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Sep 13, 2007
Metal Builder, September 2007 Issue, "Easy being green?"- The talk among big-city commercial builders today is about "sustainability" -- a 50-cent word to describe the concept of "green building" and "LEED" (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to certify that buildings are eco-friendly. From office towers to resort hotels to mixed-use developments, building owners and tenants worry about "VOCs" (volatile organic compounds emitted by conventional carpets, flooring, adhesives, and paints) and "IAQ" (internal air quality).

But does all this really matter when you're a rural builder who is constructing a garage, a horse barn, a mini-warehouse, a small-town strip mall, or a church gym? None of these projects likely will ever seek LEED certification. Indoor air quality is less important when the "tenant" is an RV, a bass boat, a horse, or an airplane. And these owners are more worried about how much a new building will cost up-front, rather than its "life-cycle costs" over 30 years.

Metal roofs are not, however, the only portion of metal building systems in which "green" innovations are being made today. For example, American Building Company of Eufala, Ala., recently introduced a SmarTrax system in which advanced paint systems are employed on its buildings' sidewall panels as well as the roofs.

"Sustainability is affecting the building industry in a colossal way," affirms ABC president Harold Franze, "and it's important for companies like ours to provide builders with the green products and information they need."
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