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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Hospitality Environments Evolve to fit Needs of Modern Travelers

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, May 18, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, May 18, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Have you noticed that new hotels are feeling a little more luxurious and high-end these days? There are many new design trends emerging within hotels and this post will explore the latest and greatest in the world of hospitality design!

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends

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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.

Categories: Commercial, Thought Leadership

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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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Modern Healthcare Facilities - A Key Player in Physician Recruiting

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, February 14, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, February 14, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Healthcare, Industry Trends

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Illumination Lights Up Lansing

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, January 12, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, January 12, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

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#Trending: 5 Commercial Design Trends to Watch in 2017

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, December 09, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, December 09, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Inspiration

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Wow Factor Attracts Students

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, November 03, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, November 03, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Student Housing

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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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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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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.

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School Design Plays Role in Academic Success

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, April 15, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, April 15, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

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Trend Report: Nichiha’s Wood Series

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, March 22, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, March 22, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Inspiration, National Brands, Residential

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Illumination Color Persona Quiz

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, March 04, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, March 04, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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!

Categories: Commercial, Infographics, Inspiration

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The impact of color on cladding

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, February 05, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, February 05, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

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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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Illumination Panels Create Functional & Fun Learning Space

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, December 01, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, December 01, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

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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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The Importance of Pinterest and Houzz in the Building Industry

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, September 17, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, September 17, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

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Trending: The look of wood takes the building industry by storm

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, July 14, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, July 14, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Inspiration, 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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Nichiha adds fresh look to Atlanta’s historic Ponce City Market

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, June 18, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, June 18, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Inspiration, Nichiha Projects

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