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A&S Building Systems is the number one choice in the metal building construction industry not only because of the superior metal buildings we provide but also due to the partnerships we forge. When you align yourself with A&S, you become part of our family. We are dedicated to providing you with experience, knowledge, superior products, outstanding customer service, and most importantly…support for your business.



 

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Benefits to the Architect

What is a Metal Building System?

Design Flexibility

Building Green: Structural Stability and Sustainability

Risk Management: Purchasing and Warranty Options

Building Green

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Benefits to the Architect

Metal buildings offer a variety of solutions allowing you freedom from structural constraints commonly associated with more traditional building materials. Including metal in your repertoire of construction resources can also enhance the capabilities of the traditional components already in place.

 

The most notable attributes of metal buildings are:

  1. Design Flexibility
  2. Structural Stability
  3. Sustainability
  4. Risk Management

Metal Buildings can be used in virtually every market. The most common markets that benefit from metal construction include:

  1. Commercial / Retail
  2. Office
  3. Warehouse / Distribution
  4. Industrial
  5. Hangars and Aviation
  6. Recreational
  7. Educational
  8. Religious
  9. Government
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What is a Metal Building System?

An integrated set of components and assemblies that are specifically designed to form a complete structural system.

 

This typically includes primary framing comprised of constant depth or web-tapered structural steel frames, secondary members that are cold-formed steel or steel joists, a metal panel roof system and exterior wall cladding.

 

These components and assemblies are manufactured in a manner that permits plant and/or field inspection prior to assembly or erection.

 

SOURCE: MBMA

 

The term “pre-engineered” is frequently used to describe a metal building. However, this term has fallen out of favor over the past 15 years.


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Design Flexibility

Value Engineering

 

Many variables of a structure, including shape, size, color, and roof slope play an integral role determining a building’s design options when using a metal building system. Metal building systems provide the opportunity to apply value engineering principles.

 

Value Engineering is a process that maximizes structural stability while minimizing the cost to the owner:

  1. Saving you time and financial stress
  2. Minimizing wasted material
  3. Increasing efficiency

It is the engineering equivalent to thinking outside the box.

 

Marrying Traditional Construction with Metal Construction

 

Metal construction functions in hybrid form when combined in construction with:

  1. Brick
  2. Stone
  3. Tilt-up Concrete
  4. Glass
  5. Wood, etc.

Retrofit Roofing is an innovative solution that can provide energy efficiencies in new construction or on structures with pre-existing roof systems that need to be modified or replaced.

  1. The light-gauge framing system used in conjunction with metal panels and cool colors can achieve a noticeable improvement in SR values and a pleasing aesthetic.
  2. Compatible Roof Systems Include:
        1. Asphalt
        2. Metal Roof Panels
        3. Insulated Roof Panels
        4. Retrofit

Colors

 

When choosing metal for your exterior, Color plays an integral role in the design process.

  1. Cool Roof Colors are designed to improve the potential for solar reflectivity.
  2. When Cool Roof Colors meet the reflectivity and emissivity performance levels required by LEED and Energy, the source of urban heat islands and energy expulsion is decreased.
  3. Higher reflectivity translates into lower roof temperatures, decreasing thermal heat transfer into the buildings’ interior, and reducing energy bills.
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Building Green: Structural Stability

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a process that assesses the financial and/or environmental impacts of a structure over the course of the building’s entire lifetime.

  1. LCA analyzes the overall financial forecast of a structure from cradle to grave, including anticipated wear and tear.
  2. The US Green Building Council and other similar organizations are looking to incorporate LCA as an additional compliance path to their normal requirements.
  3. The architect will have to consider LCA in the decision criteria when choosing materials that are both cost effective and environmentally friendly.

Sustainability

 

As the term “building green” becomes increasingly popular, so does the demand for providing high performance products. A&S Building Systems has been providing these products for years and continues to promote buildings that minimize energy consumption and are environmentally responsible. Constantly making strides in the way of green building, A&S provides a variety of materials and techniques that are environmentally friendly and minimize a project’s carbon footprint.

 

Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources—energy, water, and materials—while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building's lifecycle, through better site selection, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.

 

SOURCE: US Green Building Council

 

Metal Building Attributes for Green are:

  1. Contributes to Sustainability
  2. Contains High Recycled Content
  3. Virtually 100% Recyclable
  4. Provides LEED Contribution
  5. Supports Energy Efficiency
  6. Extended Life Cycle
  7. Reduced Material Waste

Click here to visit our Building Green section.


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Risk Management

In order to minimize risk factors and maximize building potential ensuring client satisfaction, carefully consider two key factors when choosing your preferred manufacturer.

  1. Purchasing Options
  2. Warranty Options

Purchasing Options

 

Our builder network is composed of an elite group of professional builders educated and skilled in the process of constructing a metal building.

 

Because of the increasingly complex nature of general construction, the best return on a client’s investment is to work through a professional builder because you gain:

  1. Code familiarity and compliance
  2. Coordination and scheduling with contractors
  3. On site quality control
  4. Product and protocol experience
  5. Established credibility and trust between the builder and manufacturer. This includes credit terms, ability to make field modifications and judgment calls on damaged or missing parts to clarify your project needs to ensure success.

Warranty Options

 

Product Warranties include:

  1. Industry Standard Product Warranty is one year
  2. Against failure due to defective material or workmanship

Panel Finish Warranties* include:

  1. 25 year for film integrity and chalk and fade
  2. Limited Warranty

Weathertightness Warranties include:

  1. Ranges from 5-20 years
  2. Single Source & Standard Warranties with values from $.20 sq ft up to no $ limit
  3. Before warranty is issued and valid, roof must be properly installed
  4. Requires manufacturer inspection of roof regardless of type of weathertightness warranty selected. Inspections range from 1 (Standard) to 3 inspections (Single Source).

* See Specific Finish Requirements

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