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BuildSense Inc. Office Building, Durham, N.C.

BuildSense Inc., an architectural and construction services provider, specified Metl-Span insulated metal panels (IMP) for a roof renovation on its office building to reflect company ideals.

BuildSense Inc., an architectural and construction services provider, specified Metl-Span insulated metal panels (IMP) for a roof renovation on its office building to reflect company ideals. Erik Mehlman, AIA, CGP, BuildSense, says his company likes to use off-the-shelf products in unconventional methods to achieve goals. Metl-Span's CF42R insulated standing seam panels with a 6-inch urethane core are typically used on refrigerated buildings as wall panels. For this project the panels were used to clad the office building's roof.

The outer 24-gauge panel is Polar White to reflect sunlight and reduce cooling loads in the summer. The 26-gauge Snow White inside panels serve as a reflective ceiling above the open web steel joists, making electrical lighting inside more efficient. The standing seams serve as a place to attach photovoltaic panels to supply electricity to the building.

Mehlman says BuildSense has a corporate commitment to green certification of its work and LEED certification is important. "Additionally, as we consistently talk the talk, we needed to walk the walk on our own project," he says. "I think we have. Our building is actually out-performing our design expectations."

Doug Pickens, vice president of marketing at Metl-Span, says the driving force behind the installation of IMPs is their ability to provide longterm energy conservation. "We applaud this sort of outside-the-box thinking and use of Metl-Span products," he says.

Goals included converting a one-story former farm equipment and auto repair building into a more energy-efficient, two-story building, achieving a LEED Platinum rating and maintaining an appearance that still fit the neighborhood. The building was a masonry warehouse in the 1940s.

Mehlman says his company wanted something that respected the area and was different. He says the panels provided an "industrial-chic" look. "We wanted it to maintain a warehouse aesthetic, but also to say, 'I'm different. I'm a new era of building,'" he says.

Owner: BuildSense Inc., Durham

Metal roof panels: Metl-Span, Lewisville, Texas, www.metl-span.com