Energy Efficiency and Performance
Metal buildings can utilize a multitude of high-performance insulation options - from fiberglass to rigid board, which can meet or exceed energy conservation code requirements. ASHRAE 90.1 and the IECC have specific prescriptive requirements for metal buildings, but sophisticated metal building contractors often utilize software tools such as COMcheck to show energy code compliance using the envelope trade-off approach. This approach allows builders to select the best balance of high-performance roof and wall insulation, windows and doors, and foundation insulation that works best and saves the most energy and money when considering all the project requirements. For more information refer to the MBMA Energy Design Guide for Metal Building Systems available at www.mbmamanual.com.
In addition to the MBMA Energy Design Guide, MBMA developed the following energy design resources:
This five-page publication offers solutions to condensation in metal building systems. It contains factual information about the proper ventilation of buildings as well as systems that can be used to prevent condensation from forming.
This free energy design guide was developed to help building contractors and erectors understand the basic energy code and insulation requirements for metal buildings, and meet these ever changing and complex requirements.