February 2017

Welcome to ‘Stainless Solutions’ from IMOA. Each month, we will cover a different stainless steel issue with tips on design and specification, and links to technical resources.  This month’s issue looks at the use of stainless steel on building exteriors, including mullions, traditional curtain wall, double skin systems, and  sunscreens.
Stainless Steel on Exterior Walls

While it is often associated with modern design, stainless steel has played a significant historic role in the evolution of metal use on the exterior walls of buildings, starting with the Empire State Building in New York. Stainless steel remains a popular cladding material choice because of its longevity, amazing array of finish options, unique structural characteristics, resilience and sustainability.

Stainless steel uses in exterior wall applications are as diverse as the creativity of their designers. We have assembled a master list of informative brochures and articles covering a wide variety of building types and design concepts to stimulate your imagination. Colored stainless steel, traditional curtain wall, sunscreens, solar panels, and spectacular structural glass supported by stainless steel are all illustrated.  If you are aware of other good technical (non-commercial) publicly available articles or brochures that discuss exterior wall stainless steel applications in detail, please send us information and links so that we can continue to expand this resource page.

Please see our information on stainless steel selection and specification before designing your project since each service environment is unique.

New York, USA projects (From left to right:) Goldman Sachs (in background), One World Trade Center, and Seven World Trade Center with the 9/11 Museum Pavilion in the center. All are clad in Type 316L stainless steel.

Photo courtesy of Catherine Houska, TMR Consulting.

Multiple Projects

Solar Panels and Sunscreens

Stainless Steel and Glass

Industrial Buildings

Educational, Museums and Government

Public Transit

High Rises, Offices & Commercial Buildings

Stainless Steel Library

Download a free Stainless Steel Library (zip file, 559 MB) with over 360 pdfs covering building and construction applications, selection, specification, fabrication, sustainability and other common questions.

Stainless Solutions e-newsletter archive

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Continuing Education – American Institute of Architects (AIA)

IMOA is an AIA continuing education system approved provider with eight 1-hour programs that are registered for both live face-to-face and distance learning credit.

1. Stainless Steel Sustainable Design
2. Bioclimatic Design With Stainless Steel Weather Screens
3. Stainless Steel Structural Design
4. Stainless Steel Specification For Corrosive Applications
5. Deicing Salt: Stainless Steel Selection to Avoid Corrosion
6. Stainless Steel Finish Specification
7. Advanced Stainless Steel Specification and Problem Avoidance
8. Specification of Stainless Steel Finishes and Grades For Corrosive Applications

For more information or to schedule a workshop contact Catherine Houska, 412-369-0377 or email chouska@tmr-inc.com.

What is IMOA?

IMOA (International Molybdenum Association) is a non-profit industry association, which provides technical information to assist with successful specification of molybdenum-containing materials. Molybdenum is an element. When it is added to stainless steel, molybdenum increases its resistance to corrosion caused by deicing salts, coastal atmosphere and pollution.

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