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Learning how to properly seal building penetrations will help prevent the permeation of air, gas, noise, dust, fire, smoke, or liquid from one location through a barrier into another.  "Although representing less than 1 percent of the structure, sealants' correct application is critical to the water and airtightness of the building. Since metal substrates expand and contract with changes in temperature, sealants (they consist of polymers that allow flexibility) aid metal panel joints that experience dynamic movement." Mark Robins, Senior Editor, Metal Construction News.

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What is testing?

  • Testing is the process used to compare a product (in this case an ACM panel system) to an industry established benchmark for a given set of performance criteria
  • In general terms, testing is used as a measure of quality and performance

What is the purpose of testing?

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Once a building is clad with ACM panels, it’s pretty difficult to know which panel manufacturer was specified and installed. Let’s face it, for all intent and purposes most ACM panels look and perform the same… or do they?

Here are a few things you should consider when specifying ACM panels on your next project:

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For many involved in the building industry, NFPA 285 is a major topic. Are your products and/or install systems NFPA 285 approved? If not, do they need to be?

The article "NFPA 285, Architectural Design and Energy Performance” by Richard Keleher in the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences explains the codes and standards within the building industry when it comes to NFPA 285.

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When choosing building materials, do you factor in the climate? Does it get really cold? Really hot? Frequent rain storms? Or snow storms? Analyzing the climatic conditions is important when specifying certain building materials. 

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