At times, mid-rise and multi-family buildings constructed with wood framing come with an attractive initial price tag — but also an additional amount of risk, particularly during construction. In fact, the Steel Framing Industry Association has catalogued a series of recent catastrophic fires destroying multi-story, wood-frame building complexes in the United States and Canada. These examples highlight just how devastating wood framing is when it comes to fire-related and other losses.
Great architecture can serve to make a statement, reflect contemporary preferences, or create community. However, achieving that desired aesthetic can present tricky construction challenges. Some of the most striking projects include vast expanses, unique shapes, or require tight tolerances. Often, traditional construction methods and materials make it difficult to achieve those goals. As a result, cold-formed steel (CFS) is becoming the go-to material to make these projects a reality. Here’s why.
Mold growth can be a serious concern for owners and tenants in older buildings — and for good reason. Mold is known to contribute to a variety of health-related issues. What’s discussed less frequently, however, is that mold growth isn’t limited to older buildings. New construction can harbor potentially harmful fungi, too.