New Architectural Manual Offers Quality Assurance Methods


CHANTILLY, VA – May 7, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) new “Architectural Sheet Metal Quality Assurance Guide,” 1st edition, is a tool for evaluating exterior sheet metal building components—roofing systems, exterior walls, flashing, copings, etc.—during initial construction and for ongoing condition assessments and maintenance.

Owners and building operators with limited knowledge and experience in the specifics of architectural sheet metal components, specification, fabrication, installation, or evaluation, will find this book most valuable. It can also serve as an inspection guide for experienced professionals who regularly review architectural sheet metal systems.

During construction, owners can rely on this guide in reviewing the sheet metal systems to confirm they comply with the project design specifications. Following construction, and throughout the service life of the systems, visual assessments can be made to determine if maintenance is required beyond cleaning or replacing aged sealants. If more detailed and involved maintenance is required a qualified custom sheet metal contractor can be consulted. The publication also includes explanations of the various metals and methods used in roofs and walls, the concept of redundancy, building envelope fabrication tolerances and more.

The information in this 112-page guide comes from contractors with decades of in-the-field architectural sheet metal experience and is a supplement to SMACNA’s Architectural Sheet Metal Manual, 7th edition, 2012, and the Standard Practice in Sheet Metal Work, 1929 edition.

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Discounted prices are available for architectural and engineering firms (provided they are not in the contracting business), government agencies, schools and libraries: Book $113, CD $136, Book/CD Combo $186, PDF $113
List prices are: Book $161, CD $193, Book/CD Combo $266, PDF $161
SMACNA, an international trade association representing 4,500 contributing contractor firms, is a leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry. SMACNA has national offices in Chantilly, Va., outside of Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill. Visit

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