NRCA Announces First Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced that FiberTite Roofing Systems Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, has become the first manufacturer to upgrade its associate membership to partner member.

In February, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative aimed at collectively recognizing threats to the industry and the opportunities they may present. To do so, NRCA has undertaken a campaign to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice on matters of industry importance. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“Our chances for success in many areas improve when we row in the same direction, and I saw this firsthand during my time in Congress,” says NRCA CEO Reid Ribble. “Industries that spoke with a single voice in Washington were more effective at moving legislation in their direction, and I believe we can accomplish the same when we foster relationships that are more inclusive and collaborative.”

FiberTite is the first company to commit to NRCA’s One Voice initiative, which initially will focus on developing a national worker training and certification program, legislative efforts and advocacy.

“Clearly, it is important to stakeholders throughout the roofing industry that we align ourselves around the challenges affecting the growth of our business,” says FiberTite Vice President and General Manager Scott Gipson. “Channeling the breadth of NRCA members in speaking with one voice provides clarity to policy makers who may otherwise guide decisions critical to our success. It was an easy decision for us to get on board with this initiative.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to the website.

MBMA Welcomes New Membership

The membership ranks of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) are continuing to expand. MBMA recently welcomed Panasonic Corp. of North America (Panasonic) as its 60th Associate member, and Package Steel Systems Inc. as a Building Systems member.
 
Panasonic will be represented by Jon Downey, who serves as the company’s housing and construction market development manager. Package Steel Systems will be represented by Bob Fisette, who serves as the company’s president.
 
“Our members are vital to MBMA’s continued success and influence in the building and construction industry,” says Dan Walker, PE, associate general manager of MBMA. “Each company’s unique contributions help us to advance the acceptance of metal building systems as the building solution within the low-rise commercial construction market.”
 
Based in Newark, N.J., Panasonic Corporation of North America manufactures consumer and industrial products, including building insulation solutions and products for metal roofs and gutters. The company is a subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corp., founded in 1918.
 
Package Steel Systems is located in Sutton, Mass. The metal building manufacturer serves customers in the Northeastern region of the U.S.
 
The MBMA is comprised of metal building system manufacturers and their suppliers who fabricate or manufacture materials for the industry, as well as architecture and engineering firms and service providers.

Green Building Consortium Welcomes New Members

The green building industry’s consortium of program operators announced at Greenbuild the addition of two new members and an enhanced technical advisory board. CSA Group is now a member, while thinkstep is the group’s affiliate member.
 
This marks the first anniversary of the Program Operator Consortium, which launched last year to provide environmental-product transparency solutions and to reduce complexity in the marketplace. The consortium serves as a resource and advocate for creating product category rules (PCRs), reviewing life cycle assessment reports (LCA), and verifying and publishing environmental product declarations (EPDs).
 
CSA Group, a Canadian standards development organization, joins existing members of the consortium: ASTM International, ICC-Evaluation Service, NSF Sustainability, SCS Global Services and Sustainable Minds. “CSA Group is pleased to be joining the Program Operator Consortium and working together to ensure EPDs and PCRs are developed in a consistent fashion, following ISO standards and industry best practice, in order to showcase a product’s environmental impact,” said Michael Leering, the organization’s director of sustainability.
 
The first affiliate member of the consortium is thinkstep, a software, data, and environmental-consulting services company that works with 40 percent of the Fortune 500. “Standardizing the PCR and EPD creation process will contribute to lowering costs and increasing the use of products that reduce environmental impact,” said Nuno da Silva, thinkstep’s director of product sustainability. “We’re delighted to contribute to this effort.”
 
The Affiliate Member Program was created for industry associations, government agencies, standards developers, consultants, and data providers to have access to expertise from a like-minded community.  The program also provides education, discounted rates, and the ability to contribute to creating uniformity across environmental reporting formats, data requirements, and communication.
 
Each consortium member is represented in the group’s Technical Advisory Board:

These LCA experts oversee the implementation of the consortium’s North American two-part PCR framework, which consortium members have aligned to use and maintain over the past year. PCRs created by any member will produce standardized environmental declarations, helping both manufacturers as well as decision-makers who specify green building materials and products. A catalog of North American PCRs and an aggregated catalog of EPDs from members’ programs are available at www.programoperators.org.
 
The consortium holds both in-person meetings and webinars with global manufacturers, LCA providers, and industry trade associations. Those interested in joining or learning more about the consortium are encouraged to contact info@programoperators.org.

MBMA Approves Additional Membership Category

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has approved an additional membership category that welcomes architecture and engineering firms into its ranks. This decision adds a new element of expertise and leadership to the association’s existing network of professional metal building system manufacturers and suppliers.

“Architects and engineers are specifying metal buildings for all sorts of new uses to satisfy their customer needs, and we value their input into MBMA’s future direction,” says Brad Curtis, chair of MBMA. “Contributions from architecture and engineering experts will provide building fabricators and suppliers with much needed feedback about the products they produce to meet end users’ demands. In turn, member A/E firms will gain access to the knowledge and tools the building manufacturers and their suppliers have developed, in addition to networking with these companies.”

Professional A/E Firm partners will use MBMA’s networking and educational opportunities to leverage the design-build process more effectively to gain an advantage in the marketplace. Networking opportunities include interactions with industry engineers, CEOs, and other key decision-makers. Additional MBMA member benefits include attendance at association meetings, participation on committees, access to information, unique continuing education opportunities, networking and publication discounts.

MBMA’s Associate and A/E members will also receive industry news, updates and cutting-edge industry statistics that are only available through MBMA. These vital reports help professionals analyze the marketplace for better strategic business planning.

CIDAN Machinery Joins the Metal Construction Association

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) welcomes CIDAN Machinery to its membership roster. The company has joined the association’s ranks of about 75 member companies with specialties in the metal construction industry.

CIDAN Machinery has manufactured machines since 1907 and is a well-established company within the sheet metal industry. The company manufactures and markets the brands CIDAN and Göteneds at its factory in Götene, Sweden.

“CIDAN Machinery is excited to participate in networking and stay current with the metal construction industry,” says Larry Chandonnet, CIDAN’s president.

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

MCA members represent a broad scope of companies including metal roof, wall panel, shingles and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers, and MCM fabricators. Membership information kits for each industry segment are available on MCA’s website.

MCA Offers 50 Percent off New Membership Dues

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) announces that new members qualify to receive 50 percent off their first year’s dues if they sign up in 2015. MCA also revised its dues schedule in 2015, resulting in drastically lower dues for many member companies. MCA membership is now more affordable than ever, while providing the same valuable benefits it always has.

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction through the education of the building and design communities about the benefits of metal. And, MCA members have access to an extensive network of leaders in the metal construction industry.

MCA members represent a broad scope of companies including metal roof, wall panel and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers and MCM fabricators. Membership information kits for each industry segment are available on the MCA website.

The association is also offering non-members the opportunity to attend a MCA meeting, at a special rate, to experience firsthand the value of membership. The event includes council and committee sessions to discuss projects and issues relevant to the industry, as well as socializing and networking.

MCA membership also provides valuable resources, such as a members-only web portal that includes exclusive news and events, statistical reports, market share and specification data, research studies, webinars, codes and standards, a member directory, council and committee reports, and more.