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Improving Air Quality in Steel Buildings

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We all bemoan the horrible state of air quality in the United States, but did you know that interior air quality is often significantly more toxic than outdoor air? Check out this quote from the US Environmental Protection Agency:

"The average American spends approximately 90 percent of their time indoors." Yet, "...studies of human exposure to air pollutants by EPA indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times – and occasionally more than 100 times – higher than outdoor pollutant levels. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health."

How Sustainable Are Steel Buildings?

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When it comes right down to it, steel buildings are pretty darn sustainable from the first minute they are fabricated (because their components are made from a fair amount of recycled materials) until the last moment of their lifespan (steel and metal building components can also be recycled). In addition to metal buildings' innate sustainability, there are other aspects and facets that increase the sustainability factor.


Steel Auto Shops: What are the Benefits?

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If there's any professional who can appreciate the benefits of a steel and metal building more than a contractor, it's an auto mechanic. You understand the difference between something that requires continual maintenance and expense to keep it running - or standing - smoothly, and something that is so well-engineered and designed from the get-go that it runs and runs - or stands and stands - with little maintenance required.

The Pre-Metal Building Construction Process

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The building and construction of a metal building starts long before the first truckload of prefabricated materials arrives, and before ground is broken. It begins with what we call the pre-construction phase, where you plan, plan and plan some more to ensure your metal building project comes off without a hitch.

Why Are Construction Sites Using Drones?

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Drones make the headlines left and right; most often in regards to the military or the FAA's challenge in creating legal guidelines for recreational and commercial drone flights. However, these days, drones are showing up in the news due to the work they perform for the construction industry.

How Thick Should My Steel Building Be?

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The thickness of your steel building should be driven by a variety of factors, like what type of building it is, the climate in the area where you live and any potential "worst case" scenarios that could compromise the building's integrity (tornadoes, earthquakes, high winds, etc.). In most cases metal buildings are constructed with a steel gauge no higher than 28; 26 gauge steel is the industry standard for most commercial and residential applications, and 24 gauge is steel is also common for standing seam panels and buildings that will experience high wind or snow loads.

Reflectivity and Emissivity: Factors to Considers with Metal Roofs

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If you subscribe to our blog or have stumbled across a Whirlwind blog when searching for metal building information in the past, you may have noticed we're major fans of metal roofs. And, we aren't the only ones. You jump onto just about any green building, sustainable building, or modern building website and - if the article pertains to roofing - you'll see something written about the benefits of metal roofs.


Solving Jobsite Disputes with Ease

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Company morale plays a large part in the success of your company. Construction firms prioritizing safety, professionalism and a positive work environment will find employees work more efficiently and projects are easier to keep on schedule. This same positive energy will also be reflected in your brand development and how your company is viewed by customers and the public. However, even the most well-meaning company is bound to experience jobsite disputes from time to time.

Pole Barns vs. Steel Barns

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Farmers and livestock owners are always in interested in affordable options when it comes to feed and equipment storage, not to mention more secure shelter for increased livestock numbers. Pole barns can seem like an ideal solution at first. They are affordable, do not require a foundation and are fairly versatile.

3 Reasons Why LinkedIn Can Boost Your AEC Company

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Hopefully your architecture, engineering and/or construction (AEC) company has a well-designed website as well as active Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts. Now it's time to ask yourself how that LinkedIn page is coming along? LinkedIn is a social media platform developed by business executives as a way of connecting professionals who want to grow their professional profile, network and businesses.

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