2006 - [Sustainable Concepts] Green Sandwich and Cool Metal Roofing
2006, vol. 39
Welcome to the June 2006 newsletter from Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "No person who is not a great sculptor
or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor
or painter, he can only be a builder."
- John Ruskin
On a personal note, I will be married on July 1, 2006
and will officially be changing my name from Lisa A. Van
Veen to Lisa A. Swan. Future correspondence will be from
my new name, please update your files and address books.
Lisa Van Veen
Structures built using insulated concrete are among
the fastest growing segment of the building industry.
This growth has been driven by the industry's desire
to build more efficiency into the construction process.
It is also the result of an increased demand for homes
with better energy and sound insulation. Green Sandwich
has taken the SCIPs panels of the past and has re-engineered
them from the inside out
Green Sandwich patented panels are different in
1. Green Sandwich panels are engineered, not simply
manufactured. This results in significantly higher
panel durability and strength. Having an engineered
panel also allows our company to provide panels in
an almost infinite number of sizes and configurations,
including very large spans. The panels are a complete
building system, and can be used for floors, roofs,
walls, countertops, and pools.
2. Green Sandwich Panels are by far the easiest panels
to build with. Green Sandwich is the panel with inherent
utility chases, allowing builders to easily install
utilities (Plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.) internally.
They also train and certify their installers, and
offer ongoing technical support.
3. Green Sandwich Panels are the most environmentally
friendly structural building system in the country.
Article and Picture ©Green Sandwich
Cool metal roofing is a family of sustainable, energy
efficient roofing products comprised of unpainted
metal, prepainted metal, and granular-coated metal.
It is available in a wide variety of finishes, colors,
textures, and profiles, for steep-slope and low-slope
applications. Cool metal roofing products are part
of an interdependent system of exterior roofing surfaces,
substrates, underlayments, configurations, ventilation,
With proper design, cool metal roofing systems save
energy by reducing a building's cooling and/or heating
load. Many metal roof systems are reflective, easily
vented, and lend themselves well to insulated roof
systems to help reduce heat gain into a building.
Many products are also formed in ways that stop heat
transfer through conduction by allowing only minimal
contact between the metal and the underlying structure.
Mill-finish metal roof systems have very high solar
reflectance, providing further reductions in heat
gain. Metal roofs with oven-cured, pre-painted organic
coatings that incorporate new "cool pigment" technology
offer high total solar reflectance and high infrared
emittance even with darker colors. Emissivity as high
as 90% can be achieved for painted and granular-coated
roofing. Such pre-painted metal roofing products meet
the reflectance requirements of all major energy code
initiatives. Finally, unlike many roofing materials,
metal's low thermal mass will not store heat and radiate
it into a building in the evening hours. Painted metal
roofs retain 95% of their initial reflectance and
emittance over time.
Cool Metal Roofing typically has a minimum recycled
content of 25% and is 100% recyclable at the end of
a long, useful life. Most metal roofs are credibly
proven to last over 30 years with minimal maintenance.
Article and Picture © National Institute of Building
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