of you know that this is the world’s leading metal construction trade show and the most important people in the industry will be there, so to take advantage of the early bird discounts click on REGISTER NOW!
Today’s edition of the exhibitor feature is Englert. They are one of the nation’s leading producers of ultra cool roofing, wall panel and rainware products. Englert is also involved in solar photovoltaic and thermal roofing technologies. Another unique technology they have developed is rainwater harvesting systems for the commercial and residential markets. To view their online profile click here. You’ll also want to check out an outstanding piece that Mitch Gaber wrote on hurricanes and mega-storms in the Northeast and how building codes might need to be changed. You can view the article by clicking here.