As with all test standards, NFPA 285 is reviewed on a regular basis to address inconsistencies and technical issues within the standard. In March, an NFPA committee met and proposed changes to the wall construction for this test that will render many past tests invalid. The proposed modification specifically locates panel joints where they were previously required to be “representative of standard construction practices”. This modification will not only affect combustible exterior cladding, it will affect any wall assembly that contains combustible elements including insulation and barrier materials. The NFPA proposed modifications are currently open for public comment until November. During that time, MCA will work with NFPA to understand the reasoning behind this proposal and better define the level of impact.
The Metal Construction Association assembled for their 2015 Summer Meeting in June where the various committees and councils discussed current trends and developments in the metal construction industry and how MCA is and should be addressing them.
MCA’s advocacy is benefitting the industry. From lobbying participation with the Zinc Coalition to protect the market for galvanized steel and zinc products in Washington state – to support of the American High Performance Building Coalition’s efforts to oppose the adoption of California Proposition 65 – to having a seat in the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition advocating for the development of industry-based criterion for future standards, MCA’s presence and voice is shaping legislation that impacts the industry.
Fastener Compatibility with Profiled Metal Roof and Wall Panels
Profiled metal roof or wall panels rely upon mechanical fasteners to secure the components to a structure. It is very important to select the correct type of fastener for metal construction in order to ensure a strong and weather-tight attachment. This Technical Bulletin serves as a guide for the selection of exposed fasteners used with metal roof and wall panels.
Download The Tech Bulletin > http://www.metalconstruction.org/download.php/education/user_file_2
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a member of MCA, contact member services at 847-375-4718. Or, if you’re ready to become a member, submit an application today.
Download Membership Application > http://bit.ly/1yBBDYA
Non-members are welcome to attend an MCA event, at a special rate, to determine if membership is a good fit. The Summer Meeting is coming up June 2-3, 2015 in Chicago. The event will include council and committee sessions, plus socializing and networking – great opportunities to get more metal into building projects. METALCON will take place October 14-16, 2015 in Tampa, with about 300 companies exhibiting and 8,000 architects, contractors, engineers, and building owners attending. Which event would you like to attend?
List Of Upcoming Events > http://bit.ly/1BNV94z
Membership provides valuable resources at your fingertips, such as the Members-Only Web Portal that includes Exclusive News & Events, Statistical Reports, Research Studies, Webinars, Codes & Standards, Member Directory, Council & Committee Reports, and more. You can even submit your own company’s Case Studies and Gallery Photos to be included on MetalConstruction.org, helping promote your organization and its work to the world.
Budgets are tight. We hear ya. That’s why we’ve reduced the cost of membership to the Metal Construction Association. The new dues structure means companies of all sizes will save on memberships. There’s never been a better time to join or renew. Learn more > http://bit.ly/1DzJIRC
Join The MCA And Get Help To Grow Your Business
The Metal Construction Association helps members meet, learn, network, grow their business, and even expand the entire market. If your company develops, produces, distributes, markets or supplies materials for metal construction products, joining is a no brainer…especially now that memberships are at a discount.
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“The emphasis on electronics may work well for marketing, but when it comes to our products, the contactors have to see them and understand how they can use them. It has to be face-to-face, and that’s why we’re at METALCON – to meet and talk with contractors.”
– Dale Nelson, Roof Hugger
“People judge trade shows by different factors. Some qualify a show by numbers of visitors or leads. But the real judge of quality in a show is how it helps you build relationships. By rotating location every year, METALCON keeps drawing a fresh audience and that expands our opportunities to establish new relationships each year.”
– Ed Karper, Akzo Nobel
“METALCON is our ‘coming out’ event as a brand. The response was overwhelming from customers and potential customers. We’ve walked METALCON before and this is our first time exhibiting. We had a lot of customers and were able to partner with the metal building industry, which is what we wanted. We manufacture and laminate fiberglass insulation for metal buildings. Kudos to METALCON team. They do a great job and are all very friendly and responsive.”
– Jane Van Bergen, Marketing Manager, Silvercote Lamination