Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) can be used on virtually any type of facility as an exterior or interior cladding system. In terms of design, IMPs offer construction teams numerous benefits! These benefits include easy installation, continuous barrier to the elements, and even the minimization of heating and cooling costs! In order to get the most out of this efficient and cost-effective system, it is important for designers to pay close attention to how the IMPs interface with the rest of the building. In this article we’ve comprised our Top Tips for Designing With Insulated Metal Panels to help your building achieve optimal performance!
Tip 1: Avoid Thermal Bridging
Thermal bridging occurs when one material spanning from the exterior of the wall to the interior of the wall is more conductive than the other materials around it. This displacement creates a bridge through the wall’s thermal barrier, allowing for the accelerated flow of heat, leading to condensation and eventually deterioration. How can one combat thermal bridging? Paying attention to joint detailing, roof to wall transitions, and transitions from IMPs to other materials.
Tip 2: Select A Proper Sealant
Sealants are a critical component to the overall IMP system. The exterior metal on the IMP will naturally expand and contract with changes in temperature, which can cause panels to bow and shift. A proper sealant will provide durability and flexibility that help withstand this strain on sealant joints. Design teams should carefully consider the climate, solar exposure, wind exposure, and humidity exposure when selecting sealant joints. The sealant should be able to withstand climatic conditions as well as anticipated structural movement.
Tip 3: Seal From Air And Water
Windows and doors provide an opening for air and water to get in. It is essential that these openings are properly detailed to prevent exposure to climatic conditions. Design teams and contractors should also pay special attention to wall to roof transitions and other penetration areas, such as vents, security cameras, etc.
IMPs are an excellent way to clad a building in energy efficient materials. In order to make the most of this material, designers and contractors should work closely to ensure the quality and integrity of the IMP system. We hope our tips help! For more information on IMPs, contact our qualified team of professionals at 519-451-7663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.