Food and Beverage Plant Flooring: 5 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Flooring System

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Food and Beverage Plant Flooring: 5 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Flooring System

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Flooring systems are one of the most critical elements in food and beverage facility design. However, owners often don’t consider selecting a flooring system until after the preliminary design phase. This is the wrong approach. You should discuss flooring systems before they are specified and before designers are in the bidding phases to facilitate the most successful system for your facility.

 

Are Your Doors Wasting Your Food Plant’s Energy?

How unfit doors can increase utility costs and diminish energy savings

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Are Your Doors Wasting Your Food Plant’s Energy?

Did you know a single weak link in your building envelope can have a major impact on your food plant’s energy efficiency? Take your facility’s doors and door openings. In an otherwise well-insulated and well-designed facility, an improperly designed door opening can erase a big portion of energy and utility savings. Your entire building envelope, from the windows to the walls, must be tightly sealed to achieve the utmost energy efficiency—including the doors.

 

[Infographic] Factors That Influence Cold Storage Warehouse Cost Savings

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[Infographic] Factors That Influence Cold Storage Warehouse Cost Savings

At the close of 2014, data released by the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses showed that the total capacity of refrigerated warehouses has increased 20 percent since 2012. And over the past few months, trade magazines have been honing in on the topic, tapping into our team members at Stellar for insights into cold storage construction, including rising technologies, efficiencies and best practices.

 

How to Prevent and Repair Frost Heave Under Your Freezer Floor

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How to Prevent and Repair Frost Heave Under Your Freezer Floor

Are you failing to tend to what’s right underneath your feet? Though concrete freezer floors can last up to more than half a century, the underfloor heating system beneath still requires regular preventive maintenance. If you don’t take the proper precautions, frost can form in the sub-grade soils resulting in raised, cracked floors and a host of potential problems, including: safety concerns, operational issues and significant structural damage.

 

Five Budget Factors to Consider When Designing Cold Storage Warehouses

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iStock_000019523012LargeFrom the outside, cold storage facilities can appear to be large, simple boxes. However that perception is far from reality—they actually require an advanced, detailed analysis in the design phase to achieve significant operational cost savings.

 

Four Reasons Shrinkage-Compensating Floors Make Sense for Warehouses

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FLoorThe floors of food distribution facilities must endure a lot wear and tear, with heavy forklift traffic continually moving across the surface. As new warehouse facilities are being built, owners are choosing to invest in shrinkage-compensating concrete for the flooring, which eliminates control joints, reduces curling, and minimizes cracks.

 

Ensure Your Cold Storage Facility Has a Best-in-class Fire Protection System

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Quell_LogoToday, many food distribution warehouse owners are turning to a new fire protection system designed specifically for cold storage facilities. The Quell™ Fire Sprinkler System, developed in 2006, is an advanced system that uses a “surround and drown” approach to rapidly control a fire using a large volume of water. This not only puts out the fire quickly, but also reduces heat and minimizes damage to the distribution facility itself and to the contents and products.

 

Six Key Benefits of Insulated Metal Panel Walls

Building Envelope Series

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Insulated metal panels (IMPs) installed on a building exterior provide an excellent thermal envelope. In contrast to other envelope assemblies, IMPs more effectively reduce thermal bridging. With the industry continually striving to build more sustainable designs, IMPs are by far the best and most thermally efficient product available today.

 

Factors to Consider When Selecting Doors for Your Food Processing Plant

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Selecting the proper doors for your cold storage facility is an important part of the decision process for your building envelope. Your food plant design firm will want to look at all aspects of your plant’s operations to determine the most appropriate door types and materials. Installing the proper door will have a positive impact on the facility’s energy costs and productivity, while selecting the wrong type of door can result in down time, costly damage, and unsafe conditions.

 

Five Advantages of TPO Single-Ply Roofing Systems for Cold Storage Facilities

Building Envelope Series

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In cold storage environments, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply roofing systems have become the roofing system of choice due to their energy efficiency, reliability, labor-saving installation, and maintenance advantages.