MRA Offers Free Resilient Housing Guide for U.S. and Canadian Homeowners

With climate extremes, natural disasters and severe weather affecting homeowners in greater numbers throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Metal Roofing Alliance has partnered with Green Builder Media to offer an extensive Resilient Housing Guide. The free guide includes in-depth tips and information for owners of new and existing properties to help their homes withstand nature’s fury.

With the worst-case scenarios in mind, the 47-page guide covers a listing of flood resistant materials, tips for earthquake readiness, information on wind and wildfire resistance, common building flaws and solutions, structural innovations and considerations, ways to increase a home’s resiliency and more. The Resilient Housing Guide can be downloaded for free at the MRA website.

According to Matt Power, the editor of the Resilient Housing Guide, a key takeaway of the guide is that both materials and process matter. If buildings are designed and assembled with extreme weather vulnerabilities in mind, they inevitably perform better when the crisis strikes.

That includes metal roofing, which offers proven performance as an exceptionally long-lasting, durable and sustainable material choice that can withstand heavy rain, snow and hail, hurricane force winds and resist wildfires, all while being energy efficient and low maintenance. Homes with metal roofs have withstood some of the worst of severe climate conditions affecting the U.S. and Canada. So much so, a proposed mandate in a Florida county hit by hurricanes even considered requiring homes to be built with metal roofs.

“Metal roofing is a big part of the story when it comes to increasing housing resiliency and better protecting homeowners,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director. “With the spring and summer remodeling and building season upon us, we’re very pleased to be able to offer this important resource for homeowners.”

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

Metl-Span Starts Production at Canadian Manufacturing Facility

Metl-Span, a manufacturer of insulated panels, has started production at the recently acquired plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

To better serve customers in the Canadian and Northeastern U.S. markets, Metl-Span is producing Mesa, Light Mesa, Striated and Fluted panels at the 24,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility. The Hamilton plant was acquired in October 2015.

“Our team has successfully completed the installation of technology and equipment to supply insulated metal panels to our customers,” says Steve Zirkel, Metl-Span president. “The market demand remains strong as architects and building owners continue to recognize the benefits of our wall systems.”

MiaSolé and Uber Énergies Enter into a Representation Agreement to Sell Solar Modules Across Canada

Uber Énergies in Montreal, Quebec, has entered into a representation agreement with MiaSolé in which Uber Energies will represent MiaSolé in the Canadian market, as well as certain special channels into which Uber Energies has distinct relationships and access.

Uber Energies will sell MiaSolé FLEX modules, efficient thin-film lightweight flexible modules with an efficiency rating of +16 percent. MiaSolé FLEX modules bond directly to the roof surface with a simple peel-and-stick adhesive. This adhesive approach eliminates the need for racking and reduces labor and logistics cost to provide a 20 percent lower BOS cost than traditional glass solar systems. The low-profile FLEX module also provides superior wind resistance and a seismic advantage over traditional rack-and-panel systems where their higher profile increases the likelihood of damage in a storm or earthquake. The FLEX-02 Series module is IEC 61646 & IEC 61730 and UL 1703 certified.

“The addition of the MiaSolé module to our staple of services and products brings to our offerings one of the most unique solar technologies in the world. The ability to benefit from thin film solar module characteristics in our northern climates or for certain off-grid applications is one of the key reasons why we chose to partner with MiaSolé. With more than 28 years of experience in solar thin film technologies, Uber Energies team is happy to be bringing such an efficient flex module to the marketplace,” says Sass M. Peress, president of Uber Énergies.

“We are happy to be partnering with Uber Énergies in the promotion of our products in Canada and certain special targets. We believe that in combining our efforts, we’ll maximize the market access for our unique and quality product. Given the Uber team’s vast experience with thin film, we are convinced that we’ve brought on the right go-to-market partner and look forward to our first installations together,” says Anil Vijayendran, senior director of Sales and Marketing, MiaSolé.

Metl-Span Acquires Vicwest Manufacturing Plant to Better Serve Customers in Canada and the Northeast

Metl-Span, a manufacturer of insulated metal panels, announces the acquisition of the Vicwest manufacturing plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The new plant allows Metl-Span the opportunity to expand and serve customers competitively within the Canadian and Northeastern U.S. markets. Metl-Span will be fulfilling existing customer orders, as well as offering its comprehensive product line to the marketplace.

Steve Zirkel, Metl-Span’s president, comments: “We are excited about the opportunity to better serve our Canadian customers. This plant acquisition will provide significant growth opportunities as the insulated metal panel market continues to gain share in the nonresidential construction market.”

Metl-Span is an affiliate of NCI Building Systems Inc.