About MRCA Technical & Research Committee

The MRCA Technical and Research Committee is comprised of a group of dedicated contractors and prestigious advisors, that serve as a powerful watchdog in the industry, protecting contractor interests and informing members of the viability related to new and existing roofing systems. The committee collaborates with the NRCA on a number of technical projects. 

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Roof Wind Designer:

Roof Wind Designer is intended to provide users with an easy-to-use means for determining roof systems’ design wind loads for many commonly encountered building types that are subject to building code compliance.

Design-wind loads are derived using the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Standard ASCE 7, "Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures." This standard is a widely recognized consensus standard and is referenced in and serves as the technical basis for wind load determination in the International Building Code and NFPA 5000: Building Construction and Safety Code. Roof Wind Designer allows users to choose between the 2005 or 2010 editions of ASCE 7. Roof Wind Designer uses Method 1—Simplified Method, 2005 edition, and the Envelope Procedure, Part 2: Low-rise Buildings (Simplified) of Chapter 30, 2010 edition. For a more detailed explanation of the two editions, please click here.

Also, Roof Wind Designer determines roof systems’ minimum recommended design wind-resistance loads, which are derived from the building’s design wind loads, taking into consideration a safety factor in reliance of ASTM D6630, "Standard Guide for Low Slope Insulated Roof Membrane Assembly Performance." Using these minimum recommended design wind-resistance loads, users can select appropriate wind resistance classified roof systems and edge-metal flashing systems.

Roof Wind Designer has been developed and is maintained by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), with the support of the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) and the North/East Roofing Contractors Association (NERCA). Currently, this application is available at no cost.

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Roof Wind Designer