Metal Building Trends

The Metal Building Trends blog covers the latest trends, technologies, and techniques in the metal building industry. Founded in 1927, Star Building Systems has more than eighty-five years of experience in the design, construction, and sale of custom metal building solutions for all types of applications, from schools and warehouses to retail stores and airport hangars.
August 06, 2018 | Star Building Systems

Metal buildings are proving to be a smart solution for livestock housing.

Building Materials | August 01, 2018 | Star Building Systems

Metal building systems are often selected for large-sized structures, and with good reason.

Energy Efficiency | July 02, 2018 | Star Building Systems

There is an efficient system for mounting solar panels to roofs and turning roof real estate into raw power.

Building Team | March 14, 2018 | Star Building Systems

Commercial transportation is getting more expensive, and it’s driving up the price of steel.  

Insulation | February 19, 2018 | Bob Zabcik

There is little doubt that the use of foam plastic insulation in metal building exterior roof and wall assemblies is on the rise. 

January 24, 2018 | Star Building Systems

Studies have shown that daylight in the workplace increases productivity and general employee health, with probable impacts in reducing sick time a...

January 15, 2018 | Doug Clark

The combination of design flexibility and high value-to-cost enable design professionals to provide their clients with cost-effective solutions for...

December 28, 2017 | Bill Beals

The latest code cycle requires higher insulation values and an air barrier in the thermal envelope.

December 20, 2017 | Cary Barger

Metal building systems have great longevity… if properly maintained.

Metals | October 18, 2017 | Star Building Systems

Star metal building systems have once again demonstrated their durability in extreme weather events.

Building Materials | August 24, 2017 | Cary Barger

No matter what structural material you build with, be it steel, concrete, or wood, water is the enemy.  

Architects | June 20, 2017 | Allen Hurtz

Getting a project through plan review can be an unusually long process, anywhere from six months to two years.

Metals | May 22, 2017 | Allen Hurtz

In many metal building applications, straight columns may have more steel than they need.

Contractors | May 08, 2017 | Doug Clark

The most important factor in making sure the where, when, what, and how go smoothly is making sure you pick the right who.

Metals | May 03, 2017 | Bob Zabcik

There are robust, well-proven ways to protect steel so it can perform up to its potential virtually indefinitely.

Building Tech | January 31, 2017 | Star Building Systems

GF Construction, led by Charles and Jerry Fombrun, designed an industrial manufacturing development in Haiti that spans one million square feet, pr...

Moisture Control/Building Envelope | December 13, 2016 | Cary Barger

The basic idea of a rainscreen is to have an exterior surface – a cladding layer - that breaks the force of sideways, wind-driven water movement, s...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Arlington

Today’s codes define more efficient, effective structures, but the engineering of them has become vastly more complex.

November 21, 2016 | Bryan Arlington

There is a mistaken belief among some people that steel buildings do not do well in earthquakes. The truth is quite the opposite.

Drones | October 25, 2016 | Doug Clark

People in the construction business are finding all sorts of great applications for drones, including the inspection of remote locations, getting a...

August 24, 2016 | Bryan Arlington

The pros and cons of a rolling sheet door

August 19, 2016 | Bryan Arlington

Metal building standard for contractors and erectors.

Metals | July 27, 2016 | Bob Zabcik

 A large roof can become a resource that saves significant money on energy consumption and helps reduce emissions of CO2 and it turns out metal roo...

Roofing | June 29, 2016 | Dave Rutherford

When faced with the need to replace a flat roof, many building owners find retrofitting a more viable investment, and so they erect a long-lasting,...

Roofing | May 09, 2016 | Cary Barger

A report by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) found that 55% Al-Zn coated low-slope steel standing seam roofing systems suffer very little c...

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