Insulated Metal Panels and the Protective Barrier Concept

How IMPs fulfill multiple roles in the building envelope, providing thermal, air, water and vapor protection
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Live webinar airing on September 13, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by Metal Construction Association
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Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how the featured projects incorporated insulated metal panels to achieve a high level of thermal and moisture protection, including ways in which increased insulation and reduced air leakage delivered by an IMP ensure a protected building envelope that is built for long-term success.
  2. Discuss the numerous performance benefits of IMPs, which are designed as a factory-manufactured system to deliver a water, vapor, air and thermal barrier within one panel that can be installed all at one time.
  3. Explain the importance of correct fastening and sealing of IMP systems in order to maintain impermeability to the elements.
  4. Discuss how IMPs support a comfortable interior for occupants without thermal energy loss and moisture penetration.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

This webinar is part of the Metal Architecture Academy

The buildings of today must satisfy a supreme standard; they are called upon to achieve high performance: to be resilient, healthy, and energy efficient. Building science has given us a focused modern design emphasis on the building envelope in response to the movement of thermal, air, water, and vapor conditions. These demands elicit dramatic changes to building envelope designs and the components used within. This course will examine the benefits of insulated metal panels and how advancements in IMP systems provide a safe and economical edge when it comes to the protective “4+” barrier concept, meeting the demands of long-lasting high-performing buildings, energy efficiency, and occupant comfort combined with versatile aesthetic options.


Photo courtesy of MCA


Metal Construction Association The Metal Construction Association brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology, and education. MCA member companies gain tremendous benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs.


Originally published in September 2022