Category Archives: METALCON

Solar and Metal Roofing a Perfect Pair

According to a recent article featured in Metal Construction News, there appears to be a direct correlation between the growth of metal roofing alongside the increased use of solar. The article states, “As homeowners become more educated about the benefits of solar, the use of a metal roof makes economical sense. And, a metal roof is the perfect platform for installing solar, due to interest in a longer lasting, better performing, more sustainable roof option.” Even through the slowdown due to COVID-19, homeowners are continuing to install solar on their homes with solar companies seeing a need to hire versus layoff as so many other companies and businesses have had to do.

Rob Haddock, CEO and founder of S-5!, Colorado Springs, Colo., was quoted in the article saying, “It’s natural to choose metal roofs for installing solar PV because metal roofs provide an ideal platform as metal roofing is the only roof type with a service life that actually exceeds the service life of a solar PV system. It is also the most sustainable roofing type and is conducive to lower solar installation costs.” He adds, “Metal roofs are a cost-effective solution for mounting solar photovoltaic panels with mechanical solar attachments since they provide fewer components, materials which are lightweight and provide a zero-penetration system with no holes or leaks, so it does not violate roof warranties.”

Photo courtesy of S-5!

Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance, concurs, saying, “The reason why solar and metal roofs are so well matched is because of the return on a residential roof-mounted solar investment is only as good as the quality and longevity of the roof where it’s installed. Metal roofs are the best option for photovoltaic systems, greatly reducing the risk of a roof failing before a solar panel system does. She goes on to explain, “The estimated life span of solar panels is typically about 20 to 25 years, while metal roofs can last for 50-plus years, two or three times the average life span of other types of roofing materials. That means a metal roof should easily outlast the solar panels. Metal also is exceptionally strong and durable, able to support the weight of potentially heavy solar systems by using a simple attachment and clip solution that does not require drilling holes into the roof or the need for self-ballasted systems, reducing the possibility of roofing failures and potential leaks.”

According to research from the MRA, metal roofing is now the second most preferred roofing material in the U.S. As Ramey explains, some of the reasons for that include climate threats, long-term ROI, improved performance, better sustainability, and curb appeal and style options. 

The list of reasons are mounting making metal roofing and solar panels a perfect pair given the financial benefits, the benefits and longevity of metal roofing, energy codes, and net-zero goals.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCONLive! Makes Its Return

“Construction, Metal Construction and Design: Trends and Outlook”

When: Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 PM EST

Where: Live and On-Demand!

Cost: FREE

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MCN Building and Roofing Awards Extend Deadline to Submit

Metal Construction News has extended their deadline to next Friday, September 25 for all entries in their annual Building and Roofing Awards.

The judges will select a Grand Award winner as well as winners in these categories:

  • Metal Buildings
  • Metal Roofs-New
  • Metal Roofs-Retrofit
  • Metal Walls-New
  • Metal Walls-Retrofit

Any project completed after January 1, 2019 is eligible. The results will be published in the December 2020 issue of Metal Construction News as well as be posted on our website at www.MetalConstructionNews.com.

Construction Safety Week – September 14-18, 2020

Construction Safety Week is a week-long event that happens annually. Originally scheduled for May 4-8, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was rescheduled for this week, September 14- 18. If you haven’t already implemented a plan, there is still time to bring Safety Week to your company! You can access and download all of the tools and resources you’ll need, including tips, best practices and all of the Safety Week branded materials you’ll need to support your events and communication.

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Metal Roofing Market Share Grows in New Home Construction Sector

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) announced last month the latest industry report for the U.S. residential roofing sector showing growth for metal roofing for new home construction has doubled in the past year, and continues to enjoy an ongoing steady demand among the repair/remodel market segment. 

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Stay Connected with Virtual Fall Events

As industry events continue to change, cancel or postpone, our friends with Metal Construction News are keeping everyone up-to-date. You can find a running list of events on their WEBSITE. While some have postponed to next year (METALCON included) or canceled, many events are now offering a VIRTUAL platform. While they don’t replace face-to-face, these virtual meetings can still provide an excellent way to connect with industry leaders and peers and continue to learn how to better position your business. Here is the list for the upcoming events happening this fall, between now and the end of November.

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Promoting Diversity in Workforce Development

Photo Credit: Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls

In celebration of National Roofing Week, we are proud to bring you an amazing story about a collaborative effort being done in Pennsylvania to promote diversity in work force development. ATAS International, one of METALCON’s long-standing exhibitors, was once again involved in their local “Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls” last month. This year, the “advanced camp” group designed and constructed a shed from the ground up, as part of a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, including the installation of an ATAS metal roof. Now in its fourth year, this annual event serves as a way for the design and construction community in the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania area to promote work force development for the industry as a whole. Continue reading for the ATAS’ press release on the initiative.

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Roper Whitney Announces New Partnership with Evobend to Bring Cutting-Edge Sheet Metal Folding Technology to North America

Roper Whitney, a Tennsmith company, is proud to announce a partnership with EvoBend GmbH to bring the next generation of sheet metal folding equipment to the metal fabrication marketplace in North America.

As of August 2020, Roper Whitney is the exclusive sales, distribution, and service centers for EvoBend up/down folders (models D300, D600, D800) in the North American market. The product line features patented technology for the folding system as well as patented features for operator safety, making EvoBend a one-of-a-kind folding machine. Additionally, EvoBend will offer:

– 300° bending capabilities
–  Dramatically less energy consumption
–  Increased operator safety
–  Easier and less-frequent maintenance

“EvoBend has re-imagined traditional sheet metal fabrication technology and delivered a truly cutting-edge product line. We are excited to be part of this effort to bring EvoBend to the United States and excited to see how our businesses can grow together”, remarks Mike Smith, one of Roper Whitney’s owners.

To learn more, visit www.roperwhitney.com/evobend
Roper Whitney, based in Rockford, IL, is a household name in sheet metal forming shops, most notably with the Autobrake® and Kombi® Autobrake® folding machines. With more than a 100-year history, Roper Whitney currently provides solutions for virtually all sheet metal forming challenges – from hand tools to sophisticated, automated equipment and cutting-edge software technologies – that streamline the sheet metal fabricating process. Learn more at www.roperwhitney.com Tennsmith, based in McMinnville, TN, purchased Roper Whitney in 2011 including owned brand names such as Pexto and Connecticut. Together, Tennsmith and Roper Whitney now offer the most complete line of American-made metal forming tools and machinery on the market. Product lines include Automatic Folders, Hand Brakes, Shears, Slip Rolls, Cleat Benders, Notchers, Rotary Machines and more. Learn more at www.tennsmith.com

Tennsmith, based in McMinnville, TN, purchased Roper Whitney in 2011 including owned brand names such as Pexto and Connecticut. Together, Tennsmith and Roper Whitney now offer the most complete line of American-made metal forming tools and machinery on the market. Product lines include Automatic Folders, Hand Brakes, Shears, Slip Rolls, Cleat Benders, Notchers, Rotary Machines and more. Learn more at www.tennsmith.com

MCA Reports Virtual Summer Meeting a Success

CHICAGO – July 28, 2020 – The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to report that its Virtual Summer Meeting, held June 15-18, enjoyed record high attendance, and promoted a positive outlook for the future of the metal construction industry.

With 166 registrants and an average of 50 people attending the council/committee meetings, the association reports the virtual meeting format gave more members and guests the opportunity to attend and engage with the association.

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Magnificent Metal Monday

If you missed the announcement made over the weekend, METALCON 2020 has been postponed until the following year (see OFFICIAL RELEASE). Mark your calendar for the 30th Anniversary event scheduled for October 6-8, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Knowing how important METALCON is to your business, the METALCON team is quickly pivoting to provide you with new virtual programming and essential training to help you take your business to the next level. As the producers of the only global event dedicated to the use of metal in design and construction, we are using our knowledge and resources to launch three new initiatives in the areas of safety, business development and industry briefs.

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METALCON 2020 Postponed Until 2021

Three New Initiatives Launching in the Coming Weeks

Due to the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic and mandates established by the state of Nevada, METALCON 2020 cannot take place as planned for this October and is postponing its 2020 show until October 6-8, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Mark your calendar!

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Sales of New Homes Built Set Record in June

As featured in the recent issues of DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports that sales of newly built, single-family homes rose to their highest level since the Great Recession, up 13.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 776,000 units in June, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The June rate is 6.9 percent higher than the June 2019 pace. Chuck Fowke, chairman of the NAHB, says these numbers could be “a sign that the housing market is leading the economy during the coronavirus outbreak.”

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MCA Publishes Three Updated Environmental Product Declarations

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has released three updated Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for 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. (Soure: Metal Construction News)

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Updates and Resources Related to COVID-19

It has been approximately five months since most states began their “lock-down” measures forcing members in our construction industry to react and quickly adjust to doing business differently. While the industry has shown great strength and resilience, designers, contractors, builders, manufacturers, etc, were forced to pivot and make necessary changes. So where are we today? How is the construction industry faring? Here is a round-up of some of the latest news and resources from several of METALCON’s partner associations and publications:

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Trending – Modular Construction Industry

Photo Credit: Modular Building Institute (MBI)

Modular buildings are used in all building sectors including housing, education, public and health and it’s popularity is due to reasons of safety, efficiency and costs. Many in the METALCON community are involved with providing the materials to builders, designers and sub-contractors in this part of the construction industry. Recently, modular buildings have been in high demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In their recent issue of their Modular Advantage magazine, Modular Building Institute (MBI) takes a deep look into the industry’s response and how modular companies worldwide rose (and rising) to the challenges and opportunities presented by the crisis.

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News from MBCEA

The Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association has had a busy few months. Due to the COVID pandemic, they shifted gears and changed their 51st Annual Conference from a three-day live event into a 30-day online event last month. Additionally, MBCEA formally recognized their 2020 Building of the Year winners during this “virtual event,” which is typically done in person at the annual conference.

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Happy 4th from your METALCON Team

As with most things this year, America’s birthday will inevitably look a little bit different this year. Despite large celebrations being cancelled, there are still lots of activities to enjoy while staying closer to home. In place of barbecues, fireworks shows, and large gatherings, your METALCON team has the answer — It’s a great weekend to catch up on your reading or listening to a podcast! Here are links to our resources:

On behalf of the METALCON team, wishing you a healthy and safe holiday weekend.

S-5! Live Webinars this Week – Snow Retention Systems and Rail-Less Solar on Metal Roofs

Before heading into the holiday weekend, join S-5! as they host two live and exclusive Webinars this week. The first one on “Snow Retention Systems” led by S-5!’s CEO, Rob Haddock, is TODAY, Tuesday, Jun 30 at 11:00 AM MDT/1:00 PM EST and the other on “Rail-Less Solar on Metal Roofs” is Wednesday, July 1 at the same time, 11:00 AM MDT/1:00 PM EST.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Metal Product Resources

ONLINE PRODUCT MARKETPLACES

With the impact of the pandemic still being felt, it is more important than ever to connect with design professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers that can be trusted to deliver top-quality metal construction products and services. Three online product “marketplaces” that can assist you include METALCON’s NEW Product Marketplace, DesignandBuildWithMetal.com’s Product Showcase, and The Metal Directory and Resource Guide brought to you by Metal Construction News.

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METALCON 2020 IS “PEDAL TO THE METAL” – REGISTRATION IS OPEN

It’s all systems go for METALCON 2020, the largest annual gathering of the metal construction industry! Kick-start your business growth to help “build back better” and ensure a stronger 2021 at our 30th Anniversary event scheduled for October 21-23 in Las Vegas.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Infrastructure Bill Update

The Moving Forward Act’s Proposed $1.5 Trillion in New Investments Will Improve Range of Public Infrastructure, Creating Needed Demand for Construction While Making the Economy More Efficient (AGC)

With the current surface transportation authorization’s expiration date of September 30 drawing closer, lawmakers are turning their attention to passing a new infrastructure bill. As reported by Construction Dive, “Last week, House Democrats unveiled a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that includes almost $500 billion of green measures proposed as part of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act earlier this month.”

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Vegas is Open and METALCON is “Pedal to the Metal”

If you haven’t heard yet, METALCON 2020 is full steam ahead for October 21 – 23 in Las Vegas! METALCONLive! switched gears this week to bring you a LIVE update from the team whose number one priority is to provide the safest and healthiest environment possible for the event.

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METALCONLive! SPECIAL LAS VEGAS EPISODE TODAY AT 1:00 PM – Register NOW!

BREAKING NEWS! “PEDAL TO THE METAL”METALCON 2020 IS ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR LAS VEGAS, OCTOBER 21-23!

Join us TODAY from 1:00 – 2:15 PM EST for this special LIVE and ONLINE Las Vegas Episode of METALCONLive! when we answer questions about our 30th anniversary event with special guests, featuring Brian Yost, COO with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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Magnificent Metal Monday

COTE Top Ten Plus Award Environmental Nature Center and Preschool, Newport Beach, Calif.; photo credit: Cris Costea.

TOP AIA COTE® AWARD HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING SUSTAINABILITY AT A YOUNG AGE

Each year, the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE®) recognizes 10 projects that integrate design excellence and environmental performance. One winner receives the COTE Top Ten Plus award—an indication of exemplary proven energy performance and post-occupancy results. This year’s “plus” award was given to the Environmental Nature Center and Preschool in Newport Beach, California, for reasons of “Introducing kids to responsible sustainability at a young age and represents a place where people will want to send their children. It does all the right things—water, biophilia, resilience, and strong material choices.” (ARCHITECT Magazine) Through simple and cost-effective design strategies, the center was certified as the first LEED Platinum building in Orange County, California, and has operated at net zero since it opened, serving the community as an educational tool for sustainability.

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METALCONLive! June 3 Highlights and Preview of Next Week’s Event

Key Take-Aways

“Buy America” – Cost of Capital Is at Its Lowest in Decades 

Steel Dynamics Inc., Hopes to Make U.S. More “Steel Sufficient” with Construction of its New Steel Mill

Continued Focus on Training and Education Will Be Key for Greater Usage of Metal

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued to highlight “Build Back Better” with a special focus on steel with guests Brian Smallwood, Market Manager-Construction for Steel Dynamics, Inc., and Marines Hagemann, Director of Client Experience for Allied Steel Buildings.

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Metal Construction Hall of Fame

2020 Honorees

As announced by Metal Construction News, “The 2020 Metal Construction Hall of Fame class includes four leaders who have devoted their lives to the betterment of the industry and made impacts we can all feel. From establishing an accreditation program to promoting metal roofing, they have made their presence known.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday

Mark your calendars for June 15 – 18! In just one week, the Metal Construction Association kicks off its Virtual Summer Meeting.

MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting Will Give Real Benefits

This event is now FREE and available for members and qualified non-members in the metal construction industry. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend lectures and discussions related to metal in the building envelope today and in the future, and network with industry leaders and peers. This is a great way for non-members to experience the benefits of an MCA membership!

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TODAY is METALCONLive! at 1:00 EST! Register NOW!

What’s happening in the steel industry and how will it affect your metal construction bids and contracts?

This burning question and more will be answered today during METALCONLive! Register now for your virtual seat and join us at 1:00 PM for this robust conversation.

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Magnificent Metal Monday

Over the weekend, history was made when the United States returned to launching American astronauts from American soil. The SpaceX Crew Dragon aboard the Falcon 9 rocket docked successfully with the International Space Station 19 hours after the successful launch (NASA). But this time it was different — they were lifted off in a commercial spacecraft aboard a commercial rocket.

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METALCON Technology Survey, Tools and Resources


METALCON TECHNOLOGY SURVEY

CONTECH will make its return at METALCON 2020, scheduled for October 21-23 in Las Vegas! To help us better serve you, please complete this 2-minute TECHNOLOGY SURVEY.

TECHNOLOGY TOOLS AND RESOURCES

CONTECH made its debut on the show floor last year at METALCON 2019 and provided an interactive hub that showcased the game-changing technologies shaping the construction industry today and tomorrow.

Since the pandemic crisis started, industries around the globe have been forced to pivot and find new ways to work during the lockdowns. Before we knew it, the use of technology in the construction arena made a quick transition from “good to have” to being a necessity. From mobile technology to aerial photography to video conferencing, the industry is discovering a whole new way to work and while doing so, re-designing the business model. Digital engagement is here to stay!

Technology has been discussed in several of our new weekly METALCONLive! broadcast events so we thought we would provide you with some of the resources and tools mentioned over the past several weeks.

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