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MCA Offers Free Technical Resources, Promotes Industry Development in 2018

The Metal Construction Association serves the industry through its technical efforts

Karl  Hielscher

As an organization comprised of metal manufacturers and suppliers, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) focuses on serving the metal cladding industry by providing technical and educational resources. Through multiple partnerships, we aim to do much of this work in collaboration with manufacturers, architects, contractors, design professionals and other associations. Our focus is to work together to educate design professionals, building owners and contractors about the benefits of metal. MCA and its partners are creating industry-wide product performance and best practices standards to ensure that metal products and assemblies remain at the forefront of quality construction in North America.

Providing a Voice for the Metal Construction Industry

MCA is involved with code development efforts on both the national and local levels to ensure metal construction interests are fairly represented during code change and code development discussions. Through these efforts, we are providing industry knowledge during the update of the City of New York Building Code. MCA, together with the American Chemistry Council (ACC), is contributing valuable information on the use and performance of combustible cladding assemblies. Our efforts are assisting in developing the code for allowable use of these assemblies while addressing the unique situations found in New York City.

MCA is working with the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) to further develop its standard fire test method (NFPA 285), which regulates the use of many metal products and installations. In addition, MCA and NFPA are creating guidelines for a fire risk assessment in a joint effort to provide standardization in assessing fire risk.

Free Technical Resources for Metal Construction Professionals

Over the past year, MCA has created several new best practice roofing documents, technical bulletins and white papers that demonstrate how metal products can meet both performance and code requirements while providing a good construction value. These free publications are available in the resources section at

Fire Safety of Insulated Metal Wall Panels

Fire safety is a key issue in construction, and the presence of metal walls can act as a barrier to fire and help keep an active fire from spreading. However, when using insulated metal wall panels (IMPs), U.S. codes typically require that composite assemblies are fire tested as a complete assembly and as individual combustible components. This white paper serves as a guideline for a proper fire safety approach to IMPs.

Choosing Between Fire-Retardant and Standard-Core Metal Composite Material

Metal composite materials (MCMs) have been used for exterior cladding products in the North American building market for more than 40 years. MCM manufacturers typically provide two types of core products: standard and fire retardant. MCA’s MCM Council developed a white paper to clarify the allowable uses for standard-core and fire-retardant MCM in accordance with the 2006–2018 editions of the International Building Code. This white paper details U.S. fire safety requirements for MCMs.

MCM Panel Systems Definitions

To use flat sheet materials, the MCM first is fabricated into an assembly that is installable on the structure. These different assemblies are known as installation systems and each system has unique performance characteristics. In this technical bulletin, MCA defines the basic installation systems that are in use today and discusses some of the designs that are popular and meet the performance requirements of building technology practiced today.

Lightning Strikes and Metal Roofing

The probability that a building will experience a lightning strike is influenced by a number of factors, and valid concerns exist over the impact of lightning strikes. This technical bulletin discusses the impact lightning has when it strikes a metal roof.

Qualifying Snow Retention Systems for Metal Roofing

Pitched roofs with slippery surface material can pose sliding snow and ice hazards below eaves. In many instances, snow retention systems are installed on these roof types to reduce the risk of sudden rooftop avalanche. Using properly designed and tested systems is crucial to ensure correct installation. This technical bulletin provides a complete overview of this critical design element that can often get overlooked, creating safety and leakage issues down the road.

Oil Canning in Metal Roof and Metal Wall Systems

Many uncontrollable factors contribute to oil canning and no panel manufacturer, fabricator or installer can ensure the total prevention of oil canning on any given project. Learn how to minimize the tendency for oil canning with careful attention to the production, material selection, panel design and installation practice.

Portable Rollformer Best Practices Manual

The purpose of this manual is to familiarize personnel with the general knowledge, basic operation, safety and maintenance procedures followed by standard trouble shooting suggestions for standard portable rollforming processes.

MCA—Your Voice in the Industry

MCA is focused on promoting the future of your industry and ensuring that metal products and assemblies are in the forefront of quality construction in North America. Our most valuable assets are our members, and we work to promote the issues that are most important to them. To learn more about MCA membership, visit, and stop by and see us at METALCON.

Karl Hielscher is executive director of the Metal Construction Association. Hielscher has more than 25 years experience in the metal construction industry, and was president and CEO of a Metl-Span, Lewisville, Texas, for more than 20 years. For more information, go to