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Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCON’S TOTAL EXPERIENCE

METALCON’S SHOW FLOOR IS THE “TOTAL EXPERIENCE” – TAKE A TOUR

METALCON offers attendees a true one-of-a-kind show experience by creating an “all-in-one” space allowing for meaningful interactions and immersive experiences. After its successful redesign in 2018, the METALCON show floor is planned with efficiency in mind. Once you start your day on the show floor, you stay there. You won’t waste time running around looking for different rooms — you’ll find everything in one place including larger directional aisles for ease of navigation. From exhibits to theaters to special interest pavilions, METALCON has it all. The new pavilions are designed to give you a more immersive experience into the following specialty areas of design and building: IMPs, CONTECH, and solar solutions.

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MRA Calls for Increased Government, Utility Action to Spur Home Efficiency Improvements and Reduce Climate Impacts, Financial Burden on Families

As released by the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), August 18, 2021:

The start of fall season is typically the time to prepare for colder weather, but with a changing climate, many regions are now experiencing hotter weather patterns that stretch far longer into the year, making home air conditioning systems not just a nice to have, but a need to have for families everywhere. That increasing demand is why the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is calling on federal, state and local governments and utilities to take more action to help incentivize homeowners to make smart, energy efficient decisions when it comes to home building and remodeling practices.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Power of Solar

Last week the New York Times reported, “The Biden administration released a blueprint showing how the nation could move toward producing almost half of its electricity from the sun by 2050 — a potentially big step toward fighting climate change but one that would require vast upgrades to the electric grid.” The Energy Department laid out an ambitious blueprint for solar power to go from 4% to 45%.

Join us next month at METALCON where solar will take center stage with its new S-5! sponsored SOLAR EDUCATION CENTER, a dedicated pavilion to discover how solar and metal go hand-in-hand and to learn how to capitalize on the opportunities it present through a variety of exhibits, educational sessions, live demos, and solar trivia games.

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LAST CHANCE TO VOTE FOR METALCON’S TOP PRODUCTS

Nominations are in and now it’s time to cast YOUR vote!  It will take less than 5 minutes to select your favorite top products in each category including accessories, alternative energy, insulation/ weather barriers, roll forming equipment, roofs, technology, and walls. 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Winners will be announced on September 7, and top products will be recognized at METALCON 2021.


METALCON is the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction and is back in person and better than ever!
October 6-8 2021 in Tampa, Florida

REGISTER BY THIS FRIDAY FOR EARLY BIRD PRICING!

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association.

CHANCE TO WIN $1000 – TODAY IS LAST DAY TO SUBMIT METAL PROJECT PHOTO

Attention architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners — SUBMIT your high-quality photos of your best, coolest, most interesting and inspiring projects that feature metal in the interior or exterior design for a chance to win $1000 and to have your project showcased in the inaugural “Metal in Architecture” Gallery at METALCON. TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY TO SUBMIT!!!


The Metal in Architecture Gallery can ONLY be seen at METALCON 2021, the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction.

Join us in person October 6-8 2021 in Tampa, Florida – REGISTER TODAY!

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association.

FINAL WEEK TO SUBMIT YOUR METAL PROJECT AND TO VOTE FOR METALCON’S TOP PRODUCTS

Attention architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners — SUBMIT your high-quality photos of your best, coolest, most interesting and inspiring projects that feature metal in the interior or exterior design for a chance to win $1000 and to have your project showcased in the inaugural “Metal in Architecture” Gallery at METALCON. SUBMIT BY SEPTEMBER 1 DEADLINE.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY

Nominations are in and now it’s time to cast YOUR vote!  It will take only 5 minutes to select your favorite top products in each category including accessories, alternative energy, insulation/ weather barriers, roll forming equipment, roofs, technology, and walls. Winners will be announced on September 7, and top products will be recognized at METALCON 2021.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

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VOTE for Metal’s Top Products

Nominations are in! It’s time to cast YOUR vote for METALCON’s Top Products Award 2021!

METALCON, the metal construction industry’s ONLY global event for metal construction and design products, technologies and solutions, introduces the METALCON Top Products Award! Nominations are in and now it’s time for YOU to cast your vote!  Please select your favorite top products in each category. Exhibitors nominated their top metal products in a variety of categories including accessories, alternative energy, insulation/weather barriers, roll forming equipment, roofs, technology, and walls. It will take only 5 minutes to make sure your voice is heard. Winners will be announced on September 7, and attendees to METALCON 2021 will see the top products at the winning exhibitors’ booths on-site in Tampa. REGISTER to attend the event by August 27 for early bird pricing.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Magnificent Metal Monday – Knowledge is POWER at METALCON – and CREDITS Too!

METALCON’s Extensive Conference Program Offers More Education and CEUs than Ever Before

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin

Introducing METALCON’S best education yet! Learn from the industry’s top technical whizzes, business experts, design professionals, and industry insiders. From intensive pre-show Workshops to Keynotes, Super Sessions and 40+ FREE educational sessions conveniently located inside the exhibit hall, METALCON has it all.  Best of all … you’ll earn valuable credits while you learn!

You can customize and organize your daily education schedule by clicking on the favorite “star” button by the sessions you want, then clicking on the tab “My Sessions.” You can then export your show schedule. Read on for details on Keynotes, Super Sessions, Workshops, and the Education Sessions.

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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 – Resurgence of Airports

With so many people returning to travel, airports are back in the news. ArchDaily published a recent article highlighting “10 Awe-Inspiring Airports Across the World.” The author, Eric Baldwin, states, “Often serving as a city’s first impression, airports combine landscapes, ecologies, air rights, and infrastructure to connect people and place. As new technologies and advancements transform aviation, so too has airport architecture evolved to meet modern travel demands.”

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – Hurricane Resistant Steel Home

With the start of Hurricane season and the approaching Tropical Storm set to sweep across Florida this week, let’s look at the use of metal in building a hurricane resistant home. According to Architect Magazine, “When designers Holly Zickler and her husband, David Rifkind, a professor of architecture in Miami, FL, built their home in South Miami in 2011, the couple envisioned it as ‘a laboratory for socially and ecologically sustainable construction and planning in South Florida.’” They wanted a hurricane resistant house that was durable enough for the harsh Miami climate while staying different from the city’s traditional art deco style.

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Calling all Architects! Discover the Magic of Metal in Architectural Design at METALCON

As demand grows for metal in design, METALCON 2021 will be the place to be for architects to learn more about metal’s beauty, versatility, durability, and sustainability virtually lending itself to limitless applications. Discover the “magic of metal” in architectural design at this year’s show. This “show within a show” is exclusively for architects, designers, specifiers and engineers eager to breathe new life into projects and solve a wide variety of architectural, structural, environmental and performance challenges — all through the use of metal.

METALCON will take place at the Tampa Convention Center in beautiful Tampa, Florida, October 6-8. REGISTER TODAY!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Top Products Award

Don’t miss the opportunity to submit your company’s top product for METALCON’s New Top Products Award!

NOMINATIONS ARE STILL OPEN!

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES TODAY!

Applications are Due July 1.

Don’t miss the chance for bragging rights in the hottest new recognition program in the metal construction industry!  To be eligible for consideration, a product must have been introduced to the market after January 1, 2019, and its manufacturer must be a 2021 METALCON exhibiting company. Exhibitors are eligible to nominate more than one top metal product but not more than one product per category.

Nominations are accepted in the following categories:

  • Walls
  • Roofs
  • Structures
  • Paint & Coatings
  • Windows & Doors
  • Accessories
  • Lighting
  • Technology
  • Insulation & Weather Barriers
  • Day Lighting
  • Contractor Tools & Equipment
  • Safety
  • Alternative Energy
  • Rollforming Equipment
  • Other

CLICK TO NOMINATE TODAY!

METALCON 2021 will take place at the Tampa Convention Center, Wednesday, October 6 – Friday, October 8, 2021 with pre-show workshops beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Registration is now open!

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources Inc. and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association.

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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METALCON Live! TODAY @ 1PM EST – Rail-less Solar on Metal Roofs

Earn your CE certificate. NABCEP approved course – CEU 1.5 JTA & RE Elective
AIA – 1 LU|HSW Course #: MRIL2142
SOLAR IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST TOPICS CURRENTLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY – LEARN THE TECHNIQUES AND AFFORDABILITY OF RAIL-LESS
As solar mounting technologies evolve to improve installation efficiencies and reduce material and labor costs, some developers and installers on the job site often find it daunting to keep abreast of changing technologies and adapt their operating procedures accordingly. This seems evident by phobias some people have about rail-less PV mounting for metal roofs, while many others claim it is a piece of cake and saves a fortune. A few small shifts in thinking can produce huge savings in labor, material, and logistics, so it is worth a look. The shifts pertain to the mechanics of installation and a couple of other aspects of a project, such as wire management. This course will unpack metal roof installations with a brief overview of the various types of metal roofs and their advantages for PV. Wire management techniques will be presented along with other best practices and “how-to’s” for installing rail-less solar systems on metal roofs. Methods for installing various accessories from microinverters to home runs will also be covered.

Learn from experts in the field – Shelly Higgins AIA, CSI, IIBEC, NWiR
Architectural and National Accounts Director @S-5! and Mark Gies
Director of Solar Business @S-5!

Learning Objectives:
• Learn why a metal roof is a perfect solar platform.
• Define the advantages of rail-less solar PV mounting systems.
• Understand how solar on metal roofs prove to be the most economical and the most eco-friendly.
• Learn best practices for design and deployment of wire management.
• Describe best practices for installation techniques and other balance of system (BOS) components.
Register for FREE access to ‘Rail-less Solar on Metal Roofs’ happening LIVE today at 1:00 PM EST.

NEWS FLASH – METALCON Introduces The Architect’s Experience

Discover the Magic of Metal in Architectural Design

As demand grows for metal in design, METALCON 2021 will be the place to be for architects to learn more about metal’s beauty, versatility, durability, and sustainability virtually lending itself to limitless applications. Discover the “magic of metal” in architectural design at this year’s show. This “show within a show” is exclusively for architects, designers, specifiers and engineers eager to breathe new life into projects and solve a wide variety of architectural, structural, environmental and performance challenges — all through the use of metal.

METALCON will take place at the Tampa Convention Center in beautiful Tampa, Florida, October 6-8. REGISTER TODAY!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Making Solar Affordable

SOLAR OPTIONS LOOKING BRIGHTER

According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, “Solar power is more affordable, accessible, and prevalent in the United States than ever before. From just 0.34 GW in 2008, U.S. solar power capacity has grown to an estimated 97.2 gigawatts (GW) today. This is enough to power the equivalent of 18 million average American homes. Today, over 3% of U.S. electricity comes from solar energy in the form of solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP).”

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METALCON Now Accepting Top Products Award Nominations

With METALCON’s anticipated return to an in-person event in October, a new Top Products Award program is underway. Get bragging rights at this year’s show along with special product recognition in your booth. Get your nomination in today!

METALCON 2021 Exhibitors are invited to nominate their top metal products in a variety of 15 categories (see below). To be eligible:

  • A product must have been introduced to the market no sooner than January 1, 2019.
  • The product’s manufacturer MUST be a 2021 METALCON exhibiting company.
  • Exhibitors are eligible to submit products in more than one category but not more than one product per category.
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Magnificent Metal Monday – NEW METALCON Top Products Award Announced

METALCON, the metal construction industry’s only global event for metal construction and design products, technologies and solutions, announces its new Top Products Award. 2021 exhibitors are invited to nominate their top metal products in a variety of 15 categories. To be eligible for consideration, a product must have been introduced to the market no sooner than Jan. 1, 2019, and its manufacturer MUST be a 2021 METALCON exhibiting company. Exhibitors are eligible to nominate more than one top metal product but not more than one product per category. For a current list of 2021 METALCON exhibitors, click HERE. Deadline to submit is July 1, 2021.

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Solar Industry Sets Records in 2020 and on Track to Quadruple by 2030; METALCON to Feature Solar Solutions

Photo Credit: RoofersCoffeeShop and SEIA

RoofersCoffeeShop reports, “For the second year in a row, solar led all technologies in new electric-generating capacity added, accounting for 43%.” According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2020 Year-in-Review report, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie, the U.S. solar industry grew 43% and installed a record 19.2 gigawatts (GWdc) of capacity in 2020.

SEIA, along with their members and allies across the energy system, have set an ambitious goal for solar energy to comprise 20% of all U.S. electricity generation by 2030. To reach this target, the industry must work collaboratively across technologies and industries to build a strong Solar+ economy.

Solar Solutions at METALCON

METALCON 2021 is thrilled to be returning to an “IN PERSON” event, scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, Florida. As the demand for solar panel installation grows from both the residential and commercial sectors, so has the industry’s appreciation of metal for long-term durability. Discover the latest metal applications for solar at METALCON this year in a dedicated area on the exhibit floor. If you represent a business that manufactures solar components, develops performance monitoring systems or provides smart energy, energy storage or solar consulting services, consider exhibiting at the show. Participating exhibitors will meet hundreds of architects, developers, roofing contractors and others in the METALCON community who are eager to learn about solar energy. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

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Roofing Day 2021 Held Virtually in DC This Week

From NRCA, posted by the RoofersCoffeeShop

March 25, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.

Roofing industry stakeholders from throughout the U.S. participated virtually in Roofing Day in D.C. 2021 March 23-24.

Led by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and partner organizations, the annual event is an unprecedented effort to share the industry’s message with members of Congress. Traditionally held as a fly-in event in Washington, D.C., Roofing Day in D.C. 2021 was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Los Angeles Convention Center in Spotlight

Photo Credit: CityWatchLA

After not being used for months on end and also serving as an overflow hospital for COVID-19 patients, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) took center stage last night as the primary venue for the high profile Grammys event. Although there was no audience present, there was a red carpet, awards and live performances.

Compared to other convention destinations, Los Angeles has lagged behind, especially to its neighbor Anaheim. According to CityWatchLA, “To attract a greater share of the lucrative convention business, the Tourism and Convention Board has been modernizing the Convention Center and promoting hotel development with the goal of adding 4,000 new hotel rooms within walking distance of it by 2020.”

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WHY AN IMP ROOF?

When IMPs first emerged as a building product in the 1960s they were predominantly used as an exterior wall assembly. Throughout the last 60 years, the materials and production methods have advanced considerably. According to the Metal Construction Association, “Insulated Metal Panel Roofs are premier building products on the leading edge of innovation.” The far reaching benefits include: high performance, sustainable building envelope, design flexibility, single component, and speed of build. The question isn’t “why an IMP roof” … the question is “why not.”

Join METALCONLive! and MCA TOMORROW as they present, The Advantages of an IMP Roof , by Greg Lusty, Vice President of Sales at All Weather Insulated Panels. Greg will provide a review of insulated metal roof panel systems in terms of their performance characteristics, profiles, and testing/approval requirements; along with the design and installation considerations that will help you be successful. This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE!

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Interactive Roundtable Discussion on Solar PV Installations Hosted by S-5! on January 21

This Thursday, January 21 at 1 p.m. EST, S-5! will host an interactive roundtable discussion titled Metal Roofing: Wire Management and Best Practices for Solar PV Installations. The discussion will be moderated by Mark Gies, Director of Solar Business at S-5! along with panelists Doug Claxton – Principal & Founder of The Solar Revolution & TSR Energy, Jesse Wiederin – Founder/Owner of The Solar Guys, and Shawn Haddock – S-5!’s Director of IT & Product Support, Senior Field Applications Specialist.

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METALCON Top 10 Stories of 2020

On behalf of the METALCON team, thank YOU, our metal construction community, for your support this year. Thanks to you we saw a 30% increase in our METALCON Blog readership! And despite having to postpone our in-person event, your support and participation for our new virtual programming has been nothing short of amazing! Since the launch of METALCONLive! in April, we have held 12 virtual events and have interacted with over 2,500 participants.

Looking back over the year, we shared hundreds of blog posts (143 to be exact!) in an attempt to keep you up-to-date with relevant industry information. Here’s a round-up of the top 10 “most-viewed” of 2020:

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Magnificent Metal Monday

ConstructConnect‘s Top 5 Coolest Buildings of 2020

Despite the pandemic, construction carried on and the “top lists” of this year’s architectural marvels are rolling in. ConstructConnect‘s criteria for inclusion on their list boiled down to the following items: The building had to have been substantially completed, topped out, or opened within the calendar year and had to have some aspect that makes the building “cool.” What does this mean? In their terms, it can range from the architecture, sustainability elements, unique construction methods, technology, building materials used, cultural impact, or some combination of these elements. This year, “cool” appears equivalent to “sustainability” along with an “eye on the future.”

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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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And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the return of METALCONLive! happening Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 PM EST.

REGISTER FOR THIS FREE ONLINE AND LIVE EVENT.

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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