August 5, 2009
- SFA Continues To Address Barriers And Promote Advantages Of CFS Framing
  Several years back, the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) set out to address a series of high priority barriers and opportunities that impact the use of cold-formed steel (CFS) in the marketplace. In the February edition of Framework Online, we discussed priorities for 2009. Given that more than half a year has gone by, now is a good time to bring the membership an update on progress. More
- Green Building Advances To The I-Codes For Commercial Construction
  It has been a very active couple of months for sustainable and green building standards and rating programs. The Steel Framing Alliance has been very busy trying to promote, protect and defend the attributes of steel framing in all of the initiatives. More
- AISI Wins The American Council For An Energy-Efficient Economy’s Champion Of Industrial Energy Efficiency Award For Achievement In Promoting Energy-Efficient Economies
  WASHINGTON – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has been honored with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) Champion of Industrial Energy Efficiency Award for Achievement in Promoting Energy-Efficient Economies in the category covering Industrial Leadership. The award, presented at the 2009 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry in Niagara Falls, NY, recognizes leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. More
- Significant Downturn in Nonresidential Construction Activity Projected through 2010
  WASHINGTON – July 13, 2009 – Feeling the effects of the struggling overall U.S. economy, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decrease by 16 percent in 2009 and drop by another almost 12 percent in 2010 in inflation adjusted terms. Commercial projects will see the most significant decrease in activity. In contrast, most institutional building categories are expected to see much more modest declines over this period. More
- Quadrant Homes ramps up new-home production
  Quadrant Homes, Washington's largest homebuilder, is increasing production in response to increased sales. The state's largest homebuilder says it's stepping up construction for the first time since the real-estate market collapsed in response to an uptick in new-home sales. More
- Realtors® Incentive-Based Approaches in Support of Green Buildings
  WASHINGTON – The National Association of Realtors® office building on Capitol Hill was the first newly constructed, green certified building in the District of Columbia, demonstrating NAR’s commitment to environmentally sustainable real estate development. More
- Pushing wood construction
  A push to include more wood in non-residential construction has some forestry executives asking government to change the rules and building professionals to consider timber. More
- New-Home Sales Rise 11 Percent In June
  Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 11 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 units, according to U.S. Commerce Department numbers released today. Coming on the heels of an upwardly revised number for May, the gain marks a third consecutive month of improved sales activity. More



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During the first half of 2009, CFSEI published the following new Technical Notes and Design Guides:
Vertical Lateral Force Resisting Systems: Boundary Elements (TN L300-09)
Header Design Guide (TN W200-09)
Design of Clip Angle Bearing Stiffeners (TN F100-09)
Roof Framing Anchorage Forces: MWFRS or C&C (TN L200-09)
Three additional notes are undergoing review and are scheduled for release in August:
Concrete Bearing Strength for Cold-Formed Steel Stud Walls
Top Track Load Distribution Members
Designing Cold-Formed Steel Using the Direct Strength Method.
Check out the “Members Only” section of our website for more access to these resources.
- Catlow Consulting
Las Vegas, NV
- Hambro Structural Systems
Deerfield Beach, FL
- Nagamine Okawa Eng., Inc.
Honolulu, HI
- ThermaChannel
Portland, OR
- Wenco Inc.
New Carlisle, OH
- ZJS Engineering Ser., Inc.
Fontana, CA

August 11, 2009
CFS Lateral Design Guide Presentation
Atlanta, GA More


September 20-22, 2010
Steel Structures 2010 Culture & Sustainability International
Istanbul, Turkey More


October 6-8, 2009
METALCON International
Tampa, FL


October 11-13, 2009
USGBC Greenbuild Conference
Phoenix, AZ


October 17-20, 2009
AISC COS Meetings
Chicago, IL



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Brought to you by the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) on the first Wednesday of each month, Framework Online arms you with the latest news and commentary on the steel framing and construction industries. In addition to industry headlines, trends and project profiles, Framework Online provides information and ideas that will better enable members to increase their participation in the residential and commercial construction markets.