Pushing the Boundaries of Fiber Cement. Meet Miraia.


Nichiha’s latest product innovation, Miraia, recently debuted at the AIA 2018 Expo in New York. The first fiber cement of its kind, Miraia features a reflective, high-gloss finish backed by the durability of fiber cement. Available in Snow, Glacier and Onyx hues, this unique product—with an equally unique name—is a cost-conscious alternative to the sheen of metal cladding.

Categories: Commercial, Industry Trends, Inspiration, Modern Home Design, National Brands, Product Education, Residential

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Infographic: Why Our Wood?

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, April 27, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, April 27, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Nichiha’s Wood Series offers the look of wood with the unmatched durability of fiber cement. Learn more about why you should design with our wood by exploring the Wood Series forest infographic!

Categories: Infographics, Product Education

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Wood Cladding Comparison Chart

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, May 27, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, May 27, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Product Education

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Why siding your home with fiber cement is the ideal choice

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, July 29, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, July 29, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Product Education, Residential

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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.

Categories: Commercial, Product Education, Rainscreens, Thought Leadership

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