MCA is conducting research at the University of Florida to evaluate the performance of discontinuous metal panels, such as modular metal panels and snap-together standing seam. From that evaluation we will be investigating how to characterize the air permeability of these types of roof panels in order to develop a new test method to more realistically reflect the wind uplift that these systems can withstand. The main test to be utilized for the work is the UL 1897 in static and dynamic mode. Wind tunnel testing and variations to existing industry test methods will be used. An industry Advisory Panel has been created and a literature search has been summarized. Recently the Experimental Research Plan was shared with the Advisory Panel for their input. Test materials are being collected and shipped to the University of Florida for testing to commence in July. This is a significant research project, and is being conducted over three calendar years.
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.
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.
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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?
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