Roofing Options is a review of the many different roof system options available to the designer. It provides a basic examination of the most common types of low-slope commercial roofing systems including each system’s strengths and weaknesses, life cycle expectations, installation and cost considerations, energy conservation impacts and other sustainable considerations.
This course provides guidance for architects and builders on design and installation considerations relating to the use of Insulated Metal Panels and their suitability as the air barrier assembly of a building envelope. Topics covered include an introduction to air barriers and insulated metal panels, as well as an overview of code and regulatory requirements when designing for energy code compliance and common design and installation practices and techniques.
With the aid of this lesson, architects and builders will be armed with increased knowledge regarding enclosures and their component parts, the various options available, the relative advantages of insulated metal panels, particularly under certain circumstances, and key specifics and guidelines for specifying metal panels for code conformance.
Insulated metal panel systems (IMPs) are a pre-manufactured version of a “perfect wall” due to the location of their control layers. They are a truly universal wall and roof system that can be used in any climate zone, can be used as a rainscreen barrier wall system, and can be integrated with other wall and roof systems while still maintaining proper control layer continuity.
This course will cover the function of the four control layers and how insulated metal panels provide all four control layers in a single component, and will describe the advantages of insulated metal panels compared to alternative building systems. Finally, the course will discuss how insulated metal panel systems can be used with supplementary cavity insulation and examine design options for aesthetics.
Because no single roof insulation product meets all the criteria for an ideal roof, the solution for many commercial buildings may be a hybrid roof assembly that takes advantage of the favorable properties of two insulation types. There are numerous roof insulation products on the market, but this course is going to focus on stone wool and polyisocyanurate insulating roof boards, the performance properties of each, and how they can be used together for a more energy efficient and long-lasting system.
Metal roofs may not seem like the obvious choice when you are looking for a high performance roof. However, they offer many benefits that other “green” roofs can’t compete with. Not only are they aesthetically appealing, they are also energy efficient, made from recyclable material, and will likely be the last roof you will ever need to install. They are durable and can withstand the toughest of the elements, while also being resistant to cracking, shrinking, and many other problems traditional roofing materials struggle with. This article will look closer at the many benefits of selecting a metal roof with a solar reflective coating system for your next project.
Fluid-applied roof coatings can be applied as a new roof system on a new roof deck or in a maintenance situation as a re-roofing system over an existing deck. They have many benefits, but they are most commonly used to prolong the life of an existing roofing system and to achieve a reflective roof. This course will examine the different types of fluid-applied roof coatings, as well as their advantages, applications, surface preparation techniques, and reflective roofing requirements.
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Polyiso claims the highest R-value in the thinnest profile of any (ci) wall sheathing product, meeting all ASHRAE 90.1 and IECC 2012 standards, outstanding fire performance with its inclusion within a multitude of NFPA 285 compliant wall assemblies - CFCs, HCFCs, and ODP.
Hunter XCI Polyiso is a foam board used as continuous insulation in exterior walls for both commercial and residential construction and the leading product of choice for commercial roofs.
This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of ARCHITECT magazine.
Commercial roofs are often thought of a simple necessity and are hardly ever given an opportunity to be more than a functional part of the structure. However, with a little creative thinking, material selection, and thoughtful design, roofs can accomplish more than simply keeping out the rain.
Both clay and concrete raw materials are very abundant across the U.S., nearly the entire country can receive locally extracted and manufactured concrete and clay, immediately making the carbon footprint for these materials lower than many others. Take a look at the advantages of using clay and concrete roof tile to create an energy efficient design.
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