Cold-formed steel has been one of the most widely used building materials in commercial construction for nearly a century, commonly being specified in a wide range of framing applications, including loadbearing, non-loadbearing, and floor joists. The material’s performance qualities have been well-documented over the years, and these characteristics continue to expand as manufacturers invest in the research, equipment, and manufacturing processes to keep cold-formed steel design at the forefront of cutting-edge building construction techniques.
However, to realize the advantages of these attributes, architects, specifiers, and designers need to be aware of the current building codes, performance criteria, and design requirements shaping steel stud construction. For an up-to-the-minute look into the industry, Janine Dallies, CSI, CDT, LEED Green Associate, manager of ClarkDietrich Building Systems’ Architectural Sales Group, discusses the latest on what you should know when specifying cold-formed steel framing for your next project. In this article from Construction Specifier, the following questions are answered:
- What considerations should specifiers be aware of when thinking about working with cold-formed steel?
- What are some of the changes we can expect to see in the building code as it relates to cold-formed steel?
- What trends are you seeing related to specifications?
- How is technology changing product specifications?