Category Archives: Home Building

RAiNA Marks 2 Years with First In Person Annual Meeting

Join RAiNA next month on Monday, May 9, for its 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) but first “in-person” meeting in Reston, Virginia.

RAiNA was officially founded in January 2022 on the premise that an unbiased organization needed to exist to offer clarity to the wall assembly industry, trades, and design professionals on the subject of rainscreen design – an often confused and misunderstood term. The organization’s mission is to provide unbiased clarity to the plethora of “rainscreen noise,” by providing the definition of rainscreen design and review a host of rainscreen assemblies.

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MBMA 2021 Annual Report Now Available

In January, The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) released its 2021 MBMA Annual Report, “Forging the Future of Metal Building Systems Through Education.” The report offers valuable information for anyone who works with metal building systems, has an interest in metal buildings or is involved in the low-rise commercial building market. It is available for free download here. Alternatively, you can watch a video overview of the report on MBMA’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/mbmamedia

In addition to celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2021, MBMA notes this year’s annual report focuses on the importance of education in metal building design and construction and how MBMA and its members are meeting the challenges of keeping the workforce engaged and informed.

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METALCON Live! and MCA Presents: Metal Roofers’ Perspective on Solar Installations – TODAY at 1:00 pm

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METALCON Live! and MCA presents a dynamic panel of experts from the metal roofing and solar industries to explore the perspective of the solar PV system and the roof as a single asset along with the advantages of metal roofs. With the continued growth of the solar photovoltaic (PV) energy sector and the advantages of metal roofs that align with the environmental goals of solar PV energy, this webinar is not to be missed. Join us next TODAY at 1:00 pm and earn 1 AIA LU HSW.

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Free Webinar Next Week: Metal Roofers’ Perspective on Solar Installations – RESERVE NOW

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METALCON Live! and MCA presents a dynamic panel of experts from the metal roofing and solar industries to explore the perspective of the solar PV system and the roof as a single asset along with the advantages of metal roofs. With the continued growth of the solar photovoltaic (PV) energy sector and the advantages of metal roofs that align with the environmental goals of solar PV energy, this webinar is not to be missed. Join us next Wednesday, March 16 at 1:00 pm and earn 1 AIA LU HSW.

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EARN 1 FREE AIA LU! REGISTER NOW for Thermal Breaks in Cladding Support Attachment Assemblies presented by METALCON Live! and MCA – TODAY at 1:00 pm

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Join us TODAY at 1PM ET, as METALCON Live! and MCA present Bilal Khan of Northern Facades speaking on Thermal Breaks in Cladding Support Attachment Assemblies. Reaching toward net zero energy ready buildings has become a popular topic in today’s climate changing world. Energy efficiency has expanded towards exterior wall assemblies where effects of thermal bridging are considered and thermally broken sub-framing systems are becoming the new norm. This course will identify and compare various cladding attachment methods on the market.

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Learn How Thermal Breaks in Cladding Support Help Achieve Net Zero Results

EARN 1 FREE AIA LU!

Join us next Wednesday February 16, 2022 at 1PM ET, as METALCON Live! and MCA present Bilal Khan of Northern Facades speaking on Thermal Breaks in Cladding Support Attachment Assemblies.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Microhome Community Helps to End Homelessness is a Top Story of 2021

Photo Credit: Leonid Furmansky; Community First! Village in Austin, Texas

One of Architect Magazine’s top stories of 2021 included “Small Houses, Big Impact,” by Madeleine D’Angelo, about two microhome developments in Texas build to combat homelessness with attention on having a sense of community in the design. Metal takes center stage in the design and construction of the majority of the microhomes.

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Next Week: FREE Webinar on the Growth of Solar and the Emergence of Net Zero Construction

Join Suntuity CEO, Dan Javan, next Wednesday, December 8th at 1:00 PM for an eye opening hour as he shares information on solar in the United States and how Net Zero construction will become an even bigger aspect of future construction projects.

EARN 1 FREE AIA LU

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METALCONLive! Presents: Fundamentals of Rainscreen Design – REGISTER TODAY

METALCON Live! returns tomorrow at 1:00 pm with the first of our new series, “The Best of METALCON,” with Fundamentals of Rainscreen Design. Join Managing Director of Pivoth Corp and Vice Chairman at Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA), Steve Gaynor, for a deeper look at the reasons for using a rainscreen and the performance requirements.

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Back by Popular Demand – METALCONLive! Presents: Fundamentals of Rainscreen Design

METALCON Live! returns next week with the first of our new series, “The Best of METALCON,” with Fundamentals of Rainscreen Design. Join Managing Director of Pivoth Corp and Vice Chairman at Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA), Steve Gaynor, next Wednesday November 17, 2021 at 1PM ET.

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METALCON Live! FREE WEBINAR TODAY AT 1PM — Metal Building Industry Setting the Bar with AC478

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Industry leaders, Art Hance and Jen Heimburger (bios below), will present and answer questions about the Metal Building Assemblers Inspection Accreditation AC478. They will provide an overview of this important accreditation program that will improve the quality of work in the metal building industry. Both Art and Jen are currently serving in leadership roles with the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA). This accreditation program is recognized as a measure of quality endorsed by the MBCEA, the North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Labor-Management, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) and the International Code Council (ICC).

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Next up on METALCON Live! Important Metal Building Accreditation Program Reviewed by Industry Leaders

METALCON Live! Presents … Metal Building Industry Setting the Bar with AC478

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This presentation will provide an overview of the important accreditation program that will improve the quality of work in the metal building industry. Industry leaders, Art Hance and Jen Heimburger (see bios below), will present and answer questions about the Metal Building Assemblers Inspection Accreditation AC478. Both Art and Jen are currently serving in leadership roles with the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA). This accreditation program is recognized as a measure of quality endorsed by the MBCEA, the North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Labor-Management, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) and the International Code Council (ICC).

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Magnificent Metal Monday – US Infrastructure Update

Photo Credit: Mario Tama via Getty Images

Construction Dive reported last week, “The U.S. is one step closer to a massive, much-needed infrastructure spending package.” The Senate voted last Wednesday to advance a bipartisan bill, which includes $550 billion in new federal funding for infrastructure. The bill will now enter a process of debates and amendments. Should the bill pass, it would inject funding into transportation, utilities and broadband spending. Senators voted to advance the package 67-32, with 17 Republicans joining all 48 Senate Democrats — and two Independents who caucus with the Democrats — in favor of advancing it.

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METALCON Announces Keynote Speakers, Show Highlights and Major Sponsors for Tampa

AS RELEASED TO THE MEDIA TODAY

METALCON at FRSA ONE ROOF Expo THIS Week

Join FRSA for their 99th Convention & Expo, the largest roofing expo in the country! Starting tomorrow, METALCON will be exhibiting in Booth #1509 at FRSA‘s ONE ROOF at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, July 21 – 23.

Being touted as the LARGEST roofing expo in the country, FRSA welcomes 240 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services in the industry. The Expo will have daily cash prizes, the Foundation Auction and special events in the Lounge.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCON at FRSA ONE ROOF Expo Next Week

Join FRSA for their 99th Convention & Expo, the largest roofing expo in the country!

METALCON looks forward to gathering with FRSA under ONE ROOF next week! Visit METALCON in Booth #1509 at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, next Wednesday, July 21 – 23.

Being touted as the LARGEST roofing expo in the country, FRSA will proudly welcome 240 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services in the industry next week. The Expo features daily cash prizes, the Foundation Auction and special events in the Lounge.

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[REGISTER TODAY] Stay Ahead of the Curve in Metal Construction by Attending MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting – Starts TOMORROW

MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting will provide you an opportunity to gain insight in industry trends, and forecasts that will help you make educated decisions for metal in construction. Over 3 days, you’ll learn, connect, and advance your expertise about metal in construction. REGISTER TODAY! Don’t miss industry experts including Joanna Blaney, Meghan McDermott, Jim Bush, Judy Geller, Keith Prather, and Paul Giovannoni speak on important industry topics.

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[National Roofing Week] MRA’s 2021 Best Residential Metal Roofing Project Competition Underway

The search is on for outstanding metal roofing projects (open to U.S. and Canadian homeowners and the trades)

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has kicked off its 2021 Best Residential Metal Roofing Project quarterly competition and this year, the opportunity to enter is open to both the trades and homeowners. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021 and running through Dec. 31, 2021 the MRA will award a quarterly winner of the project judged to be the most outstanding example of a great metal roofing project. ENTER TODAY.


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Mark your Calendar for MCA’s 2021 Virtual Summer Meeting, June 14-16

MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting will provide you an opportunity to gain insight in industry trends, and forecasts that will help you make educated decisions for metal in construction. Over 3 days, you’ll learn, connect, and advance your expertise about metal in construction. REGISTER TODAY!

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National Roofing Week 2021 – June 6-12

Each year, National Roofing Week increases awareness about the significance of roofs to every home and business and shares the good deeds of the industry. NRCA encourages members to participate in National Roofing Week by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

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Short on Continuing Education Credits? Earn them at METALCON 2021

If you are a licensed designer, architect, builder or contractor, continuing education is a necessity. Have you earned all of your credit hours this year? METALCON can help! In addition to its ongoing credit-earning webinars, METALCON is returning as an “in-person” event this October and will offer a comprehensive education program with most of the sessions qualifying for AIA, CSI, and ICC credits. Consider the show a “one-stop” shop for all of your education needs, while also exploring an exhibit hall packed with a vast array of metal products, equipment and technology, and networking with the “Who’s Who” in metal in construction and design.

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And the Crystal Ball Says …. Trends in Metal Construction and Design: 2021 and Beyond

EPISODE AIRED ON WEDNESDAY 5/5 — WATCH ON DEMAND!

This week’s METALCONLive! featured industry economists who presented recent findings from this past year to identify the trends and help members of the metal construction industry navigate through the rest of the year and beyond. PSMJ Senior Principal David Burstein and Ken Simonson, chief economist with The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), both presented comprehensive and encouraging data all pointing in the direction of a robust year in metal construction, while still highlighting some challenges that lie ahead.

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Look into the Crystal Ball TODAY at 1:00 PM – Join us for the next METALCONLive!

Learn the jaw-dropping economic and market changes for metal construction and design decision-makers from industry experts. Added Bonus: Receive a FREE copy of the A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Report!

When: TODAY, May 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST

Where: Live! on Zoom and available on demand

This webinar earns you 1 FREE AIA LU / CEU AND A FREE COPY of PSMJ’s latest A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Forecast Report (value of $247!)

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Magnificent Metal Monday – A FREE A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Report

What are the jaw-dropping economic and market changes for metal construction and design decision-makers just over the horizon? Watch METALCONLive! THIS Wednesday to find out and receive a FREE A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Report!

When: THIS Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST

Where: Live! on Zoom and available on demand

This webinar earns you 1 FREE AIA LU / CEU AND A FREE COPY of PSMJ’s latest A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Forecast Report (value of $247!)

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Construction Landscape 2021 Free Webinar

What’s In Store for Contractors Under the New Administration?

CONSTRUCTIONDIVE FREE ON-DEMAND WEBINAR

The future of construction looks bright as the new administration talks of multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure investments, improved labor access and getting a handle on the pandemic. However, before moving forward we must understand how the anticipated policies can impact employee wages, labor relations and work rules. 

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Critical Insights into 2021 from Key Industry Experts TODAY at 1:00 PM – REGISTER NOW

This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE! REGISTER NOW.

Join us TODAY at 1:00 PM for the next session of METALCON Live! when industry heavyweights Frank Stasiowski, Co Founder of METALCON in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, Tony Bouquot, General Manager with MBMA and Alex Carrick, Chief Economist with ConstructConnect, come together to identify the important trends in metal construction and design for Q2 and the rest of the year. As we head into Q2, there are still so many uncertainties … but one thing IS for certain, you won’t want to miss what these three experts will share today. Combined, they represent decades of knowledge and experience!

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Construction Safety Training Saves Money and Lives

NEW Safety Training Program starting February 18 presented by METALCON

Is it worth your company’s time and money to invest in preventative safety training? The answer is a resounding YES!

According to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), “The charts and summaries in the 2020 Safety Performance Report present the clearest picture yet of the remarkable impact that leading indicator use has on a company’s safety performance: fewer disrupted or lost lives and a safer, more productive jobsite regardless of the size of the company. In fact, companies that engage in leading indicator use are, statistically, considerably safer than their peers. The ABC created the report in 2015 to address the issue of not having sound data to prove the correlation between the use of measures companies can take to keep workers safe on jobsites and the number of incidents that occur.

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Looking at the Value of Metal Roofing

Last week during our METALCONLive! event, we learned from leading authority on metal roofing recover, Charlie Smith, the number one reason to recover a roof with metal is for its longevity. According to Rob Haddock with S-5!, “A metal roof has three to five to six times the longevity of conventional asphalt shingles.”

While metal roofs have made significant gains in recent years, the industry still fights a perception that the value of metal roofing is less than other roofing materials, especially in the residential market. In his recent article in Metal Architecture, Editorial Director Paul Deffenbaugh takes a look on how to quantify the “return-on-investment (ROI)” for metal roofing.

The article cites, “Currently, a metal roof replacing the existing roofing material returned 61.2% percent of the cost within two years. For an asphalt roof replacement, the return is slightly higher (65.9%) but the cost is significantly lower. There is no data available for the return on investment of a metal roof on a commercial project. For commercial real estate investors, building owners, appraisers, municipalities, appraisers, school boards, insurers and others interested in property values, there is nowhere they can turn to identify the intrinsic value of a metal roof.”

Chuck Howard, PE, president of Metal Roofing Consultants, Cary, N.C., and another industry expert says, “One of the problems we have in our industry is that value of the metal roof is not clearly defined while the value of flat roofs and shingle roofs are. It’s going to be X amount of dollars per foot. You tell people, ‘a flat roof will be $6 per square foot and a metal roof will be $12 per square foot,’ and they say they can’t afford metal.” Howard goes on to explain that sometimes the metal roof is designed to work on a structure that will work with any roof and is consequently overdesigned for a metal roof. Once you get a customer past the “cost” conversation, the payoff– the ROI — for metal roofing comes in the maintenance and durability of the product.

To increase awareness of the longevity of metal roofing, Haddock pushed for a survey to document the real service life of a metal roof. Sponsored by the Metal Construction Association and the ZAC Association, the survey analyzed low-slope, unpainted 55 percent Al-Zn coated steel standing seam roofing in a wide range of environments across the U.S. The research concluded that the expected service life of such a roof constructed today can be expected to be in excess of 60 years. That value, the researchers argue, equals the assumed service life of the building, as described by USGBC’s LEED v4 rating program. Haddock suspects if metal roofing were to warrant roofs to the same service life standard, the warranties would likely run to 60 years.

To help customers overcome the cost objections to metal roofs, Howard developed a spreadsheet that compares the anticipated costs of a metal roof to a typical flat roof including anticipated maintenance. His analysis includes initial costs that show metal roofing coming in at about 30 percent higher but at the 20-year mark, the total cost for a metal roof would be 22 percent less than a flat roof. At 40 years, it would be 60 percent less. And at 60 years, it would be 68 percent less. Over the 60 year life span of the building, the 20-year flat roofs need to be replaced three times and have considerably higher maintenance costs.

The durability of a metal roof provides a significantly better return on investment than a typical flat roof over the predictable service life of a building. Durability and maintenance are key elements positively affecting the ROI for metal roofs. Research from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) suggests that investments in maintenance and making sure the building doesn’t deteriorate over time improves the return on investment. 

“A metal roof, if properly installed, requires no maintenance,” says Haddock. When we were doing the study, we got up on roofs that were 30 years old and nobody had ever been up there.”

While the value of a metal roof may not be apparent at the start, it is fair to say the ROI presents itself later based on the longevity and ease of maintenance.

Don’t miss Charlie Smith, Leading Authority on Metal Roofing Recover Systems, TODAY on METALCONLive! @ 1PM EST

If you are a building owner, contractor, roof consultant or architect/designer interested in recover systems, spend one hour of your time today and get insights and tools that you can put to immediate use in your business. We guarantee an ROI for the one hour you spend listening to Charlie Smith, McElroy Metal, present on the 12 Ways to Recover an Existing Sloped Roof with Metal. Presented by the Metal Construction Association (MCA), this FREE on-line session will teach you how to use a structural standing seam system in recover applications on an existing building with a sloped roof.

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The Metal Construction Association Presents: 12 Ways to Recover an Existing Sloped Roof with Metal – on METALCON Live! October 21 @ 1PM EST

In this on-line session you will learn how to use a structural standing seam system in recover applications on an existing building with a sloped roof.

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