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To Code...and Beyond!
The buildings of today must satisfy a supreme standard: they are called upon to achieve high performance: to be resilient, healthy, and energy efficient. Building science has focused modern design emphasis on the building envelope; in response to the movement of air, water vapor, and thermal conditions. These demands elicit dramatic changes to building envelope designs and the components used within.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
1. Discuss the attributes of insulated metal panels (IMPs) and how these characteristics create the flexibility to meet a wide array of aesthetic, locational, performance, and code demands.
2. Describe how the components of an IMP allow it to meet code requirements for thermal, water, vapor, and air control.
3. Explain the performance criteria that fire codes evaluate and the rigorous fire-code testing to which IMPs are subjected.
4. Compare and contrast the features, resilience, and performance standards of IMPs against other commercial building materials.