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METALCON / October 6-8 / 2021 Tampa


Metal in Architecture

Art meets execution at these informative sessions that will give architects and contractors alike in-depth breakdowns of essential issues, including disruptive construction techniques, important code updates, and LEED certification.

 


Wednesday October 6th

Exterior Wall Fire Code Compliance in the US – How Grenfell-like Tragedies are Avoided in the United States

Speakers: Eric Banks and Jeffrey Greenwald, CAE, Consultants, North American Modern Building Alliance


Exterior wall cladding assembly fires on tall buildings are dangerous events that pose serious hazards to building occupants and the fire services. Over the last 15 years there has been a notable increasing global trend in the number of high-profile fire events involving exterior walls of buildings. Large fire events such as these have been reported in almost every region of the world, with many having occurred in Europe, the Middle East, and China. By contrast, North America (the United States and Canada) has not experienced a similar trend of increasing fire events despite significant increases in energy efficiency requirements for buildings and the use of combustible materials in exterior wall assemblies. This presentation will explain how the structure, topics, requirements, and enforcement of the model building codes adopted in the United States combine to provide a level of fire safety that prevents tragedies like the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire from occurring.


 




Metal Architecture Design Awards Seminar

Moderator: Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director, Metal Construction News
Panelists: Brent Schipper, AIA, LEED AP, IDA, Principal, ASK Studio of Architects Schipper Kastner, Tara Williams, AIA, Associate Architect, ASD/SKY, Stephen Van Dyck, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, LMN Architects

 

Join this year’s judges of the MA Design Awards as they discuss the trends they identified among the award entries. These industry experts, who have extensive experience designing with a wide variety of metal building products, will offer insights to best design practices for metal. This wide-ranging discussion will hit on metal’s unique capabilities such as its flexibility and ductility as well as important issues such as sustainable and wellness design.

 



Thursday October 7th

 

Fundamentals of Rainscreen Design

Speaker: Todd Kimmel, Chairperson, RAiNA, and Regional Architectural Manager, Rockwool
 

Rainscreens have been an elusive term in the construction industry. People have used them to apply to materials, assemblies, and functions, sometimes in ways that are questionable. This session identifies the official definition for the term rainscreen, identifies the components that make up a rainscreen and then discusses the performance requirements for a rainscreen to function properly. Work is underway by the industry to fully address all the requirements for performance, taking into consideration proper building science. It also identifies when one Code requirement may conflict with other Code requirements and may not take into consideration building science.

 




Solar PV Rooftop Applications & Solar Ready Design Considerations

 

Speaker: Shelly Higgins, Architectural and National Accounts Director, S-5!

In this session you will discover the basics of solar photovoltaic systems including the major parts for rooftop solar installations. Additionally, Shelly will describe the basics of the rooftop installation mechanics and measures to minimize hazards and increase safety, review critical parameters that should be considered when designing a roof to be solar-ready and reveal the advantages of installing solar on metal roofs, including performance and economic benefits.


 




Disrupting Construction – Trends in Modular Building and Shipping Container-Based Structures

Speaker: Stephen Shang, CEO, Falcon Structures
 

Disrupting the largest industry in the world is no simple task, and yet, modular construction has improved building practices through refined efficiency. Modified shipping containers play a growing role in the revamped practices of modular construction thanks to their durability and portability. Discover more about container-based construction from Falcon Structures CEO and Co-founder, Stephen Shang, as he shares his insights and experiences after 18 years of pioneering container modifications.

 




Air Leakage – The Test We All Must Pass, Will You?

Speakers: Vincent Sagan, Senior Staff Engineer, MBMA, and Robert Tiffin, National Accounts Manager, Silvercote
 

Changes are underway to energy standards and building codes, which will reduce air leakage limits and require testing to validate compliance. In most areas, whole-building air leakage testing is now an alternative compliance path; but many states will soon require on-site testing of new buildings to meet the code leakage limits.  To understand the impact of the changes, a testing project is proceeding, orchestrated by the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), in collaboration with NAIMA and MBCEA. The testing objectives are to see how well metal buildings comply with the code air leakage requirements and to determine what elements of metal buildings may contribute to significant leakage. To date, several metal buildings with a variety of insulation systems located across the United States have been tested. The testing has confirmed that, when the right materials are specified and correctly installed, metal buildings pass the test.

Whole-building air leakage testing and compliance is inevitable. Contractors need the information to pass the test, the first time.


 



Delivering Dali

Speakers: Alex Kha, Southeast Regional Sales Manager, Novum Structures, JB Howell, National Sales Manager, Novum Structures

Join JB Howell and Alex Kha as they delve into the process of developing and delivering aspects of the Dali Museum.  They discuss various process of delivery including designer assist versus conventional delivery methods, define architecturally exposed structural steel, and new technologies in advance steel fabrication.


 



Introduction to LEED for Metal Construction

Speaker: Lynn Grinnell, Faculty, USGBC and Jesse Coyle, Professor, St. Petersburg College

This is an introductory presentation on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification with a focus on metal construction to help builders start the process for getting their buildings LEED certified. Topics to be covered; intro to LEED, energy implications for metal construction and LEED best practices and expectations, LEED expectations for materials and resources (recycling, waste, product selection), Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) implications for metal construction and LEED best practices and expectations, and innovations. Plus, Lynn will answer your questions.

 



Metal Roofs--Wind Uplift(ing) or Not?

Speaker: Shelly Higgins, Architectural and National Accounts Director, S-5!

Sun, sand, water and fun are synonymous with Florida. Unfortunately, wind, tropical storms and hurricanes are too. Florida’s building codes are extremely stringent, and they must be to protect the structure and its inhabitants. It is important to keep a building’s roof intact. Once the roof goes, the rest of the building is likely to follow. Wind speeds change over time. ASCE 07-16 was established to ensure buildings are constructed to resist wind; it looks at historical data and revises codes as necessary.  Discover the science of wind uplift; how it is changing. Learn how the changes are impacting codes and roof material choices. Learn about testing and specification techniques for metal roof options and accessories to improve wind uplift resistance, providing a safer building at a lower cost.


 



Designing with Metal Wall Panels

Speaker: David Weidl, LEED AP BD+C, CSI CDT

In this session, attendees will learn about metal wall panel substrates and coatings, the importance of selecting the best coatings for your walls, along with the basic requirements of a wall assembly. Additionally, attendees will explore the different types of metal wall panels and understand the basic detailing and flashing components involved in the installation process.


 



Perspectives: What Contractors and Architects Wishes the Other Understood About Their Process

Moderator: LeeAnn Slattery, Sales Support Manager, ATAS International
Panelists: William “Chip” Hayward, Senior Associate/Architect, Michael Baker International, Brent Schipper, AIA, LEED AP, IIDA, Principal, ASK Studio or Architects Schipper Kastner, Tim Asinger, President, Kessel Construction, and Art Hance, Owner, Hance Construction


The relationship between architects and contractors can be complicated.  When it works, it works and when it doesn’t, the owner and the rest of the build team can pay the price--literally and figuratively.  In this frank discussion between contractors and architects, we talk about what architects and contractors wishes the other understood better about the design or the construction process.

What advice can they offer to foster a strong working relationship?

 



Introduction to LEED for Metal Construction

Speaker: Lynn Grinnell, Faculty, USGBC and Jesse Coyle, Professor, St. Petersburg College

This is an introductory presentation on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification with a focus on metal construction to help builders start the process for getting their buildings LEED certified. Topics to be covered; intro to LEED, energy implications for metal construction and LEED best practices and expectations, LEED expectations for materials and resources (recycling, waste, product selection), Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) implications for metal construction and LEED best practices and expectations, and innovations. Plus, Lynn will answer your questions.