Category Archives: Literature

Metal roofs and claddings

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published new technical bulletins and white papers on its website regarding building with metal walls and roofs. The new website additions include the technical bulletin, “Roof Covering Repair Requirements and the International Code.” This offers information on types of repair materials and how to use them within the building code. “Proper Tools for Fastening Metal Panels” is guide to fastening of metal panels to both wood and metal frame buildings. The white paper, “Choosing Between Fire Retardant and Standard-core Metal Composite Material (MCM)” clarifies allowable use of standard and fire-retardant MCM as per the 2006 to 2012 editions of the International Building Code (IBC). Finally, “Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) and NFPA 285” provides information on testing IMPs in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285, Standard Fire Test Method For Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-load-bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components. These documents can all be accessed at

Pressure-treated Southern Pine 101

The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) has published the 2014 edition of Pressure-treated Southern Pine. The resource provides information regarding the correct specification and use of pressure-treated Southern Pine material. Included in the document is an introduction to wood preservatives, sections on fasteners and connectors, as well as design values and proper storage. Also included in this edition are American Wood Protection Association’s (AWPA’s) standard preservatives, and International Code Council Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) evaluated preservatives. The aim of the document is to provide specifiers practical information on common uses of these materials. To access a free copy of the document, visit

Historical document collection available

Additional historical documents have been added to American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC’s) online collection. Dating back to 1885, the newly added collections are of shape producer catalogs, which are the basis for much of the information found in AISC Design Guide 15, Rehabilitation and Retrofit Guide. Information includes data for discontinued wrought iron and steel shapes, a review of ASTM material standards since 1990, and information on enhancing structural systems. The historical ePubs collections available to AISC members and are part of the organization’s preservation of unique industry documents. For more information, visit

Online calculator updated

National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA’s) EnergyWise Roof Calculator Online now includes 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and International Green Construction Code (IgCC) information. The updated online tool also now includes the new minimum long-term thermal resistance (LTTR) values for polyisocyanurate insulation. The calculator allows users to enter specific roof assembly information including area, climate region, heating appliance type, roof openings, and materials. Then, a report is generated including the estimated heating and cooling costs and minimum thermal requirements. The tool can be accessed at

NIBS ebook released

The national standard for building information modelling (BIM) has been released on ebook by National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) buildingSMART alliance. The National BIM Standard–United States (NBIMS-US) Version 2 (V2) is the first consensus-based standard governing BIM in the United States. Originally released as an online standard, the mobile version will allow users to access the document anywhere. Links to reference supporting material are included throughout, and the standard covers the full lifecycle of the building and is arranged into reference standards, information exchange standards, and best practice guidelines. Visit for more information.