The Ultimate Fire Test: Part Two

 By David Hohenstern | Thu, April 13, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by David Hohenstern

 By David Hohenstern | Thu, April 13, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by David Hohenstern


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.

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How Architects are Mentoring the Next Generation

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, March 29, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, March 29, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

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Video Interview: UrbanWorks Architecture - Designing with Color

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, March 22, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, March 22, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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!

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Inspiration, Nichiha Projects, Thought Leadership, Vlogs

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The Ultimate Fire Test: Part One

 By David Hohenstern | Fri, March 03, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by David Hohenstern

 By David Hohenstern | Fri, March 03, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by David Hohenstern


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.

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Q&A with Owner of Garman Homes

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, December 20, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, December 20, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Residential, Thought Leadership, Vlogs

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Tips for Marketing in a Digital Age in the Custom Homebuilding Industry

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, October 17, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, October 17, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Residential, Thought Leadership

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[Fire] Resistance is [Not] Futile

 By David Hohenstern | Mon, October 10, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by David Hohenstern

 By David Hohenstern | Mon, October 10, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by David Hohenstern


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...

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Video Interview: Builder Gordon Root at 2016 Street of Dreams

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, September 12, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, September 12, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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!

Categories: Design Trends, Industry Trends, Inspiration, Nichiha Projects, Residential, Thought Leadership, Vlogs

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Winning with Homeowners – Top Tips to Master your Next Homeowner Presentation

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, August 12, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, August 12, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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!

Categories: Residential, Thought Leadership

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Q&A with Nichiha Student Ambassador

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, July 21, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, July 21, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

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Q&A with VP of SLC Homebuilding

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, June 09, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, June 09, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Residential, Thought Leadership

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Q&A with President of ARK Builders

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, March 10, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, March 10, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Residential, Thought Leadership

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Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 4

 By Carolina Albano | Sun, December 27, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano

 By Carolina Albano | Sun, December 27, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano


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.

Categories: Commercial, Product Education, Residential, Thought Leadership, Wind Loads

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Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 3

 By Carolina Albano | Fri, December 18, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano

 By Carolina Albano | Fri, December 18, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano


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.

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Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 2

 By Carolina Albano | Thu, October 15, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano

 By Carolina Albano | Thu, October 15, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano


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.

Categories: Commercial, Product Education, Residential, Thought Leadership, Wind Loads

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Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 1

 By Carolina Albano | Thu, October 01, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano

 By Carolina Albano | Thu, October 01, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano


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.

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Rainscreen Walls – History Repeated

 By Chris Norris | Tue, July 14, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Chris Norris

 By Chris Norris | Tue, July 14, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Chris Norris


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.

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