MBMA releases 2012 Metal Building Systems Manual

An Industry Resource for Achieving Technical Excellence

 CLEVELAND, OHIO – www.mbma.com: The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) announces the release of the new 2012 edition of the Metal Building Systems Manual. Since the manual’s first publication in 1959, this nationally recognized reference manual has been the primary resource for the metal building industry for building owners, manufacturers, general contractors, erectors, engineers, architects, specifiers, inspectors, and other building professionals.

The 2012 Metal Building Systems Manual provides a practical and comprehensive resource that will help engineers, building officials, and plan checkers meet the metal building requirements of the 2012 International Building Code® (IBC®).

The 2012 edition reflects changes in the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) and its referenced ASCE 7-10 standard. The manual also incorporates the results of research undertaken by MBMA, its member companies, and other industry groups. The 2012 Metal Building Systems Manual has a number of significant additions and updates, including, but not limited to the following:

• The 2010 Supplement to the 2006 Metal Building Systems Manual has been merged into the body of the 2012 Metal Building Systems Manual and its appendices.

• Considerable updates were provided in the Design Practice and Load Application chapter, which provides guidance on the applications of loads to metal buildings from the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) and ASCE 7-10 standard.

• The updated Climatological Data by County chapter provides tabulated wind, seismic, snow and rain load data by United States County based on referenced wind, snow and seismic loads provided by the 2012 IBC, ASCE 7-10 standard, and rainfall intensity loads provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

• The Fire Protection chapter includes additional fire rated wall assemblies recently tested at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) that will provide 1- and 2-hour fire resistance rating of metal building exterior walls, along with five new 1-hour head-of-wall and continuity joint assemblies.

The Common Industry Practices section of the manual is fundamental for everyone who works with metal buildings – it describes the typical terminology and transactions in the industry. “There is no other publication that contains the combined wisdom of the industry experts,” states Fred Koetting, chairman of the Metal Building Manufacturers’ Association. “Everyone in our design group will have this book in their arsenal. It’s essential.”

Included with the purchase of the printed edition of the 2012 Metal Building Systems Manual (675+/- pages) will be a complimentary CD-Rom that includes an electronic version of the manual, along with 58 metal roof AutoCAD details.

More information is available at www.mbma.com/bookstore.

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