Category Archives: sustainability

MMM – Sustainable Renovation is Trés Magnifique

A rendering of renovations for the CDER building in Champagne, France, featuring a green double facade. Courtesy of OuyOut/SAT Manager.

Magnificent Metal Monday travels to Champagne, France, where ancient history meets modern sustainability. Instead of tearing down and rebuilding, check out this “green renovation of a midcentury monstrosity.” As featured this week in Redshift by Autodesk, Aurélien Leriche, architect manager of Paris-based firm OuyOut, saw an opportunity to propose a green renovation for CDER, a management and accounting association, when they wanted to expand their offices in Épernay, the capital of Champagne.

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MMM Celebrates Earth Day

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.

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Recycling Makes the Heart Grow

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 article

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What will 2019 look like?

Where’s the crystal ball when you need one? Without crystal balls, tarot cards or other mind-reading methods, we turn to the industry trades to help us “see into the future.”

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Header_nieuwhavenhuis_avondThe 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

Big Win for Solar Energy

pexels-photo-421888.jpegBreaking 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

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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

3D Printing is Scaling Up

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We continue to explore how 3D printing has the potential to “remodel the construction industry.”  As featured in Monday’s blog post, Amsterdam is poised to install the first 3D printed bridge made entirely from steel in 2019.  Structures built with 3D printing are popping up in locations such as Dubai, China, Italy, Russia and El Salvador.  It is also a subject that is appearing with more regularity in construction and technology trades and in mainstream news sources.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal just this month, “3-D printing is scaling up. All over the world, an impressive diversity of people and organizations, ranging from startups and hobbyists to construction and engineering firms, are successfully prototyping 3-D-printed buildings.” Continue reading

Growing your Business with Metal

 

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ATLANTA (October 20, 2014) by Jim Austin – The Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility opened in 2002 as a Fulton County focal point to enrich the minds, bodies and spirits of independent senior citizens. Soon after opening, a leaky roof put a damper on senior activities.  Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays

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With the college football season right around the corner we thought it would be great to feature one of the most picturesque stadiums in the country. Today, we travel to Berkeley, California  Continue reading

Solar Power for Homeowners a Failure

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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

Low Maintenance Home with a Metal Roof

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Tri-Valley Dispatch – Rosie Romero – For years, I’ve talked to homeowners about how to maintain the typical Arizona house. I give out hours and hours of advice on roofing, insulation, air conditioners, painting, termites, cracking stucco walls and more. 
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Do you want to Grow your Business?

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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

Throwback Thursdays

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In honor of Throwback Thursdays we are going to revisit METALCON Atlanta 2011. While these may not actually be real people it still qualifies  Continue reading

Isaiah Industries – Exhibitor Feature

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Today’s exhibitor feature is our Diamond Sponsor, Isaiah Industries, and you can view their e-booth by clicking here. You can also visit their homepage by clicking here. Swing by their booth, 711, while at METALCON to enter their passport contest.

Attend METALCON

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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!

Drexel Metals – Exhibitor Feature

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Our Exhibitor Feature today is Drexel MetalsDrexel Metals provides a full range of superior-quality engineered metal roofing systems, equipment and custom fabrication services for commercial, governmental, industrial, historical and architectural customers worldwide. Check out their online profile by CLICKING HERE.

The Bradbury Co., Inc. – Exhibitor Feature

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To find out more information about The Bradbury Co., Inc. you can click here to go to their website or click here to see their online e-booth profile.

Franklin Manufacturing Inc. – Exhibitor Feature Today

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For today’s exhibitor feature we travel down to the home of the Crimson Tide in Alabama and visit Franklin Manufacturing, Inc. Franklin manufactures a complete line of CNC machines and material handling for pre-engineered structural frame fabrication.  You can view their online profile by clicking here and go to their web page as well by clicking here. Tell them METALCON sent you.

Want to be Cool?

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We’ve posted every day that registration is open and the goal is to reinforce the thinking that you need to register as soon as possible. Think of it this way when you buy your plane tickets to go on vacation   Continue reading

MBCI – Exhibitor Feature

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For today’s exhibitor feature we visit our friends at MBCI. MBCI is the industry leading manufacturer of metal roof wall systems. You can view their profile by clicking here

Drum Roll: FedEx Package Arrives for Me

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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

Register for METALCON

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Registration for METALCON is now open.  You can register by clicking here and I know you are saying didn’t he just talk about this Friday? Yes I did but I wanted to bring it up again obviously. With the early numbers we are seeing  Continue reading

S-5! – Exhibitor Feature Today

 

 

 

 

 

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For today’s exhibitor feature we travel to Colorado to feature S-5! Led by an industry leader, Rob Haddock, S-5!® has revolutionized the industry with his clamp innovation in making metal the most user-friendly roof type on the market today. You can view their profile by clicking here

Friday Fun – Create the Caption

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Look at these geniuses, I mean seriously why even order that type of machinery if you are going to do this. They might as well get some ladders. You know the drill create a funny caption for this image.

Registration is now OPEN!!!

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Registration for METALCON is now open.  You can register by clicking here and it is probably a good idea to do it early. Do you really want to miss the best construction show in the industry? I mean it is specialized to metal construction but it is still the best. Consider  Continue reading

METAL and Hashtags

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It’s Friday so we have a plethora of posts to talk about today, but I want to start with exactly what the title says, METAL and Hashtags. So we know what metal construction is, but  Continue reading

Throwback Thursdays – #TBT

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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

BMW Gets Smashed by a Metal Slab at a Job Site

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Check this photo out, think BMW, yes the car, and a metal slab. You can read all about what happened by clicking here.

Metal Shredding and Recycling in Pilsen

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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