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Thanks for visiting DesignandBuildwithMetal.com’s Technical Articles section. Here you’ll find complete articles - as well as links to articles and reports - addressing technical issues that affect the metal construction and design communities. These articles were created by industry trade associations, organizations comprised of manufacturers and suppliers of metal construction products or systems, and by independent research entities.

At DesignandBuildwithMetal.com the primary focus of our coverage of the metal construction industry is the U.S. and Canadian markets. We also cover companies operating internationally, but generally only if they’ve made inroads into the North American market as well.

When exploring technical issues, there are broad themes that apply to metal construction products and systems in general, along with specific advantages that concern a particular type of product. With that in mind, we’ve categorized the articles and items of this section based on both product segment and topic.

In addition to being categorized below, all of the articles within this section are listed in descending order from newest to oldest in the box at the left. Mouse over the articles to see the complete name and the date added.

 

 METAL ROOFING

 Energy Efficiency


Analysis of Metal Roofing Compliance Options for California’s Title 24 Energy Standard - Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

Cool Metal Roofing and the California Energy Code - Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

Cool Roof Rating Council Rated Roof Products Information - Cool Roof Rating Council

Energy Star Qualified Roof Products Information - Energy Star

Everything You Need to Know About Cool Roofing - Cool Roof Rating Council

ORNL Study: Thermal Emittance Assessment for Cool Metal Roofs With Relation to the California Energy Code - Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

Scoring LEED Points With Cool Metal Roofing - Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

The Effects of Infrared-Blocking Pigments and Deck Venting on the Energy Performance of Stone-Coated Metal Roofs - Metal Construction Association

Three-Year Performance Study Proves Long-Term Energy Efficiency of Painted and Unpainted Metal Roofs - Cool Metal Roofing Coalition 

 

 Longevity


Buying Time By Conducting A Thorough Roof Inspection - Garland Co. Inc.

Field Study: Condition of Galvalume-Coated Steel Roofs After More Than 25 Years in Service - ZAC Association
 

 

 Performance


Condensation Control For Metal Roofs: Cyclic Corrosion Testing Of The Condenstop Product - Condenstop 

Controlling Condensation in Steep Slope Metal Roofing Systems - Metal Construction Association

Lightning and Metal Roofing - Metal Construction Association

Lightning Protection Basics - East Coast Lightning Equipment

Lightning Protection In The 'Green Building' Era - East Coast Lightning Equipment and Loehr Lightning Protection

Making Sure Your Roof Is Prepared For The Worst - Garland Co. Inc.

Metal Roofing and Lightning - ATAS International

Painted Metal Roofs are Energy Efficient, Durable and Sustainable - Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

RICOWI Report - Hailstorm Investigation - Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 2011 - Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues Inc.

• RICOWI Report - Hurricane Ike Wind Investigation Report - Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues Inc.

RICOWI Report – Performance of Roof Systems and Assemblies During Hurricanes Charley and Ivan - Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues Inc.

RICOWI Report – Performance of Roof Systems and Assemblies During Hurricane Katrina - Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues Inc.
 
RICOWI Report – Performance of Roof Systems and Assemblies During the 2004 Oklahoma City Hailstorm - Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues Inc.

Sound Emission of Metal Roofing - ATAS International

Wind Uplift - ATAS International

Think Zinc For Metal Roofs And Walls - Garland Industries

Warranties Are Not Guarantees Of Successful Roofs - Garland Co. Inc.
 

 

 Safety

 
Code Requirements and Fire Stopping for Deck-Vented, Stone-Coated Metal Roofs - Metal Construction Association
 

 

 Aesthetics


Oil Canning - Metal Construction Association
 

 

 Handling & Installation


Galvalume Steel Roofing: Good Practices Guide - ZAC Association

Metal Roof and Wall Panel Components in Contact with Treated Lumber - Metal Construction Association

Preventing Jobsite Storage Corrosion of Prepainted Building Panels - National Coil Coating Association

Proper Attic Ventilation and the Benefits of Metal Roofing to Ventilation - ATAS International

Proper Installation Techniques for Roofing in High Wind Regions - ATAS International

Standard Practices for Stainless Steel Roofing, Flashings and Coping - Stainless Steel Industry Of North America

• Verifying The Quality Of Your Roof Investment - Garland Company, Inc.

 

 Maintenance


Field-Applied Recoating of Metal Roofing - Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association

• How To Choose A Roof Asset Management Tool - Garland Company, Inc.


Metal Roof Coating Maintenance - Metal Construction Association

Metal Panel Field Repainting - Metal Construction Association

Overview of White Roof Coatings and Their Application - Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association

Repair Painting of Prepainted Metallic-Coated Steel Sheet - GalvInfo Center

Roofing: Out Of Sight, Not Out Of Mind - Garland Company, Inc.


Spray Polyurethane Foam Systems for New and Remedial Roofing - Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

 

 Life Cycle Assessment


• Life Cycle Assessment Of MCA Production Processes, Metal Roof & Wall Panel Products - Metal Construction Association

 

 Reroofing


A, B, C & Ds Of Retrofit Roof Design - Roof Hugger


Alternative Framing for Reroofing Over Metal Panels - Roof Hugger

Sustainable Retrofit Metal Roofing For U.S. Schools - Metal Construction Association

 

 METAL WALLS

 General


Transpired Solar Collector Walls - ATAS International


Metal Roof and Wall Panel Components in Contact with Preservative Treated Lumber - Metal Construction Association

Repair Painting of Prepainted Metallic-Coated Steel Sheet - GalvInfo Center

Environmental Product Declaration for Insulated Metal Panels - Metal Construction Association

Understanding the Rainscreen Principle - Metal Construction Association

Metal Panel Field Repainting - Metal Construction Association

Structural Loading of Factory-Engineered Insulated Panels - Metal Construction Association

Insulating Values for Factory-Engineered Insulated Panels - Metal Construction Association

Preventing Jobsite Storage Corrosion of Prepainted Building Panels - National Coil Coating Association

Thermal And Moisture Control In Metal Panels - Garland Company, Inc.

Think Zinc For Metal Roofs And Walls - Garland Industries

Understanding Rainscreen Design - Garland Company, Inc.

Life Cycle Assessment Of MCA Production Processes, Metal Roof & Wall Panel Products - Metal Construction Association

 

 METAL BUILDING SYSTEMS

 General


• 2010 Energy Design Guide For Metal Buildings - Metal Building Manufacturers Association

• 2010 Supplement To The 2006 MBMA Metal Building Systems Manual - Metal Building Manufacturers Association

Condensation in Metal Buildings - Building Outlet Corp.


Acoustical Performance of Metal Building Insulation - North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

ASHRAE 90.1 Insulation Compliance for Metal Buildings - North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Reflective Insulation, Radiant Barriers and Interior Radiant Control Coatings for Use in Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings - Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International

Energy Codes and Their Impact on Metal Buildings - Metal Building Manufacturers Association

Guideline for Insulating Metal Buildings with Spray-Applied Polyurethane Foam - Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

Moisture and Fiber Glass Metal Building Insulation - North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Recommendations for Installing Fiber Glass Insulation in Metal Buildings - North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Seismic Design and Performance of Metal Buildings - Metal Building Manufacturers Association

Using Reflective Insulation in Pre-engineered Metal Building Systems - Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International

What Builders Should Know About California’s Title 24 Energy Code - Metal Building Manufacturers Associaton

Retrofitting Metal Buildings With New Or Additional Insulation - Metal Building Insulation 

Choosing the Correct Facing for Your Fiberglass Insulation - Metal Building Insulation 

Welding Issues For Seismic Design Requirements Of Metal Building Systems - Metal Building Manufacturers Association

 

 Proprietary Metal Building Info


Load Cases For Metal Buildings In Lieu Of Load Calculations - Nucor Building Systems


Roof Snow And Building Exposure - Nucor Building Systems

Order Type And Drawings For Metal Buildings - Nucor Building Systems

Framed Openings In Metal Buildings - Nucor Building Systems

Supporting Masonry Walls On Metal Building Framing Nucor Building Systems

Wall Joists vs. Spandrel Beams - Nucor Building Systems

Flange Bracing For Masonry Or Tilt-Up Walls - Nucor Building Systems

Rotation Of Post-And-Beam Corner Columns In Metal Buildings - Nucor Building Systems

Metal Building Contractor Frequently Asked Questions - Nucor Building Systems

Collateral Loads For Metal Buildings - Nucor Building Systems

Roof Live Load: Reducible Or Not? - Nucor Building Systems

Longitudinal Bracing Systems For Metal Building Sidewalls - Nucor Building Systems

Partial Height vs. Full Height Portals - Nucor Building Systems

Mezzanine Loading For Metal Buildings - Nucor Building Systems

Cost Savings Of Enclosed vs. Open Buildings - Nucor Building Systems

Importance Of Existing Information Regarding Metal Buildings - Nucor Building Systems

Required Loads And Codes Specifications For Metal Buildings - Nucor Building Systems

Which Girt Offset Should Be Used? - Nucor Building Systems

Most Economical Bay Spacing For Metal Buildings - Nucor Building Systems

 

 COLD-FORMED STEEL FRAMING

 General


• Durability of Galvanized Steel Framing in Residential Buildings - NAHB Research Center

A Builder’s Guide To Steel Frame Construction - Steel Framing Alliance 

Cold-Formed Steel Details - Steel Stud Manufacturers Association

Product Technical Information For Cold-Formed Steel Framing - Steel Stud Manufacturers Association

North American Standard For Cold Formed Steel Framing - Nonstructural Members - American Iron & Steel Institute

 

 INSULATION

 Fiberglass Blanket Insulation


Condensation In Metal Buildings - Building Outlet Corp.


Acoustical Performance of Metal Building Insulation - North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Certified NAIMA 202-96 Metal Building Insulation Fact Sheet - North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Facts about Lamination Process Control and Thickness Recovery of Fiberglass Metal Building Insulation - North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Moisture and Fiber Glass Metal Building Insulation - North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

NAIMA 202-96 Standard for Flexible Fiber Glass Insulation to be Laminated for Use in Metal Buildings - North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Recommendations for Installing Fiber Glass Insulation in Metal Buildings - North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

ASHRAE 90.1 Insulation Compliance for Metal Buildings - North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Retrofitting Metal Buildings With New Or Additional Insulation - Metal Building Insulation 

Choosing the Correct Facing for Your Fiberglass Insulation - Metal Building Insulation

 

 Reflective Insulation


Reflective Insulation And Products In Metal Buildings - Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International


Evaluation of Placement of Radiant Barriers and Their Effectiveness in Reducing Heat Transfer In Attics - Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International

Effects of Reflective Radiant Barrier on Heat Loss in Attic Floors and Metal Building Installations - Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International

Reflective Insulation for Residential and Commercial Applications - Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International

Using Reflective Insulation in Pre-engineered Metal Building Systems - Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International 

The Oxidation of Aluminum Foil Faces Used In Reflective Insulation - Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International

Oxidation of Metallized Aluminum Films Used in Reflective Insulation and Radiant Barrier Applications - Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International

Reflective Insulation In Floor Assemblies - Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International

 

 Foam Insulation


NFPA 285-2006 Approval For Wall Assemblies Using Foam Plastic Insulation - Dow Chemical Company

Exceed Prescriptive R-Value Requirements With Continuous Insulation - Dow Chemical Company

Guideline for Insulating Metal Buildings with Spray-Applied Polyurethane Foam - Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

• Spray Polyurethane Foam Systems for New and Remedial Roofing - Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

 

 EXPANDED METAL

 General


Expanded Metal Explained - Expanded Metal Manufacturers Association 

Standards for Expanded Metal - Expanded Metal Manufacturers Association

 

 PERFORATED METAL

 General


Acoustical Uses for Perforated Metals - Industrial Perforators Association


Formability Handbook of Perforated Metals Part II: Stainless Steel and Aluminum - Industrial Perforators Association

Handbook for Designers, Specifiers and Buyers of Perforated Metals - Industrial Perforators Association

 

 HOLLOW METAL DOORS & FRAMES

 General


Hollow Metal Doors - Hollow Metal Manufacturers Association


Hollow Metal Frames - Hollow Metal Manufacturers Association

Introduction to Custom Hollow Metal - Hollow Metal Manufacturers Association

 

 HOLLOW STRUCTURAL SECTIONS

 General


Hollow Structural Sections: Principal Producers and Capabilities - Steel Tube Institute Of North America

 

 BAR GRATING

 General


Heavy Duty Metal Bar Grating Manual - Metal Bar Grating Div. Of NAAMM


Metal Bar Grating Manual - Metal Bar Grating Div. Of NAAMM

 

 STEEL DECK

 General


Designing With Steel Form Deck - Steel Deck Institute


Jobsite Storage Requirements for Steel Deck - Steel Deck Institute

 

 ROOFTOP EQUIPMENT SCREENS

 General


Engineered Rooftop Equipment Screens – A Closer Look - Roofscreen Mfg.

 

 HANDRAILS, RAILINGS & BARRIERS

 General


Stainless Steel for Handrails, Railings and Barrier Applications 
- Specialty Steel Industry Of North America

 

 DAYLIGHTING

General


• Daylighting: An Overview Of Natural Daylighting And Its Benefits - Palram Americas

 

 SUBSTRATES

 General


Corrosion Rates of Bare Metals in Various Environments - Aluminum Association


Metals in Marine Environments - ATAS International

 

 Aluminum


Aluminum 101 Tutorial - National Coil Coating Association


Anodizing: The Finish of Choice - Aluminum Anodizers Council

 

 Copper


Copper Finishes – From Naturally Weathering to Lead - Copper Development Association

Understanding Copper - ATAS International

Copper Design Handbook - Copper Development Association

 

 Coated Steel


Hot-Dip Galvanizing For Sustainable Design - American Galvanizers Association


ASTM Standards for Coated Sheet Products - GalvInfo Center

Guide to Sheet Steel Substrates - Metal Construction Association

Hot-Dip Coated Steel Sheets - GalvInfo Center

How Zinc Protects Steel - GalvInfo Center

Performance Comparison: Galvalume Versus Galvanized In Acid Rain Environments - ZAC Association

Prepainted Galvalume Sheet: Guide to Best Practices - ZAC Association

Selecting Coating Thickness for Galvanized Steel Sheet Products - GalvInfo Center

Steel 101 Tutorial - National Coil Coating Association

The Continuous Hot-Dip Coating Process for Steel Sheet Products - GalvInfo Center

The Spangle on Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel Sheet - GalvInfo Center

Understanding Coating Weight Designations for Zinc-Based Coatings on Sheet Steel - GalvInfo Center

 

 Stainless Steel


Stainless Steel Architectural Facts - Specialty Steel Industry Of North America


Stainless Steel for Handrails, Railings and Barrier Applications - Specialty Steel Industry Of North America

Stainless Steel  - The Green Material - Specialty Steel Industry Of North America

Standard Practices for Stainless Steel Roofing, Flashings and Coping - Specialty Steel Industry Of North America

 

 PAINT COATINGS

 General


Architectural Applications for Liquid and Powder Fluoropolymer Coatings - PPG Industries

Energy Savings in High-Rise Buildings Using High-Reflective Coatings - PPG Industries

Managing Color Expectations For High-Performance Metal Coatings - PPG Industries

 

 Coil-Applied Paint Coatings


Coil Coating Topoat Systems - National Coil Coating Association


Fundamentals of Corrosion and Their Application to Coil-Coated Metal - National Coil Coating Association

Introduction to Painted, Metallic-Coated Steel Sheet Products - GalvInfo Center

Paint 101 Tutorial - National Coil Coating Association

Painted Metal Roofs are Energy Efficient, Durable and Sustainable - Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

Performance Expectations For UV-Durable Coil Coatings - PPG Industries


The Coil Coating Process - National Coil Coating Association

Warranties For Architectural Metal Coatings: A Comparative Review - PPG Industries

 

 Field-Applied Paint Coatings


Applying The Right Roof Restoration Coating - Garland Company, Inc.

Coating Adhesion: The Bonds That Bind - Garland Company, Inc.

Field-Applied Recoating of Metal Roofing - Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association


Metal Panel Field Repainting - Metal Construction Association

Overview of White Roof Coatings and Their Application - Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association

Roof Restoration: An Attractive Option In A Tough Economy - Garland Company, Inc.

 

 ANODIZED ALUMINUM

 General


Anodizing: The Finish of Choice - Aluminum Anodizers Council

 

 MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT

 General


Single Or Dual Level Roll Former Operation And Maintenance Manual - Metal Construction Association

• Portable Roll Former Best Practices Operation Manual - Metal Construction Association

 

 CODES, REGULATIONS and STANDARDS

 LEED


Scoring LEED Points With Cool Metal Roofing - Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

Contributions Of PPG Products to LEED Certification - PPG Industries

PPG Paint, Glass and Coating Product Contributions to Green Building Projects - PPG Industries

 

 California Energy Code (Title 24)


Analysis of Metal Roofing Compliance Options for California’s Title 24 Energy Standard - Cool Metal Roofing Coalition


Cool Metal Roofing and the California Energy Code - Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

California Energy Code (Title 24) Compliance Manual - California Energy Commission

ORNL Study: Thermal Emittance Assessment for Cool Metal Roofs With Relation to the California Energy Code - Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

What Builders Should Know About California’s Title 24 Energy Code - Metal Building Manufacturers Association

 

 ENERGY STAR


Energy Star Qualified Roof Products Information - Energy Star

 

 Cool Roof Rating Council


Cool Roof Rating Council Rated Roof Products Information - Cool Roof Rating Council


Everything You Need to Know About Cool Roofing - Cool Roof Rating Council

 

 RICOWI Reports


RICOWI Report - Hailstorm Investigation - Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 2011 - Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues Inc.

• RICOWI Report - Hurricane Ike Wind Investigation Report - Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues Inc.

RICOWI Report – Performance of Roof Systems and Assemblies During Hurricanes Charley and Ivan - Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues Inc.

RICOWI Report – Performance of Roof Systems and Assemblies During Hurricane Katrina - Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues Inc.

RICOWI Report – Performance of Roof Systems and Assemblies During the 2004 Oklahoma City Hailstorm - Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues Inc.

 

  

 

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