STEEL FRAMING ALLIANCE | FRAMEWORK ONLINE
March 4, 2009
TOP STORY
- Changes to the AISI Prescriptive Method in the 2009 Building Codes
  In the December issue of Framework Online, the main article reviewed some of the major changes to energy conservation provisions that will impact cold-formed steel in the new 2009 International Code Council series of codes. In this issue, Jay Larson of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) provides an overview of the major structural changes to the Prescriptive Method for One and Two Family Dwellings. More
   
MARKETPLACE
- Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
  How has the new Stimulus bill affected the tax credits for energy efficient home improvements? On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed a stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that made some significant changes to the energy efficiency tax credits. More
   
- National Green Building Standard Approved By ANSI
  The National Green Building Standard™ for all residential construction work including single-family homes, apartments and condos, land development, and remodeling and renovation was approved Jan. 29 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). More
   
- ArcelorMittal CEO Lakshmi Mittal Sees Hope For Steel Orders Despite Gloomy Numbers
  Steel production probably will fall as far as it's going to by the end of March, the head of ArcelorMittal believes. If so, orders could begin to increase later this year at ArcelorMittal Cleveland and plants worldwide. More
   
- Finished Steel Imports Increase by 15% in January
  Washington, D.C. – Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported Feb. 24 that the U.S. imported a total of 2,343,000 net tons (NT) of steel in January 2009, including 2,134,000 NT of finished steel (up 13% and 15%, respectively, vs. December final data). Total and finished steel imports on an annualized basis are down 12 and 1%, respectively, vs. 2008. More
   
- Home-Builder Index Edges Higher; First Rise in Five Months
  The confidence of U.S. home builders, while still in the dumps, managed something in February it hasn't done in five months: It rose. More
   
- Junked Cars Morph Into Green Manufactured Houses
  What do you get when you put five engineers alone in a room for a year and give them a problem to solve? Rob Boydstun got a revolutionary new product: affordable green housing. The president of Boydstun Metal Works has gone from building commercial car carriers to constructing manufactured green homes out of the crushed carcasses of junked vehicles. More
   
- China Announces Stimulus For Metals Industry
  BEIJING. – China promised tax cuts to exporters of nonferrous metals and help to logistics companies to modernize technology in its latest stimulus measures for industries that have been hit by the country's economic slump. More
   
   

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
April 20, 2009
Construction Solutions with Cold-formed Steel, Structural Engineers Coalition of Connecticut Cromwell, CT More
 
 

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