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Insurance: Architects Add Value for Clients When Armed with Insurance Knowledge
Architects bring greater value to their client relationships when they offer practical guidance that can improve building performance and save the owner money. There is one way to do that which architects sometimes do not recognize. Are you aware that, during your initial design phase, there are tools to help you assure best case insurance rates for your clients? Affordable insur­ance for businesses will become a greater con­cern in the short-term future due to the climate influences that are allowing greater opportunities for disasters. The more you understand hazards, and the tools provided by insurers and associa­tions to address those hazards, the more you can serve the greater needs of your clients. Part of being a trusted advisor is to not only design quality buildings, but to build in resiliency and opportunities to reduce client costs over time. More

We Funded a Survey...Now what?
The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA} commissioned a user survey to understand the percep­tions of those who may or may not be investing in metal building solutions. Our plan was to take a wide and deep look at the decision-making process in the low-rise commercial construction industry and explore where the market share for metal building systems is headed. We wanted to learn about the factors influencing the decision-making processes of design professionals and find out what factors might lead them to choose one construction solution over another. The findings proved valuable and will lead to initiatives that we hope will influence these decision makers in the future, and help them to better understand the value of metal buildings. More

A Cautiously Optimistic View of the Industry
The turn of a new year is a time when many industry associations get together for their annual meetings-hopefully someplace warm. It is therefore a great time to talk to members and get a pulse on the year that was and the year to come. At the 2018 Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., I would describe the mood of our mem­bers as cautiously optimistic. There are a number of factors affecting that mood. More

MBMA has Resources to Quantify Sustainability of Metal Building Systems
Metal building systems have long been a popular choice for new low-rise, nonresidential buildings in the U.S., and they represent a significant portion of the overall construction market. They are very flexible and can be constructed for a wide range of end uses including school and athletic buildings, automobile dealerships, retail stores and centers, manufacturing facilities, agriculture buildings, warehouses and more. And now, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has added several pieces of information for potential owners and builders to help them in their decision-making process. Three new Environmental Product Declarations, or EPDs, a complete whole-building life cycle analysis, and case studies comparing the environmental impacts of metal building systems to the impacts of other building types, are some of the resources that MBMA has made available. More

Professional Roofing: Metal to the metal
Metal roof systems always have been known to have long lives, but exactly how long they last has been a subject of debate. However, all roof systems, including metal, eventually need to be replaced or re-covered. So what happens when they do? When considering the re-cover option, there are several elements to keep in mind to achieve proper longevity of the new roof system. More

Florida Roofing Magazine: Metal Roof Panel HVHZ Deflection Limits Increasing in 2017 Florida Building Code
The purpose of this article is to inform contractors, engineers, and building officials of some of the changes significantly affecting metal roofing. More

Metal Architecture: MBMA Environmental Product Declarations - Why they matter to architects
The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) released industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to meet the increasing demand for unbiased data. The new metal building system EPDs describe the environmental attributes of primary rigid framing, secondary framing, and metal cladding for roofs and walls. More

InSights: Design Snow Loads and Metal Buildings:
Throughout a significant portion of the United States, the design snow load on roofs typically exceeds the roof design live load, so many structural engineers need to be familiar with snow load determination. The level of complexity in calculating the design snow loads for a building or other structure can vary from simple to complex, depending on the building location, the roof geometry, and the roof finish. More

Metal Construction News: Seismic Research: Metal Buildings are on Solid Ground:
This article will discuss the objective and status of this MBMA seismic research program that began in 2005 to address some of the post-Northridge code revisions and the associated limitations that were placed on light single-story frames. More

School Business Affairs: Building with Metal: Energy-Efficient, Custom-Built Schools:
On school campuses across the country, students, school officials, and teachers are calling for the adoption of low-energy building codes and smarter construction practices. Many schools have turned to metal building systems to create custom-designed structures that exemplify a low-energy, high-value model. More

Green Building Today: A Way of Life:
Comments have been made lately that people are sick of "green"; it is no longer a trend and people are over it. Our theory supports this to a degree in that sustainability isn't a trend. But we disagree with naysayers because sustainability actually is a way of life today. More

Fire Codes: 5 Things to Know About Metal Buildings and Fire Codes:
Here are five concepts about fire ratings and how metal building systems can demonstrate proven performance. More

American City & County: Expert: Metal buildings offer versatility to governments:
About half of all 1- and 2-story business buildings in the U.S. are now built using metal building systems. "As a result, it's safe to assume that a majority of low-rise government buildings being constructed today are made of metal." More

Metal Construction News: Condensation Control in Metal Building Systems:
Properly controlling condensation in metal building systems is critical to maintaining the thermal performance of the insulation system and prolonging the service life of the building components. More

Dealer News: MBMA Looks to Growth Markets:
The auto dealership market is an area that has been strong for metal building usage, and it is on target for increased growth. More

Construction Executive: Thinking Outside the Box – Advanced Metal Building Systems can Be Flexible and Sustainable:
Since the 1950s, metal buildings have been one of the strongest players in the one- and two-story non-residential construction market bringing unique spaces to offices, industrial facilities, warehouses, retail centers, churches, school, health care centers and sports venues. More

American City & County: Industry Market Trends:
Temporary Building Makers Step In to Get Post‐Disaster Operations Going. More

Building Operating Management: Metal Buildings Can Be Attractive As Well As Sustainable:
Today, when the construction is being used for offices, retail, health care, and other uses, "it can look like anything you want it to." More

Structural Engineer: The desire to provide high performance and energy efficient buildings continues to grow among architects, designers and building owners. Building codes and standards dictating minimum levels of insulation and mechanical system performance have also ratcheted up in recent years. More

Today’s Facility Manager: Professional Development: Not Your Father’s Metal Building: Part of effective facility management (FM) is keeping track of building structures, monitoring their service and maintenance, and knowing the ins and outs of the building materials used in those structures. More