After much head scrathcing and heavy lifting, the fixed clerestory windows are installed along with their head and sill flashings. The box gutter has also been installed along the north edge of the flat roof.
1/2" pressure treated plywood strips were installed horizontally over the housewrap and wall panels to accept the attachment of the 16" vertical snap-lock metal siding. After much scrounging for a supplier of paint-grip panels, we've decided to go with a Kynar finished product instead, that closely matches the grey colour of the paint-grip, though without the spangle associated with that finish. It seems that paint-grip coil is becoming increasingly difficult to source as it is being used to make galvanized and galvalume coil instead. Once again the accelerated growth in Asia is affecting building materials at home. When we did finally track down some paint-grip material it was double what we can get the painted material for.
We recently passed our elecrtical rough and HVAC rough inspections as well. The HVAC system is a mini-split system with a small compressor that will be installed on a platform welded to the steel frame along the north side of the building to get it up off the ground and out of the way.
The inspector called prior to his showing up to do the framing inspection to help figure out a good schedule for the next round of inspections. A lot of the work we've done with by SIPs has made the standard inspection schedule a moot point. We already have insulation in place (since it is integral to the SIPs) and this was throwing him off a bit. He did however state uncategorically that he loved the project and that we were to be commended for a great design and execution. That isn't something that happens every day!!! He is however very anxious for us to get the stairs installed so he doesn't have to climb the ladder any more.
The stairs and handrails will go into production in the shop very soon, and will be installed after the siding is up, in order to make life easier for the siding installer.