Standards. Do You Have Them?

Metal building standard for contractors and erectors.

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August 19, 2016 |
Bryan Arlington

As an individual, do you hold yourself to some sort of touchstone—ethically or performance wise? Or just in general, do you measure things against a system you trust, holding merchandise and creations of all sorts to high benchmarks so that quality is nearly guaranteed?

If you do or you don’t—whether you think about standards all the time or if you’ve never considered them once in your life, it doesn’t matter. Standards are constantly influencing your life. They’re in the background, spurring on competition and raising the performance bar—catapulting some companies and people to the top, while dropping others like a bad habit. They’re part of the progression of the human race, and in this blog post’s case—the metal building industry.

We’re talking about the newest accreditation program called AC478. In 2013, the International Accreditation Service (IAS) started meeting with the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA) to develop an accreditation program for the erection of metal buildings. The goal was to create a set of criteria steel building erectors could follow to ensure aptitude, and to offer IAS-accreditation in return. And on February 9, 2015, the goal was achieved.

Now, AC478 accreditation is alive and zigzagging its way through the metal building world, and if you’re interested, just make sure you’re ready. According to IAS eNews, AC478 reviews things like experience, personnel, organization, management procedures, and adherence to International Building Code. It’s thorough, and passing inspection could point to company competency.

But not everyone is thrilled by AC478. According to Gary T. Smith, president of Thomas Phoenix International Inc. and the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association, there has been some AC478 criticism from workers, and Smith seems to be challenging that sentiment.

“Can someone please explain to me what is going on? When did my burly, steel-building erector compatriots turn into a bunch of scaredy cats? …”


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Bryan Arlington | Metal Building Trends
Star Building Systems
Director of Estimating

Bryan Arlington, PE, started at Star in 1996 as a Design Engineer. In 1999, he moved to the Estimating Department as a Sales Engineer. After achieving Senior Sales Engineer, he was promoted to Chief Sales Engineer and then Manager of Estimating. Bryan has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is a registered professional engineer in multiple states. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife, Shalmarie and his two children, Jessica and Jacob. For more, visit:

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