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Pre-engineered buildings, or PEBs, are popular not only in the United States but around the world. According to market analysts, the PEB market will grow at a CAGR of 12% through 2020. Over the past decade, e-commerce and online retail sales have been driving growth in PEBs. It’s no surprise that digital purchasing continues to grow in both B2B and B2C. Storage and inventory space are needed by sellers. In addition, this increases the need for warehouses that can streamline product distribution.

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) updated its energy code in 2015, which New York State adopted in 2016, further pushing the need for energy-efficient buildings. To meet the strictest of energy codes, the PEB commercial industry has introduced roof and wall insulated metal panels with increased R-Values. IECC-certified design-build firms can work with owners to design more energy-efficient buildings while keeping costs down.

What are pre-engineered buildings?

Pre-engineered buildings are structures created by manufacturers and constructed using materials and fabrications that have been agreed upon in advance. Unlike conventional buildings, they can provide custom-built features and unique architectural designs more quickly and at a lower cost than a typical conventional building. In general, PEBs are low-rise buildings (typically two stories or less) used primarily for commercial purposes. Several commercial markets are served by PEB, including manufacturing, industrial, fitness centers, gyms, warehouses, hangars, agriculture, and many others.

How do pre-engineered buildings benefit you?

  • Cost-effectiveness is one of their advantages: An example of a cost-saving method is the use of a seam roof. Savings can be significant compared to membrane-style roofs. The cost savings from PEBs will vary depending on the scope of each project, though. A PEB can further reduce costs through the use of sheeting, but the main cost advantage lies in the roof. Consult with your architectural and construction firm to understand your local market and the conditions that may affect your choice of roofing system.
  • They offer time savings: Erection of a facility can be much faster and more efficient if materials and designs are pre-selected. It is also possible to save time by hiring a building company that can self-perform erection.
  • A variety of architectural options are available with them: The versatility of the design is further enhanced by the option of choosing from several wall panels. Depending on the owner’s needs, PEB designs roof systems and walls. Typically, PEBs use a standard seam roof, but an architectural firm that specializes in PEBs can work with you to customize and match a vision that fits your needs. It doesn’t have to be dull or cookie-cutter to be pre-engineered.

The structures are durable and of high quality

The PEBs are pre-fabricated in a controlled environment, ensuring durability and quality. If installed properly, pre-engineered roofs last longer than other roof systems. Clips are attached to the main steel to erect PEB roofs, which are then connected to the roof. During expansion and contraction, a machine seals the roof to the clips. The result is a durable roof to withstand even the harshest wind conditions. Fly-over videos of hurricane-devastated areas from the news in the past usually show metal roofs erected through this process that remain standing.

Low maintenance is one of their advantages.

Because of the quality built into the process and the raw materials used, PEBs maintain their appearance throughout their lives. Corrosion and rust are not problems for steel. The result is a foundation and structure that are virtually maintenance-free for longer than conventional buildings.

It is sustainable to use them.

Due to their recycled content, recyclability, and low life-cycle costs, PEBs are an ideal choice for incorporating sustainability and green construction into your next project.

Since 1976, VIP Structures has been constructing pre-engineered metal buildings in Upstate NY. The unique advantage of working with VIP is that we can integrate all phases of your building project. We assist you with your architectural, engineering, and construction needs. By using our in-house software, our team develops estimates that include different models, lengths, and widths of potential PEBs. Our experts examine all possible scenarios for your building project to recommend the most cost-efficient and structurally sound solution. To ensure your building meets your needs for many years to come, we ask the questions other design-build firms don’t ask. Do you have questions about your next building project? Feel free to contact us below.

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