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Our Annual Green Issue: More Than Just a Trend

Anchoring our green coverage this month is our Green Feature on page 12, where I got perspectives on the green building movement from sustainable building consultant Thomas Taylor of Vertegy. Taylor sees the market for metal components within the green building trend as very promising and ripe for growth, but the key may lie in additional education and information from the metal and steel industries.

Anchoring our green coverage this month is our Green Feature on page 12, where I got perspectives on the green building movement from sustainable building consultant Thomas Taylor of Vertegy. Taylor sees the market for metal components within the green building trend as very promising and ripe for growth, but the key may lie in additional education and information from the metal and steel industries. The developers of the life cycle assessment tools and sustainability calculating software need more input from the metal construction industry, according to Taylor, and if they get it we could see metal being specified mush more often by designers and architects.

The Roundtable on page 26 asks two industry veterans about the state of the snow retention market and what role these products have in the green building movement. S-5!'s Rob Haddock and SnoBlox-SnoJax's Brion McMullen discuss the importance of snow retention products being both recyclable and long-lasting in an effort to be more eco-friendly and cost-effective.

Page 36 highlights projects in the sustainable and adaptive reuse market segment, and this section opens with the project that also appears on our cover. It's an interesting project utilizing new InSpire wall panels from ATAS International Inc. The panels feature perforations that draw in warm outside air that is either funneled into the building's ventilation system for warmth during colder months, or vented back outside during hot summer months. This is just another example of innovative metal components that can benefit a building's green goals while adding to the aesthetics and durability of the exterior.

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This fall, on October 18, the combined Twitter accounts of Metal Construction News and its sister publications, Metal Architecture and Metal Building Developer, reached 1,000 followers. a significant milestone, to be sure, but one we hope is just the beginning. We've been active on Twitter for just barely one year, and we expect to see this new information delivery tool grow as our followers grow. If you have a small news blurb or tidbit you'd like to send out to our followers, send it to us and we'll re-tweet it to our loyal audience, getting your word out to the metal construction community in a very personal, social, effective way.

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