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.
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
Since this is my last post of the day I had to find something amusing and genius in the same respect. I believe some of you may say this is just a boneheaded move, but I look at it from the perspective that maybe their boss told them to get the task done and they were creative. At least the boss knows he can count on his workers to get the job done. Anyhow, let me know what you think about this and whether or not you condone such behavior.
So today while I was discussing some ideas with the METALCON team, our receptionist had dropped off a FedEx like the package you see above. I walked in my office and it was sitting on my chair 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.