A good friend in the industry likes to point out that in every vehicle you drive, you’ll always see one thing that never changes—the rearview mirror is only a fraction of the size of the windshield. That analogy reminds us to remember what’s behind us, and that our focus clearly needs to be... Read more.
Recently, I spent several weeks in front of many metal builders and contractors, and I was impressed by one thing—their unyielding resiliency. These professionals have adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 and have managed to successfully run businesses in an environment of constant change, volatility, supply chain shortages and a labor crunch unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetimes. Read more.
During these times of transition and challenge, I want to talk for a moment about leadership and the important role that you and I play as leaders in our businesses, our professional associations and our communities. Read more.
Changes to building codes are a fact of life for architects and designers and air leakage testing is currently a hot topic. Energy standard and code writers are currently looking at lowering air leakage limits while also requiring testing to ensure compliance. Read more.
MBMA has compiled a comparison of air leakage testing requirements across various codes and standards. To increase energy conservation, energy codes and standards have been stepping up the effort to reduce air leakage, moving toward a requirement for whole-building tests to ensure an adequate air barrier in addition to, or in place of, the prescriptive requirements for materials and assemblies. Read more.
"Unprecedented. Once in a century. A new normal. There is no way we can reflect on the year that was for MBMA and not acknowledge how the COVID-19 pandemic made it unique:· That's what Metal Building Manufacturers Association, general manager Tony Bouquot said to me recently when we were talking about a theme for this article. His words sum it all up. Read more.
What a strange and unprecedented year this has been! As I sit here writing this article in July, I can’t predict if Alabama will win a single game this year because we don’t even know if there will be a college football season. Read more.
There are over 6,300 breweries and nearly 2,000 distilleries in the U.S. right now, and more are on the way. In the recently updated MBMA Distilleries & Breweries case study, Lake|Flato partner Greg Papay, FAIA shares the story of the design of the Alamo Beer Brewery in San Antonio, Texas. Read more.
Metal buildings are predominantly made of steel, which is the most recycled material in North America. Steel can be used in a building to comply with the requirements of sustainable design standards and ratings systems. Read more.
MBMA continues to lead the metal building systems industry and fulfill its mission by providing educational, research and technical resources. These include an increasing number of design guides and manuals that are invaluable for anyone who works with metal buildings anywhere in the world. Read more.