September 2, 2009
- CFS Questions to be on New PE Exam
  For the first time in its history, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) exam for structural engineers will include questions that test a candidate’s knowledge of light-frame cold-formed steel (CFS) construction. Getting CFS on the exam has been a long-term goal of the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) almost since its inception. Likewise, the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI), the technical council of SFA, has been working diligently to achieve this breakthrough. More
- SFA announces programs at METALCON 2009
  The Steel Framing Alliance has produced a dynamic lineup of educational opportunities for METALCON INTERNATIONAL 2009 being held in Tampa, Florida, October 6-7, 2009. With nine sessions - covering everything from designing with cold-formed steel to practical application in the field - architects, builders/contractors, code inspectors and engineers will find valuable information to aid them in incorporating cold-formed steel into their projects. More
- Decline in Commercial Real Estate Sectors Appears to be Slowing
  WASHINGTON – Commercial real estate activity has suffered from a severe credit crunch for commercial sectors, sustained job losses and weak consumer spending, although the decline appears to be slowing. A forward-looking indicator shows commercial real estate will remain weak into 2010, but recent actions by the Federal Reserve should improve some flow of capital into commercial lending, according to the National Association of Realtors®. More
- New-Home Sales Post Another Strong Gain
  WASHINGTON – New-home sales climbed more than anticipated in July, staging their fourth straight month of strong gains to add to evidence that the housing market is emerging from its long slump. More
- US Steel Imports Reverse Course, Rising 14.2 Percent In July
  PITTSBURGH – U.S. steel product imports rose in July, breaking a five-month string of month-on-month declines, though industry sources remain torn about whether the move is an indication that the generally weak market conditions are in for an upswing. More
- Consumers Say Energy Efficiency is Most Important Green Benefit
  According to the results of a recent Synovate study, American homeowners are more concerned with energy efficiency and cost-saving measures when building a green home than with any other factor. FreeGreen, the world's leading house- plan provider, commissioned the independent study, focused on consumer perception of how to define green building. More
- U.S. Steel Industry Still Struggles with Limp Demand
  NEW YORK – World steel production in July rose to its highest this year, but U.S. steelmakers are still operating at barely half capacity as demand limps back from the global recession, data and analysts. More
- Building slump stretches stimulus money
  WASHINGTON – Federal stimulus money will pay for hundreds of extra roads, bridges and buildings this year because almost all of that work has been far less expensive than expected. More
- Lumber Producers and Their Associations Prepare Code Change Harmful to Wood Truss and I-Joist Markets
  Madison, WI— In what is a very significant action by the U.S. and Canadian lumber industry, through a code change initiative advocated by their trade association AF&PA’s American Wood Council, the lumber industry has developed an IRC code change proposal that provides a substantial competitive advantage to solid sawn floor joist applications when compared to all wood and steel engineered floor applications. If enacted, this code change will negatively impact the competitiveness of U.S. and Canadian structural building component (SBC) and I-joist manufacturers and distributors, who represent, at the market’s peak in 2006, $15 billion worth of lumber and engineered wood products purchases and $1 billion in galvanized sheet steel purchases. More



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The Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) invites all of its members to participate in the Alliance’s 2009 annual meeting. The meeting will be held in Tampa in conjuction with METALCON, the premier metal industry trade show, on October 6, 2009, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida.

Beginning in 2008, the SFA has embarked upon an aggressive campaign to address barriers and promote the advantages of cold-formed steel in construction. The annual meeting will provide members with an update on the activities of the Alliance as well as the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI), the technical council of SFA. Attendees will also have an opportunity to provide input into the bi-annual survey of technology issues that will guide research investment for the next two years.

Featured presenters will include Mark Nowak, president of the Steel Framing Alliance, and John Matsen, president of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute.

Although not required, we would appreciate notification of member’s plans to attend the meeting. Please send a confirmation to if you plan to attend.

We look forward to your participation.

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September 9, 2009
Structural Engineers Association of Oregon (SEAO)
Cold-Formed Steel Design Seminar
Oregon City, OR More


October 6-8, 2009
METALCON International
Tampa, FL More


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


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


October 27,28,29, 2009
21st Short Course on Cold-Formed Steel Structures
St. Louis, MO More


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



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