Insulated Metal Panels - United States

4 Must-Know Tips about Panels

As a Business Development Manager at Kingspan, I often get asked similar questions from architects and design professionals. These questions spurred me to offer ‘tips’ through my LinkedIn account. I’d like to share a couple of these tips on Insulated Metal Panels with you today!
Tip 1 – Specify laminated construction when designing a curved insulated panel.
Laminated construction allows for maximum design flexibility for custom fabricated applications. The polyisocyanurate has been cured prior to the assembly of the panel system allowing for the polyiso to be scored and adhered to a preset panel jig that meets the intended radius. 

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Tip 2 – G-60 vs. G-90 when specifying a hot dipped galvanized (HDG) steel
Galvanized substrate is designated by the amount of zinc that is applied to the base steel. A thicker amount of zinc coating translates to the greater amount of protection against corrosion. The two most popular coating specified are G-90 (0.9 ounces per sq ft) for a Bare Galvanized panel and G-60 (0.6 ounces per sq ft) for a painted Galvanized panel. 
Tip 3 – Building Weather Barrier vs. Rain Screen - What is the difference?
The exterior skin of a building structure features a strong thermal , moisture and air barrier, acting as the building’s weather-resistant barrier. A rain screen is cladding divorced by means of a flashed and drained cavity from a building’s weather-resistant barrier. The continuous air space between inner and outer layers helps control some of the forces that drive water into the interiors of buildings.

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Tip 4  – The use of an integrated system as a building envelope
Comprised of two prefinished metal facings with an insulation core bonded between, the insulated metal panel is joined to its adjacent component by a thermally broken, interlocking system. The use of this uniform joinery creates a building envelope that can easily incorporate additional components such as sunshades, window mullion extrusions and coping without the need for custom details.

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Kevin Franz ~ Registered Architect in the State of North Carolina, Member of AIA, NCARB, USGBC & GBCI, CSI, CDT. LEED AP BD+C Accredited. Experience in Corporate & Commercial Office, Mixed-use, Business/Mixed use site planning, multi-family, Retail, Healthcare and Interior Design

Specialties: Project management, Team leadership and Building Design/Detail development. Revit, Autocad, Photoshop & Sketch-up proficient
Posted on 12/26/2013 12:03:05 PM

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