March 5, 2008


New Publication On HUD-Sponsored Site Helps Builders Evaluate Steel Framing
WASHINGTON, DC — The Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) announced the release of the first TechSpec on “Cold-Formed Steel Framing,” a document the Washington, D.C.-based market development group says is an excellent resource for any builder considering making the switch to cold-formed steel. The four-page document provides a comprehensive overview of steel framing, including what it takes to make the switch, what to consider when determining if cold-formed steel is right for the next project, and steps to take when a builder decides to start building with steel.

“Cold-Formed Steel Framing,” the first TechSpec on steel framing, was prepared for both the SFA and the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. It is now available as a free download on the NAHB Research Center’s ToolBase™ Web site at

According to John Peavey, applied technology director for the NAHB Research Center, TechSpecs serve as a resource that can help builders implement construction innovations in manageable, systems-based packages. “TechSpecs are designed to be a one-stop resource for technical stakeholders who are charged with implementing the technology. These documents essentially take the guesswork out of choosing cost-effective technologies and methods that can not only improve the quality of a home but also deliver a distinct market advantage,” Mr. Peavey said.

“Any time a builder decides to take a look at using new or alternative technologies, they are going to have a lot of questions,” said Larry Williams, SFA president. “This new TechSpec on “Cold-Formed Steel Framing” is an excellent resource that covers everything from costs and benefits of building with steel, to even some “real-world” feedback from field evaluations. It allows builders to quickly get up to speed on everything they need to know about steel framing so that they can then make an informed decision that works best for them.”

The SFA’s comprehensive menu of educational programs and resource materials makes it easy to learn current best practices for design and construction. In addition to training curriculums and seminars, these resources include technical notes, design guides and specifications, “how to” guides and so much more.

ToolBase Services is the housing industry's resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems. The NAHB Research Center provides the services, with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the PATH program and other industry sponsors. PATH is dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America’s housing.

For more information, contact the Steel Framing Alliance at (202) 785-2022 or visit

Source: Steel Framing Alliance, February 12, 2008


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