Metal Building Trends

The Metal Building Trends blog covers the latest trends, technologies, and techniques in the metal building industry. Star Building Systems' Joe Edge has more than forty years of experience in the design, construction, and sales of custom metal building solutions for all types of applications, from schools and warehouses to retail stores and airport hangars.
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Posted on January 30, 2014 By Gabe Savely
Every year brings changes. This one won’t be any different. We’ll see growth in some areas, declines in others. Here’s a little preview of what we’ll be writing about 2014 when 2015 comes rolling in. Going green isn’t going anywhere. The ongoing move toward energy efficiency will only be...
Posted on January 23, 2014 By Allen Hurtz
You can’t judge a book – or a building – by its cover. Not these days. What looks like brick, stucco or wood on the outside could actually be a metal building.  Metal is no longer easily detectable. It’s gotten sneakier visually. And a great example of that is the Madison Square retail center...
Posted on January 12, 2014 By Bob Zabcik
During my nearly 25-year career as an engineer, I've witnessed some 75 code and standard revision cycles representing thousands of pages of text requiring review and interpretation.  The biggest threat to human life in a building isn’t the potential of natural disasters, but the threat of...
Posted on January 06, 2014 By Bryan Arlington
If you had to define value engineering in a single word, you might boil it down to "efficiency." That would be one word, but it wouldn’t be accurate. The basic misconception of value engineering is that the term simply means to take a set of parameters, none of which will change, and do the best...
Posted on December 16, 2013 By Gabe Savely
Automation is the future you can’t avoid, though you may try. Even within the metal building industry—which is made up of skilled tradesmen—automation has revolutionized, and will continue revolutionizing, how we work. Here are a few inventions shifting the industry toward more technology and...
Posted on November 15, 2013 By Gene Bell
Beyond its long-standing role as a preferred material for a building’s structure and roof, metal is making its mark on interior spaces as well. A recent Metal Architecture article highlights metal as an increasingly popular alternative for architects and interior designers of commercial...
Posted on October 28, 2013 By Doug Clark
Given their durability and ease of use, metal roofs have been a common feature on rural houses for decades. Now they’re becoming an increasingly popular choice on urban dwellings as well.  The Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) reports that metal roofs are now fashionable among...
Posted on October 23, 2013 By John Negich
While the durability of metal as a construction material is widely recognized, some of its other advantages are less commonly acknowledged and appreciated.   An article posted on the METDAQ business-networking site touts a few additional benefits of building with metal.  “In an age when...
Posted on October 18, 2013 By Joe Edge
Sometimes, the remarkable properties of metal can even baffle scientists.  When a group of MIT researchers recently discovered that stress can cause metal alloy to fuse rather than break apart, they assumed it must be a mistake.  Under certain conditions, the team found that exposing a...
Posted on October 07, 2013 By Joe Edge
With origins tracing back to the mid-1950s, the modern metal shipping container continues to serve as a secure, practical vessel for transporting valuable materials from one place to another. At Star, we use them exclusively for our overseas shipments.  However, beyond their primary function...