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Eco-Homes: Why Durable Zinc Is the “Green” Solution for Residential Roofs

April 22nd, 2022

Sustainable, or “green,” buildings – buildings that are deliberately designed to use natural resources in a way that’s environmentally friendly — are no longer a luxury. They are an imperative.

Consider the facts: According to the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Whole Building Design Guide, “On an annual basis, buildings in the United States consume 39 percent of America’s energy and 68 percent of its electricity. Furthermore, buildings emit 38 percent of the carbon dioxide (the primary greenhouse gas associated with climate change), 49 percent of the sulfur dioxide, and 25 percent of the nitrogen oxides found in the air. Currently, the vast majority of this energy is produced from non-renewable, fossil fuel resources…”

Of the two ways to reduce heating, cooling and lighting loads “through climate-responsive design and construction practices,” the Whole Building Design Guide recommends the use of “high-performance building envelopes: select walls, roofs, and other assemblies based on long-term insulation, and durability requirements.”

One of the most sustainable, high performance building materials prevalent throughout the world is zinc.

Zinc is reported to be the 23rd most abundant element in the earth’s crust. It is a non-ferrous metal that is not susceptible to rust or corrosion: It’s weatherproof, seismic proof, corrosion resistant, and immune to the harmful effects of UV rays, ensuring a very long service life without degradation.

This is possible because architectural zinc develops its own protective layer, which is called zinc hydroxyl carbonate. Once it’s formed, that layer blocks moisture and chemicals from penetrating the zinc and, if it’s scratched, the hydroxyl carbonate will reform over time. In other words, zinc heals itself. That’s why zinc walls and roofs last on average from 80 to 100 years.

Zinc also requires very little energy to manufacture and little to no maintenance, and it is 100 percent recyclable from new construction scrap to the time it reaches its end use. As a result, zinc roofs and wall cladding never end up in landfills.

For generations, European architects have specified zinc as a building envelope material for all types of buildings because it would last and endure harsh weather conditions. In the late 1700s, zinc was also one of the most popular materials used for roofing in America, which is why many well-known historic structures, such as the Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, had metal roofs.

Unfortunately, zinc fell out of favor in the U.S. as less expensive roofing materials evolved, such as asphalt shingles, and as American developers and building owners lapsed into a “throw-away” mind-set in the 1960s and ’70s that still assumes no more than a 30- to 50-year life span for American buildings.

Today, American architects are becoming more enamored with the material, not only for its durability but also because of the increasing need for environmentally sustainable design and construction.

American architects are warming to the use of zinc on commercial, institutional, and government buildings. A few far-sighted practitioners are also encouraging their residential clients to use architectural zinc on their homes – from brand-new construction to renovation and historic restoration.

New Construction: Thinking of The Future

“Zinc ultimately costs much less than asphalt shingles when you calculate the life span of the house,” says Daniel Nicely, director of market development for VMZINC and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). “Shingles are usually composed of asphalt, a decidedly non-green material, and an average shingle roof will need to be replaced about every 10 years — four to five times compared to the lifetime of one zinc roof.”

Compared to other metals that may be less expensive than zinc (painted aluminum, for example) or more expensive (copper), Nicely insists that zinc comes out ahead in analysis. He points out:

• Painted materials can scratch and will rust if they’re not protected or if they’re damaged, and their life span is half to one-third that of zinc’s.
• Copper now costs roughly twice as much as zinc.
• Some communities have raised concerns about the run-off from copper. Zinc’s run-off is clear and will not stain adjacent materials, as copper will.
• More zinc is found naturally in the soil than will ever run-off a typical residential roof.
• Zinc becomes non-bio-available once it hits the ground so it does not post any threat to children or pets.
• Ceramic tiles and slate are heavier than zinc and require a stronger, more expensive structural base than zinc.

A zinc roof is also more energy efficient than less-expensive asphalt shingles because it reflects heat and blocks heat transfer into attics. Research by the Florida Solar Energy Center back in 1985 proved that metal roofs in general absorbed 34 percent less heat than asphalt shingles, and homeowners switching to metal roofing reported saving up to 20 percent on their energy bills.

In Greenville, North Carolina, the Walters Residence, a sleek, modern residence designed by Tonic Design + Build, is an excellent example of the use of architectural zinc in an eco-friendly, energy-saving home. Both the clients and the design team envisioned the house as a model of environmental sensitivity and materials selection was critical to their success. To that end, designer Vincent Petrarca, Associate AIA, specified 1500 square feet of VMZINC flat lock panel for the home’s double-height “public” space.

“The color, material qualities, and the system of interlocking panels created a detailed texture of surface and shadow on the exterior facade of the two-story public space of the house,” said Petrarca. “In order to meet the goals of the a LEED for Homes Silver project, we selected zinc as a key feature in the exterior composition of materials. Not only is it 100 percent recyclable, but it’s also durable and low maintenance with a lifespan of nearly 100 years. This was very appealing to the clients.”

How The Reputation Management Affects Your Business

March 18th, 2022

Is it true that you are keen on finding out about dealing with your standing? Have you been searching for accommodating and solid data? Indeed, this article will ensure you get a few strong ideas. It will assist you with sorting out some way to more readily deal with your standing.

Posting data via online media locales is essential to your business’ standing. You should post a few times each week at any rate to actually run an advertising effort. Assuming you see that posting via online media locales is overpowering, consider recruiting an aide to make your posts for you.

At the point when individuals invest in some opportunity to offer something about your business, it is vital that you are sufficiently gracious to answer. While you might be an extremely bustling individual, it shows your crowd that you really care about them and what they need to say. This is imperative to keep a consistent client base.

At the point when you talk with your crowd, ensure that you do as such in a conversational tone. Individuals try to avoid the possibility of entrepreneurs continuously addressing them with promoting to them. While you would like to make a deal, you ought to never cause a client to feel like this is your main concern.

Be grateful. Assuming somebody leaves a decent audit about your organization, send them an individual message and express gratitude toward them for their criticism. On the off chance that conceivable, send your client a coupon for a specific percent off on their next buy as a much obliged. In the event that this is preposterous, earnestly say thanks to them for their input.

Assuming you will utilize anybody’s thoughts, you ought to constantly make a point to give them credit for that. Everybody out there can advance a little from others, so giving due credit will show individuals that you don’t think you are over that. This is an extraordinary method for getting their appreciation.