Metal Building Manufacturers Association
MBMA MISSION MBMA PLEDGE
The MBMA mission is to enhance the collective The MBMA will represent and promote the
interests of the Metal Building Systems industry. common interests of the member companies and
wisely invest their resources to benefit the group.
Forecast of Domestic Shipment Tons
Compiled by Bob Lowe, Chairman Ex-Officio
MBMA Actual Reported MBMA Projected
1974 1984 1994 2004 2014 2024 2034
10 Year Roll- 651,029 1,019,029 1,196,294 1,664,835 2.08M 2.60M 3.25M
ing Avg. Tons
% Change 56.5% 17.4% 39.2% 25% 25% 25%
30 Year Gain Historical 155.7% Projected 95.3%
THE CHAIRMAN’S INSIGHTS 6) Continue MBMA’s advanced seismic research
“With AISI’s near record level of co-funding support, program and recommend changes to both the
2006 will be the most aggressive year of research and NEHRP Provisions and ASCE Seismic
engineering programs in our history. Also exciting is Provisions with regard to metal building
MBMA’s participation in the Metal Initiatives Program. systems.
Along with MCA and AISI, we will promote steel in
7) Study the wind loading on open buildings
construction and metal building systems to an extent
with sheeted roofs. This will lead to defining an
never before offered.” Bob Ammerman
approach for determining design forces that is
far less conservative than existing methods.
ONE DOZEN GRADE-A TECHNICAL
8) Develop an on-line library of all MBMA research
INITIATIVES FOR 2006
for member-only use. This will make all technical
As the leader in industry research and technical issues,
research available to you with a click of the
MBMA is committed to serving you through the following
leading-edge technical initiatives in 2006:
9) Further the development of a government (NIST)
1) Prepare for the huge potential impacts coming
project to determine building wind forces that
from the merging of the AISC LRFD and ASD
more accurately map structural design loads than
specifications for the design of structural steel.
do current provisions. (Presently, the provisions
This will be largely accomplished through the
only approximate loads, based on conservative
creation of our Tapered Member Design Guide
and accompanying research.
10) Evaluate the new Direct Strength Method in the
2) Reevaluate our rigid frames with regard to
AISI specification to see how it can be exploited
seismic height and weight limitations. This will
to optimize the design of purlins and girts.
clarify the advantages they provide that are lost
11) Complete research to determine if the new
when we are required to use provisions meant
AISC specification flange brace requirements
for other types of construction.
are appropriate for metal building systems.
3) Propose and promote the adoption of a 50%
12) Pursue the adoption of load factors by ASCE 7
increase in wind uplift strength for standing
that takes into account the actual live-to-dead-
seam roof panels in the AISI specification, based
load ratio of typical metal building systems. Also
on MBMA’s electromagnetic research efforts.
advance the preliminary evaluation by Dr.
4) Continue to advocate for the adoption of new
Galambos that the snow load factor could be
procedures for determining AISI Purlin
Anchorage Forces to ensure reasonable and
manageable provisions in the specification.
For clarification or expanded descriptions of any of these
5) Participate in future ASCE 7 Standards changes,
concepts, contact Lee Shoemaker, MBMA’s Director of
such as the elimination of the 10-psf minimum
Research and Engineering (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NEW TO THE FAMILY CERTIFICATION FLYERS
MBMA is pleased to announce that Guardian Building MBMA developed five flyers for members to use to educate
Products becomes an associate member on January 1, key audiences about the importance of choosing only AISC-
2006. The firm is a manufacturer of fiberglass insulation, MB certified firms. Members have order tens of thousands of
these flyers and will be aggressively using the information to
and has one of the largest national building products
influence code officials, specifiers, national account customers,
distribution networks in North America. “We look forward
building owners and contractors. To get your order in the low
to our association with MBMA. Our plans are to focus more cost group print run, immediately contact Chuck Praeger at
energy and resources into the metal building industry, and email@example.com.
through guidance and associations from the premier building
systems manufacturers in the industry, our hope is to work
ADDED VALUE FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
with and develop more energy efficient structures,” says Here is a recent example of your MBMA dollars at work. For
Gregg Jaques, Vice President of Outside Sales. Why not the first time ever, MBMA has developed a list of purchasing
welcome Gregg and his team? He can be reached at greggj directors who work for our building systems members. This
firstname.lastname@example.org or 517.630.2065. was created to help associate members with their sales and
marketing efforts. The list was recently sent to all associate
COMMITTEE UPDATES members and will be included in your 2006 MBMA roster.
The MBMA Insurance Committee created a Roof-Ceiling
Task Force. This group met with USG Corporation’s research MORE VALUE - CODE ALERTS
Code Alerts, developed by MBMA, are your source for quick
group and Underwriters Laboratory to develop an overall fire-
and timely updates on code changes that can impact and
testing plan. The goal is to achieve a one-hour rated roof-
influence your business decisions. The alerts are sent to
ceiling assembly that also meets the latest energy codes. This all members on an as-needed basis. Here is a summary of
will expand the opportunities for metal buildings among those recent updates.
end-use applications that require fire rated acoustical drop • The New 2005 AISC Seismic Provisions for
ceilings, such as educational, office and retail facilities. Structural Steel Buildings has been posted on the
AISC website for free downloading at www.aisc.org.
The Energy Committee met in November and developed a list (Ref. MBMA Bulletin No. 317-05, dated Dec. 9,
of 50 high priority tasks. More news on their headway in the 2006)
• Effective January 1, 2006 - The 2006 Georgia
next Impact newsletter.
Amendments to the International Energy
Conservation Code impacts the use of through-
MBMA CALENDAR fastened roofs. (Ref. MBMA Bulletin No. 306-05,
February14 dated Nov. 30, 2005)
Technical Committee Meeting in Nashville • Effective December 31, 2005 - Connecticut is
adopting IBC 2003 with their own amendments.
February 15 They also recognize AISC-MB Certification.
Researchers Symposium in Nashville (Ref. MBMA Bulletin No. 307-05, dated Nov. 30,
February 15-16 • Alerting the members that most energy codes
Mill Relations Committee meets with steel mills and require a 1” thick thermal block to achieve the listed
processors in Cleveland U-values, while the industry has traditionally used a
3/4” thick thermal block. (Ref. MBMA Bulletin No.
February 22, 23 & 24 299-05, dated Nov. 22, 2005).
2008 California Energy Commission Workshops in
DID YOU KNOW?
The Building Systems Members section of the MBMA Web
site was recently revised to show all trade names under each
For this past year, the metal building systems industry far
parent company. Visit www.mbma.com.
outperformed the rest of the industry, and members should
take credit for operating safe manufacturing plants. The
WHAT WILL YOU SAY?
national average for recordable cases was 9.8. The vast
If you have news for future issues of Impact, send your
majority of reporting members operated well below the national
submissions to Chuck Praeger at email@example.com.
average for Prefabricated Metal Building and Component
Manufacturing. This is by far the largest and best year MBMA
members have had as it pertains to plant safety.
“I received the initial Impact newsletter and want to compliment you on the initiative and
the excellent content of this communication. The fact that it’s concise, well-organized,
and touches on many facets of the building systems industry makes it very attractive
Ray Bauer, CMC Steel East Mills www.mbma.com