Metal Building Glossary - "M"

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Building Terms:

Main Frame
An assemblage of rafters and columns in a building that support the secondary framing members and transfer loads directly to the foundation.

Main Wind Force Resisting System
A structural assembly, which provides for the overall stability of a building and receives wind loads from more than one surface. Examples include shear walls, diaphragms, rigid frames, and space structures.

Manufacturer
A party who designs and fabricates a Metal Building System.

Manufacturer's Engineer
An engineer employed by a manufacturer who is in responsible charge of the structural design of a Metal Building System fabricated by the manufacturer. The manufacturer's engineer is not the engineer of record.

Masonry
Anything constructed of materials such as bricks, concrete blocks, ceramic blocks, and concrete.

Mastic
Caulking or sealant normally used in sealing roof panel laps.

MBMA
The Metal Building Manufacturers Association

Mean Roof Height
Average height of a roof above ground.

Metal Building Fiber Glass Insulation
A grade of fiberglass insulation blanket specifically manufactured for lamination to a vapor retarder.

Metal Building System
A complete integrated set of mutually dependent components and assemblies that form a building including primary and secondary framing, covering and accessories, and are manufactured to permit inspection on site prior to assembly or erection.

Moment
The tendency of a force to cause rotation about a point or axis.

Moment Connection
A connection designed to transfer moment as well as axial and shear forces between connection members.

Moment of Inertia
A physical property of a member, which helps define strength and defection characteristics.

Monolithic Construction
A method of placing concrete grade beam and floor slab together to form a building foundation without forming and placing each separately.

Monolithic Pour
The placing of concrete in a monolithic construction.

Monorail Crane
A crane that travels on a single runway beam, usually a "S" or "W" beam.

Multi-Gable Building
Buildings having more than one gable across the width of the building.

Multi-Span Building
Buildings consisting of more than one span across the width of the building. Examples of multi-span buildings are single gable buildings and multiple gable buildings.

Multiple Girder Crane
A crane, which has two or more girders for supporting the lifted load.


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