Why DUOMIT install Insulated Metal Panels?
When a Germany-based farm equipment manufacturer HALDRUP GmbH broke into the North American market. They had just one requirement: their new plant should be constructed of insulated metal panels (IMPs). IMPs are a staple in European construction. Where they are beloved for their economic value, easy assembly, and fantastic insulation properties that keep energy loss and costs low. “Metal panel systems make it possible to get the building operational quickly,” says Rüdiger Hofmann, owner and civil engineer at HALDRUP.
The speedy assembly of these insulated metal wall panels ended up saving from falling behind schedule. When frozen ground prevented them from digging the building’s foundation. The panels require far less specialized equipment to install. Due to their self-aligning, tongue-in-groove joints with concealed fasteners, they are a snap to fit together. The streamlined construction meant the project could be completed on time, even with the setback. Hofmann also insisted on the IMPs for environmental reasons. Their high-performing energy efficiency is another reason they are widely used in Europe, where energy costs are generally higher.
Insulated Metal Panels protect against energy loss with a tightly sealed building envelope. That keeps outside weather, whether humid or dry, from interfering with the interior climate. The new IMPs product preventing the loss of hot and cold air from buildings.
INTERIOR CLIMATE CONTROL WITH MINIMUM ENERGY USE
Having a properly insulated building means saving energy. It’s no secret in the industry that the second largest contributor to greenhouse gases is the energy used inside buildings. A building with insulated metal panels can reduce energy cost by two-thirds. This is because the sealed building envelope optimizes thermal resistance. By stopping any gaps where heated or cooled air could potentially escape. The benefit is seen immediately. And pays for itself in securing the thermal envelope of the building (roof and wall system) better than traditional building materials. The Insulated Metal Panels pay for themselves for years and years.
ELIMINATES STRUCTURAL ROT & MOLD
Another way IMPs quickly recoup their initial cost is by requiring minimal maintenance and aftercare. They create a fully sealed building envelope. And prevent the travel of moisture from the exterior to the interior via tiny gaps in the insulation. This moisture travels in other building components. Can be responsible for mold and mildew—time and money, an intensive cost that can be highly disruptive for building owners. Because the building envelope is not only weatherproof but provides an impenetrable membrane in cold storage, it eliminates mold and mildew.
MEETING NET ZERO ENERGY GOALS
In 2008, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) set a goal. All new residential construction in California would be Zero Net Energy (ZNE) by 2020. Insulated metal panels make it easier than ever to reach those standards—especially in roof system. The IMPs reduce energy needs, enabling the building owner to use less energy. Realizing savings in buying fewer solar panels and still meet the 2020 standards. Because of the high thermal performance, the foam-insulated panels can reach above R-50. PIR metal panels are helping new and existing construction comply with CPUC’s aspirations for the state of California. We were ready for 2020 in 2016.
Insulated metal panels reduce the need for specialized equipment. That means less fuel for cranes and fewer materials of being used in a particular project. Additionally, they are extremely easy to modify should any changes be desired. Due to lightweight, they eliminate the need for a lot of structural support. Mold resistance and the fact – insulation and building material all rolled into one, they can be used anywhere in a building. Their ultra-smooth construction means they snap together with ease. Creating a sleek and modern aesthetic that is at home in a wide variety of residential and commercial industrial projects. Whether customers are looking for a modern, sleek look in the flat panel. Or even an architectural metal panel – choices are deep and varied.
FLEXIBILITY & SUSTAINABILITY
Insulated panels have an additional benefit, especially in a location like California. In zones prone to earthquakes and tremors, panels are less rigid and more flexible than heavy, traditional building materials. They can even sway between 4 and 6 inches from side to side during seismic activity. Sustainability means products that last “the life of the building, and perform throughout its life cycle as well.” Quick pay for the investment due to reduced installation time and costs. The elimination of mold potential, and lower heating and cooling bills. After that, it’s just making money for owners. Steel, a major component in the metal panels, is 100% recyclable and can be reused ad infinitum. There is no endgame for steel, it could be a bicycle wheel next time around.