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  • METAL HOME DIGEST | September 2012
    METAL CONSTRUCTION NEWSLooking Up. Utilizing Cold-Formed Steel in Multifamily Construction
    By Maribeth Rizzuto, Steel Framing Alliance

    It seems as if the construction market is finally turning the corner and beginning to move forward once again. Projects across the country are coming off the drawing boards, being financed and going into production. Like all construction materials, cold-formed steel has had its challenges during the economic downturn. However, all across the United States, projects incorporating cold-formed steel are beginning to take shape from the ground up.

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    METAL CONSTRUCTION NEWSHot Innovations in Cold-Formed Steel Framing
    By Todd Brady and Steven H. Miller, CDC

    Cold-Formed steel framing (CFSF) began as a kind of alternative lumber, but after decades of positive performance it has finally come into its own. From the beginning, steel framers cut and combined steel studs and track to build up other, more complex shapes, much as wood carpenters do, without any real standardization of assemblies or connections. Every special structural element, such as rough opening, had to be detailed separately by the engineer of record.  Contractors didn’t always follow those project specific details and may have done it another way.  In any case, there has been considerable variation in the quality of field assemblies.

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  • STRUCTURE | March 2012
    STRUCTURE Trends in Cold-Formed Steel
    By Mark Nowak and W. Lee Shoemaker, P.E., Ph.D.

    Cold-formed steel (CFS) is widely used in conventional construction as well as in metal building systems. It continues to show promise, even with the overall size of the construction market shrinking during the latest economic turndown. More than ever, building owners and contractors are seeking buildings and materials that are cost-effective but also meet specific code requirements for non-combustible construction. Throw in the increasing demand for sustainable or "green" products, and CFS starts to make a lot of sense.

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  • BuildingsBUILDINGS | November 29, 2011
    How Effective Are LCA Studies in Building Evaluation?
    By Mark Nowak

    A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study can be a useful way to identify improvements to a product or process. Essentially the goal of LCA is to compare the full range of effects to provide a sound basis for reducing a product or process’s impact on the environment. But how effective are LCA studies when applied to building codes?

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  • Metal Construction News | September 2011METAL CONSTRUCTION NEWS | September 2011
    Industry Perspective from the Steel Framing Alliance
    The focus on sustainable building design is creating a fundamental shift in the way that new projects are approached by architects, designers and engineers. As they search for material solutions that provide energy and cost efficiencies, steel is available to help them meet the highest sustainability standards.

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  • MULTI-HOUSING ONLINE | August 23, 2011
    Pittsburgh’s Piatt Place a Model in Green Evolution
    Pittsburgh—Piatt Place, a mixed-use destination with 60 upscale residential condominiums in downtown Pittsburgh, is green to the bone. Completed by Millcraft Industries in 2009, the property is a shining example of how a non-green building can be reincarnated with a sustainable structural material—cold-formed steel—to become a model of green development, and how it can help revitalize a city.

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  • METAL ARCHITECTURE | August 16, 2011
    Metal Architecture Codes, Regulations and Standards
    By Mark Robins, Senior Editor

    Metal Architecture asked several industry experts about the codes, regulations and standards facing metal architecture industry today.

    MA: The International Code Council has developed a new green code titled the Green Construction Code to promote energy-efficient buildings constructed with enforceable, safe and sustainable building codes that complement LEED and oher rating systems. How will this impact the metal architecture installation, costs, documentationa and design?

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    COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATIONStrength of Steel - the case for cost-efficient sustainable construction
    By Mark Nowak

    The state of the global economy has changed the construction market for at least the next several years.  In a down economy, developers are implementing strategies to maximize their return on investment and this has resulted in evaluating construction techniques and technologies being used. 

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  • STRUCTURE | August 2011
    STRUCTURE Codes And Standards
    By Mark Nowak and Jay Crandell, P.E.

    Component or single system design is often the way most cold-formed steel (CFS) and other buildings are approached – the structural engineer uses the AISI specifications and/or other standards and develops the structural system, while the mechanical engineer goes through a similar process for the HVAC system …

    However, the rapid acceleration of stricter energy code requirements in the past year has brought about a new urgency for engineers to become more than just designers of the building’s load bearing frame.

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  • BuildingsBUILDINGS | June 23, 2011
    Building with Sustainable Green Materials
    By Maribeth Rizzuto

    As the construction industry recovers from the Great Recession, and more builders resume operations, many will discover a changed world.

    That’s because while time may have slowed for builders in recent years, governmental, regulatory and professional entities have been busily honing and adopting a new range of green building codes and standards that are changing their industry.

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    A More-Comprehensive Approach to New Energy Codes

    By Mark Nowak, President, Steel Framing Alliance

    If the multi-housing and commercial building industries have heard a lot more about new energy-efficiency codes recently, it’s because the time has come to pay the piper. And the piper is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). States that accepted ARRA stimulus funds did so with strings attached—including the requirement that they adopt the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and subsequent editions.

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