Will Your Home Survive a Firestorm?

In the U.S., 4.5 million homes were acknowledged to be at high or extreme danger of wildfire, according to “2019 Wildfire Risk Analysis” by Verisk.

The Benefits of Building with Light Gauge Cold-rolled Steel (CRS)

The year 2020 was devastating for many Americans in various ways. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season broke an all-time record, leaving the Gulf Coast battered by 30 named storms. The total U.S. damage was estimated at around $37 billion, and Hurricane Laura left at least 28 people dead, 10,000 homes demolished, and more than 130,000 homes damaged.

Steel Joist Installation

Steel joists are open-web, lightweight steel trusses consisting of parallel chords and a triangulated web system, proportioned to span between bearing point


Cold formed steel framing (also called metal studs or lightweight steel framing systems) makes the steel shapes differently than the hot rolled structural steel. The cold forming process passes steel sheets between large rollers to deform the steel, but at a lower temperature than hot rolling. The rolling process compresses and stretches the steel, hardening it in the process. Most cold rolled steel is either 33,000 psi or 50,000 psi yield strength.


Light gauge steel construction is very similar to wood framed construction in principle – the wooden framing members are replaced with thin steel sections. The steel sections used here are called cold formed sections, meaning that the sections are formed, or given shape at room temperature.

Metal Framing Has Many Advantages and is Green

In this and future posts, BuildSteel will be running outtakes from Steel—Doing It Right®, a 13-module course presented by the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry. This post reviews steel’s advantages and its sustainability.

Timber or Steel Roof Trusses

As roof trusses replace rafters as the standard choice for roof support in most multi-family residential buildings, Architecture & Design completed a quick overview of timber versus steel roof trusses.

CFS Resiliency

Resiliency has become an oft-used buzzword in the architecture and design industries as building professionals seek methods for countering increasingly intense hurricane activity, wildfires, flooding and other natural events. Natural disasters cost the U.S. a combined $136 billion in 2018 and 2019, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a sign that a growing number of extreme weather events are taking a significant economic toll