3 Tips to Construct Greener Buildings with Steel Framing

As the largest contributor to carbon emissions across the globe, the construction industry is looking to develop more socially responsible methods and structures. A trending solution: Using cold-formed steel (CFS) to frame greener structures.

Resiliency with Cold-Formed Steel

Resiliency has become an oft-used buzzword in the engineering and construction industries, as building professionals seek methods for countering increasingly intense hurricane activity, wildfires, flooding and other natural events. Natural disasters cost the U.S. $91B in 2018, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a sign that a growing number of extreme weather events are taking a significant economic toll.

Why Are We Still Building Homes Like It’s 1832?

The building method for wood-framed homes in the United States has changed little since the mid-1800s. Due to current construction methods, maintenance is often required after only a few decades for wood-framed homes.

Cold-Formed Steel and Residential Use

Have you heard the saying “In a world full of thorns, be a rose”? It means that in a world full of commonality… stand out! So, we’d like to say “In a world full of commercial steel, be a house”! Don’t just do what everyone else is doing and build your home with wood or concrete. Understand that there is another – and in many ways, a better – option available to frame your residence. Cold-formed steel is not just for commercial use anymore!

Steel Stud Bearing Walls

Pre-fabricated, structural cold-formed metal framing (CFMF) bearing walls are a trending construction system and an economical alternative to structural steel or reinforced concrete systems for mid-rise construction. CFMF wall systems are particularly desirable for 6- to 12-story multi-family apartments or condominiums, student housing, senior living, and hotels. Vertically-aligned residential demising and partition walls allow the CFMF to stack like timber-framed or concrete masonry unit (CMU) bearing wall construction. However, CFMF wall buildings are less height restrictive than timber due to steel’s higher strength and not as labor-intensive as CMU because of pre-fabrication. Additionally, CFMF systems integrate wall panels as the structural system in what would typically be non-structural, stick-built partition walls.

5 Ways Cold-Formed Steel Can Make Your Buildings Safer

Cold-formed steel (CFS) is a material that has been used in the construction industry for decades. The list of benefits to engineer and build with light steel framing steel studs, also known as cold-formed steel, is long and impressive. This material is resilient and reliable, and will easily conform to the needs of the job.