ATAS Products Are Found in BSD SpecLink-E Program

ATAS is pleased to announce that their products can be found in the BSD SpecLink-E program.  Sections include metal shingles, metal roof tiles, metal roof panels, metal wall panels, insulated metal wall panels and roof specialties, along with other sections.
 
BSD SpecLink-E combines the industry’s content with software. The master guide specification writing, management, and production system with built-in intelligence is designed to help specifiers speed up editing tasks and reduce specification production time while minimizing errors and omissions.
 
SpecLink-E is used to produce documentation for all types of projects and for all phases of a project, from programming all the way through construction administration. The database of over 783 sections can be expanded or collapsed to provide outline, short form, and full construction specs, without the need to start over at each phase of a project.

Steelscape Launches Metal Coil Prints Website

Steelscape LLC understands that inspiration for a building design can come from many places. In an effort to facilitate the design process for architects, building owners, and homeowners, Steelscape has launched the Design Solutions website featuring its portfolio of specialty metal coil prints ideal for architectural wall and roof panels.

“In working with our customers, architects, and designers to address specific needs, we have refreshed our portfolio of prints and have expanded our services to include custom solutions,” says Scott Cooley, vice president of sales and customer service for Steelscape LLC. “This website reflects our dedication and commitment to providing design solutions to the architect community.”

The Design Solutions website features prints which were developed through Steelscape’s collaborative approach with its customers. “Continuously engaging and listening to our customers’ needs helps us keep an outward focus on the market and continuously make adjustments to our product line,” states Cooley. “We are excited to announce we have expanded our services to include custom solutions for our customers, such a Montana based Bridger Steel.

“Working with Steelscape, we know we have more than just a vendor, but a partner in creating products that can satisfy our customers’ needs,” states Steve Collins, marketing manager for Bridger Steel. “The ability to collaborate on new ideas and concepts helps us stay in front of trends, and, with the expertise Steelscape can provide, we are ensured that the product exceeds all standards.”

“Bridger Steel has mastered the rustic design style, and they have an idea of what the market wants,” states Jon King, new product development specialist for Steelscape LLC. “When I presented test samples of rustic prints with more open patterns, Bridger was responsive and arranged exclusive rights to their new Rustic Rawhide print which has been a success.”

“We have mastered the art of combining metal to colors and patterns,” states Cooley. “If you can imagine it, we can help you achieve your vision.”

McElroy Metal Roof Panels Receives Compliance Evaluation

McElroy Metal receives a Uniform Evaluation Service (UES) Evaluation Report declaring the company’s Mirage Panel, PBU Panel and U Panel have all been evaluated for use as metal roof panels in compliance with Section 1507.4 of the International Building Code and Section R905.10 of the International Residential Code.

The structural, weather resistance and fire performance properties of these metal roof panels are evaluated for compliance with the IBC and IRC, when installed to the manufacturer’s published installation guidelines.

“Our customers require that we have our products evaluated to make their submittal process go smoother,” says Tommy Johnson, director of engineering for McElroy Metal. “The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials Report (IAPMO) reports are trusted and depended upon by architects and building officials. They know when an IAPMO report has been issued on a product, that product has undergone the scrutiny of rigorous design and testing standards and is in compliance with the building code.”

The Evaluation Report is available on the McElroy Metal website at: http://www.mcelroymetal.com/news/uniform-evaluation-service-ues-report.html

MCA Begins Research Projects

The Chicago-based Metal Construction Association is taking on three new research projects, which were topics at the association’s summer meeting. The results of the three studies, which will take place over several years, are expected to make a significant impact in the industry.

Air permeability research is being conducted at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and will evaluate and characterize the performance of discontinuous metal panels, such as modular metal roof panels and snap-together standing-seam roofing. The project goal is to develop a new test method that will more realistically reflect the wind up-lift these systems can withstand. The main test utilized for the work will be UL 1897 in the static and dynamic mode. Wind-tunnel testing and variations to existing industry test methods will also be used.

Research on cool walls is being funded by a grant awarded to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif. This study is important for California cities to reduce building energy usage and help address the urban heat-island effect. The project will evaluate the types of wall material snow in the marketplace and in the three climate zones in California. In addition to energy usage, the study will evaluate the dirt-shedding capability and durability of these wall materials. New technologies for ultra-cool pigmentation are also being investigated as part of this research.

Research on the use of spray polyurethane foam insulation on metal panels is also being conducted for wall and roof assemblies. The goal of this research project is to evaluate the effects of spray foam on metal. This project was proposed in conjunction with the Fairfax, Va.-based Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) and the Cleveland-based Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA). A few of the main concerns that led to this project are oil canning and potential damage to paint films caused by the exothermic curing of the foam and associated elevated temperatures. As a collaboration among MCA, MBMA and SPFA, preliminary research has already been completed to evaluate exothermic curing on metal. The next phase will include the use of full-size wall and roof assemblies with foam sprayed using different application methods. Based on the project findings, a best practices guideline for using spray-foam insulation with metal wall and roof assemblies will be generated.

MCA’s commitment to these projects is part of the association’s goal to further the growth and promote the environmental benefits of metal products in the construction industry.