The Ultimate Fire Test: Part Two
David continues his journey through the CAN S-134 fire code test. Join in as he describes the obstacles of the journey that eventually led to the successful conclusion! Find out how Nichiha panels performed under some extremely hot conditions.
How Architects are Mentoring the Next Generation
As the architecture world continues to evolve, so does the need for experienced architects to mentor the future generation of architects. Many design professionals are reaching out to inspire young students to join the profession and also mentoring students who are beginning to enter architecture.
Video Interview: UrbanWorks Architecture - Designing with Color
Nichiha recently had the pleasure of sitting down with UrbanWorks Architecture's Bart Nelson and David Haaland to learn more about how they design with color. Watch our video to explore 3 projects that have colored the Minneapolis skyline!
The Ultimate Fire Test: Part One
Our technical guest blogger David Hohenstern is back! Check out his recent post and join in as he takes you on the journey of a recent fire code testing procedure for CAN/ULC S-134.
Q&A with Owner of JL Dickinson General Contractor
Nichiha recently sat down with our newest Builder of the Quarter, JL Dickinson General Contractor, for a Q&A. We enjoyed speaking with owner Jeff Dickinson who gave us a closer look at his company and shared with us his experience and insight.
Modern Healthcare Facilities - A Key Player in Physician Recruiting
The healthcare landscape can be quite challenging to navigate as things are constantly evolving. To make matters worse, there is currently a physician shortage that is impacting many healthcare facilities across the nation. Healthcare administrators are using many different tactics to attract physicians to their facilities including promoting newer, modern facilities.
Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q1 2017
The news is out! Nichiha’s newest Builder of the Quarter has been announced. We are excited to welcome JL Dickinson General Contractor as the Nichiha Builder of the Quarter for Q1 2017!
The Rise of the Retrofit for Quick Service Restaurants
Fast-food restaurant brands across the nation including Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, and Taco Bell are getting a face lift. Many retrofit programs are being adopted to help update overall brand appeal to consumers, with a special focus on millennials.
Illumination Lights Up Lansing
When bold color makes a statement, heads are guaranteed to turn. Studio [intrigue] Architects decided to make that statement on the exterior of the Marketplace Lofts. They wanted to not only catch the eye of people passing by, but also portray the type of lifestyle that the building would offer residents.
Q&A with Owner of Garman Homes
Nichiha recently met up with our Builder of the Quarter, Garman Homes, for a Q&A. We had the privilege to speak with owner Jim Garman who gave us a behind the scenes look at his company and shared with us his valuable industry knowledge.
#Trending: 5 Commercial Design Trends to Watch in 2017
What commercial design trends are you expecting to see in 2017? Trends not only help designers define a period of time, but also create the wow factor that people notice. Check out 5 commercial design items you can expect to see #trending in the coming year.
Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q4 2016
We are thrilled to introduce Garman Homes as the Nichiha Builder of the Quarter! Garman Homes is an established homebuilding company in Raleigh, North Carolina and we are honored to recognize a company who is an innovator in the industry.
Wow Factor Attracts Students
The student housing sector shows signs of continued growth as developers create new facilities across the United States. With increased competition among student housing facilities, developers are focusing on the ‘wow factor’ to attract students.
Tips for Marketing in a Digital Age in the Custom Homebuilding Industry
It’s 2016 and as you’re well aware, everything has turned digital! With this in mind, it is important for custom homebuilders and residential architects to focus on reaching their customer base through digital platforms. Check out digital tips where you can make an impact in reaching your customers where they are.
[Fire] Resistance is [Not] Futile
Among the many challenges faced by commercial building designers, as though pulling unique new buildings from the imaginative ether is not enough, is fire code compliance. There are many factors to consider...
Nichiha Provides Unique Design Aesthetic for New Starbucks Store
Nichiha recently had the pleasure of partnering with Starbucks on several of their new stores. Join me in taking a closer at a Wisconsin Starbucks and discover how they used Nichiha to add a unique design aesthetic to their storefront.
Video Interview: Builder Gordon Root at 2016 Street of Dreams
Nichiha recently had the privilege to sit down for a discussion with our newest Builder of the Quarter Gordon Root, Principal and Founder of Stafford Homes and Land.Check out our video interview to experience Gordon’s 2016 Street of Dreams home for yourself!
Nichiha Builder of the Quarter - Q3 2016
Nichiha’s latest Builder of the Quarter has been announced! We are excited to welcome Stafford Homes and Land as our Builder of the Quarter for Q3 2016.
Winning with Homeowners – Top Tips to Master your Next Homeowner Presentation
Winning is always fun, but it is especially important for residential builders and architects when selling to homeowners. They must win over the homeowner’s trust in building one of the most expensive and important purchases of the homeowner’s life. Learning top tips to master your next homeowner presentation will help ensure a winning result!
Q&A with Nichiha Student Ambassador
Students are the future of architecture! With this in mind, Nichiha launched a Student Ambassador program at AIA 2016 where we worked with architectural students in the local Philadelphia area. We had the pleasure to sit down and learn more about our winning Student Ambassador Richard Vilabrera, Jr.
5 Trends in Modern Home Design
Modern design allows the architectural details of a home to shine through. Every aspect of modern design is meticulously executed and creates a clean, sleek feel. For modern design inspiration in 2016, there are several places to turn. Check out these 5 trends to make modern a beautiful reality.
Q&A with VP of SLC Homebuilding
Nichiha had the privilege to sit down and speak with our newest Builder of the Quarter, SLC Homebuilding. Vice President for Homebuilding Dan Gilbert gave us insight into SLC Homebuilding and the building industry as a whole. We are thrilled to share this information with you and provide knowledge from an established Tennessee homebuilder.
Wood Cladding Comparison Chart
Wood cladding offers a timeless appeal and jaw-dropping beauty. While natural wood siding looks beautiful, it has some drawbacks that should be taken into consideration. Many building manufacturers are working to create alternative cladding that offers the look of wood without the drawbacks. See how Nichiha’s fiber cement cladding stacks up against the competition in a side-by-side comparison.
Nichiha Builder of the Quarter - Q2 2016
The news is out! Nichiha is excited to announce our newest Builder of the Quarter, SLC Homebuilding of Franklin, Tennessee. We are happy to welcome SLC Homebuilding, a division of Southern Land Company, as our Builder of the Quarter for Q2 of 2016 and recognize their outstanding work in the Nashville area.
10 Places to Explore in Philly at AIA 2016
Are you ready to get familiar with Philly at AIA 2016? The City of Brotherly Love offers so many places to explore with adventures at every corner. The Nichiha team wanted to give AIA attendees some fun places to check out while attending the show.
School Design Plays Role in Academic Success
What factors impact the academic success of a student? This is a question many educators ask. One important factor researchers are looking at is the environment students are learning in.
Trend Report: Nichiha’s Wood Series
Do you dare to use wood in your designs? Designers of all types are using the look of wood to highlight different areas of their projects. Nichiha is happy to assist designers by providing them with our Wood Series.
Q&A with President of ARK Builders
Nichiha had a great opportunity to sit down and speak with our newest Builder of the Quarter, ARK Builders. President and Owner Ron Cuny gave us insight into his business and the building industry as a whole. We are happy to share this information with you as we highlight an established Alabama builder.
Illumination Color Persona Quiz
Nichiha’s Color Xpressions system can bring virtually any color to life on our Illumination Architectural Wall Panel. Designers take buildings to the next level with the thousands of color options available with Illumination. Each unique color choice makes a specific statement, offering the building a personality all its own. Join in the fun with Color Xpressions by taking our quiz to discover your Illumination color persona!
Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q1 2016
Nichiha is excited to announce the first Builder of the Quarter for the New Year. We welcome ARK Builders, LLC as our latest award recipient and are happy to highlight our partnership with this great company. ARK Builders is an established company that crafts beautiful custom homes in South Alabama.
The impact of color on cladding
Color is an integral part of our world and can have a psychological impact on all of us. As Frank H. Mahnke explains in an Archinect article, color not only impacts our natural surroundings, but also has influence within the architectural environment. Architects operate with this in mind and take color into consideration during the design process, especially when choosing cladding.
Infographic: Top Home Exterior Upgrades
Nichiha’s latest infographic is a must-see! Take a closer look at the results from a June 2015 Professional Builder magazine survey that was given to readers on the topic of curb appeal.
Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 4
In the final post of our wind load series, we build on what we learned in previous discussions by delving into complex code bodies and agencies.
Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 3
In our last blog post we discussed how siding is designed to be installed in different structures and the requirements according to geographical and topographical location. We also discussed where on the building the siding is installed. To know how to safely install a siding product on a building, especially those with known high wind pressures, a manufacturer can turn to a number of test standards.
Illumination Panels Create Functional & Fun Learning Space
Pope Elementary School in Cypress, Texas used Nichiha Illumination panels to create a space that was functional and fun for learning. VLK Architects, Inc. infused bright colors into the design using custom color Illumination panels that were installed on both the interior and exterior of the building.
Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q3 2015
Nichiha welcomes our newest Builder of the Quarter! We are happy to announce Glenn Layton Homes as the recipient of Nichiha’s Builder of the Quarter award for Q3 of 2015.
Branding a Storefront with Building Materials
Architects who work for national brand retailers have the challenging job of designing beautiful buildings that also fit into brand guidelines. They have to focus heavily on creating a storefront that is immediately recognizable by consumers. One of the best ways to brand the exterior of a building is with building materials.
Categories: National Brands
Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 2
Now that we know the basic parameters used to determine the wind loads, let’s delve into two important ones: building zones & design pressures. In this post, we will understand how pressures act on a structure, & how we use this knowledge to calculate the minimum pressures a building designer must assign to a structure to make it safe for occupancy & use.
Fall in love with your exterior
Happy Fall Y’all! I don’t know about you, but fall is one of my favorite times of the year for decorating my front porch. From pumpkins and corn husks to friendly scarecrows and rich colored mums, fall is all about dressing up your exterior. This year, I was inspired while decorating my porch to make some additional exterior updates. Here are some quick tips to improve your overall curb appeal.
Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 1
In an attempt to demystify wind load data contained within the product evaluation reports of building material manufacturers, we are launching a 4-part blog series. We are excited to share our knowledge of the building code, the general requirements of wind loads for buildings, and how wind loads affect everyone related to commercial and residential buildings: the designers, the builders, and the eventual occupants.
The Importance of Pinterest and Houzz in the Building Industry
Day dreaming of exquisite exteriors, detailed designs, and state-of-the-art finishes? You have likely been perusing Pinterest and Houzz! Not only are Pinterest and Houzz great for leisure, but they are also two of the most important social media sites for the building industry.
Invasion of Drones in the Construction Industry
The age of technology is bringing fresh faces to the world of construction. These faces are a little different than those of the men and women you typically find on the jobsite. In fact, they are another breed entirely. Drones are on the loose and are proving to be a valuable asset in the construction industry.
Categories: Industry Trends
Nichiha Announces New Builder of the Quarter
The news us out! Nichiha welcomes The Providence Group as our newest Builder of the Quarter. We are honored to celebrate an accomplished builder who specializes in constructing luxury homes in a wide range of styles and designs.
Why siding your home with fiber cement is the ideal choice
Home is where the heart is. That’s why it is of the upmost importance to use quality building materials to protect your home for the long haul. Whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing house, you should consider the benefits of fiber cement siding.
Trending: The look of wood takes the building industry by storm
The word on the street is wood. Have you noticed it is everywhere? Storming both interior and exterior settings, wood is making a comeback in a fresh and exciting way. We are not talking about old school 1960s paneled rooms and dark dated trim. Now it’s all about wood accent walls and other unique features.
Rainscreen Walls – History Repeated
There is an expression, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” This quote applies very well to building enclosure wall assembly failures. The majority of wall assembly failures can be attributed to deficient design for rainwater management.
Nichiha adds fresh look to Atlanta’s historic Ponce City Market
Atlanta is turning an abandoned building into a main attraction. Ponce City Market is emerging from the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. The development will be the area’s largest adaptive, reuse project and will include a Central Food Hall, flats, offices, shops and other local businesses.