Builders spec metal roof and wall panels for sustainable projects (video)
Building professionals are turning to metal panels for roofing and wall systems for energy efficiency and sustainability that also offer a wide range of colors and styles.
For instance, the largest planned net zero energy community in the United States features more than 40,000 total linear feet of metal wall, roof and canopy panels from Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation.
The University of California, Davis West Village community comprises 205 acres with 662 apartments, 343 single-family homes, and commercial and recreational facilities. The campus consists of three primary developments: The Ramble apartment complex, Viridian apartment homes and retail space, and The Center recreational facility.
As a net zero energy development, UC Davis West Village is designed to generate as much energy as it consumes. On sunny days, the solar panels will generate more electricity than is needed for the site and send some back to the power grid. At night, the community will pull electricity from the grid, balancing out the excess power produced throughout the day.
The sustainable design of the community limits energy consumption, enables energy production and contributes to a healthy environment. The development evokes the feel of an exclusive resort, with well-manicured landscaping and multi-colored buildings. The project team wanted to use specific colors without sacrificing LEED points. The team specified Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation because of its ability to achieve this goal.
Watch Christian Nolte of Metal Sales explain the benefits of metal panels.
"We chose Metal Sales panels because they bring an interesting aesthetic to the exterior of the buildings," said Michael Todd, project superintendent with Carmel Partners, the developer and property manager. "Metal Sales matched the colors we needed, which makes the buildings 'pop.'"
The Ramble apartment complex features more than 11,500 linear feet of 24 gauge, 7/8-inch corrugated panels from Metal Sales in four custom colors: Green Drop, Glowing Firelight, Swedish Blue and Mustard Yellow.
Viridian is a multi-use facility that houses retail space on the first floor and three stories of apartments above. The first level is expected to house retail stores, restaurants, and university research and development offices. It features more than 18,000 linear feet of 22 gauge, 7/8-inch corrugated panels coated with custom colors Gypsum and Zentury Brown. The exterior is also covered in stucco, creating a striking contrast with the panels from Metal Sales. Canopies are clad with Vertical Seam 24 gauge, 18-inch 'flat' roof panels in Champagne Metallic.
The Center houses the leasing office, fitness center, yoga room, study and meeting rooms, recreational and lap pools, volleyball court, and recreational facilities. It features more than 700 linear feet of 20 gauge, 7/8-inch corrugated panels in a Galvalume finish, and more than 11,000 linear feet of 24 gauge, Magna-Loc 180 pencil rib roof panels in Champagne Metallic.
All of the panel colors from Metal Sales are listed with ENERGY STAR, improving energy-efficiency and reducing the amount of energy needed for cooling. The panels also have a long life span, are 100 percent recyclable, and contain a high percentage of recycled material, contributing to LEED points.
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Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.www