MCA Publishes New White Paper on Material Properties That Affect Steel Cladding Performance

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published a new white paper available for download on its website, metalconstruction.org. The paper, “Material Properties that Affect Steel Cladding Performance,” details important material parameters that affect the performance and qualities of steel cladding and the ability to fabricate the steel, paying particular attention to the often-misunderstood concept of gauge.

Steel cladding is often a key element in the overall building design. But not all steel cladding systems are made or perform the same. Steel used in roof and wall applications is the product of a highly engineered process. A variety of factors, including the metal thickness, yield strength, metal coatings and finish systems determine the performance of a cladding system. This paper provides recommendations on what cladding would perform best based on building specifications including location and purpose.

Sections include Carbon Content, Yield and Tensile Strength, Steel Designations, Coating Systems, and Steel Thickness/Gauge. Gauge is a particularly important discussion because thickness is a critical parameter in the performance of steel sheet and coil. Charts, examples, and tables provide results of rigorous testing to meet performance requirements for the thickness used.

The white paper is free for download on the MCA website in MCA Metal University:
https://www.metalconstruction.org/material-properties  

MCA Honors Ed Karper and Karl Hielscher with Service Awards

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) presented its annual Patrick R. Bush Service Award to Ed Karper and Larry A. Swaney Award to Karl Hielscher in appreciation for their service to the association and the metal construction industry. The awards were given on February 3 during MCA’s Winter Meeting which was held virtually.

Patrick R. Bush Award

This award recognizes an MCA member who recently made significant volunteer contributions to the Metal Construction Association. It was established to honor Pat Bush, an influential long-time MCA board member.

The 2021 recipient, Ed Karper, has held many volunteer leadership roles on behalf of MCA. Among the positions Karper has held are chairman, vice chairman, treasurer/finance committee chair, METALCON liaison chair, and program committee vice-chair. Karper is also an original member of the Metal Initiative team, and also a member of the original certification committee. He also was a member of the Ohio congressional lobbying group on behalf of the MCA for Energy Star® federal tax credits program and the MCA representative to the Washington State Roofing Task Force for rainwater runoff.

“To say that Ed has been a major contributor to MCA and the entire metal industry is an understatement,” says James Bush, MCA’s executive committee chairman. “The list of his roles might be long but it’s nothing compared to his accomplishments. This recognition is well deserved!”

Larry A. Swaney Award

Named for one of MCA’s founders and its first president, this award has been bestowed upon outstanding industry professionals for their contributions to the success of the association and the betterment of the metal construction industry. This year’s award goes to Karl Hielscher.

Elected to MCA’s board in 2009, Hielscher served through many board positions before serving as chair in 2014 and 2015. His service to MCA is unique, because he moved beyond the volunteer leadership position to become MCA’s executive director from 2016 until his retirement in 2020.

James Bush commented, “Karl always put the association and its work first, and when it was time to buckle down, he really got things done. In addition to his own work ethic, Karl helped others make progress on MCA matters by helping everyone find common ground, even when there were disagreements. MCA and the metal industry have benefited enormously from Karl’s dedication and commitment.”

For more information, visit metalconstruction.org.

MCA Welcomes Two New Member Companies

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to announce two companies have recently joined the 100+ manufacturers and suppliers dedicated to expanding and developing the metal construction industry: Wood’s Powr-Grip and Wagner Metal Supply.

Wood’s Powr-Grip – Wood’s Powr-Grip, based in Laurel, Montana, is now in the third generation of family management. The company designs, manufactures and distributes tools and equipment including a full line of hand-held vacuum cups, below-the-hook vacuum lifters and vacuum mounting cups to make handling materials and mounting equipment easier. The company now has over 150 employees but continues to adhere to founder Howard Wood’s philosophy to always “do the right thing” for customers, employees, and everyone who comes into contact with WPG products.

Wagner Metal Supply – Located in Defiance, Ohio, this family-owned and operated metal fabrication shop offers metal products including metal roofing panels, metal siding panels, a wide range of metal accessories and more. The company offers two different exclusive metal panels. DuraFastTM, is used for metal siding and metal roofing applications, and DuraLoc-16TM, is a standing seam roofing panel. The company has been in business for over two decades and Brett Wagner, the company’s founder, maintains a principle “to create customers for life”.

Barry Wood of Wood’s Powr-Grip described his reasons for his company to join MCA. “MCA is the place to be to meet and form relationships with the key people in the industry. We’re looking forward to building valuable relationships through the incredible networking opportunities.”

Both companies will now have access to the resources available to all MCA members, including updated technical reports, research data, the Annual Market Study, and industry information in the Members Only section of the MCA website.

MCA members represent a broad array of companies including metal roof, wall panel, shingles and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers, MCM fabricators, and contractors.                                                                          

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities and connections among suppliers and industry leaders in research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

“We welcome our new members and look forward to sharing all of the benefits MCA offers,” says MCA’s Executive Director, Jeff Henry. “We look forward to building meaningful relationships that help our members network with fellow industry leaders and to expand their businesses.”

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

MCA Winter Meeting To Be Held Virtually, February 2-4

The Metal Construction Association’s 2021 Winter Meeting will be virtual this year on February 2- 4. The meeting is one of the metal industry’s most valuable opportunities to network with leaders in metal construction and obtain important industry and technical updates. The event is sponsored by ATAS International, Inc., Roof Hugger, Triangle Fastener and Tuschall Engineering. GSSI Sealants is sponsoring the meeting’s general session.

Key sessions at the conference include an opening general session, with a panel discussion on the state of the economy and industry expectations for the coming year. Other sessions include: the fundamentals of rainscreen design, with a Q&A session on the growing use of rainscreens across the metal industry; the annual awards presentation, where member companies are recognized for projects exhibiting excellence and achievement for the industry; and the NFPA 285 engineering judgments, where changes to the flame-propagation test for exterior wall assemblies will be examined, and what those changes mean to businesses and the industry as a whole. Along with additional council meetings and other presentations, MCA has included time in the schedule to network with other industry professionals. 

“Our members know the value of our meetings,” said Jeff Henry, MCA’s executive director. “The success of our previous virtual meeting answered the question, ‘Can we make the virtual format work?’ Now we’ve asked ourselves, ‘How do we make the Winter Meeting even better?’ To achieve that, we’ve built more time into discussions in council and committee meetings, so members have the opportunity to play an active role in the decision making and advocacy efforts that can benefit their company.”

 The meeting is open to all industry professionals. This is an opportunity for non-members to take part in the discussions and learn about news and emerging trends in the industry and recognize the benefits of joining MCA.

For more information and the complete schedule of events, visit https://www.metalconstruction.org/winter-meeting-2021.

The Metal Construction Association Unveils New Website and Premiers MCA Metal University

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has launched a new website, www.metalconstruction.org, which premiers MCA Metal University, a comprehensive online resource for architects, contractors, code officials, manufacturers and building owners looking to increase their knowledge of metal building materials.

The new MCA website features advanced search tools, a contemporary design and access to more than 110 expert resources developed by a team of top manufacturers and technical minds in the industry.  Resources include white papers, technical resources, guides, continuing education courses for AIA credit, environmental product declarations, videos, certifications and more. The vast majority of resources are free of charge.

“We are excited to introduce the new website and MCA Metal University,” said Jeff Henry, MCA’s executive director. “We aim to be the go-to source for all things in metal construction.”  

Other features of the MCA website are enhanced search tools for finding case studies, metal building photos and a “find a supplier” tool. The case studies section features hundreds of industry articles searchable by market, product type, location, and more. The events section gives users updates and registration access for the winter and summer meetings, METALCON, and industry events. The expanded photo gallery features high-quality examples of completed metal building projects and lets users perform granular searches based on market, location, and metal type. The suppliers section allows users to quickly locate reputable member companies in their area based on project type, supplier role, and material.

“MCA has long put a premium on its market development program and focused technical agenda. With the new website and MCA Metal University, MCA is reinforcing its commitment to its members and the metal construction industry,” said Henry.

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

MCA Releases White Paper Addressing Roofing Best Practices

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published a new white paper, “Roofing Best Practices: FORTIFIED HOME PORGRAM,” available at metalconstruction.org/tech-resources. It outlines an educational program that has been developed to provide guidance as well as a model for certification for enhanced wind performance for roofing applications. 

The FORTIFIED program has been developed by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). The program’s objective was for roofing materials to have greater resistance to severe weather conditions and prevent roofing failure from wind uplift and excessive wind loading. The paper also details how the study differentiates from current IBC and IRC requirements regarding metal roofing construction and retrofit.

The FORTIFIED program is the result of several existing roof tests as well as field experience dealing with this type of wind loading. The performance levels are generally more than what is required by local codes.

“This is important work,” said Jeff Henry, MCA’s executive director, “We are always seeking higher safety standards, and this study shows a clear path to safer roofing installation.”

The white paper is free for download on the MCA website in the resources section. 

For more information, visit https://metalconstruction.org.

MCA Welcomes Four New Member Companies

Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to introduce its newest members. The association will be collaborating with these new member companies as it continues to educate people on the importance of metal in the building envelope. The four newest members are:

Metal Panel Systems – This manufacturer of custom-formed commercial and residential metal roofing and architectural panels has been in business for nearly three decades. Located in West Chester, Ohio, the company specializes in architectural standing seam systems and accessories including fasteners.

TrueCore – Headquartered in Laurens, S.C., this division of Nucor produces insulated metal panels for the cold storage and industrial markets in North America. Among the sectors they service are agricultural, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and warehousing.

Metalhouse, LLC – Based in Orlando, Fla, Metalhouse is a privately-owned supplier of iron and steel products including steel making raw materials, steel wire rods, steel beams, channels, and merchant pipes.

Falk Production LLC – FALK Panel supplies insulated metal panels for exterior and interior walls and roofs, metal profiles and required accessories. The company is located in Walker, Mich.

MCA members represent a broad array of companies including metal roof, wall panel, shingles and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers, MCM fabricators and contractors.                                                                            

“Metal Panel Systems joined MCA to surround our company with the industry’s best talent and to gain access to experts who have experience in what we do every day,” says Ben Mackie, Operations Director at Metal Panel Systems. “We hope to come away with new friendships, as well as connections and unlimited technical resources.”

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities and connections among suppliers and industry leaders in research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

“We’re excited to work with all of our new members and show them all of the benefits MCA offers,” says MCA’s Executive Director Jeff Henry, MBA CAE. “We look forward to building meaningful relationships that help our members network with fellow industry leaders and  expand their businesses.”

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

MCA Releases Three New White Papers

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published three technical resources on its website, metalconstruction.org. The three white papers, two new and one updated, each cover important design and safety aspects of metal construction: metal roofing, metal walls, and metal fasteners. The three new resources available for free download are:

Best Practices: Metal Building Sealant Types and Application Guidelines: This new paper provides information about the most common sealant types used in metal roofing and the important best practice guidelines for each. The benefits and limitations of each sealant is discussed, so building professionals can make informed decisions and recommendations regarding the correct product for a specific application.  

Is My Exterior Wall Material Truly Noncombustible? This new paper clarifies safety standards in the International Building Code (IBC) regarding metal walls and ASTM E136, the test for material combustibility. The paper discusses topics such as what products or materials will burn, what criteria causes a product or its assembly to be deemed “non-combustible”, and cladding flame spread performance. 

Fastener Compatibility with Profiled Metal Roof and Wall Panels: This updated paper discusses the differences between primary and secondary fasteners and the importance of fasteners in securing the components to a structure. Also included is a Recommended Fastener Guide to clarify the selection of fasteners used with metal roofing and wall panels. Fastener durability, compatibility, and load resistance is also explored.

These white papers are free for download on the MCA website in the resources section.

For more information, visit https://metalconstruction.org.

MCA Publishes Three Updated Environmental Product Declarations

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has released three updated Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The subjects of the updated papers are Metal Composite Materials (MCM), Insulated Metal Panels (IMP), and Roll Formed Aluminum and Steel Cladding.

These three documents provide key data on the manufacturing and use of these products and discuss the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and environmental impacts associated from the use of metal cladding in construction.

EPD for Metal Composite Material Panels

This EPD discusses MCM product definition, the basic material and its origin, product manufacture and processing, in-use conditions, life cycle assessment results, and testing results and verifications. Information on a significant number of performance standards in the area of fire, system performance, and finishes are detailed.

EPD for Insulated Metal Panels

This paper provides LCA-based information about the environmental aspects of IMPs. It describes the history, manufacture, and use of IMP panels and systems and investigates product lifespan from raw material supply, manufacturing, application, maintenance, performance standards, energy use, water use, demolition, and waste recovery or recycling.

EPD for Roll Formed Aluminum and Steel Cladding for Roofs and Walls

This EPD details the manufacture process of role forming metal materials into a finished product. The forming process, which can be accomplished either in line or in the field, is also discussed, as well as the products’ environmental aspects and impact.

“These updated documents, developed under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), provide an invaluable resource for architects to assess the environmental impacts associated with these products and systems and meet LEED requirements,” says MCA Executive Director Jeff Henry.

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

S-5! Wins Metal Construction Association Chairman’s Award in Residential Category

S-5! Metal Roof Innovations announced it has been awarded the Metal Construction Association (MCA) Chairman’s Awardfor metal construction projects of 2019 in the residential category.

Each year the MCA recognizes outstanding metal construction projects in North America. The chairman’s award goes to exceptional buildings involving MCA member companies. The criteria include overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.  

S-5! was recognized at the MCA annual Winter Meeting Awards Dinner in Palm Springs, California, for its metal roof attachment solutions utilized in the Keller Court Commons project in Petaluma, Californiaa tight-knit ”pocket neighborhood” of eight houses with a central grassy courtyard and a small common building. 

Keller Court Commons Developer Jim Soules worked together with Principal, Chris Lynch of MAD Architecture to design a neighborhood that draws on the historic agricultural influences of its surrounding area―delivering a low-maintenance, sustainable community demonstrated in the standing seam metal roofing, corrugated metal wall panels, solar arrays and brilliant color palette.

Since sustainability was a major consideration and metal building components are a significant contributor to the durability, maintenance requirements and sustainability of the community, they chose metal roofing. MAD Architecture selected S-5! attachment solutions to attach the solar panels to the standing seams, including its S-5-N clampswhich featurean angled setscrew and an innovative clamp insert to ensure a superior fit whether placed on older profiles or new and wider nail strip profiles. 

“We chose S-5!’s attachment solutions for the Keller Court Commons project because we liked the idea of eliminating multiple penetrations through the roof to install the PV racks, and we knew S-5!’s zero-penetration clamps, designed to last the life of the roof, would not violate the roof integrity,” said Lynch.  “We are very happy with the results and expect to use S-5! attachment technology again on future projects.” 

The Keller Court Commons project team includes: land developer: Soules Co.; architect: MAD Architecture; general contractor/metal panel installer: Jacobs Classic Construction; metal roof installer: Crandall Roofing; solar panel installer: Suntegrity Solar; solar panels: Enphase Energy Inc.; accessory supplier, roof clamps: S-5! Metal Roof Innovations; and metal roof/wall panel manufacturer: Metal Sales Manufacturing.

Award recipients were chosen from projects submitted by MCA members and presented in the following six categories: Overall Excellence and Commercial/Industrial, Education: Colleges & Universities, Institutional, Municipal, Roofing and Residential. This year’s panel of judges included architects: James Theimer, principal architect, Trilogy Architecture; Mark Roddy, lecturer in the department of design, California State University; and Erik Mehlman, partner and design lead at BuildSense | Architecture + Construction.

Accepting on behalf of the S-5! team was CEO and FounderRob Haddock. Haddock, a well-known metal roof consultant, author, speaker and inventor of the non-invasive clamps for fastening accessories to standing seam metal roofs has worked in various aspects of metal roofing for almost five decades. 

“It is an honor to be recognized for our attachment technology utilized on every metal roof in this innovative community and a privilege to be part of a project that values the long-term sustainability of metal building components in construction,” said Haddock.  

For more information, visit www.S-5.com