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National Frame Building Association (NFBA)

NFBA is a non-profit trade association that promotes the interests of the post-frame construction industry and its members. 

The association’s members are primarily post-frame builders, suppliers, manufacturers, building material dealers, code and design professionals, and structural engineers.

NFBA is the only national trade association that represents post-frame industry professionals. The association exists to support its members and stimulate the growth of the post-frame industry.

To do so, the association helps its members by providing industry tools and code resources, education, access to technical and legal experts, builder accreditation programs, newsletters and post-frame market development updates, and networking opportunities. NFBA member companies provide services or materials to a variety of building types including agricultural (equestrian stables, barns), commercial (retail stores, strip malls), industrial (warehouses, storage facilities), public (firehouses, medical clinics), institutional (schools, churches), residential and remodeling projects. There are approximately 800 NFBA member companies across the country. They meet annually at the Frame Building Expo to network, learn and exchange information. NFBA unifies all members in the spirit of community. NFBA supports its members’ businesses by listing their company description and contact information on NFBA.org’s “Find A Provider" search tool for prospective clients. 

Learn more about our membership benefits.

Visit our website.


The annual NFBA Conference and Expo is the premier event for ALL Post-frame Industry Professionals!

From an expansive list of exhibitors ready to demonstrate the newest innovations to educational sessions led by knowledgeable presenters and industry leaders, you can expect to make all of the connections necessary to make smarter business decisions, grow your bottom line, and enhance the credibility and success of your business.

Join us next year at the Iowa Events Center March 6-8, 2024, for the 2024 Conference and Expo. Registration is NOW OPEN!

Register as an Attendee. | Register as an Exhibitor. | Register to Sponsor or Advertise. | Check out Iowa's Event Center.

EXPO LOCATION: 
Iowa Events Center
730 3rd Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

Parking:  Parking is available north of the Iowa Events Center with entrances off of 3rd Street and 5th Avenue. The Iowa Events Center surface parking lots offer the closest and most convenient access to the facility and easy access to I-235 and other major routes after the event. ADA Accessible parking is available at the Iowa Events Center by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to the Community Choice Convention Center. $12 for cars and trucks, $24 for large trucks (duallys and snow blades), and $48 for RVs and Buses.

NOTE: There is NO overnight parking available in Iowa Events Center lots. Vehicles left overnight will be towed. Please be aware that NFBA does not handle hotel reservations. If you receive any unsolicited contact regarding hotel bookings on our behalf, it is a scam.

Let's face it, part of the reason you attend the Expo is for the experiences a new city and venue can bring.  In 2024, the Conference and Expo heads to Des Moines, IA.  Have a look at all Des Moines has to offer to begin planning your trip.

Learn more about the 2024 Expo & hotel options.

Discover things to do in Des Moines!


 

2024 Building of the Year Awards

DEADLINE: January 5th, 2024

The NFBA Building of the Year Awards consists of 24 categories plus a Judges’ Award. The Building of the Year Awards allow builder member companies of comparable size to compete against each other. Each of the 12 award categories has two divisions:

  • Experts: Builders within the NFBA membership categories of $0–6 million in annual gross volume.
  • Masters: Builders within the NFBA membership categories of over $6 million in annual gross volume. 

Application

Online Application Downloadable Application Building Of The Year Scoring Sheet Rubric NFBA BOY 2024 Rules

File Upload Directions: 

  1. Place your content (application, photos, drawings, etc.) in a folder
  2. Right click the Folder ---> "Send To" ---> "Compressed (Zipped) Folder"
  3. Rename the zipped folder using the following format: "Company Name - Building Name"
  4. Upload your zipped folder to the corresponding category:
    UPLOAD $0-6M (Experts Category)
    UPLOAD $6+M (Masters Category)

Categories: 

  • Agricultural Storage / Workshops
  • Commercial Buildings (< 5,000 SQ FT)
  • Commercial Buildings (5,000 - 10,000 SQ FT)
  • Commercial Buildings (> 10,000 SQ FT)
  • Hobby Shops
  • Horse Barns / Facilities (< 5,000 SQ FT)
  • Horse Barns / Facilities (> 5,000 SQ FT)
  • Institutional Buildings
  • Livestock Facilities
  • Residential Buildings
  • Retrofitted / Remodeled Buildings
  • Suburban Garages

NFBA will validate all entries by confirming the company’s membership category. Winners in both divisions of all categories receive equal recognition and benefits.

Benefits of Winning a Building of the Year Award

  • Winners will be recognized at a prestigious awards luncheon at the Annual Frame Building Expo.
  • Winners will be featured in an NFBA publication.
  • Winners are recognized on NFBA's website and in special features throughout NFBA communications.
  • Winning projects will be featured on the Frame Building Expo show floor for more than 1,000 building and design professionals to view.
  • Building of the Year winners receive a plaque to showcase their company’s high-quality work.

Learn More!


2024 Excellence in Safety Award

The National Frame Building Association (NFBA) recognizes NFBA member companies that have demonstrated a commitment to improving job-site safety through the development, implementation, and enforcement of a safety program. All applicants will be recognized on the basis of an assessment of their safety program through this application.

Have your company's safety policy reviewed by industry experts and get a detailed and confidential analysis of your policy. Find out what you're doing right, and what improvements could be made. How will your company measure up?

Learn more!


MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

NFBA Member Value Proposition: Members working together to help build your post-frame business.

As a Member of NFBA, you will receive:

Educational Benefits

  • Educational opportunities specific to our industry
  • Tools to educate Prospective Customers, your local Design Community, and Code Officials on the benefits of post-frame construction
  • Use of industry information to help you stay ahead of the competition
  • Access to a large library of post-frame specific technical documentsthat can help you avoid costly mistakes and discover new ways to achieve greater efficiency and profitability

Growth Benefits

  • Networking opportunities, including the annual NFBA Conference and Expo, to build new business relationships
  • Business referrals from customers who want to "Find a Builder," "Find a Supplier," or "Find a Designer" through NFBA's online search
  • Business referrals from architects, engineers and building owners who want to "Find a Builder" 
  • Chapter MembershipNFBA members have the opportunity to influence the post-frame industry locally and regionally through chapter involvement

Advocacy Benefits

  • Use of the NFBA logo to establish increased prestige and confidence among customers
  • NFBA Accredited Post-Frame Builder Programto demonstrate your industry knowledge and business integrity to your customers
  • Participation in the Excellence In Safety Awards Program recognizes the importance of your company’s safety culture
  • Crew Foreman Awards allow you to nominate the best members of your team for the recognition they deserve
  • The Post Frame Advantage Program serves to evolve the Industry through the development of services, education, and research specifically designed to improve business for NFBA Members

Join today!


Accredited Post-Frame Builder Program

Accredited Builder New Logo FinalAre you looking for a way to set your company apart from your competition? Would you like to prove your professionalism to your customers? Become an Accredited Post-Frame Builder and demonstrate your commitment to key areas of corporate responsibility, including ethical business practices, safety, and education.The Accredited Post-Frame Builder program publicly honors post-frame builders for their business integrity and industry knowledge. Accredited Post-Frame Builders demonstrate they have policies and programs in place that will ensure quality and guarantee customer satisfaction. Post-frame builders that meet the criteria set forth within the Accredited Builder program are entitled to full privileges that come with the designation including:

  • Accredited Post-Frame Builder logo for all marketing materials

  • Highlighted entry in the membership directory and NFBA website

  • Acknowledgment in Frame Building News magazine

  • Authorized language to use in all bid documents

  • An office plaque

Learn more on our website!


NFBA Education

These are meant to be a quick reference for everyday technical issues post-frame builders may encounter. This month's topic: Important Changes to the International Building Code for Post-Frame Construction. Check out the previous Tech Bulletins below:

  1. EducationWhat is DAFI and how does it help with post frame design

  2. Safely installing edge-mounted purlins

  3. Corrosion – what is it and why care?

  4. Fire rated wall assemblies and post spacing

  5. Why is engineering design so important?

  6. Post-frame design webinar series

Read the Newest Tech Bulletin. 


NFBA Crew Foreman of the Month Nominations

How would you like to hand your exceptional crew foreman a check for $250 or even $500 while receiving wide-reaching no-cost promotion for your company?  All you have to do is nominate them for the NFBA Crew Foreman of the Month Award.Each Crew Foreman of the Month Winner not only receives $250 but is also featured in an article in the official magazine of NFBA: National Frame Builder Magazine.And that's not all - a Crew Foreman of the Year will be selected from the pool of monthly winners and receive $500 as well as be honored at the annual Frame Building Expo. Give your crew foreman the recognition they deserve.

Nominate your Crew Foreman today!


Latest Awards

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How would you like to hand your exceptional crew foreman a check for $250 or even $1000 while receiving wide-reaching no-cost promotion for your company? All you have to do is nominate them for the NFBA Crew Foreman of the Month Award. Each Crew Foreman of the Month Winner not ...
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Latest Podcasts

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Megan Pope, Robyn Ommen, Joe Shimp & Josh Nowlin - NFBA’s 2024 Expo

S1:E29 In this MetalCast episode, Karen Edwards visits with NFBA Executive Director Megan Pope, Assocation President Robyn Ommen of Sherwin-Williams along with NFBA executive board members, Mark Billstrom, president of Lester Building Systems, Joe Shimp, president of Conestoga Buildings and Josh Nowlin, business development manager of Burrow’s Supply, to discuss NFBA’s ...
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Meet the New National Frame Building Association President – Robyn Ommen

Robyn Ommen – Meet the New National Frame Building Association President

S1:E3 Heidi J. Ellsworth meets up with Robyn Ommen of Sherwin Williams and Megan Pope Miller of NFBA about the National Frame Building Association (NFBA) on this MetalCast. NFBA, a premier partner with MetalCoffeeShop, is a non-profit trade association that promotes the post-frame construction industry. Robyn, Megan and Heidi will ...
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Latest Webinars

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Diaphragm Design of Post Frame Using Sway & Shear Modifiers - Engineering Details

Wednesday, December 13th - 3:00 pm CST / 4:00 pm EST Learning Objectives: Determine required sidewall post sizes in PF systems using Sway and Shear Modifiers (mD and mS) (Principles + Example) Identify how diaphragm design reduces the structural loads carried by sidewall posts in PF systems Identify and access the PF design resources ...
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Safety Directors Webinar Series with Gary Auman

NFBA - Safety Directors Webinar Series with Gary Auman

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 1:00 PM Eastern / 12:00 PM Central Gary Auman is the president of the law firm of Auman Mahan & Furry. He has the reputation of being a thoughtful management advocate before OSHA and has worked with OSHA at all levels regarding several issues including possible standards for ...
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Diaphragm Design of Post Frame Using DAFI - Engineering Details

Make sure your Architects and Building Code Officials understand the versatility and economic benefits that Post Frame Construction will offer for their upcoming projects. Learning Objectives: Learn how to conduct 2-D design of a post-frame (PF) system (Principles + Design Example) Learn how to conduct diaphragm design of a PF system (Principles + ...
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Latest Classifieds

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MetalVue will have a booth at NFBA!

Stop by and say hello! We hope to see you there. Visit the MetalVue booth to discover how to make more with metal! Dates: March 6-8, 2024 Location: Iowa Events Center (Convention Center) 730 3rd Street Des Moines, IA 50309 Register today! Download the registration form. Listen to the MetalCast about NFBA's 2024 expo.
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NFBA 2024 Conference & Expo

The annual NFBA Conference and Expo is the premier event for ALL Post-frame Industry Professionals! From an expansive list of exhibitors ready to demonstrate the newest innovations to educational sessions led by knowledgeable presenters and industry leaders, you can expect to make all of the connections necessary to make smarter ...
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Latest Videos

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Join Heidi and Karen every Friday to hear about the latest updates in the roofing industry. The 56th episode of The Weekly Blend is here! Join Coffee Shops’ President Heidi J. Ellsworth and COO Karen L. Edwards for an exciting new episode of this Coffee Shop original web series. This ...
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