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Three Metl-Span projects honored by MBCEA

July 2020
Three projects with insulated metal panels from Metl-Span received recognition during the recent Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association annual meeting. The Boston Sports Institute project in Wellesley, Mass., won the Sports and Recreation Award of Excellence. ... Continue reading

Massachusetts office building goes retro to retrofit

June 2020
Standing since the 1970’s, the West Middlesex Turnpike building has served as a home to local businesses of all kinds in Bedford, Mass. Yet, after more than four decades of an aging brick exterior, the building owner wanted to bring the facility’s facade into the 21st c ... Continue reading

Perscriptive Vs. Performance Building Codes

June 2020
Building codes are a set of regulations that govern the design, construction, and alteration of structures. A general understanding of building codes helps all parties involved in design and construction understand the specific requirements involved in compliance, preventin ... Continue reading

Protecting IMPs on the Job Site

March 2020
Construction is tough enough without finding your IMPs have been damaged before they could go up. Following a few tips can keep them pristine no matter how long they sit on the site. Introduction: Construction has enough odds and ends to keep in mind without having to deal w ... Continue reading

Multi-Story Design Considerations When Using Horizontal Insulated Metal Panels

February 2020
Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are an ideal cladding solution for multi-story structures for a variety of reasons. Lightweight, code compliant, thermally efficient and modern aesthetics make them ideal for these applications. Horizontally installed IMPs require a healthy amou ... Continue reading

Fire Performance of Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs)

January 2020
In recent years, a handful of high-profile building fires have caused renewed scrutiny of using cladding systems with combustible content in multi-story buildings. Although these fires have not occurred in the U.S., and our building code is different than those used in the U.K. ... Continue reading

Benefits of Specifying Insulated Metal Panels

December 2019
  When it comes to specifying building materials, we know you have options, but when it comes to your next project or retrofit, there are benefits of insulated panels (IMPs) that will take your commercial build-out to the next level. The reasons are within the proper ... Continue reading

Structural Insulated Panels and Foamed in Place Insulated Panels

November 2019
When specifying insulated panels for a project, builders have an array to choose from. But when looking at two of the most popular types— structural insulated panels or insulated metal panels, it is important to understand which is best for the project at hand. While both ar ... Continue reading

Thermal Bowing

September 2019
When looking at evaluating different construction materials, particularly those that will have to withstand extreme temperature changes, it's important to understand how they will react to the environment. An important aspect of using metal in construction is understanding t ... Continue reading

Keep it standard – Reasons to stay with 24”, 30”, 36” and 42”

September 2018
Standard sizing of lumber products began nearly a century ago to create a shared understanding between the lumber mills and the markets. Lumber products commonly traveled long distances by rail or water, making communication difficult. Standard sizes helped create an understand ... Continue reading

Designing with IMP Roof Panels

August 2018
Combining both utility and aesthetics, insulated metal roof panels are growing in popularity. Once used primarily for cold storage, this versatile building solution is ideal for numerous commercial and industrial projects. The IMP roof panels provide air, water, and vapor b ... Continue reading

Flat vs. Profiled. Embossed vs. Smooth: How to select a wall system that’s right for you

August 2018
        Innovations in building science are enabling contractors, builders, architects, and property managers to meet new performance and aesthetic goals. Insulated metal panels provide a simple solution with a variety of looks and appearance ... Continue reading

Differences and Similarities Between Vertical and Horizontal IMP Applications

July 2018
Insulated metal panels (IMPs) can be installed either vertically or horizontally. With Metl-Span’s CF series of wall panels, the exact same panels are used for either orientation. However, there are key differences in how the supporting wall system must be designed to acc ... Continue reading