Construction Today - January 2017 - 56

Commercial | FABCON PRECAST
panels are
ยป VersaCore+Green
designed to delay the transfer
of heat in and out of buildings.

be up to 13.6 feet wide, enabling customers
to determine the R-values that best fit local
building codes and client specifications.
There are three primary methods to
measuring R-value: testing, calculation or
computer modeling. In the past, Fabcon used
the calculation method to determine the
R-value of a panel. However, the company
recently completed a finite element analysis,
enabling it to switch to more accurate computer modeling, according to Miks.
Using the modeling method, Fabcon builds
the cross-sectional element of the material
it wants the program to study. The program
then does a steady state analysis on that
element to identify the insulation properties
of the material and its resistance to heat
transfers. From there, Fabcon can convert
the information into an R-value. "That has
given us a truer representation of the thermal
performance of the panels," Miks explains.
Fabcon began using the computer modeling method this past summer in response to
modified code standards from the American
Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). "That was
something we thought was prudent knowing
how some of the building codes are identifying ASHRAE [standards]," Miks says.

56

CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2017

Having a more accurate R-value gives
developers and contractors a better picture
of the entire thermal envelope of their
structure. This in turn translates into
understanding the building's potential
energy consumption.

Thermal Performance
A panel's R-value is only one component
in a project's total thermal performance.
Miks says it's important not to get caught
up in the insulation rating of individual
parts. A typical window might have an
R-value of between 2 and 2.5 but the small
size has an insignificant impact on the
building's total thermal envelope. The key
is looking at how all those elements interact to create overall building performance.
Most of the insulating properties of
a building come from the roof. Even a
half-inch of additional thickness can
make a significant impact on the thermal
envelope. But by having a more accurate
understanding of R-value of Fabcon's
panel, contractors and architects might
be able to shave down the roof to save on
construction costs while still meeting the
same energy efficiency goals.
A mass wall or Fabcon panel for in-

'That has given us a truer
representation
of the thermal
performance
of the panels.'
stance, could be used on the sunny side
of the building to delay the transfer of
energy from the hot exterior. The mass
wall performs such that by the time the
heat penetrates the panel it will no longer
be peak hours of energy consumption.
It takes less energy for the building's air
conditioning to maintain temperature or
uses energy at a cheaper rate.

Sustainable Materials
The company can also help builders meet
LEED goals on the product side of the
sustainability equation. VersaCore+Green
panels are made from up to 58 percent
recycled materials, which include coarse


http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - January 2017

Contents
Construction Today - January 2017 - Cover1
Construction Today - January 2017 - Cover2
Construction Today - January 2017 - 1
Construction Today - January 2017 - 2
Construction Today - January 2017 - Contents
Construction Today - January 2017 - 4
Construction Today - January 2017 - 5
Construction Today - January 2017 - 6
Construction Today - January 2017 - 7
Construction Today - January 2017 - 8
Construction Today - January 2017 - 9
Construction Today - January 2017 - 10
Construction Today - January 2017 - 11
Construction Today - January 2017 - 12
Construction Today - January 2017 - 13
Construction Today - January 2017 - 14
Construction Today - January 2017 - 15
Construction Today - January 2017 - 16
Construction Today - January 2017 - 17
Construction Today - January 2017 - 18
Construction Today - January 2017 - 19
Construction Today - January 2017 - 20
Construction Today - January 2017 - 21
Construction Today - January 2017 - 22
Construction Today - January 2017 - 23
Construction Today - January 2017 - 24
Construction Today - January 2017 - 25
Construction Today - January 2017 - 26
Construction Today - January 2017 - 27
Construction Today - January 2017 - 28
Construction Today - January 2017 - 29
Construction Today - January 2017 - 30
Construction Today - January 2017 - 31
Construction Today - January 2017 - 32
Construction Today - January 2017 - 33
Construction Today - January 2017 - 34
Construction Today - January 2017 - 35
Construction Today - January 2017 - 36
Construction Today - January 2017 - 37
Construction Today - January 2017 - 38
Construction Today - January 2017 - 39
Construction Today - January 2017 - 40
Construction Today - January 2017 - 41
Construction Today - January 2017 - 42
Construction Today - January 2017 - 43
Construction Today - January 2017 - 44
Construction Today - January 2017 - 45
Construction Today - January 2017 - 46
Construction Today - January 2017 - 47
Construction Today - January 2017 - 48
Construction Today - January 2017 - 49
Construction Today - January 2017 - 50
Construction Today - January 2017 - 51
Construction Today - January 2017 - 52
Construction Today - January 2017 - 53
Construction Today - January 2017 - 54
Construction Today - January 2017 - 55
Construction Today - January 2017 - 56
Construction Today - January 2017 - 57
Construction Today - January 2017 - 58
Construction Today - January 2017 - 59
Construction Today - January 2017 - 60
Construction Today - January 2017 - 61
Construction Today - January 2017 - 62
Construction Today - January 2017 - 63
Construction Today - January 2017 - 64
Construction Today - January 2017 - 65
Construction Today - January 2017 - 66
Construction Today - January 2017 - 67
Construction Today - January 2017 - 68
Construction Today - January 2017 - 69
Construction Today - January 2017 - 70
Construction Today - January 2017 - 71
Construction Today - January 2017 - 72
Construction Today - January 2017 - 73
Construction Today - January 2017 - 74
Construction Today - January 2017 - 75
Construction Today - January 2017 - 76
Construction Today - January 2017 - 77
Construction Today - January 2017 - 78
Construction Today - January 2017 - 79
Construction Today - January 2017 - 80
Construction Today - January 2017 - 81
Construction Today - January 2017 - 82
Construction Today - January 2017 - 83
Construction Today - January 2017 - 84
Construction Today - January 2017 - 85
Construction Today - January 2017 - 86
Construction Today - January 2017 - 87
Construction Today - January 2017 - 88
Construction Today - January 2017 - 89
Construction Today - January 2017 - 90
Construction Today - January 2017 - 91
Construction Today - January 2017 - 92
Construction Today - January 2017 - 93
Construction Today - January 2017 - 94
Construction Today - January 2017 - 95
Construction Today - January 2017 - 96
Construction Today - January 2017 - 97
Construction Today - January 2017 - 98
Construction Today - January 2017 - 99
Construction Today - January 2017 - 100
Construction Today - January 2017 - 101
Construction Today - January 2017 - 102
Construction Today - January 2017 - 103
Construction Today - January 2017 - 104
Construction Today - January 2017 - 105
Construction Today - January 2017 - 106
Construction Today - January 2017 - 107
Construction Today - January 2017 - 108
Construction Today - January 2017 - 109
Construction Today - January 2017 - 110
Construction Today - January 2017 - 111
Construction Today - January 2017 - 112
Construction Today - January 2017 - Cover3
Construction Today - January 2017 - Cover4
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue6a
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue5
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue5b
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue5a
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue4
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue4a
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue3
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue3a
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue2
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue2a
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue1
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol17issue1a
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol16issue6
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol16issue5
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol16issue4
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol16issue3
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol16issue2
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_vol16issue1
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201712
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201711
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_20170910
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_20170708
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201706
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201705
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_20170304
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201702
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201701
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_20161112
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201610vol2
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201610
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201609
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201608
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201607
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201606
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/ct_201605
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201604
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20160304
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20160102
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20151112
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20150910
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20150708
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20150506
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20150304
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20150102
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20141112
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20140910
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20140708
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20140506
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20140304
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20140102
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20131112
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20130910
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20130708
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20130506
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20130304
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20130102
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20121112
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20120910
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201208
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201207
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201206
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201205
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201204
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201203
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201202
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201201
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201112
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_20111011
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201109
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/ct_201108
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201107
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201106
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201105
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201104
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201103
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201102
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201101
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201012
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201011
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201010
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201009
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201008
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201007
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201006
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201005
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201004
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201003
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201002
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/ct_201001
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/schofield/ct_200912
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/schofield/ct_200911
http://digital.construction-today.com/nxtbooks/schofield/ct_200910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/schofield/ct_200909
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com