Publications available at no charge from MCA:
Technical Bulletins (download/print pdf)
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White Papers/Position Papers(download/print pdf)
Manuals (download/print pdf)
Research Reports (download/print pdf)
- Finite Element Analysis: Static and Dynamic Analysis of Metal Roofing Systems, Sheng-Dong Liu, Generalety, LLC. (PDF)
- Life Cycle Assessment of MCA Production Processes, Metal Roof and Wall Panel Products, PE International, Inc. (1.8 MB, PDF)
- Product Category Rule: Insulated Metal Panels & Metal Composite Panels, and Metal Cladding: Roof and Wall Panels, UL Environment, Oct. 9, 2012. (PDF)
Technical Guidelines (download/print pdf)
|"Selection Guideline for Insulated Metal Panels"
This guideline is designed to give a brief overview of insulated metal panel products for architects, specifiers and owners who are not familiar with them. The guide describes what Insulated Metal Panels are, where they are used and how they compare to other systems. Product testing and certification is detailed as well as design parameters and installation facts. The 32-page guideline was researched and written by the MCA Insulated Metal Panel Council and includes photos of applications, and descriptive schematics and detailed illustrations.
Selection Guideline for Insulated Metal Panels (882 KB).
|"Smooth-Faced Uninsulated Metal Wall Panels"
This guide describes wall cladding materials that include metal composite materials, aluminum plate and honeycomb core panels. The typical applications and performance criteria for each type of material are covered. A detailed section on the widely used finishes includes paint systems, anodized finishes and mica or metallic coating systems. Building owners, designers and architects will appreciate a summary of the features and benefits of uninsulated metal wall panels and a specification guideline for each type of material included in this publication.
Smooth-Faced Uninsulated Metal Wall Panels (13.76 MB).
|"Metal Roof Design for Cold Climates"
This Guideline for Commercial Roofing addresses the unique challenges that must
be addressed when designing for cold climates. Metal roofs have long been considered
a product of choice for snow areas because of their superior response and tolerance.
Topics covered include: effects of gravity loads induced by snow, snow-melt phenomena, and
design considerations with respect to icing, snow shed, and snow retention.
Metal Roof Design for Cold Climates (13.06 MB).
Metal Wall Specification Guidelines"
This new guideline is designed to
assist architects, specifiers, manufacturers and others who are preparing
project specifications involving metal wall panels. It presents
a format to solicit equivalent and competitive bids based on performance
and includes details of what to look for in system preformance, maintenance, components
and installation tolerances.
This publication replaces the "Preformed Metal Wall Guidelines" of 1995.
Preformed Metal Wall Specification Guidelines (1.29 MB).
Publications available at no charge from other organizations:
NRCA Technical Bulletin (download/print pdf)
"Use of treated wood in roof assemblies"
by National Roofing Contractors Association
Other Technical Resources (download/print pdf)
Links to Technical Resources
|Building Codes & Energy Policy
Building Codes Assistance Project -
The Building Codes Assistance Project is dedicated to assisting states in the adoption and implementation of stateide building energy codes. This site provides the latest news on state’s energy codes, contacts and demographics on a monthly basis.
The Alliance to Save Energy -
The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security. The site offers articles, speeches, a calendar of events, and general information on the energy conservation movement.
The Hurricane Katrina Wind Investigation Report by the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, Inc. (RICOWI), in cooperation with Oak Ridge National Library, U.S. Department of Energy, is available at the RICOWI website:
Click here for Executive Summary of report on
Hurricanes Charley and Ivan from Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, Inc. (RICOWI)
Full report is available from RICOWI:
Publications available for purchase:
|"A Primer on Diaphragm Design"
This MCA manual provides the supporting theory, load tables, relevant problems,
and illustrations regarding connection details for roof or wall diaphragm assemblies.
The scope of the work includes a variety of material connections:
elevated side flat fastening, top flat fastening, bottom flat fastening,
fastening to wood, aluminum and steel as well as structural members and fastening
of exposed cladding. This manual provides an extremely valuable design tool to
professionals in the metal construction industry.
This edition replaces the 2001 first edition manuscript with the pale blue cover.
A typical diaphragm assembly consisting of metal roof or wall panels,
purlins, girts, fasteners or welds and the main structural framing are
subjected to external forces such as wind, seismic ground motion or
asymmetric loading. These forces are transferred to the diaphragm where
the panel geometry and connections can determine the diaphragm's shear
This manual contains strength and behavior formulas that take into
account a wide variety of panel types, connection/connector patterns,
effects of insulation and other construction details. The results are
based on research sponsored by the MCA and performed at West Virginia
University under the direction of Dr. L.D. Luttrell, P.E.
A Primer on Diaphragm Design Manual Order Form (download/print pdf).