Architectural Panels Education Center

Writing a Proper Specification for Division 07 ACM Wall Panel Systems

Posted by Joel McKinley on Jan 5, 2017 8:20:00 AM

As the ACM wall panel industry has grown and continued to gain market share over traditional 1/8” aluminum plate panels, the failure of both the architectural and specification writer community to perform their due diligence, and attempt to educate themselves in gaining a better understanding of the difference between the two products has never been more obvious. To be fair, there are so many options out there to choose from: dry joint systems; wet joint systems; exposed fasteners; concealed fasteners; countless different system depths; pressure equalized rainscreen (PER); or drained back ventilated systems.

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Topics: Testing, ACM Systems, Designing

How to Design a Cost-Effective Thermally Broken Wall Panel Assembly

Posted by Joel McKinley on Dec 19, 2016 8:52:52 AM
When designing a  thermally broken wall panel system, it is imperative that you look beyond the exterior panel and panel  system components. It is important to consider the entire  building envelope and how the individual products will work together.   ASHRAE 90.1(thermally broken wall assemblies)  is the building code standard that is becoming  a hot topic  and will soon become a required  specification to meet, in almost all wall panel assembly designs.  Moving forward, component solutions that are ASHRAE 90.1 compliant will be sought-after products and most desirable if they are Value Engineered (VE) options. Currently, the most popular way to comply with ASHRAE 90.1 is to add expensive fiberglass or polyethylene isolated, thermally broken clip components, to  the conventional wall assembly construction .
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Topics: Testing, ACM Systems, Designing

What's the Importance of Specifying a Tested Wall Panel System?

Posted by Joel McKinley on Sep 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We often get asked this question by people looking to construct a building that will stand the test of time, free from long-term defects.  The importance of specifying a tested panel system is that there are standards that exist (AAMA 508-07, NFPA 285, ASTM 283, 330 and 331) to guide architects and specification writers in how to pick appropriate products that are available to them within the master building specification.

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Topics: Insider, Testing, Designing

About Our Education Center

The purpose of the Education Center is to keep you informed about the important issues and trends in the architectural wall panel industry and how they may impact your building project’s design, fabrication or installation. From changes in standards to new production technology, visit this page often to see regularly updated educational articles, videos and infographics, all created with the intention of keeping you on top of things.

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