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According to Robert Warr, Managing Principal at Frameworks Engineering LLC, building designers are often challenged with an increasing demand for high-density, combined-use buildings in urban locations. With this increased density comes the need to provide a safe, non-combustible framing system that is also strong to achieve the desired overall building height.
Combining non-combustible materials such as cold-formed steel (CFS) framing with concrete and hot-rolled steel results in higher building heights for these structures at an economical price. Building height limits also affect building material selection, the treatment of fire safety, sound considerations, architectural unit space planning, and egress.
This article from STRUCTURE Magazine, Reaching Higher with Cold-Formed Steel Framing for Podium Structures, provides details on why CFS provides an ideal solution to support the increasing need for denser urban housing construction.
Also, be sure to read 3 Reasons Why Cold-Formed Steel is Ideal for Urban Infill Projects – it include examples of how panelization can lower the construction impact on neighborhoods.