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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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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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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The Rise of the Retrofit for Quick Service Restaurants

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, January 26, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, January 26, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Industry Trends, National Brands

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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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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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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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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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Infographic: Top Home Exterior Upgrades

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

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


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.

Categories: Design Trends, Industry Trends, Infographics, Residential

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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.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Residential

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Invasion of Drones in the Construction Industry

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, September 02, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, September 02, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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

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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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