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A modern take on the “hunting lodge/cowboy shack” • case study

June 10, 2021 | By Anthony Capkun

The main floor will be used as a workshop area with a tack room and riders’ lounge.

Photo courtesy S-5!. From EBMag May 2021 ed.

June 10, 2021 – Bruce Goode, a retired cattle-ranch owner and airline pilot, recently downsized and purchased a small 8-acre equestrian estate with mountain and lake views of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.

The property features a new 3500-sf multi-purpose barn with a 24-gauge Cascadia Metals Black SMP standing seam metal roof.

The main floor will be used as a workshop area with a tack room and riders’ lounge. The upper floor, open loft area will be used as a “hunting lodge/cowboy shack”-themed retreat and entertainment area, complete with taxidermy mounts, in addition to a hobby/work area for gunsmithing, plus another area for exercising.

The owner’s goal was to construct a multi-purpose building that would also serve as a mounting platform for a 28.35-kW solar PV system, which would provide 100% of the electricity needs for the entire equestrian ranch property. He also needed a roof that would meet the expected 25-30+ year service life of the PV system.

Because the barn is located in the northern hemisphere, Bruce needed to orient the roof and the solar panels for maximum solar gain.

Additionally, the property is located within a forest interface area, so a building constructed of fire-resistant materials was preferable. Furthermore, he wanted to reduce the risk of sudden and unexpected release of snow from his metal roof, potentially posing a threat to property and guests below.

The owner specified a standing seam metal roof, since it is the only roof type with a service life that actually exceeds the service life of a solar PV system. This should help him avoid premature array disassembly due to roofing concerns.

The ridge line of the barn roof was oriented exactly due East/West to afford maximum solar gain for the 90 solar panel system, which is mounted on the South-facing upper and lower roof surfaces.

The S-5-PVKIT 2.0 solar solution (in Black, to match the Black anodized PV frames) enabled solar installers to direct-attach PV modules to the standing seams, eliminating the need for a traditional rail mounting system, and providing a simple, economical and penetration-free method for attaching the solar modules.

The metal roof is non-flammable, non-combustible. In the event of a nearby wildfire, it will not spark and ignite into flames, which helps the owner save on insurance premiums.

Additional reading

In the low-slope market sector, the empirical field data/lab analysis study published by the Metal Construction Association indicates the service life of coated steel standing seam metal roofing (SSMR) is in the range of 70 years. Steep-slope (a.k.a. “architectural”) coated-steel roofing is expected to have a similar service life, with the possible exception of some pigmented finishes. Other metals have even greater service lives. Visit tinyurl.com/3ync3v6c.

This case study—along with other great content—appears in the May 2021 edition of Electrical Business Magazine. Even more back issues are located in our Digital Archive.

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