Three CPDs available from MCRMA

The Metal Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association (MCRMA) has launched an online CPD programme which is open to anyone seeking to develop their knowledge and skills within the metal building envelope sector. Each module also offers members of professional institutions an opportunity to earn 60 minutes of credits towards their annual CPD requirement.

There are currently three CPDs available which have been accredited by the CPD Certification Service:

GD15 Guidance for wind loadings on roof and wall cladding
Buildings and their cladding are expected to withstand the worst that the weather can throw at them without risk of failure or loss of function. This CPD introduces the reader to the key issues that need to be taken into account when calculating wind loadings on both the roof and walls of industrial and commercial buildings. The CPD explains the factors which can influence the wind loading and the zonal changes around the building envelope.

GD16 Guidance for snow loading on cladding
Heavy snow falls can result in damage to roofs and their supporting structures. Good building design in terms of resistance to snow loading starts with the correct specification of the roof cladding and its supporting structure.

The CPD distinguishes between types of snow load, the factors affecting snow loading and snow loading calculations. By following the recommended calculation procedures, building designers can ensure that the roofs of their buildings do not collapse.

GD24 Installation of side rails and purlins
The ability of a steel framed building to perform adequately depends on good interaction between the secondary steelwork and the cladding and crucial to this interaction is the correct installation of the purlins and side rails.

The CPD illustrates how deviation from the correct tolerances can affect the performance of not only the cladding system and its fixings but also of associated components such as gutters and flashings.

More information about the online CPD courses is available at