Hot topics: retrofit and solar

This year’s market shifts have been dramatic, but two sectors — retrofit and solar — are on the rise.

Industry folks who plan to attend the 19th annual METALCON International Conference and Exhibition can learn about both of them.

This major construction event takes place at the Tampa Bay Convention Center from Tuesday, October 6, through Thursday, October 8. Each year contractors, architects, engineers and building owners from more than 50 countries come to METALCON to find new products, network with industry experts and  expand their field expertise and their business through the use of metal.

“At the Florida Roofing Show we learned a lot from contractors about how they want to use metal to expand their business,” said Claire Kilcoyne, show director.

“At METALCON we have everything for contractors as well as designers who want to get into this busy market. We’re particularly excited about the new items related to retrofit and solar, two busy market segments where metal is an integral element. We’ve got the best expertise in the industry and the biggest selection of products and education programs to help roofing contractors build their business with metal, particularly in these areas,” said Kilcoyne.

Visitors can find hundreds of options in metal roofing, wall panels, cold-formed steel framing and metal building systems as well as new equipment, hardware, accessories and more.

It’s about education

METALCON’s 33-session education program features 25 new topics. Basic roofing, advanced and new applications are covered in some sessions, including three focused entirely on retrofit. Techniques for contractors to manage and expand their business are highlighted in seven sessions, while nine programs deal with sustainability and green design. Other programs consider wall systems, cold-formed steel framing and trusses. 

Sustainability and green building are key METALCON elements. Bob Berkebile, FAIA, principal of Kansas City, Mo.,-based BNIM Architects, will deliver the keynote address on “Creating a New Sustainable Economy,” in which he takes a positive look at today’s economic and environmental situations.

Green Island is a special section of the floor dedicated to companies with metal products in the green market. It’s the spot to learn how photovoltaics, cool paints and coatings, insulation and integrated building systems are changing the way buildings are being constructed.

Don’t miss Solar Bay

This year’s new feature is Solar Bay, a huge area that highlights the growing interest in solar energy and demonstrates how metal roofing and wall systems are excellent platforms for solar technologies. Solar Bay includes full-scale set ups of different systems and daily educational sessions that cover the benefits and field application techniques of each type of system. Topics include Rooftop-Mounted Solar Power Systems;  Solar Heat Recovery Systems on Roof and Walls; Solar-Thermal Water Heating Technologies; and Federal, State and Local Solar Energy Funding Incentives.

Key products and topics are put into action in daily demonstrations produced by the Metal Construction Association. On Tuesday and Wednesday, experts from the MCA’s Roofing Council and Wall Panel Council demonstrate techniques for both residential and commercial markets.

Residential sessions cover various styles of metal roofs commonly used for steep slope residential roof applications, including all the important basic details such as eaves, gables, ridges and roof penetrations.

Commercial demos focus on techniques for retrofit — the hottest area in both roof and wall applications. Wall panel demos present custom applications for natural metals, metal composite materials (MCM) for radius and column cover applications, architectural trim detailing for single skin metal panels and trends for wall panels in retrofit applications and energy-efficient technologies.

The action continues on Thursday with Tool Day, when contractors can literally get a grip on the latest in high quality power tools for metal construction. Visitors can see demonstrations of the latest fall protection devices specifically designed for metal construction industry. At the end of the day, tools used in the demos will be raffled off.

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