Green Span Profiles manufactures IMPs for climate-controlled American Airlines Training & Conference Center

Photo by Louie Galvez

Waller, Texas, February 23, 2017 – It’s a rare occasion when a newly constructed building is partially dissembled upon completion, but that is exactly what happened at the American Airlines Training & Conference Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Not long after expansion construction was completed, a section of Green Span Profiles insulated metal panels was removed to accommodate the installation of eight different full-size flight simulators.

“That’s how they wanted it done and that’s the way it was designed,” says Keith Tucker, Construction Manager for Southwest Vault Builders located in Lewisville, Texas. “They wanted the building completed and sanitized prior to the simulator installation. With the concealed-fastener insulated metal wall panels, they started at the top, unscrewed the fasteners and then worked their way down to the ground. Once the simulators were in, they reinstalled the removable wall panel section.”

Photo by Louie Galvez

Airline training simulators are large, the same size as the front end of airplanes, embodying actual cockpits. The company that installs the simulators also disassembled and reassembled the wall. Tucker says trainees enter the cockpit via a landing on the second floor inside the building. The simulators installed for training are an Airbus 320, a McDonald Douglas 80, an Embraer ERJ 145 and five Boeing jets: B-737, B-757, B-767, B-777 and B-787.

The project was an addition to the American Airlines headquarters in Fort Worth. American has another training facility in Charlotte, N.C.

Approximately 30,000 square feet of insulated metal panels from Green Span Profiles were installed on the project. The building design utilized both 30- and 36-inch wide panels to align panel sidelaps with window sections. Three-inch thick (R-24) panels were specified to fight off the hot Texas summers and conserve energy. The panel core is a continuously poured-in-place, polyisocyanurate insulating foam, sandwiched by 22-gauge Galvalume panel skins. Panel colors were Regal White I for the interior and custom American Airlines Tan for the exterior.

Photo by Louie Galvez

The space that houses the simulators is climate controlled, so insulated metal panels help American Airlines save on cooling costs during the warm Texas summer and autumn. “This project was a slam dunk for Green Span IMPs,” says Brian Jaks, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Green Span Profiles. “You simply cannot beat poured-in-place insulated metal panels as the most cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, insulated building product for a commercial/industrial project like this.”


Tucker says the addition was designed with the disassembly in mind … only insulated metal panels were installed as the walls of the first two stories. The lowest windows were installed about 8 feet above the start of the panels that had to be removed and reinstalled.

Tucker added his company has been a part of several projects that required the walls to be disassembled after the building was finished; some were cold storage buildings and others grocery stores.

Photo Credit: Louie Galvez photo

Architect: Sam Watkins, Corgan Associates, Dallas

General Contractor: Azteca – Omega Group, Dallas

Wall square footage: 16,358

IMP Installer: Southwest Vault Builders, Lewisville, Texas

IMP Installation Cost: $383,500

IMP Manufacturer: Green Span Profiles, Waller, Texas

Completion date: June 2015

Green Span Profiles

Green Span Profiles specializes in the manufacture of insulated metal panels (IMPs) and is headquartered northwest of Houston in Waller, Texas. The company’s 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility was constructed in 2011 using the most modern technology available worldwide. Visit www.greenspanprofiles.com.

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Green Span Profiles receives Florida Approval for walls, roofing

Waller, Texas, January 19, 2017 – Green Span Profiles has received Florida Approval for all profiles of its insulated wall panel system as well as its insulated roof panel system.

Green Span Profiles’ insulated wall panel system, with an interior and exterior steel facing bonded to a poured-in-place insulating polyisocyanurate foam core, complies with Florida Building Code 2014 Section 1405.2. The approved profiles are MesaLine, ShadowLine, WaveLine, VeeLine, Impression, Stucco and Infinity in thicknesses ranging from 2-6 inches with the Green-Lock interlocking tongue and groove side joint in widths up to 42 inches. The system demonstrated compliance with ASTM E1592-05 for structural performance and ASTM E84-09 for surface burning characteristics.

The company’s RidgeLine insulated roofing panel recently received Florida Approval for installation over open framing, demonstrating compliance with ASTM E 1592, ATM E84 and FM 4471. RidgeLine is a patented 2-3/8-inch-tall mechanically seamed roofing panel covering 42 inches, with thickness options of 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6 inches. The core is a continuously poured-in-place polyisocyanurate insulating foam. Exterior and interior metal panels are available in 26-, 24- and 22-gauge Galvalume® steel. Exterior finish is standard gloss PVDF coating. RidgeLine panels can be used on slopes as low as 1/2:12 and are available in standard lengths measuring 12 to 53 feet, with custom lengths available on demand.

“We feel this is yet another feather in our cap,” says Brian N. Jaks, P.E., VP of Sales & Marketing at Green Span Profiles. “Due to the preponderance of hurricane activity in Florida, the state felt an overwhelming responsibility to approve all building products utilized within the state. The State of Florida Building Code is one of the strictest in the nation therefore, we believe these certifications are significant achievements.”

Green Span Profiles

Green Span Profiles specializes in the manufacture of insulated metal panels (IMPs) and is headquartered northwest of Houston in Waller, Texas. The company’s 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility was constructed in 2011 using the most modern technology available worldwide. Visit www.greenspanprofiles.com

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Green Span Profiles helps grocery distribution facility with major expansion

Green Span Profiles provided more than 100,000 square feet of MesaLine insulated metal panels

Green Span Profiles provided more than 100,000 square feet of MesaLine insulated metal panels (IMPs) for this grocery store distribution center in Texas. IMPs, with a reflective Regal White color, were chosen to assist with climate control of the facility.

Waller, Texas, December 2, 2016 – When you visit a grocery store, you expect to find extremely fresh food and quality products. When a major Texas grocery distribution center expansion was planned to accommodate growing business, Green Span Profiles was chosen to supply the insulated metal panels for the new facility located in Houston.

“We attached the new refrigerated building to an existing refrigerated building,” says Dennis Bunting, program manager at GRIFFCO Design Build Inc., of Atlanta. “It had some complexities, but it all came together.”

The temperature-controlled expansion facility, one of the larger projects GRIFFCO has designed at 174,000 square feet, houses refrigerated perishables, including meat and poultry, produce and fruit ripening rooms. “There’s a 35- and 45-degree dock room, a 34-degree room a 45-degree room, a 55-degree room and a 32-degree meat and poultry room,” Bunting says.

The project was one of the first completed with Green Span Profiles products after the manufacturer received Factory Mutual (FM) Approvals for its cold-storage wall panels: MesaLine, VeeLine and ShadowLine. These approvals were a requirement for the Houston grocery distribution center expansion.

The 26-gauge Galvalume interior panel of the MesaLine insulated metal panels (IMPs) are durable and attractive

The 26-gauge Galvalume interior panel of the MesaLine insulated metal panels (IMPs) are durable and attractive. The IMPs will help save on cooling costs throughout the year, but especially during the hot summer months.

Approximately 100,000 square feet of MesaLine insulated metal panels were installed as walls on the new facility, measuring 174,000 square feet to accommodate the growth of the grocery supplier. All Green Span panels installed on this project were four inches thick. Cold Storage Construction Services of Montgomery, Texas, a contractor specializing in low energy-loss refrigerated warehouses and workspaces, headed the installation, completed in May 2016. The MesaLine panel from Green Span Profiles was chosen for the project with 26-gauge Galvalume interior and exterior metal substrate, both in Regal White. The panels measured 42 inches wide.

“It was a pretty straight-forward job, nothing real sexy, but it looks great,” says Wade Hudson, president and project manager for Cold Storage Construction Services of Montgomery, Texas. “We’ve worked with Green Span before. They’re there when you need them and their products are top quality.”

Hudson says many of the insulated metal panels were 45 feet long, but his crews routinely work with larger panels. The family-owned operation has expertise ranging from meat and poultry processing plants to high-volume refrigerated warehousing. Cold Storage Construction Services designs and builds workspaces requiring low temperatures, such as petrochemical, aerospace, pharmaceutical and testing and material laboratories.

ARCHITECT
Appleby & Laccetti Architects
Atlanta, Georgia

DESIGN/BUILD FIRM
GRIFFCO Design Build Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia

TOTAL SPACE
174,000 square feet

PROJECT COST
$22,400,000

IMP INSTALLER
Cold Storage Construction Services
Montgomery, Texas

IMP MANUFACTURER
Green Span Profiles
Waller, Texas

COMPLETION DATE
May 2016

Green Span Profiles
Green Span Profiles specializes in the manufacture of insulated metal panels (IMPs) and is headquartered northwest of Houston in Waller, Texas. The company’s 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility was constructed in 2011 using the most modern technology available worldwide. Visit www.greenspanprofiles.com.

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Green Span Profiles expands manufacturing space at Texas Headquarters

Green Span Profiles manufacturing expansion; completed January 2016.

Green Span Profiles manufacturing expansion; completed January 2016.

Waller, Texas, June 14, 2016 – Green Span Profiles used the company’s own insulated metal wall and roofing panels to add 20,000 square feet of manufacturing space to its Waller, Texas, headquarters and plant.

 

“The demand for product during the last year precluded the expansion,” says Brian N. Jaks, P.E., Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Green Span Profiles. “The increase in production dictated the need for additional finished goods storage.”

Single component installation provides an extremely well insulated and finished interior space.

Single component installation provides an extremely well insulated and finished interior space.

Green Span Profiles’ MesaLine heavy embossed wall panels, measuring 2-1/2 inches thick with a 26-gauge facer and liner were installed. The 42-inch panels were Sandstone in color. The roofing was the company’s RidgeLine standing seam panels, also 42-inches wide and 2-1/2 inches thick with 26-gauge facer and liner, in Regal White III.

RidgeLine is Green Span’s patented, standing-seam roof profile. 2.5-inch thick panels provide an R-20 insulation value.

RidgeLine is Green Span’s patented, standing-seam roof profile. 2.5-inch thick panels provide an R-20 insulation value.

Drymalla Construction of Columbus, Texas, served as the general contractor for the expansion, while Jedco Building Systems of Houston, furnished and erected the structure and installed the insulated metal roof and wall panels from Green Span Profiles. Al Zuniga, P.E., was the engineer for the project and J.W. Carpenter & Co. of Houston, served as the architect.

 

The Green Span Profiles facility, originally constructed in 2011, houses the most modern technology available.

The expansion utilized prototype wall panels (heavy embossed MesaLine) which quickly became a standard offering.

The expansion utilized prototype wall panels (heavy embossed MesaLine) which quickly became a standard offering.

Green Span Profiles

Green Span Profiles specializes in the manufacture of insulated metal panels (IMPs) and is headquartered northwest of Houston in Waller, Texas. The company’s 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility was constructed in 2011 using the most modern technology available worldwide. Visit www.greenspanprofiles.com

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Green Span Profiles beefs up FM Approvals for all wall panels

Waller, Texas, March 22, 2016 – Green Span Profiles requested and received Approval for its insulated panels installed using a new fastening pattern at several support spacings, effective February 24, 2016.

Green Span Profiles’ entire line of insulated wall panels earned Approval, including Infinity, Stucco, Impression, MesaLine, VeeLine, WaveLine and ShadowLine. It covers all Green Span panels of all widths, gauges and thicknesses. The spans covered by the approval are from 9 feet to 3 feet, and all spans in between.

The requirements for gaining FM 4881 Approval are quite rigorous. The test protocol models the dynamic wind event of a hurricane. Test specimens are subjected to 4,500 positive air pressure cycles and 4,500 negative air pressure cycles. To gain approval, the wall section must successfully endure the 9,000 pressure cycles and show no signs of cracking or any other signs of failure.

“We’ve been anxiously awaiting this FM Report,” says Brian N. Jaks, P.E., Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Green Span Profiles. “This allows for a higher wind load rating through the use of Fab-Lok back-fasteners with these products.”

The product will appear in the Approval Guide, an online resource of FM Approvals, as follows: Building Insulations – Walls and Ceilings (FM Approval Class Numbers 4411, 4651, 4880, 4881, 4882) and Exterior Wall Constructions (Class Number 4881).

Green Span Profiles

Green Span Profiles specializes in the manufacture of insulated metal panels (IMPs) and is headquartered northwest of Houston in Waller, Texas. The company’s 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility was constructed in 2011 using the most modern technology available worldwide. Visit www.greenspanprofiles.com.

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Green Span Profiles receives UL 580 Class 90 Approval for RidgeLine insulated metal roof panel

RidgeLine_UL580Waller, Texas, August 9, 2016 – Green Span Profiles has received UL 580 Class 90 Approval for wind uplift for its RidgeLine insulated metal roofing panel.

UL 580 is the Standard for Tests for Uplift Resistance of Roof Assemblies. Roof assemblies are tested for their ability to resist both external and internal pressures associated with high velocity winds.

RidgeLine is a patented 2-3/8-inch tall mechanically seamed roofing panel covering 42 inches, with thickness options of 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6 inches. The core is a continuously poured-in-place, polyisocyanurate insulating foam. Exterior and interior metal panels are available in 26-, 24- and 22-gauge Galvalume steel. Exterior finish is standard gloss PVDF coating. RidgeLine panels can be used on slopes as low as 1/2:12 and are available in standard lengths measuring 12 to 53 feet, with custom lengths available on demand. Green Span Profile’s UL construction number is 698

“This is great news for Green Span Profiles, our installers and their customers,” says Brian N. Jaks, P.E., Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Green Span Profiles. “By meeting UL 580 Class 90, RidgeLine meets the standards of the International Building Code for installation in high velocity wind areas. Further, UL certification adds yet another level of scrutiny to our manufacturing process. Underwriter’s Laboratories requires independent, quarterly QC audits to maintain certification.”

Among the unique attributes of RidgeLine:

  • Single component installation
  • Slides together; no rolling or lifting to engage the sidelap
  • Continuous weathertight seal at the sidelap means no interruptions at the clips
  • Factory-applied sealant in the batten cap
  • Bi-directional mechanical seaming equipment
  • Proprietary shoulder fastener, co-developed with Atlas Bolt & Screw, to prevent over-driving
  • Nominal R-8 per inch of insulation thickness; R-20 for 2.5-inch panel

Green Span Profiles

Green Span Profiles specializes in the manufacture of insulated metal panels (IMPs) and is headquartered northwest of Houston in Waller, Texas. The company’s 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility was constructed in 2011 using the most modern technology available worldwide. Visit www.greenspanprofiles.com.

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Green Span Profiles earns Dade County Approval

TAS 202

TAS 202 Test Specimen – Qualifying Design Wind Load, Air Infiltration and Water Infiltration

Green Span Profiles, a manufacturer of insulated metal panels (IMPs), has received Dade County Approval for its IWP Series of composite wall panels.

“Testing for Dade County Approval is, or course, the most rigorous in the nation,” says Brian N. Jaks, P.E., Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Green Span Profiles. “Having that approval allows us to promote our wall panels for use in the most intense weather conditions.”

Green Span’s IWP Series insulated steel wall panels successfully passed the following tests, allowing for the installation in High Velocity Hurricane Zones:

• Large Missile Impact Test per TAS 201
• Uniform Static Air Pressure Test per TAS 202
• Cyclic Wing Pressure Test per TAS 203

TAS 201 & 203 Test Specimen – Large Missile Impact and Cyclic Wind Pressure

TAS 201 & 203 Test Specimen – Large Missile Impact and Cyclic Wind Pressure

Green Span Profiles’ IWP Series includes eight different insulated metal wall panel profiles, serving the architectural, cold storage and commercial/industrial building construction markets. The Notice of Acceptance (NOA) is No. 15.0204.02 and may be viewed in its entirety at: http://www.miamidade.gov/building/library/productcontrol/noa/15020402.pdf.

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Green Span Profiles introduces new RidgeLine roof panel

RidgeLine 2 Panel AssemblyWaller, Texas, January 21, 2016 – Green Span Profiles has added an insulated roof panel to its product line. RidgeLine is a patented (U.S. 9,206,606 B2) 2-3/8-inch tall mechanically seamed roofing panel covering 42 inches, with thickness options of 2.5, 3, 4 and 5 inches. The core is a continuously poured-in-place, polyisocyanurate insulating foam. Exterior and interior metal panels are available in 26-, 24- and 22-gauge Galvalume/G90 galvanized and stainless steel. Exterior finish is standard gloss PVDF coating. RidgeLine panels can be used on slopes as low as 1/2:12 and are available in standard lengths measuring 12 to 53 feet, with custom lengths available on demand. Unique attributes of RidgeLine:

  • Single component installation
  • Slides together; no rolling or lifting to engage the sidelap
  • Continuous weathertight seal at the sidelap means no interruptions at the clips
  • Factory-applied sealant in the batten cap
  • Bi-directional mechanical seaming equipment
  • Proprietary shoulder fastener, co-developed with Atlas Bolt & Screw, to prevent over-driving
  • Nominal R-8 per inch of insulation thickness; R-20 for 2.5-inch panel

Green Span Profilesridgeline_sample_10

Green Span Profiles specializes in the manufacture of insulated metal panels (IMPs) and is headquartered northwest of Houston in Waller, Texas. The company’s 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility was constructed in 2011 using the most modern technology available worldwide. Visit www.greenspanprofiles.com

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A Diverse Building Product

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Cold-storage application of IMPs (vertical application, standard color, width, thickness, profile and finish)

Insulated Metal Panels, commonly referred to as IMPs, are becoming more and more prominent in today’s construction market. In the most basic terms, IMPs are comprised of rigid insulation sandwiched in between metal skins. A more technical and widely accepted definition would state that IMPs are building products formed by a continuously poured-in-place manufacturing process binding interior and exterior steel facings to a class 1 foam plastic insulation.

So what’s the big deal? The answer is in the acronym.

I – Insulated

That’s the “magic” if you will. IMPs are exceedingly efficient, lightweight and cost-effective insulators. With nominal R-values of R-8 per inch, there is virtually no equal. Further, since the insulation is encapsulated between two metal skins, there is little to no long-term loss of R-value over time. The insulation is a closed-cell foam comprised of billions of tiny bubbles acting like miniature double-paned windows. The bubbles contain dead air (gas) trapped inside. Since there is no better insulator than dead air, these tiny bubbles give the foam its tremendous thermal performance.

M – Metal

Durable, recyclable, formable, hard, strong, fire-resistant metal. Metal is a tremendously diverse material that the construction industry readily embraces. When used to make an IMP, metal protectsthe insulation and gives the panel its strength to resist the elements. The metal skins are fused tothe foam core creating composite strength. This strength allows for fewer structural supports leading to installation efficiency and speed. Fewer girts equals decreased erection times. To protect against corrosion, the metal skins are typically G90 galvanized or coated in Galvalume.

P – Panels

IMPs are lightweight, modular building products that are easy to ship and quick to assemble.IMP manufacturers offer panels for exterior walls, interior walls, ceilings, soffits and roofs. With 42” being the standard width, installers are allowed to be super-efficient and cover a lot of ground in a hurry. Additionally, utilizing specialized vacuum-lift equipment makes handling and setting these panels a snap. Most IMPs come with an integral tongue-and-groove joint facilitating a quick, easy and, most importantly, weathertight installation. Since installers are ultimately responsible for a weathertight installation, most find that the single-component nature of IMPs lends itself to keeping the elements where they belong: on the outside of the building envelope.

 

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Low-rise Commercial Application of IMPs (vertical application, custom color, medium width, smooth finish)

Now, should we think of IMPs primarily as metal cladding or rather should we think of them as just a “prettier,” more durable form of insulation? The answer is “yes.” We should view IMPs as both and classify them as one or the other depending on application. In their most rudimentary role, IMPs are simply a very durable insulation. The cold-storage industry is by far the largest purveyor of IMPs in this application. Nothing serves a cold-storage application better than an IMP. As stated previously, the R-values/inch are unmatched. The cold-storage industry can be generally defined as an industry that processes and stores anything perishable. This would include the processing of proteins like beef, pork and poultry, the storage of fruits and vegetables as well as seed storage, plus cheese making and beer brewing, just to name a few. It’s a sure bet that the food in your fridge spent time in a factory, distribution center and/or retail store wrapped in IMPs. Most of the products used in this industry would be termed standard: standard color (white), standard finish (embossed), standard width (42”), standard thicknesses (4, 5 and 6-inch), standard metal gauge (26) and finally, standard lead times (4-6 weeks).

 

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High-rise Architectural Application of IMPs (horizontal and vertical installation, narrow width, thin profile, heavy gauge, custom color, smooth finish)

In the more recent past, due to more stringent energy codes and the public’s green movement, IMPs have enjoyed a steady push into the Commercial/ Industrial, Institutional and Architectural markets. In these markets, IMPs are more properly defined as pre-insulated cladding. There is a general consensus that using more and better insulation is not only the smart thing to do but also the responsible thing to do. Regardless of your stance on energy conservation and the green movement, a better insulated structure simply saves money. Therefore, institutions like schools, churches and hospitals have found IMPs to be a cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing way to put roofs and walls on their structures. Along with saving energy, IMPs can also be used to make beautiful architectural statements. The IMP manufacturers have gone above and beyond to offer the architectural community a diverse product line offering a myriad of different colors and visual effects. IMPs can be installed vertically or horizontally with different reveals and finishes. Factory formed corners are available as well as panel end-folds. All of these processes give the panels a sleek, high-end appeal readily embraced by the public.

 

Based on their inarguable diversity and recent gain in popularity it seems prudent to embrace IMPs exactly for what they are: a beautifully strong and thermally efficient metal cladding product. Not unlike the standing-seam roof before it, most believe IMPs will revolutionize certain sectors of the construction industry. They are readily available, easy to install and day after day designers seem to find new and exciting applications for this dynamic and versatile building product.

 

 

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Insulated Metal Panels – What’s the Big Deal??

IMPs

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are premier building products on the leading edge of innovation. The most commonly and widely utilized IMPs are formed by a continuously poured-in-place manufacturing process which binds interior and exterior steel facings to a polyisocyanurate foam core. They offer many advantages to building owners as well as those asked to erect insulated structures. IMPs are “green” products. They are a lightweight, cost-effective, thermally efficient alternative to other building practices such as tilt wall and masonry.  They give a rigid feel and a sharp, in-place appearance. Offering tremendous flexibility to design professionals, the panels can be installed vertically or horizontally and in various finishes and different colors. IMPs are also offered in several different thicknesses, gauges and widths.  IMPs service several market segments including the cold-storage industry, the commercial/industrial sector, institutional construction and the architectural arena.IMG_2737

Exceptional Insulating Properties

The most intriguing quality of IMPs is their exceptional insulating properties. Most panels offer a nominal R-8 per inch of foam.  This translates into R-20 for a 2.5-in thick panel. The metal facings and rigid core yield a continuous insulation barrier with no loss of R-value at the attachment locations. In other words, the insulation is never compressed at a support. It is this tremendous insulating ability that translates into significant energy conservation and dollars saved.

Tested and Warranted

As with any quality building product, IMPs are rigorously tested and warranted. The panels are tested as a whole and as individual parts. The testing assures a building owner that the chosen product is safe and will perform to his expectation. A brief description of the general testing regimen is as follows:

Environmental Performance – IMPs are tested for air and water infiltration. Typical roof and wall side-laps allow zero water penetration and an almost immeasurable amount of air infiltration. The panels are also tested to specify their corresponding R-value.

Foam Core Characteristics – The insulating foam cores are structurally tested for shear, compressive properties, density, tensile strength and open cell content.

Fire Resistance – Chapter 26 of The International Building Code calls out the fire testing requirements for IMPs. The panels are tested for flame spread and smoke developed per ASTM E84. Factory Mutual also qualifies IMPs with their 4880 protocol which tests the panels in a room corner burn and a full scale burn test.IMG_2839

Engineering Properties – Most panels are classified by the FM 4881 and 4471 protocols. In addition, manufacturers will perform additional ASTM E1592 and E72 testing for their load tables.

Warranties – Industry standard warranties include a 2-year craftsmanship warranty to guard against manufacturing defects, a 20-year finish (paint) warranty and a 20-year substrate warranty, typically Galvalume® or galvanized.

Superior Spanning Capability

IMPs are strong and give a rigid feel and appearance. The bond of the steel facings to the insulating core produces a rigid composite section. It is not uncommon so see exterior wall spans in excess of 8’-0” and roof spans in excess of 7’-0”. Interior partitions often span from floor to ceiling with no additional means of support. As with any building product, a myriad of factors play into the design of these panels. A professional engineer should always reference the manufacturer’s load tables in order to dictate appropriate spans for the given project location.

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When compared to less rigid building components, IMPs require fewer structural supports. Fewer structural supports translate into fewer attachments, less labor and a reduced accessory cost. While lighter components and flexible insulations are greatly affected by windy conditions, IMPs are relatively uninhibited by less than ideal weather conditions. Specialized vacuum lift equipment is available to aid in the handling and installation of IMPs. This equipment allows for quick lifting and placement of panels and is offered for purchase or lease from several nationwide suppliers.

The Products

Though there are exceptions, the most common panel widths are 42-, 36- and 24-inch with 42-inch being the standard. The standard gauge metal thickness is 26-ga. with 24- and 22-ga. also available.  Thicknesses typically range from 2 to 6 inches.  Finishes are usually either embossed or smooth with options available for post-production applied finishes. Both roof and wall panels are offered allowing for a total building envelope application.

As demonstrated above, IMPs are indeed premier building products on the leading edge of innovation. They are a green product that saves energy. They are tested to resist the elements and the manufacturers stand behind their products. The panels are strong and lend themselves to quick, easy and efficient installation. The product offering is diverse allowing for a myriad of unique applications. Every day, designers seem to find new and exciting applications for this dynamic and versatile building product.

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