MBMA Introduces Online Course on Energy Code Requirements

Date:December 17, 2020
Contact:Tony Bouquot, General Manager

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has released a new continuing education course titled, “Using Metal Building Systems to Meet and Exceed the Energy Code.” This course was created in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Architectural Record magazine and is now available through Architectural Record’s Continuing Education Center website and also via its continuing education app.

Metal building systems are one of the most popular low-rise construction solutions in today’s commercial market. They can meet building code requirements for energy efficiency through various design options and strategies such as insulation, metal roofing and wall systems.

“Our research shows that metal building systems can meet—and exceed—high standards for energy performance in a very cost-effective manner,” says Tony Bouquot, MBMA’s general manager. “This latest continuing education course is intended to provide building professionals with an overview on how versatile metal building structures can meet energy codes through the various options available.”

The course introduces the learner to metal buildings and the role of architects and designers in meeting code requirements. It continues with a look at relevant codes and provisions before diving into various ways to meet these requirements. Specific learning objectives include the participant’s ability to:

  1. Identify the basic characteristics of metal building systems that meet or exceed requirements for energy codes, voluntary programs such as LEED, and above-code adopted regulations.
  2. Investigate the design options and strategies that contribute to metal building systems optimizing energy performance and being sustainable.
  3. Assess insulated metal roofing and wall system alternatives that contribute to energy savings and overall green building design.
  4. Evaluate the potential results of using metal building systems to achieve high levels of energy performance through case studies.

Successful completion of “Using Metal Building Systems to Meet and Exceed the Energy Code” provides one learning unit credit for AIA members. A number of other organizations offer learning credits for the course as well, including the American Institute of Building Design (IABD), the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and multiple Canadian architectural associations.