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Metal Construction Association (MCA)

The Metal Construction Association is an organization of manufacturers and suppliers whose metal products are used in structures throughout the world. Since it was formed in 1983, MCA has focused on one key strategy - to promote the use of metal in the building envelope through marketing, education, and action on public policies that affect metal’s use. MCA’s marketing and technical activities create awareness of metal, its applications, and its benefits. MCA also works to eliminate barriers to metal’s use in construction by supporting product performance testing, initiating research, and monitoring and responding to codes and regulations that affect metal.

These well-established activities help educate building owners, designers, installers, educators and those who determine relevant codes and standards. The result – more metal products are chosen for a broader scope of projects. MCA is a volunteer-led organization with much of the work achieved through strong leadership by its board of directors and member-driven MCA councils and committees. MCA hosts two meetings a year and welcome all industry professionals to attend. These meetings will give you an opportunity to learn about all the innitiatives we MCA is working on to help promote metal in construction. Work of the association continues throughout the year via a third-party management team and ongoing communication between board, council and committee groups. This is achieved via phone conferences, Webinars, as well as committee and council meetings as needed.

Download the MCA App to stay connected and receive up-to-date information on all things MCA! Connect with peers and stay up-to-date on MCA initiatives promoting the use of metal in construction. Also learn about the latest technical research, events, and newtwork with industry leaders! Download on the App Store | Download on Google Play

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Meet the First Recipients of MCA's New Scholarship Program!

We're is proud to introduce you to the recipients of the first MCA scholarships! The inaugural class of MCA scholars consists of five promising students who have family members who work for four member companies. Each will receive aid in seeking further education in pursuit of their dreams.  Our new scholarship program, which benefits member company employees, was announced in the fall, and MCA received applications from many outstanding students. 

Meet the future pharmacist | ELIZABETH WARREN | Interlock Roofing/Delta Building Products

Elizabeth is in the entry-to-practice doctor of pharmacy program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where she also is secretary of the Pharmacy Evidence Appraisal Club. She expects to graduate in 2027. In her essay, she urged anyone who is suffering in silence by trying to manage their own challenges to reach out and seek help from trusted individuals.

Meet the future physical therapist

LAIKLYN SQUYRES | McElroy Metal, Bossier City, LA

Completing her senior year of high school in Louisiana, Laiklyn is an outstanding student athlete. A teacher describes the varsity athlete as “driven, organized, and a leader in the classroom, and on the softball field.” She has been accepted to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she plans to seek a degree in physical therapy in the fall. She wrote her essay about the gratitude she has for tough situations she faced as a child that “help me become the person I am today and have the family and resources I have.”

Meet the future mechanical engineer

BRYCE KEIRN | Sheffield Metals, Inc., Sheffield Village, OH

A student at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, Bryce is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering with an anticipated graduation date of May 2026. In his essay, Bryce discussed how his family’s decision to foster children created challenges but ultimately taught him about resilience, compassion, and empathy.

Meet the future mechanical engineer | NATHAN GALINSKI | DuPont, Wilmington, DE

Nathan attends high school in New Jersey and is a member of the National and Spanish honor societies. In his essay, he wrote about how his father’s promotions have required the family to move, a challenge that ultimately taught him the significance of communication, consistency, and new experiences. Nathan has been accepted at the University of Virginia, where he will follow in his father’s footsteps by seeking a degree in mechanical engineering.

Meet the future nurse | REYMUNDO BAHENA | McElroy Metal, Houston, TX

Reymundo will graduate in 2026 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, TX. In his essay, Reymundo addressed a moral challenge he faced when a colleague’s error left him having to choose what action to take when all possible paths could cause harm. Ultimately, his choice “reinforced the belief that choosing integrity and responsibility in adversity is a testament to professional character.”

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Experience the Power of MCA

MCA is dedicated to expanding the use of metal in the building envelope. Our members include companies throughout the supply chain that collaborate on initiatives to promote the use of metal in construction. Our research is shared with industry professionals and architects to educate them on best practices for installation, sustainability, and creative uses for metal in construction. Joining MCA makes you a part of the conversation and ensures you and your company are at the forefront of important decisions about the use of metal in construction. MCA members enjoy a range of benefits. Join us to enhance your knowledge, build your network, increase your brand exposure, and amplify your voice in the industry. 

 Top Reasons To Join:

  • Network with industry professionals.
  • Expand your knowledge and expertise.
  • Stay informed about current technology, codes, standards, and sustainability issues.
  • Participate in collaborative research to ensure your company sector is represented when making important decisions.

Become a member today!


MCA Design Awards

INNOVATION & INSPIRATION

This program is a great opportunity to get your products in front of the design community and to build awareness on product-diversity. Award recipients and winning projects will be promoted on the MCA website, press releases, and on social media. Photos of the winning projects and award submissions will be on display at METALCON in Atlanta.  

Submit your project now! Deadline to submit is May 10, 2024.

SUBMIT A PROJECT


MCA Summer Meeting

When: June 10-12, 2024
Where: Hilton Rosemont/Chicago, 5550 N. River Road

Join us for a Welcome Reception June 10 at 5:30 pm. The Educational programming begins June 11 at 8:00am through noon June 12. The hotel is 10 minutes from O’Hare International Airport. You can reserve through our special group code up until Monday, May 20, 2024. Reserve online or call 888-452-6943 and be sure to reference the group code: MCA.

Speakers

Darcy Bien — Partners in Change

Darcy Bien has more than 20 years of experience helping hundreds of companies with her team-based approaches and time-tested process helping companies build actionable strategies.

She is the Director at Partners in Change, LLC, a Cincinnati-based strategic consulting firm and has also partnered with the Dayton-based consulting firm, Aileron, since 2010, to support their strategic planning initiatives. Prior to that, she was the National Partnership Director of the National Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation, where she developed new partner sales processes and created long-term partner strategies.

Darcy holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Her career started at Procter & Gamble, where she spent five years cultivating operational, team development, and risk management. As a business solutions consultant, she completed a process improvement sales initiative for Bayer Plastics and a supply chain management project for Johnson Wax Professional.

Alan Scott - Director of Sustainability, FAIA, LEED Fellow, LEED Ap BD+C, O+M, CEM, WELL-AP, at Intertek.

Alan Scott, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a registered architect and sustainability practitioner with over 35 years of experience and lifelong commitment to the environment. Since 2000—as the 13th LEED AP—Alan has creatively applied his skills as a facilitator, consultant, project director, and teacher in support of high-performance, sustainable built environment projects in North and South America. His project work focuses on boosting new and existing building performance, decarbonization, occupant wellness and resilience. Alan served on the LEED Faculty for over eight years, delivering full-day LEED workshops, and he has also presented dozens of conferences, workshops and webinars on numerous topics related to sustainable communities, high-performance buildings, healthy building, and resilience to audiences on three continents. Alan currently serves as Vice-chair of the USGBC Resilience Working Group, and as a member of the USGBC LEED Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group and the AIA Resilience and Adaptation Advisory Group. He is a regular contributor to Metal Architecture magazine.

Allison Lundberg - Digital Marketing Strategist, Americaneagle.com

Allison will speak after the Market Development presentation. “Managing the Modern Marketing Team: Understanding Personalities and Achieving Goals”. With data always at your fingertips and new technologies arising every day, it’s difficult to know how to manage the everchanging team. In this session, Allison will address melding personality styles, implementing data measurement strategies, and achieving omni channel excellence. Teams need to be working collectively to achieve the goals of your business, so let’s dive into how to communicate and achieve them!!

Paul Trombitas

MCA Statistical Study will be presented by Paul Trombitas, Partner at FMI Consulting. MCA commissions FMI to analyze industry trends across all sectors including residential, commercial, industrial and agriculture. The report elaborates on trends by region and opportunities for growth. Members can access a copy of the 2023 full report here. Not a member, send an email to info@metalconstruction.org to learn more about the benefits of membership and information in the report.

Register for the MCA 2024 Summer Meeting.


Save the date for the 2024 METALCON!

This is the only show dedicated to the use of metal in construction and design returns to one of the world’s most exciting cities. Join us at the Georgia World Congress Center - Oct. 30th - Nov. 1st for METALCON 2024!

Attend METALCON to advance your knowledge and skills, making your business more competitive, efficient and profitable. This is the the largest international event in the metal construction and design industry. Established in 1991, it’s the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted exclusively to the application of metal in the building envelope. Designed for contractors, architects, developers, owners, fabricators, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors from 45+ countries, this event brings them together to explore the latest products, solutions, opportunities and innovations related to the use of metal in design and construction.

With its dynamic exhibit hall, interactive education and access to the Who’s Who of the metal construction and design industry, attendees count on METALCON to deliver the innovations, solutions, tools and expertise they need to turbocharge their businesses through the application of metal. Whether you are a building owner, installer, contractor, architect or specifier seasoned in the application of metal, or just beginning your exploration, METALCON will prepare you to put the latest applications, solutions and products for commercial and residential roofing, wall applications and more in action!

Add it to your calendar today!


Submit a METALCON Live! Webinar Idea

call-for-presentationsMCA members and leaders, it's time to submit your proposals for METALCON Live! webinars to be presented in 2024. Each webinar needs to be 60 minutes (including any question-and-answer time). They are presented live from 1 to 2 pm ET Wednesdays. Think about industry topics you or someone at your company or in your council have expertise on to create a presentation plan for submission. You'll need to specify who will present the material (ideally someone who can educate, engage, inspire and speak in ways that enhance the attendees' knowledge and experience).

For interest, consider using a variety of delivery formats, such as case studies, panel discussions, product comparison, opposing viewpoints, or tips and tricks for processes. Education must meet AIA credit requirements, so sales pitches cannot be accepted. Special consideration will be given to courses that could meet AIA HSW credit requirements. PSMJ, our METALCON Live! partner, will assist in securing AIA approval for your presentation.

Submissions will be reviewed and considered by METALCON staff. If the presentation is accepted, staff will contact you to schedule a presentation time that fits into the existing schedule and your presenters' availability.

Submit a webinar idea today!


Get your products certified & Raise the Roof!

Paint Systems & Roofing Products, Differentiate your company from the competition! Certification is available for metal roofing products through the Metal Construction Association (MCA) Metal Roofing Certification Program. The Metal Roofing Certification Program is open to paint & coatings companies, roofing product manufacturers, coil processors and roll formers. It applies to base metal as well as paint finishes and granular coatings.

With the confidence and credibilIty that comes with certification, you'll be able to assist contractors and consumers alike in choosing the right metal roof for their needs. Selecting products from a certified paint and coating manufacturer ensures the durability of a newly installed roof.

Apply today!


Above Sheathing Ventilation: The Forgotten Cool Roof

ASV is the concept of ventilating the air space between the roof cladding material, the roof deck, and subassembly. This allows the roof cladding temperature to be closer to the outdoor ambient temperature and reduces heat gain passing through the insulation during summertime scenarios. 

  • Roofs experience much higher temperature fluctuations than any other surface

  • Higher than ambient during sunny days, by 50°F or more

  • Lower than ambient during dry, cloudless nights by 10-20°F 

  • Ventilation mitigates this effect

  • Decouples thermal connection between panel and insulation

  • Always works to push roof temperature toward ambient outdoor temperature

  • Ventilation may be natural, forced, or throttled • Solar gain drives ASV; the higher the solar gain, the more air flows through the cavity

Read the full report today!


NFPA 285 - The Critical Test for Exterior Wall Assemblies

Why NFPA-285? Fire Safety is an important responsibility of the building designer and owner.  Even if individual elements of a wall assembly are not combustable, the assembly must be tested.

NFPA-285 is an important test that measures for vertical and lateral flame spread of the geometry and layers in a wall panel. It's the closest test to real world application in the US. 

Engineering judgements and Engineering Evaluations based on NFPA-285 are important part of building code compliance and provide a cost-efficient way to apply the code. Below on the right are links to three technical papers to help in designing your wall assemblies to meet NFPA-285.

What assemblies need to comply? Metal wall assemblies containing:

  • MCM panel cladding system
  • Insulated Metal Panel (IMP) cladding system
  • Metal panels using combustible insulation
  • Any wall system that contains a combustible component (beyond a limited class of WRB)

Why is testing the wall assembly important?

  • Changing one component can affect results
  • Adding components can affect results
  • Removing a component can affect results
  • Assemblies cannot exceed the tested air gap if combustibles are present (WRB. Foam, Cladding)
  • Joint sizing –width and depth considerations can affect compliance
  • Joint location, window header and free air cavity are important and can affect flame spread
  • Adding fire blocking (NYCBC) can assists in complaince

Read the White Papers and Technical Bulletins.


Environmental Benefits of Metal

The LEED® rating system recognizes and certifies sustainable buildings.

In addition to the general New Construction standard, the current LEED version applies to the Core and Shell Building Development, Schools, Retail, Data Centers, Warehouses & Distribution Centers, Hospitality, and Healthcare.

All of these categories are excellent candidates for metal buildings, with LEED credits and certification to be earned at the certified, silver, gold, or platinum levels. With many green advantages over other materials, metal can:

  • reduce energy consumption
  • improve air quality and thermal comfort
  • help comply with energy codes
  • minimize environmental impacts
  • get recycled indefinitely

Cradle to Cradle: this term refers to design standards for creating products that model the view of natural materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. Metal meets these requirements.

Recyclability: metal is the only known construction material that can be recycled and repurposed indefinitely. Any excess or scrap metals, particularly steel and aluminum, are readily and easily recyclable.

Sustainable Sites: shop-fabricated metal components reduce on-site labor, cycle time, and construction waste. A 2,000 square foot residence framed in steel produces less than 2% leftover material, all of which can be recycled, compared to wood framing with 20% waste going to a landfill.

Energy Efficiency: metal buildings offer effective insulation, reduced air leakage, and high-performance windows and doors. A metal roof can also be the ideal base to support solar panels. All of these factors can be used to earn LEED points.

Indoor Environmental Quality: metal components are shop painted; any volatile compounds are controlled at the factory, not released at the jobsite. Daylighting and exterior views can also be easily incorporated into a metal building design to earn LEED credits.

Read the White Papers and Face Sheets.


Qualifying Snow Retention Systems for Metal Roofing

Metal roofs provide durable, long-term solutions and have been preferred by many for use in challenging northern and alpine climates where snow and its migration on and from the rooftop is a normal occurrence. 

Such climates can pose unique challenges for any roof.  Pitched roofs of a material that has a slippery surface can pose sliding snow and ice hazards below eaves. 

In many instances, snow retention systems are installed on these roof types in order to reduce the risk of sudden rooftop avalanche and mitigate the hazards present in the discharge areas below the eaves.  

All snow-guard systems represent a load chain to transfer the sliding forces of snow into the building structure.  For proper design, each link in this chain must be proven to withstand the forces to which it will be exposed. 

This is not guesswork, but a combination of testing, science, mathematics and quality control.  Proper design begins with prudent and adequate testing and/or engineering of each link in the chain, followed by the science and math to apply these results to any given project.  

Read the full report.


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The Metal Forming Equipment Council (MFEC)/Rollformer Council has partnered with a collaboration of machinery OEMs to provide a structured outline of the benefits of proper general maintenance schedules for machinery. Fabricating accurate and aesthetically acceptable metal trim and panels is essential to the success and efforts of many other supply ...
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Join our expert panelists as they explore cutting-edge advancements in metal construction and its role in shaping the future of building design. Discover how advanced technologies, such as solar-integrated metal panels, reflective coatings, insulated metal panels, and above sheathing ventilation (ASV) systems, are revolutionizing sustainability, energy efficiency, and aesthetics in ...
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Join Todd Miller of Isaiah Industries as he shares information on residential re-roofing with metal. Residential has the largest share of the roofing market. For many years, metal has been outpacing other materials in terms of growth. This seminar digs into what contractors and architects both need to know in order ...
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Date: June 10-12, 2024 | Location: Rosemont, IL | Register for MCA's Summer Meeting today! Registration is open! Join us in person the evening of June 10 through June 12 for the 2024 MCA Summer Meeting. The MCA Summer Meeting is your opportunity learn about industry trends and get involved with ...
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