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SFIA Tech Note: Limiting Heights for Nonstructural Standard and EQ Wall Studs

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This Technical Note addresses cold-formed steel studs in nonstructural interior wall systems, often referred to as drywall partitions. The intent is limited to discussion of criteria necessary to understand and determine maximum allowable or “limiting” heights including applicable standards as referenced in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) for steel framing materials, fasteners, bridging or bracing, and deflection. Examples are provided at the end of the paper to demonstrate selection on of studs based on limiting height.

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