Insulated Metal Panels: Where Versatility Meets Performance

Today’s “Magnificent Metal Monday” highlights the versatility and vital role Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) play in today’s metal construction industry. Given their popularity across a wide range of market segments, it is no surprise to see the panels well represented at METALCON 2023 on the show floor, in education sessions, and as part of an exclusive off-site plant tour.

You name it, IMPs serve a multitude of market segments from educational structures and public facilities to the retrofit of a rundown mechanic garage into an office space or yoga studio, bringing design vision to reality.

What are IMPs

Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) are lightweight composite exterior wall and roof panels with metal skins and an insulating foam core. These panels have superior insulating properties, and their outstanding spanning capabilities and one-pass installation makes them quick to install, saving costs compared to other wall assemblies. IMPs are available in a wide variety of colors, widths, profiles and finishes, enabling virtually any aesthetic desired for walls and roofs. (Source: MCA)

Why IMPs

Architects, design professionals, and contractors are turning to IMPs for the following reasons:

  • Energy Performance
  • Design Flexibility
  • Decreasing Carbon Emissions
  • Durability
  • Ease of Installation

From tiny homes to large scale, Building Enclosure highlights the following projects that illustrate the design flexibility of IMPs, how they help to decrease carbon emissions, and how they help energy performance.

Case Study #1 – Design Flexibility

The new AutoNation DRV PNK stadium in Miami, home to MLS soccer team Miami CF, features 40,000 square feet of IMPs in the team’s signature black and pink colors on the 18,000 seat stadium grandstands and the exterior of the training center. The custom colors of the panels created a design aesthetic that continues to communicate the team’s brand image and identity. Learn more with MCA’s Case Study.

Case Study #2 – Decreasing Carbon Emissions

Over 223,830 square feet of IMPs were used to construct the outer walls of one of the largest e-commerce distribution centers in the country, providing high thermal efficiency, reducing energy consumption and cost while keeping the massive distribution center at an optimal temperature without extra stress on the HVAC systems. 


Case Study #3 – Energy Performance

QuickHaven, a developer of tiny homes for the homeless, utilizes IMPs for their energy efficiency as well as their durability and ease of installation.



Leading IMP Manufacturer Offers Exclusive Plant Tour to METALCON Attendees

In addition to learning about IMPs on the show floor at METALCON or during one of the free education sessions, registered attendees* can attend an exclusive plant tour of leading IMP manufacturer, Metl-Span, a Nucor® company.

Sign up for this exclusive experience that includes breakfast, networking, a plant tour and a credit-earning education session titled “Designing with Commercial/Industrial Insulated Metal Wall Panels.”

Metl-Span, a Nucor® company, has been a leading North American manufacturer of insulated metal panels for commercial and industrial applications for over 50 years. Their selection of IMP solutions is designed to be installed on wall, roof, ceiling, and interior partition applications in new and retrofit construction projects and can be easily adapted to pre-engineered metal building designs for almost any end use, saving material and labor costs. Additionally, they have specialty panels with 1- to 3-hour fire-rating and backup wall systems, which easily integrate with other facade options.

Designing Outside the Box

Learn how IMPs can help you “design outside the box” at METALCON 2023. Brent Trenga, Director of Sustainability for Kingspan Insulated Panels North America, will lead a session to help architects and design professionals face future choices right now in designing for a better-built environment. He will review how building envelope material selections that improve building performance and lower overall CO2e emissions are vital. His background as an architect, construction manager, developer, and project owner gives him a unique perspective on all facets of the construction industry. This credit-earning session will take place in The Architect’s Experience Pavilion in the exhibit hall on Thursday, October 19 at 2:30 and included with your METALCON registration.




The MCA’s Insulated Metal Panel (IMP) Alliance comprises leading manufacturers, material suppliers, and resellers who are dedicated to growing and increasing the use of IMP’S in the construction marketplace. Visit them in Booth #1115 (located near the Flack Global Metal Theatre) and join field representatives for a free daily education session “IMPs Installation and Best Practices” in the pavilion.

METALCON 2023 is scheduled for October 18 – 20, 2023, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Register HERE and take part in the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction. REGISTER TODAY!

To learn more about IMPs, watch these past METALCONLive! webinars ON DEMAND:

*You must be registered to attend METALCON 2023 in order to participate in the Metl-Span plant tour.


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