Zinc as a Building Envelope

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by VMZINC®
Presented by Jonathan Lowy, Operational Marketing Manager

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of how zinc is produced and to be aware of the available aesthetics of zinc.
  2. Acquire a knowledge of how zinc panels can be applied to both the roofs and walls on a wide range of building typologies.
  3. Explain what are the required roof and wall sub structures for zinc cladding to perform to the expected level.
  4. Define the performance expectations of zinc cladding.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

This webinar is aimed at architects, designers and specifiers who wish to get a better understanding on how zinc can be used on the roofs and walls of a wide range of building typologies. The extensive range of aesthetic options for zinc will be presented. The architectural history and its sustainable performance of zinc will also be addressed.


 Jonathan Lowy has over 24 years’ experience working with VMZINC. Having operated in both technical and sales positions in three different countries, including over 5 years in the US, he has an excellent understanding of not only the market needs but also the technical possibilities of zinc as a roofing and cladding material. Jonathan has also been involved in technical certifications whether that be, Environmental Profile Declarations or technical systems certifications such as fire testing. Much of this knowledge has been used to write technical literature aimed both at architects and installers. Before joining VMZINC, Jonathan worked as a land surveyor in Paris, ironically spending quite a lot of time on the zinc roof tops of Paris! Jonathan graduated from Nottingham Trent University in Construction Management in 1990.


VMZINC® VMZINC® has been manufacturing a wide range of rolled zinc products used primarily for building envelopes since 1837. In addition to batten cap and standing seam roof systems, products include rainwater systems, a wide range of cladding systems, including a number of rainscreen facade products. Since its creation the company has also produced decorative roofing products such as dormers, bull’s eyes, weather vanes and other ornaments.


Originally published in December 2021