Terms of the Trade: What Is a PEB?

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A PEB (pre-engineered building) is a building designed entirely by one manufacturer to be assembled at a construction site. PEBs can be made of many different materials, and designed using different methods, though the use of metals is so common that the terms PEMB (pre-engineered metal buildings) and EMB (engineered metal buildings) are widely used in the construction industry.

Dating back to the 1960s, PEBs often feature a series of steel plates welded into I-beams, which can then be bolted together to form a frame. Because of their efficient designs, PEBs can be as much as 30% lighter than conventional steel buildings, resulting in significant cost savings.

Diverse options for cladding materials offer plenty of different looks for these buildings, making them appealing for residential as well as industrial construction.