Steel Framing

Steel is a superior construction material for nonresidential and residential construction. AISI-generated building standards have been incorporated into the most recent editions of the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC), and are used throughout the world. Steel continues to provide a proven environmentally responsible solution for meeting "green" building requirements in sustainability standards such as the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ASHRAE 189.1, the National Green Building Standard (ICC-700), and "green" building rating systems like the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Building designers, owners and architects can find durable and sustainable steel solutions for their projects with cold-formed steel framing, wide flange structural shapes and joists, and metal building systems. 

Find out how steel can contribute to a LEED v4 project. 

Protect Your Investment. Build With Steel. 

On January 21, 2015, a routine plumbing repair gone awry at a wood-framed luxury apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey resulted in a five-alarm blaze that displaced more than 1,000 residents.

Cold-formed steel framing is noncombustible and won't contribute to the spread of a fire, reducing fire risk to occupants, firefighters and property/business owners. 

Insurance underwriters recognize the lower risk of cold-formed steel framing and offer significant discounts on Builders Risk Insurance and other insurance products. For more information, contact Maribeth Rizzuto at 1-800-79-STEEL.

Get the facts about the benefits of building with steel.

Read "Why Cold-Formed Steel is a Viable Alternative to Wood Frame Construction," by Charles Specht, CIC, CDA, Multi-Housing News Online, April 9, 2015. 

View the current Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) available for cold-formed steel products. 

Cold-Formed Steel Framing
Cold-formed steel framing provides the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material. It does not contribute to the spread of a fire; will not rot, warp, split, crack or creep; does not expand or contract with moisture content; and is produced in strict accordance with national standards, with no regional variations. Steel framing is not vulnerable to termites, mold or fire. Builders can realize substantial discounts on builders risk insurance with this material. Steel is lighter than other framing materials and saves job-site time with ease of panelization off-site. It provides straight walls and square corners, results in less scrap and waste than lumber, and is 100% recyclable. SMDI's partners in cold-formed steel framing systems are the Steel Framing Alliance, the Canadian Sheet Steel Building Institute, the Certified Steel Stud Association, the Steel Framing Industry Association, the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association, and the Supreme Steel Framing System Association (SSFSA).  

Structural Steel
Structural steel beams and columns provide durable and cost-effective benefits for a building's framing system. The benefits of structural steel includes its design flexibility, high strength, ease of design, sustainability, and aesthetic appeal. Structural steel allows for a rapid design, fabrication and erection cycle, and is readily available. It is innovative, responding to designer demands. Innovations have addressed issues relating to long-span deck systems, fire protection, connection optimization and coating systems. SMDI's partner in structural steel is the American Institute of Steel Construction

Steel joists are structural steel systems that provide many benefits for building design, including durability; "green" building advantages; design flexibility; high strength-to-weight ratio, allowing steel joists to perform in both tension and compression; and ductility. SMDI's partner in this sector is the Steel Joist Institute.    

Metal Buildings
Metal buildings provide steel solutions for low-rise facilities ranging from commercial and industrial buildings to institutional and recreational facilities. Metal buildings are noncombustible and feature rigid and braced steel frames comprised of both hot- and cold-formed steel shapes, plates, sheets, roof decks and panels. Metal building system manufacturers custom-design each building system and all building components according to their customers' needs and specifications. Metal building systems are engineered to the required dimensions and designed to meet the loading conditions with the material specified based on local and national building codes. They can incorporate different architectural finishes for aesthetic purposes, and provide significant cost advantages over many other building types. SMDI's partners in metal building systems are the Metal Building Manufacturers Association and the Canadian Sheet Steel Building Institute.   

Information requested by cold-formed steel engineers for CFS engineers - webinars, seminars and Technical Notes available from the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute.  

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Submit your innovative cold-formed steel project, product or software for the 2015 CFSEI Design Awards! Due March 15, 2016. 

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