The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published a new white paper, Roofing Best Practices: FORTIFIED HOME PROGRAM, available for free on MCA’s website. It outlines an educational program that has been developed to provide guidance, as well as a model for certification for enhanced wind performance for roofing applications.
The FORTIFIED program has been developed by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. The program’s objective was for roofing materials to have greater resistance to severe weather conditions and prevent roofing failure from wind uplift and excessive wind loading. The paper also details how the study differentiates from current IBC and IRC requirements regarding metal roofing construction and retrofit. The FORTIFIED program is the result of several existing roof tests, as well as field experience dealing with this type of wind loading. The performance levels are generally more than what is required by local codes.
The MCA brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology, and education. Companies involved in the MCA gain benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The MCA’s market development efforts increase the use of metal materials in construction through the education of the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.