Custom engineered metal building systems are a key market segment in the construction industry. As the construction industry and the economy evolve, the building envelop must adapt to respond to developing trends and demands. The following questions are often asked about steel building systems.

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1. Why should an Owner choose a custom engineered metal building system over conventional construction alternatives?

2. What are the newest innovations in custom engineered metal building systems?

3. What role do custom engineered metal building systems play in the Green Building Movement?

4. How much does a building cost? What is it going to cost per square foot?

 

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Why should an Owner choose a custom engineered metal building system over conventional construction alternatives?

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There are many great reasons why custom engineered metal building systems are essential for Owners to consider for their next construction project:

1. Custom engineered metal building systems are recognized as aesthetically pleasing, reliable, energy efficient and cost effective buildings that provide optimal design versatility and functionality.

2. The sustainable green attributes of metal building systems with recycled content and recyclability makes them a natural choice for today’s Green Building movement.

3. Precision manufactured in climate-controlled manufacturing facilities, custom engineered metal building components are assembled quickly at the job site. Building owners can take occupancy sooner; some estimates show time savings of as much as one-third that of conventional construction time.

4. Custom engineered metal building systems include efficiency of design that results in cost efficiency. These building systems can easily be insulated to achieve extremely high R-values that relate directly to cost savings in operational expenses.

5. The flexibility of a custom engineered metal building system has several application benefits:

The spanning capacity and customizable column locations and depths of the metal building system is significantly more than that of wood, concrete and conventionally framed structures.
This translates to superior design flexibility and usable floor space. The ability to value engineer with the metal building system saves the owner material and labor costs over less efficient alternatives. Systems construction allows ESI to act as a partner and consultant, bringing value-added services to the owner over and above that of traditional construction alternatives.

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Question:
What are the newest innovations in custom engineered metal building systems?


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There are many new and exciting innovations that put custom engineered metal building systems on the leading edge of today’s construction technologies:

1. Hybrid buildings, like the ones ESI specializes in, take advantage of all the benefits of custom engineered metal building systems, while adding traditional construction elements like tilt-up walls or architectural elements made of light-gauge steel, wood, masonry, brick, stone and glass. This integrated approach utilizes all materials to maximum efficiency.

2. New mini-mills and creative manufacturing techniques significantly reduce the energy consumption required for the fabrication process of the components used in custom engineered metal building systems. These elements are very attractive as the green building initiative continues to grow in the construction industry.

3. Improved insulated metal panels achieve better cost to benefit ratios for these products. The mandate for higher R-values of the building envelope in newer energy-efficiency codes will catalyze the demand for these panels in the near future.

4. Building Integrated Photovoltaic systems is gaining popularity as the demand for on-site renewal energy increases.

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Question:
What role do custom engineered metal building systems play in the Green Building Movement?


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Today, building owners are taking green building materials and techniques into consideration when constructing a new facility. As the importance of lowering energy costs, conserving natural resources and utilizing recycled and recyclable content becomes increasingly vital, the always present sustainability of metal building systems steps to the forefront. Combined with new technologies in this construction sector Building Green is very exciting. At ESI, we are positioned to assist owners meet this demand in the changing construction environment.

1. Cool Roofs are EPA Energy Star rated. Cool roofs systems help green construction by mitigating the heat island effect and reduce cooling costs in cooling dominated climates which are huge energy and operational cost saving advantages.

2. Building Integrated Photovoltaic systems is gaining popularity as the demand for on-site renewal energy increases.

3. Metal is an inherently “green” building material as it is THE most recycled material in the world; new metal components contain 30% or more post consumer recycled content. The manufacturing process of metal building systems reuses and recycles waste material, reducing waste that goes to landfills, does not produce off-gassing as no on-site painting is required, components are cut to length saving waste product at the job site, saves on installation time, requires minimal disruption to the job site, and improves energy efficiency and comfort. These factors help building owners with LEED credits MR 4.1 and 4.2.

4. The economic benefits of building green also receive a lot of attention. If the manufacturing process reduces the amount of raw materials used, it achieves cost savings and reduces the impact on natural resources. Additionally, these buildings have a long LifeCycle, therefore they are environmentally friendly. Together, these are a powerful combination.

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How much does a building cost? What is it going to cost per square foot?

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It is surprising how many owners believe this is the most important question that they can ask. The better way to state the question is to help an owner understand their budget, or how much they have to spend. That way, it is possible to design the structure to fit the available budget.

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